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:
- 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 schedule rotates with the initial phase of the 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 sought-after 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 scorer's secret, finishing the shot and quick release tactics.
The final phase of every session includes training on skills, sense, and systems in an efficient, competitive, and fun environment. This will include:
DRYLAND training is held in our newly constructed, state-of-the-art facility that is used to perfect hockey skills. Sessions focus on building core competencies such as:
Our hockey development program utilizes the expertise of many renowned hockey instructors and training systems, such as:
Joe serves as athletic director 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 held the MN state championship title 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 over his 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 three time All-Academic Team winner for the St. Cloud State Huskies in the WCHA. He earned a degree in marketing 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 halfway through his second year where he played six 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 '13-14 season and the '03 MN Blades. He has a passion for coaching, training, and mentoring hockey players in the area.
Director of Boys Hockey
Billy serves along side Joe Jensen as 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 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 '00-02. Collegiately, Hengen played with Joe Jensen from '02-06 and they formed a formidable line that led SCSU to 22 wins in '06 and a Final Five championship appearance. After college, Hengen joined the Holy Angels HS Boys Varsity staff as an assistant from '06-11. He has been the head coach for the Holy Angels Boys hockey team, Eden Prairie Bantam AA and currently the '03 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.
Assistant Director of Boys Hockey
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 years, Cole played with 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 from '98-00.
Cole earned a Division 1 scholarship with Minnesota State-Mankato where he skated from '00-04. His best season came during the '02-03 season where he finished with a career high, 12 power play goals which ranked 7th nationally. That same year the team earned a berth 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 '04.
Cole's coaching career started when he volunteered with the '08 MN State Champions Hill-Murray. From there, Cole was an assistant coach with the NTDP for two years in which he primarily worked with the '92 birth year. The team won the '10 IIHF Under-18 World Championships gold medal.
Cole spent the '11-12 season as an assistant coach with the Wheeling Nailers, the Pittsburgh Penguins ECHL affiliate.
Since '12, Cole has returned to Minnesota where he was the Minnesota Regional Scouting Manager and Head Bantam scout for the NTDP from '12-15. Responsibilities included identifying the top talent in Minnesota 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.
Over the course of his 30-year career, Barry Karn has developed an innovative and dynamic approach that has made him one of the NHL’s most highly sought-after skating instructors. Currently, Barry is the skating coach for the Minnesota Wild. During the off-season, Barry works with a growing number of NHL skaters on an individual basis. Previously, Barry was the skating coach for the Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lightning, St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks, Phoenix Coyotes and New York Islanders.
In addition to his professional coaching career, Barry is also a co-owner of Karn Skating Dynamics, the largest skating school of its kind in North America. As a year-round school, Karn Skating Dynamics teaches up to 450 students per week, and works with hundreds of teams, coaches, hockey associations and clubs in both the United States and Canada. Karn Skating Dynamics has taught tens of thousands of students of all skill levels, ranging from mites to pros.
In 1990, during his senior year at Edison High School, Joe Dziedzic 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.
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 www.scottbjugstad.com.
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 www.skinnerhockey.com.