Gentry Boys Hockey

Our dedication will provide individual attention and the ability to deliver all of the resources your student-athlete needs to grow, develop and succeed. By accessing different instructors, with specific skills and techniques, our student-athletes can hone a truly comprehensive approach to the game while having fun.

Our student-athletes have access to:

  • Expert Instructors
  • Individual development
  • State-of-the-art Facilities
  • World-class training

Our student-athletes develop skills such as:

  • Discipline
  • Motivation
  • Confidence
  • Team building

Gentry Academy offers an unmatched hockey development program. Our commitment to each and every student-athlete, on and off the ice is at the core of our program. Our on-ice program will include individual skill building as well as systems and tactics development. Our off-ice program will include dryland training and video analysis. We believe that in order to cultivate the best learning experience, it's critical our student-athletes have access to a diverse training curriculum. Our high-end coaches will lead daily training on a rotation to maximize player performance, broaden learning and ensure the greatest possible skill development in a diverse environment. In addition, outside skills development coaches will be integrated into our all-encompassing training regiment.

Our daily ice training will rotate with the FIRST HOUR of every training session focused on individual skills such as:

  • Power Edge Pro (PEP) – Developed by Joe Quinn, PEP training combines individual skills, tactics in small areas with transition, change of direction, agility, decision, and reactionary type skills creating small area dominance. Connor McDavid, the most highly touted prospect since Sidney Crosby, has been a student of the Power Edge Pro small area/reactive hockey training since he was nine years old and continues to train with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League.
  • Skinner Stickhandling – Our stickhandling program is led by world-renowned stickhandler, Sean Skinner. Sean's program involves movement patterns every player must master to score a goal or maintain possession of the puck at key points of the game. Elite NHL players utilize stickhandling techniques that give them a clear advantage over opponents.
  • Variable Goals Training (VGT) – Developed by Ludek Bukac Sr. and Jr., VGT is a new and innovative way to challenge players to stimulate their read and react skills.
  • Power Skating – Our power skating program allows for our student-athletes to learn strong, fast and controlled skating techniques.
  • Dynamic Skating – Many players can't make the jump to truly elite levels because of the speed of the game. Dynamic skating focuses on maximizing our student-athletes speed advantage. Too many times, skills are taught by demonstrating a finished product. When students fall short of achieving these skills they don't understand why. Skills need to be broken down into their individual dynamics and repeatedly practiced. This process ingrains the neuromuscular patterns needed to rebuild the finished skill. Our dynamic skating program uses balance-point training to cultivate fast, powerful and skillful skaters.
  • Effective Shooting Techniques – Developing a quick, accurate and powerful shot is something that takes practice. Our student-athletes will receive training on getting more power to the backhand, the goal scorers secret, finishing the shot and quick release tactics.

The SECOND HOUR of every training session our student-athletes will receive training on skills, sense and systems in an efficient, competitive and fun environment. This will include:

  • Small area games
  • Team tactics
  • Read and react
  • Battle/competition drills
  • Hockey sense – with or without the puck

DRYLAND training is used to perfect hockey skills and will focus on building core competencies such as:

  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Conditioning
  • Agility
  • Speed
  • Power

Our hockey development program utilizes the expertise of many renowned hockey instructors and training systems, such as:

Joe Jensen

Joe Jensen

Joe serves as Co-Director of Boys' Hockey and oversees the Galaxy association program as well as the boys' AAA teams and training program. Joe and his wife, Molly, reside in Minnetonka, MN. They have a son named Fredrik. Joe grew up in Plymouth, MN playing youth hockey for the Osseo-Maple Grove Hockey Association. His team was the MN state champion during his Pewee A (94-95). His Bantam A team (96-97) also won state and finished runner-up at nationals in Boston, MA to Compuware. He played for the 83 Minnesota Blades AAA team in the summers. He attended high school at Osseo Senior High and was a letterman for hockey, soccer, and tennis. He played junior hockey for the Sioux Falls Stampede in the USHL. He was Co-Captain with Thomas Vanek and made the All-Star Game and Viking Cup Team. He was a 3 time All-Academic Team winner for the Saint Cloud State Huskies in the WCHA. He earned a degree in Marketing before before turning pro. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins and signed a two year deal. During his first year pro he was named to the All-Star Game in the ECHL and won the "Fastest Skater Award". He was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes half way through his second year where he played 6 games with the Hurricanes scoring a game winning goal in his third game. Later he moved across seas and played for the Brunico Wolves in the Italian Serie A and led the league in goals before ending his career in England. He was a coach for the Eden Prairie Bantam AA team during the 2013-2014 season and the 2003 MN Blades. He has a passion for coaching, training, and mentoring hockey players in the area.

Billy Hengen

Billy Hengen

Billy serves along side Joe Jensen as Co-Director of Boys' Hockey and oversees the Galaxy association program as well as the boys' AAA teams and training program. Billy grew up in Circle Pines, MN playing his youth hockey for Centennial. His Bantam team was the first Centennial team at any level to earn a berth to a state tournament in 1996. He attended Holy Angels High School from 1997-2000 where he remains the all time leading goal scorer with 106 career goals. His 1999 Holy Angels team was the first from the school to play in the AA State tournament. He went on to play two years for the back-to-back USHL Anderson Cup Champion, Lincoln Stars, teams of 2000-2002. Collegiately, Hengen played with Joe Jensen 2002-2006 and they formed a formidable line that led SCSU to 22 wins in 2006 and a Final Five championship appearance. After college, Hengen joined the Holy Angels HS Boys Varsity staff as an assistant from 2006-2011. He has Head Coached both the Holy Angels Boys hockey team, Eden Prairie Bantam AA and currently the 2003 Minnesota Blades. He has a passion for teaching scoring concepts, using video as a tool for young players and being on the ice with the boys.

Martin Sertich

Martin Sertich

Minnesota native Marty Sertich's love for the game is not only evident in his individual skills, but has also earned him national recognition through numerous prestigious awards.

During his season as a centerman with the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL, Marty racked up 54 points in 64 games, earning him a spot on the USHL All-Star Team and All-Rookie Team. Marty then spent four years at Colorado College, where he led the Tigers in points and received honors such as the WCHA Player of the Year, the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, the Thayer Tutt MVP award, and the M.B. Hopper Award two years in a row.

Following a successful senior season in which he posted 50 points, Marty played AHL hockey for the Iowa Stars from '06-08, and led the team in both goals and power-play goals. He then became a free agent for the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche and played professionally in Europe, before he returned to join the coaching staff at Gentry.

Marty brings an array of valuable coaching skills to the program including superb puck handling, impressive speed and great on-ice vision. Through his determination, leadership ability, and tireless work ethic, Marty's incredible prowess as a player is easily translated through his coaching and inspires his players both on and off the ice.

Cole Bassett

Cole Bassett

Cole joins Gentry Academy bringing along with him a vast amount of experience in both on-ice skill development and coaching. During his youth hockey Cole played in the Burnsville association before becoming a member of the Hill-Murray Varsity hockey team in both his Freshman and Sophomore seasons. His Junior and Senior seasons were spent representing his country playing with the US National Under-18 Team Development Program (NTDP) based in Ann Arbor, MI. (1998-2000)

Cole earned a Division 1 scholarship with Minnesota State-Mankato where he skated from 2000-2004. His best season came during the 2002-03 season where he finished with a career high 12 power play goals which ranked 7th nationally. That same year the team earned a birth in the NCAA Championship Tournament. After college, he played two seasons at the professional level attending the Chicago Wolves (AHL) training camp in the Fall of 2004.

Cole's coaching career started when he volunteered with the 2008 MN State Champions Hill-Murray. From there Cole was an assistant coach with the NTDP for 2 years in which he was mainly with the 1992 birth year. The team won the 2010 IIHF Under-18 World Championships Gold Medal.

Cole spent the 2011-2012 season as an assistant coach with the Wheeling Nailers. The Nailers are the Pittsburgh Penguins ECHL affiliate.

Since 2012 Cole has returned to Minnesota where he was the Minnesota Regional Scouting Manager and Head Bantam scout for the NTDP from 2012-2015. Responsibilities included identifying the top talent in MN at the 14 and 15 year old age range as potential prospects for the NTDP. Cole has worked multiple camps and clinics and is very passionate about teaching hockey and giving back to today's youth.

Joe Dziedzic

Joe Dziedzic

In 1990, during his senior year at Edison High School, he was named Minnesota's “Mr. Hockey.” Later that same year, he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins, making him the #61 overall draft pick in the NHL Amateur Draft. Joe went on to play for the University of Minnesota, and then played professionally for five years, skating alongside NHL legends such as Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr. Due to an unfortunate eye injury, Joe retired in 1999 and began his coaching career. Joe's reputation as a coach has been built through his success coaching in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League, as well as through the founding of Team Reebok AAA Hockey (now the TC Penguins) and the creation of his JD Hockey Skills Training programs. Joe has trained thousands of hockey players of all ages, including many current college and pro players.

To learn more about Joe, visit his website at

PJ Atherton

PJ Atherton

PJ Atherton has been playing hockey for over 20 years. He began playing in the Edina Youth Hockey Association. PJ went on to play varsity hockey for the Edina Hornets where he participated in two state tournaments and was an all-conference selection.

After high school PJ went on to play two seasons in the USHL for the Cedar Rapids Roughriders. While in the USHL PJ was a two-time selection to the All-Star/Top Prospects game and played for Team USA at the World Jr A Challenge.

Following his career in the USHL PJ committed to play for his hometown University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, realizing a life-long dream. While playing for the Gophers PJ won a national championship in 2002-2003. PJ achieved another life-long goal when he was selected in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

After enjoying a four-year career and the University of Minnesota PJ turned pro with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League. PJ enjoyed a five-year professional career playing both in North America as well as Europe.

PJ has been coaching hockey players for ten years. He brings the same passion and intensity that made him successful as a player to his coaching. He has learned under some of the best coaches in the world including Don Lucia, Mike Guentzel and Mike Babcock. With this passion,intensity and knowledge PJ's goal is to develop hockey players that can achieve higher goals than he has.

Scott Bjugstad

Scott Bjugstad

Scott Bjugstad is a Minnesota native and natural-born hockey player. Before he began playing professionally, Scott enjoyed a successful career with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers – leading his team to two NCAA Final Fours. After graduating college, he played for the U.S. hockey team in the 1984 Winter Olympics, and was the team's second leading scorer. In 1984, Scott began his 10-year career in the NHL, playing for the Minnesota North Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Los Angeles Kings. Before leaving the NHL in 1994, Scott had the fortune to play with Wayne Gretzky for the last five years of his playing career. Shortly after leaving the NHL, Scott began his equally successful coaching career. He coached the Blaine High School hockey team from 1996-2000, and led his team to the state tournament in three out of the five years. Scott's incredible coaching ability and unwavering commitment to his team was recognized in 2000 when he was named the Minnesota State High School Hockey Coach of the Year. Since then, Scott has trained over 300 NHL and Division I hockey players and more than 10,000 amateur players. Currently, he is the shooting instructor for the Minnesota Wild Rookie Camp, and continues to conduct his own elite training programs to help young players become the best and most efficient goal scorers that they can be.

To learn more about Scott, visit his website at

Sean Skinner

Sean Skinner

Sean has been sought after from all over the world as a professional ice hockey skills coach for nearly 20 years. He has worked for Hockey Canada, the Swedish Hockey Federation, USA Hockey, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the top Russian Hockey Clubs. He has also worked with the Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers, St. Louis Blues, Carolina Hurricanes, U.S. Olympic Women's Hockey Team, the English Ice Hockey Federation, the Japanese Ice Hockey Federation, Israel Ice Hockey Federation and Hong Kong Ice Hockey Association; and worked in Canada, United States, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Norway, China, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Iceland, Australia, Namibia, South Africa, Romania, Israel, China, Japan and Taiwan.

In 2007 and 2008, Reebok/CCM sponsored Sean to run the first ever North America Stickhandling 'Guts 'n Glory' Tour across North America in 54 cities, where six players won a special practice with Sean and Russian superstar Alexander Ovechkin.

Sean is the founder of Skinner Hockey and the producer of hockey's foremost instructional skills DVD series which has been translated into four languages. They are played in NHL locker rooms, Division I college locker rooms and utilized by almost every international federation in the world.

To learn more about Sean, visit his website at