The 14U Tier I Tournament Bound Program for 2019-2020
The Rochester Edge Girls Hockey program is excited to announce the launch of a Tier 1 Girls Hockey Program at the 14U level for 2019-2020. “This continues the exciting tradition of success at the highest level for the Edge Program” states Cassy Opela, Director of Hockey Development. Cassy herself was a member of two Tier 1 championship teams with the Edge.
The head coach will be Sigmund VanDamme who coached the Edge 12U team to a state championship last year. Sigmund is a USA Hockey Level IV coach with over a decade of experience in coaching youth hockey.
The Edge 14U team will have the highest level of on-ice development of any team in the upstate NY area. Each two-week practice rotation will include seven-touches and nearly 8 hours of ice. The program will include a weekly clinic led by Rob Sedia of the NewEdge Hockey Development Academy. Rob and the NewEdge team implement a unique training system that is used by multiple NHL and Division I players with an intense focus on developing elite performance skating, puck skills and hockey sense.
All of the 14U practice ice will be run out of centrally and conveniently located Bill Gray’s Iceplex.
Our girls will also be regularly training with women who have played and participate in women’s hockey at its highest levels. Cassy Opela (Edge alum and a four-year Division 1 player at UCONN) and Jess Prance (captain at Elmira College) – will be working on practice and player development and be regulars on ice with our girls. Robyn Van Zeilen will be working on skating. Jodi Price (Edge alum and referee for women’s hockey at all levels including the NWHL, the IIHF World Championships, and NCAA Frozen Four) is a trainer with NewEdge who will be assisting with both goalies and skaters in our clinics.
Our 14U tryouts will be held on April 10th and April 11th at Bill Gray’s Iceplex.
Introducing Scott Reston as Head Coach of the 16U Tier II Tournament Bound Program for 2019-2020
Our Edge program is proud to announce that Scott Reston will be taking the reins of the 16U Tier II Tournament Bound program for the 2019-2020 season. Joining Coach Reston on the coaching staff will be Robyn VanZeilen – one of Western New York’s most well respected hockey skating instructors and who herself enjoyed a distinguished career in hockey in Canada – including attending Notre Dame Academy in Saskatchewan. In addition, both Cassy Opela (an Edge alum, Cassy played four years at D1 UCONN and professionally in the CWHL) and Jessica Prance (four year player and team captain at Elmira) will be working very closely with Coaches Scott and Robyn with the 16U program on player development.
“Playing for the Edge helped cultivate me for the most advanced levels of my career. With such high-caliber hockey, I gained the proper skills to go on and play at the D1 and professional levels. I have so many incredible memories while wearing the Edge jersey. I'm excited to be back and look forward to working with this impressive organization to get the girls to the next level too.”
Edge Announces Player Development Partnership with NewEdge
Rochester Edge Girls Hockey Establishes Partnership with NewEdge Hockey Development Academy
Rochester Edge Girls Hockey is excited to announce a new partnership with the NewEdge Hockey Development Academy (NEHDA) for the 2019-2020 season. NEHDA and Coach Rob Sedia have rapidly developed a reputation throughout Western New York and beyond for their deep knowledge of the game, innovative training techniques, and relentless tempo and education in every one of their skills development sessions.
Coach Sedia and NEHDA have extensive experience training dedicated hockey players from the youth level through the highest levels of competitive hockey including the NHL. NEHDA has been endorsed by great hockey minds like Jim Corsi, Ron Rolston, Darcy Regeir, Chuck Weber, and Chadd Cassidy (among many others), and their recent expansion into the Buffalo, NY market headed by 25 year NHL coach/trainer/scout Jon Christiano has attracted the area's top players. NewEdge Hockey Development Academy has become NY’s go to company for on-ice training, player education seminars, coach education seminars, and scouting for the NCAA D1 and elite level – tuition free Junior Programs.
“Throughout the past 10 years I have had the great pleasure and honor to work with a large number of hockey players, teams, organizations, and coaches from all over North America. During that time, I have learned how and why hockey organizations (and coaches) either succeed or unfortunately fail. There are a number of common characteristics among the flourishing organizations as well as the fading ones.
President Mike Rizzo of The Edge Girls Hockey Organization is leading the program’s new mission with an incredible supporting cast. People like Cassy Opela, Robyn Ipen Van Zeilen, Sig VanDamme, Jessica Prance, and Steve Weisbeck are among the very talented team within the organization. The Edge Organization is instituting and practicing the same philosophies that the most successful hockey organizations practice! This is a very exciting time for the Edge Organization and for the families that will be involved. On behalf of Dave Garofalo, Jon Christiano,and myself, NewEdge Hockey Development Academy is honored to be a part of Rochester Edge Girls Hockey mission!" Rob Sedia / Owner NewEdge Hockey Development Academy
“The addition of NEHDA to our player development program is a cornerstone of our restructuring. Coach Sedia’s emphasis on continuing coach and player education, individual resilience and character development along with an emphasis on performance skating, individual skills and increasing compete levels will enable our young women to develop the individual and tactical skills needed to gain superior confidence both on and off the ice.
Coach Sedia brings unparalleled joy, enthusiasm and attention to detail to every aspect of NEHDA. From superior on ice sessions all the way to technically advanced practice preparation, Rob brings the experience and knowledge needed to help bring the Edge Program to the next level. His preparation, professionalism and love of the game are apparent and motivational to both players and coaches.” Rochester Edge President Mike Rizzo
Cassy Opela Joins Rochester Edge Girls Hockey as Director of Player Development
The Rochester Edge Girls hockey program is excited to announce that Edge alum Cassy Opela has joined the organization as Director of Player Development. Coach Cassy will be providing on- and off-ice instruction to players and coaches at every age and skill level throughout the organization. Cassy will also be providing expertise in promoting girls hockey throughout the Rochester area and beyond, and providing services to our girls and families who have an interest in continuing their hockey careers beyond their youth hockey experience.
Cassy grew up in the Rochester area. During the 2006-2007 season, she played for the Webster Tier 2 Girls State Championship team. From 2007-2011, Cassy played for the Rochester Edge. While with the Edge, she won two more state titles at Tier 1 in 2009 and 2011. In 2009 she also was a runner-up at the 2009 national tournament and invited to the Team USA National Development Camp. For the 2011-2012 season, she played in the JWHL for the Boston Shamrocks. During the season she was recruited by the University of Connecticut (UConn) where she spent the next 4 years. After graduating, Cassy was drafted 11th overall into the CWHL by the Boston Blades. While playing for the Blades, Cassy also was an assistant coach for the New England Hockey Club in the JWHL. She has now come back home and helping to coach the Rochester Edge at all levels, and to grow the girls game in Western New York."
The Rochester Edge, in partnership with Nazareth Women's Hockey, the BK Selects Girls Hockey program and Bill Gray's Iceplex, hosted a Girls Try Hockey for Free event on October 6th. Over 30 new girls joined us all for this girls hockey celebration. Be on the lookout for another Try Hockey event and for one or more All-County Girls Skills Clinics run by our Edge program
Girls Try Hockey For Free event at Scottsville Ice Arena
Members of the MCYH-Rochester Edge 16U team volunteered at Scottsville Ice Arena's Girls Try Hockey For Free event on Saturday, September 15. It was another successful event as a total of 13 girls, ranging in age from 5-16, came out to experience the great game of hockey. A fun time was had by all.