The Rochester Junior Americans are committed to providing consistent and constructive player development while emphasizing the fun of playing the game.

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Please click here for a PDF version of our plans for the 2016-17 Squirt Major season.

2016-17 Perinton Youth Hockey Blades Squirt Major (’06) AA Hockey Team

Players on the 2016-17 Blades Squirt Major AA team will have a complete travel hockey experience. Our goal is to form a team of skilled and competitive players who have passion for and commitment to the game.

Research from USA Hockey shows that our 10-year-old players are hitting their optimum “window of trainability” so our program will focus on skill development. We will utilize age-appropriate training systems to help our players maximize their full athletic potential with an emphasis will be on puck control, power skating, shooting, dekes, one-timers, passing, and puck battles. In addition, we will encourage creativity and nurture the players’ developing “hockey sense” through a variety of small-area games.


Coach Mike Napieralski     


Returning for his second season as the coach of the ’06 Blades, Mike has a diverse hockey background that includes over 30 years of experience. A Rochester native, he grew up in the Rochester Youth Hockey program and went on to play under former NHL/AHL player, Coach Ray Maluta, at Greece High School (’94). Mike went on to play Rochester Junior Americans followed by four years at Kent State University (’99).

After college, Mike focused his hockey career on officiating and spent more than a decade in the USA Hockey Development Program and was a member of the NCAA Division I and Division III officiating staff for ECAC and Atlantic Hockey.

Since retiring from officiating in 2013, Mike dedicated himself to coaching youth hockey in Perinton with the Beginner Program, Mites, and Squirts. He currently reside in Fairport with his wife Julie and three sons Jack (9), Matthew (7), and Danny (5).


Season Overview

  • Season duration: August 2016 – March 2017
  • Practices: 70
  • Games: 45 - 50
  • Practices and home games will typically be played at Thomas Creek Ice Arena with occasional sessions at Paul Louis Arena and Rochester Institute of Technology.
  • The team will be composed of 13-16 players including 1-2 goaltenders
  • Total costs per player will range between $1,500 and $2,000