POWER SKATING AND SKILL DEVELOPMENT
One of the program enhancements for 2016-2017 will be the addition of a weekly on-ice development session for each team. These sessions will be led by the Monarchs Director of Hockey Francois Methot. These sessions will focus on skill development and power skating for the teams and be in addition to the two regularly scheduled weekly practice sessions for each team. This addition to the Monarchs program will provide each team with at least three on-ice sessions each week focusing on individual and team development.
“I really enjoy helping kids get better and by focusing on skill development and skating, I can take a kid at a young age and see him grow into his full potential as a hockey player,” Methot said about the focus on skill development he will bring to the program with these sessions.
Methot, a native of Montreal, Quebec, was a 3rd round NHL draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres in 1996 and played the first five seasons of his professional career locally in the American Hockey League with the Rochester Americans. Upon retiring following the 2014-2015 season after a 17-year professional playing career he returned to Rochester full time and has joined the Monarch organization in his new role of Director of Hockey.
Beginning with the 2016-2017 travel season the Rochester Monarchs AAA Hockey Club will add the services of Bob Janosz as the organization's goalie coach. Coach Janosz will lead two hour-long goalie clinics on the ice each month open to all goaltenders in the Monarch organization. He will also be on the ice for two practices a month with each team to provide Monarch goalies with more personalized attention.
“I'll bring my experience coaching and scouting to help develop the each goalie to maximize their potential,” said Janosz on what he will look to bring to the Monarch goalies next season.
Coach Janosz has instructed goaltenders of all ages and skill levels for over 20 years; utilizing each goaltender’s strengths, while improving areas of weakness. He has been employed by the Buffalo Sabres and Florida Panthers NHL teams the past nine years to work with their prospects in the American Hockey League and currently holds the position of Head Goalie Coach of the Rochester Americans of the AHL. During that time he has worked with seven different NHL head goalie coaches, as well as several NHL, AHL and ECHL goaltenders. That experience has provided him with a wide range of goaltending philosophy and knowledge. Coach Janosz has also been heavily involved with USA Hockey the past nine years as well as the Warren Strelow National Goaltending Program since its creation.
Scouting for USA hockey and coaching at the NHL/AHL level gives Janosz the insights to what scouts and coaches look for in a goaltender. The drills and coaching techniques he uses are designed to build a highly competitive, mobile, athletic, and fundamentally sound goaltender capable of advancing through the hockey ranks.
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING
More details to be announced soon