Demons Youth Hockey - Development Program
Under the direction of the Development Director, the Development Department is responsible for the operation and organization of the Development Programs. These include instructional programs like Learn to Skate, Learn to Hockey and Mosquito Cross Ice. In addition, the Development Program contracts instructional hockey companies to provide our travel teams with skills sessions throughout the season.
We strive to introduce players to the great sport of hockey through basic instruction and individual encouragement. Unlike all other sports, hockey takes place on a completely foreign surface…ice. To make matters more challenging, players have to master this surface on extremely thin metal blades. It’s amazing how resilient children can be when presented with a challenge, when given the proper instruction and praise. By learning to skate, children are not just learning how to enjoy a new sport, but experiencing that with persistence and hard work they can achieve a goal.
Development Director – Joshua Fournier
This is my third season serving as the Development Director for DYHA. I look forward to another year of introducing children to the sport of hockey and improving the skill level of our returning players. I live in Hopkinton with my wife and three kids. My oldest son Lucas will be in the Learn to Hockey and Mosquito programs. I’m originally from Northborough and played hockey at Algonquin HS, then spent two years in the EJHL with the former Lowell Lock Monsters. I continue to play the game I love once a week at NorhStar.
Development Assistant – Travis Gross
Hi all, I'm a native of Framingham and lifelong hockey player who still plays actively in a number of men’s leagues between Westborough, Marlborough, and Framingham. I live in Holliston with my wife and three children, two of whom are already involved in the program through learn to skate/learn to hockey (my youngest will be three later this year and will be on skates shortly). This will be my third year of involvement with the program, the first two being in more of tangential role as an on-ice helper with learn to skate. I'm looking forward to having the opportunity to share my passion for the game and would be happy to help if anyone has questions about how to get started in the program, what to expect if you're new to hockey, etc.
This year we welcome Do Work Hockey Instruction to the Demons Youth Hockey Association. Do Work Hockey Instruction is owned and operated by former Demons player Jacob Schuster. After his youth hockey as a Demon, Jacob went on to play hockey for Lawrence Academy, juniors in the USHL and college at RPI. Following in his father’s footsteps, Jacob continued on to coaching and hockey instruction. Do Work has recruited a number of successful area hockey instructors to join their staff including Will Ortiz (Head Coach Framingham HS) and Mike Geragosian (BU goalie coach, premier national goalie instruction). Do Work’s philosophy echo’s todays hockey evolution of top end skill at full speed. Players will be encouraged to push their skill boundaries while maintaining proper form and technique.
The organization has simplified the registration process for our instructional programs. Members may select any quantity and level of instructional sessions. Our Learn to Skate, Hockey and Mosquito classes are now operating concurrently to encourage players to attend multiple classes. We’ve consolidated and simplified the process to be more flexible to the players progression within the program.
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