Development Camp

August 8 - August 11, 2022

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Lake Forest Academy | MacKenzie Ice Arena Lake Forest, IL

STAFF.

Paragon Sports Development will bring together some of the best coaches in the game. Different philosophies, opinions, styles, and methods will be represented, which will add to the uniqueness and value of the experience. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet, build relationships with, and gain exposure to some of the best college programs in the country.

ON-ICE STAFF.

Paragon Sports Development works only with the best on-ice coaches in the US.

Glenn Stewart

University of New Hampshire
HockeyEast

Biography
Andy Boschetto

Colgate University
ECAC

Biography
Matt Millar

LA Kings
NHL

Biography
Jason Fortier

University of Maine
HockeyEast

Biography
Ryan Durocher

Sacred Heart University
Atlantic Hockey Conference

Biography
Dan Jewell

Merrimack College
HockeyEast

Biography
TBA

NCAA Coach
TBA in 2024

Biography
TBA

NCAA Coach
TBA in 2024

Biography
Andrew Whiteside

Cedar Rapids Roughriders
USHL

Biography
Justin Hale

Dubuque Fighting Saints
USHL

Biography
Blake Hietela

Green Bay Gamblers
USHL

Biography
Dan Wildfong

Lone Star Brahmas
NAHL

Biography

OFF-ICE STAFF.

Paragon Sports Development works only with the best qualified coaches in the US.

Paul Goodman

Strength & Conditioning
Goodman Elite | Chicago Blackhawks

Biography
Peter Stewart

Brain Performance | TRAINING
Neuropeak Pro

Biography
Jon Gordon

Best Selling Author | Keynote Speaker
Positive Leadership Training

Biography
Max Giese

Winnipeg Jets | Head Scout
NHL

Biography
TBA

Guest Speaker
TBA in 2024

Biography
TBA

Guest Speaker
TBA in 2024

Biography
Glenn Stewart

University of New Hampshire
HockeyEast

Glenn Stewart is currently in his eighth season as associate head coach at UNH in 2021-2022. Stewart works directly with the forwards and the penalty kill.

The Wildcats led Hockey East and were fourth nationally in penalty kill percentage (.874) in the 2017-2018 season under Stewart’s guidance.

Stewart came to UNH from Merrimack College where he spent the previous five seasons (2009-2014) with the Warriors, including two as associate head coach. In his first season with the Warriors, the program posted 16 wins and returned to the Hockey East playoffs for the first time in six years.

Prior to his time at Merrimack, Stewart spent five seasons (2005-09) at the University of Connecticut as an assistant coach and spent three of those five years as recruiting coordinator. While with the Huskies, Stewart earned his Master of Arts degree in Sport Management. He got his start in coaching in 2003-04 when he spent one season with American International College.

A four-year letter winner at UNH (1990-94), Stewart skated in 144 games and posted 51 goals with 51 assists for 102 points. He served as an assistant captain his senior year. As a sophomore in 1992, UNH advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament while advancing to the second round as a senior in 1994.

Prior to coaching, Stewart played nine professional seasons with stints in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), the International Hockey League (IHL), the United Hockey League (UHL) and the American Hockey League (AHL). As a professional, he played in 618 games and tallied 402 goals along with 452 assists for 854 points.

Stewart and his wife Bridget reside in Natick, Mass., with their daughter Callan. 

Andy Boschetto

Colgate University
ECAC

The Colgate men’s hockey program announced the addition of Andy Boschetto as an assistant coach in August of 2020. Boschetto joins the Raiders after spending three years with the Niagara men’s hockey program as an assistant.

“It’s my pleasure to introduce Andy Boschetto as our new assistant coach,” Colgate men’s hockey head coach Don Vaughan said. “We are very excited about this hire and thrilled that Andy will be joining us. He has a wealth of experience both as a head and assistant coach.”

Boschetto joined the Purple Eagles after spending seven seasons as the head coach of the Salve Regina University Seahawks (NCAA DIII) in Newport, Rhode Island. Boschetto led the Seahawks to three Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Northeast Hockey League championship games in the past five seasons, winning the 2015-16 league championship for the first time in school history and leading the Seahawks to their first-ever NCAA Division III Tournament appearance.

Under Boschetto, the Seahawks finished the 2016-17 season with a 14-8-4 overall record, with the .615 winning percentage ranking as the highest for a single season in the program’s history. Boschetto also led Salve Regina to a program-record 17 wins during the 2015-16 campaign that culminated in an NCAA Division III Tournament berth.

Salve Regina improved its win total each of Boschetto’s first six seasons at the helm of the program after the team went 1-23-1 the year prior to his arrival. Nine former Seahawks coached by Boschetto have gone on to play professional hockey in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL).

Prior to Salve Regina, Boschetto was an assistant coach at Curry College for the 2009-10 campaign. In his lone season at Curry, the Colonels posted a record of 19-9-1 and won their first ECAC Northeast title since 2005 to advance to the NCAA Division III Tournament. That season, Curry had four players named to the ECAC Northeast All-Conference Team and nine players named to the conference’s All-Academic Team. Boschetto’s coaching career began in the 2008-09 season as an assistant coach at Proctor Academy in Andover, New Hampshire.

Matt Millar

LA Kings
NHL

Millar joined the Reign organization prior to the 2019-20 season from the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL. Millar was hired by Dubuque in 2013 as the team’s goalie coach and director of hockey operations, and was promoted to assistant coach in 2017. In his six years with the Fighting Saints, the team qualified for the playoffs each season, winning at least one playoff series each year, including an appearance in the Clark Cup Finals in 2016.

The El Segundo, CA native has worked extensively with USA Hockey, serving as an assistant coach at the Five Nations Tournament in 2016 and the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in 2017. His resume also includes scouting positions with the United States National Team Development Program and the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes. A former netminder at Division-III Bethel University in Minnesota, Millar returned to his alma mater as goaltending coach in 2005, helping lead the club to an MIAC regular season and league championship in 2007.

Millar was no stranger to the LA Kings organization, having previously worked at Kings Development Camp for five years alongside goaltending coach Bill Ranford. Millar also has family ties to the organization – his father, Peter, served as the equipment manager for the Kings from 1989-2006.

Jason Fortier

University of Maine
HockeyEast

Fortier joins the Black Bears after most recently serving as the head coach of the Odessa Jackalopes of the North American Hockey League.

He was named to the University of Maine men’s ice hockey coaching staff on July 28, 2021.

A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Fortier brings 12 years of experience in the junior hockey coaching ranks to Orono. Before joining Odessa, he was the general manager and head coach of the Coquitlam Express in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) for the 2019-20 season. His team finished the year 47-9 and won the regular season championship. Fortier’s squad was undefeated heading into the Division Finals before the season was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Jason has coached numerous players that are currently playing in the NHL. Over the past three seasons, Fortier has placed 44 of his players into Division I college hockey and was named the 2019-20 BCHL Coach of the Year. He has captured the U-18 National Championship in Canada, several Junior A Tier league titles, and a championship in the prestigious Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In total, Fortier has seven championship rings.

Before joining the coaching ranks, Fortier played junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and Junior A Tier. After junior hockey, he played professional hockey in Europe before playing a season for the Wichita Thunder in the Central Hockey League. He also played four seasons in the Canadian College Hockey League.

 

Career Highlights

–      Eight League/Division Championships

–      Coached numerous players that have played in the NHL

–      Over 100 NCAA Div. 1 player commitments

–      QMJHL League Championship and Memorial Cup Finalist

–      Ass’t coach on staff when head coach received Canadian Hockey League Coach of the Year Award

–      Two Junior A Tier II League Championships and National Championship Finalist

–      One U-18 AAA National Championship and Three U-18 League Championships

–      Operated Ontario’s largest NCAA College Hockey Showcase – 24 College Coaches (2011-2014)

–      Former Pro player and Owner of Future Pro’s Hockey Group

Ryan Durocher

Sacred Heart University
Atlantic Hockey Conference

Durocher joins the Pioneers for his first season in 2021-22. Before SHU, he served as an assistant coach for Atlantic Hockey foe Robert Morris where he produced a team with a top five power play percentage, earned three Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie Team selections, member of the Coach of the Year Western Pod Award for AHA and coached western pod’s Forward, Defenseman and Rookie of the Year award winners.

He joined Robert Morris after two seasons as an assistant with the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League, including the 2018-19 campaign that saw them finish with a 30-25-5-2 overall record and ended in the selection of four Musketeers in the 2019 NHL Draft.

Before arriving in the USHL, Durocher served as a video coach with the AHL’s Binghamton Devils during the 2017-18 season and spent two years in a similar capacity with the men’s hockey program at St. Lawrence University from 2015-17.

Prior to his coaching career, Durocher played Division III hockey at SUNY Cortland, where he graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. He went on to earn his Master’s in Sports Management from Southern New Hampshire University in 2014 where he began his coaching career at the DII level before moving on to join the EHL’s New England Wolves staff in 2014.

Durocher’s background and experience in pre-scouting, video analysis and skill development will serve the Pioneers well in their bid to return to the top of Atlantic Hockey during the 2021-22 campaign.

Dan Jewell

Merrimack College
HockeyEast

Dan Jewell begins his third season on the Merrimack College men’s ice hockey coaching staff in 2021-22.

Jewell helped Merrimack to a two-win improvement from the previous season in his first year on the staff and helped develop the Warriors’ massive 16-man freshmen class. A trio of current players (Zach Uens, Declan Carlile and Jere Huhtamaa) were ranked in the NHL Central Scouting mid-term rankings for the NHL Draft, while a pair of future Warriors were also on the list. Carlile had one of the best seasons for a freshman defenseman in Merrimack history, as he tallied 22 points on four goals and 18 assists to earn Hockey East All-Rookie team honors and was named a finalist for the league’s Rookie of the Year award. Merrimack also made a splash at the 2020 NHL Draft when Zach Uens (Florida) and Alex Jefferies (NY Islanders) both went in the fourth round, which was the first time in program history that two Warriors were taken before the fifth round in the same draft.

Merrimack continued to take strides during Jewell’s second year in North Andover, as the team had three ranked victories, including one over eventual national champion, UMass. The Warriors also earned their second straight Hockey East All-Rookie team selection during Jewell’s tenure when Jefferies was selected to the team after he totaled 10 points in just 12 games. He also helped develop freshman goalie, Zachary Borgiel, who started 13 of the team’s 18 games and notched four of the team’s five wins.

Jewell carried an extensive coaching background with him to Lawler Rink, most recently serving as the Assistant Coach / Recruiting Coordinator / Goaltending Coach at RPI from 2017-19. Prior to that, Jewell enjoyed stints with the Bloomington Thunder of the USHL (2014-17), Hamilton College (2012-14) and SUNY Plattsburgh (2011-12).

Jewell oversaw three NHL Draft selections while at RPI, while also working with four future prospects and aiding in the signing of three Engineering to NHL/AHL contracts. Jewel’s time in Bloomington also saw him develop professional talent with nine prospects garnering NHL Draft selections from 2016-18.

Jewell graduated from SUNY Cortland in 2011 with a bachelor of science degree in Kinesiology, and earned his master of science from Cortland as well in Sports Management. Jewell was a member of the hockey program at Cortland from 2007-11 and was an Academic All-American (09-11).

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Andrew Whiteside

Cedar Rapids Roughriders
USHL

Andrew Whiteside is in his first season as RoughRiders Assistant Coach. Whiteside contributes to hockey operations with his on-ice coaching, player evaluation, and team-building strategy.

Whiteside is a native of Philadelphia, PA, and attended Niagara University. He has gained coaching experience with the Kenai River Brown Bears, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights, and Lone Star Brahmas organizations prior to joining the RoughRiders. He has also coached for Team USA at the USA Select 16 Player Development Camp.

“I am extremely humbled and grateful for the opportunity to join the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders as an assistant coach. The RoughRiders have an outstanding history in the USHL and I look forward to being part of that culture.” – Coach Whiteside

Justin Hale

Dubuque Fighting Saints
USHL

Justin Hale completed his second season as assistant coach of the Dubuque Fighting Saints. He came to the Fighting Saints after serving as the Assistant Coach, Director of Player Personnel, and Goalie Coach for the Lone Star Brahmas in the NAHL. With the Brahmas, Justin aided in the development of 24 Division I players and one NHL Draft selection.

Prior to Lone Star, he was an Assistant Coach, Video Coordinator, and Goalie Coach for Bemidji State University. The Beavers won the 2016–17 MacNaughton Cup, WCHA regular season title, and finished with a record of 22-16-3.

Prior to Bemidji State, he was a Volunteer Assistant with the Madison Capitols of the USHL.

Hale was a four-year letter-winning blueliner at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. While at UWSP, the Pointers earned NCAA Division III runner up accolades in 2014 and 2015 and piled up a total of 74 victories, which included a pair of 20-win seasons.

Hale earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, and an Economics minor from UW-Stevens Point in the spring of 2015.

Blake Hietela

Green Bay Gamblers
USHL

Hietala comes to the Gamblers after spending the previous year with the Madison Capitols.  The Houghton, Michigan native assumed the role of assistant coach and Director of Scouting with the Capitols.

As a player, Hietala played three seasons with the Michigan Tech Huskies (2012-15).  After graduation, Hietala played 96 professional games, splitting time between the ECHL and Southern Professional Hockey League.  Hietala retired as a player in 2017.

“Blake is extremely professional and driven,” says Gamblers Head Coach/General Manager Pat Mikesch. “He has a great understanding of the game and relates very well with players at the USHL level.

Dan Wildfong

Lone Star Brahmas
NAHL

2019-2020 NAHL Coach and General Manager of the Year Dan Wildfong has been at the helm of the Lone Star Brahmas for the past seven seasons. The coach has amassed over 500 wins for the franchise and helped numerous young men earn college scholarships and pro contracts. A player himself, Dan scored nearly 500 points with the Shreveport Mudbugs and retired as one of the most highly regarded players in Mudbugs franchise history, as well as spent four years on the Colgate University men’s hockey roster.

Paul Goodman

Strength & Conditioning
Goodman Elite | Chicago Blackhawks

He’s one of the several behind-the-scenes staffers that make the Blackhawks run day in and day out, but strength and conditioning coach Paul Goodman is garnering national recognition in his field.

Goodman has been named the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)’s Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, joining a long list of widely-respected names honored by the organization that he looked up to early in his career.

“To be in that same grouping of those same names I was looking at when I was in earlier stages, I’m pretty proud of that,” he said. “I’m humbled by it… I’m truly appreciative.”

Although the award is an annual occurrence, he said, it often speaks to the larger body of work over the recipient’s career.

Before his time in Chicago, Goodman served as the director and head strength coach at the University of Vermont, where he earned the NSCA’s State/Provincial Director of the Year award and was a finalist for College Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year. Now heading into his 13th season at the pro level with the Blackhawks, Goodman played a vital role in the organization’s greatest decade during the 2010s and continues to lead the off-ice development of the team, including the next generation of stars in Chicago.

“I would be remiss without (acknowledging) the support I’ve received,” he said. “From day one (with the Blackhawks), I felt extremely vested and supported in my desires to be able to provide a level of service towards the athletes, coaches, management and the staff I work with. I felt very at home right away. I think that plays a huge component… There’s comfort in knowing that those people care about me, support me and I care deeply about them as well.”

Despite his nearly 20 years in the field, Goodman is continuing to grow and evolve in the ever-changing world of sports science. Already with two Master’s Degrees to his name, he’s in pursuit of a PhD and recently co-authored a book with head team physician Michael Terry called Hockey Anatomy.

“I’m hungry to be the best in my field,” he said. “I’m hungry to be able to provide the best knowledge, experience, thought and care to the players. But I’m also hungry and pursuant of things that I don’t know and being able to explore those things that I don’t know or I don’t have the full breadth of knowledge in, looking at it as another avenue of to gain knowledge to be able to provide towards the team.”

Peter Stewart

Brain Performance | TRAINING
Neuropeak Pro

I have a passion for the brain and nervous system and understanding how we can optimize its functioning. It began when I spent a summer at Van Andel Institute investigating how Tau protein pathologies influence the development of Alzheimer’s Disease. From there, my desire to learn more grew.

With my background in sports, biology, and neuroscience, my role at Neuropeak Pro is designed to bring cutting-edge brain performance training technology to those that are ready to maximize their potential. While I typically am consulting with athletes, our work does not stop there. We provide solutions in peak performance and have experience consulting in sports, corporate wellness, or individual optimization to help clients meet their performance goals.

We help maximize performance by optimizing the brain and autonomic nervous system through neurofeedback, Heart Rate Variability (HRV) training, and more. Click here to learn more.

Jon Gordon

Best Selling Author | Keynote Speaker
Positive Leadership Training

Jon Gordon’s best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous Fortune 500 companies, professional and college sports teams, school districts, hospitals, and nonprofits. He is the author of 24 books including 12 best sellers and 5 children’s books. His books include the timeless classic The Energy Bus which has sold over 2 million copies, The Carpenter which was a top 5 business book of the year, Training Camp, The Power of Positive Leadership, The Power of a Positive Team, The Coffee Bean, Stay Positive, and The Garden. Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, The Golf Channel, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers. His clients include The Los Angeles Dodgers, Campbell’s Soup, Dell, Publix, Southwest Airlines, Miami Heat, The Los Angeles Rams, Snapchat, Truist Bank, Clemson Football, Northwestern Mutual, West Point Academy and more.

Jon is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Masters in Teaching from Emory University. He and his training/consulting company are passionate about developing positive leaders, organizations and teams.

Max Giese

Winnipeg Jets | Head Scout
NHL

“During the winter I’m gone a lot,” Giese said. “I checked my Marriott account last night—I stayed about 150 nights. Lot of time on the road. Lot of time in hotels.”

Giese has three assistants—one in Minnesota, one in Michigan and one in Boston—who help him scout in the U.S.

“I’m the point guy in the U.S. for us now,” Giese said. “It’s fun. For the first four years, there was a guy above me, and I learned a ton from him.

“Then he decided to go the college coaching route in Denver, so that opened up the opportunity for me to take it and run with it.”

That’s far from the beginning of his scouting life. Giese, who first started playing when he was 4, was the goalie for the Janesville Bluebirds while in high school.

His interest in scouting began when his favorite NHL team (at the time)—the San Jose Sharks—traded some veterans for prospects. He began researching the prospects, and the scouting bug bit.

The 2006 Craig graduate got his first scouting job with the Jets—the Janesville Jets. Owner Bill McCoshen hired Giese after they met with then-head coach Dane Litke.

Giese was the sole scout and recruiter for the Jets for two seasons from 2010-2012.

He also did some work with the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League as a scout/talent evaluator. He went to Sweden as part of a College Hockey Sweden program to spread the word about the USHL and NCAA hockey to Swedish players.

That exposed him to European hockey.

Giese joined the Winnipeg Jets in August of 2012 as a Midwest regional scout. In four years, he worked his way up to the head U.S. scout.

He doesn’t plan to stop there.

“My dream would be to be a scouting director someday,” he said. “I really love what I do. I want to grow in my role.”

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Team "White"
  • 8:00am
    Arrive
  • 8:30am
    Workout with Goodman Elite
  • 10:00am
    On-Ice Practice/Skills
  • 12:00pm
    Lunch
  • 1:00pm
    Guest Speaker Seminar
  • 2:30pm
    Game
  • 4:30pm
    Day Concludes
Team "Red"
  • 8:00am
    Arrive
  • 8:30am
    On-Ice Practice/Skills
  • 10:00am
    Workout with Goodman Elite
  • 12:00pm
    Lunch
  • 1:00pm
    Guest Speaker Seminar
  • 2:30pm
    Game
  • 4:30pm
    Day Concludes

*Please note that schedule is subject to change

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CONCEPTS.

On-Ice Skill
Development.

Sessions will involve a variety of individual skill development and high-level, full ice drills. They will be designed like college practices, so our players experience what it takes to compete at that level.

Off-Ice Strength
Conditioning.

Younger players rarely understand the importance of strength/conditioning. Our players will be exposed to training, nutrition, and recovery methods they can implement when they return home. They will learn from some of the best professionals in the industry and leave with a clear understanding of what they need to do off the ice to achieve their goals.

Guest Speakers
Seminars.

Understanding what college coaches, general managers, and scouts are looking for is vital. Our college and junior level guest speakers will explain this in detail.

Games.

Our teams will compete throughout the camp. Games will be highly competitive, and we expect all of our players to approach them as they would in-season. These games will provide players opportunities to apply what they have learned during the camp, along with incredible exposure to the NCAA coaches in attendance. Other junior and NCAA programs will be invited to attend our games as well. Paragon Sports Development will provide anyone in attendance with lineup charts that will include background information on every player.

EXPECTATIONS.

Paragon Sports Development expects players in attendance to have growth mindsets, to compete, and to demonstrate strong work ethic. It is important we establish a culture for the camp, such that every player pushes each other. Attendees will get the maximum benefit from this camp if they are willing to meet the standard of excellence we demand.

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O’HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

10000 W O’Hare Ave, Chicago, IL 60666
27 MIN/22.7 MILES TO THE VENUE.

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5700 S Cicero Ave, Chicago, IL 60638
1HR 7 MIN/49.4 MILES TO THE VENUE.

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26325 Riverwoods Blvd, Mettawa, IL 60045
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