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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Players on the 2020-21 11u AA team will have a complete travel hockey experience. Our primary goal is to create a fun and competitive environment where every player can develop their skills and a passion for the game. Our programming this season is highly focused on player development so that each player is equipped with the skills necessary to advance and excel at the next level. Review the Program Overview to learn more about our development program.

Head Coach Craig Abbott |   

Returning for a second season with the 2009 team, Coach Abbott grew up playing hockey in Fulton, NY as part of the Fulton Youth Hockey program. He played his high school hockey there, being named team Captain his senior year (’86). Following high school he went on to play College hockey at Brockport State University from 1986-1990 for Coach Bob Pedersen and then Rick Ross. While in college he also ran skating lessons and helped organize, and coach, the Brockport State University women’s club hockey team.

Like many, Coach Abbott has a passion for the game that started when he was young and continues today – still playing 2-3 times a week and on the backyard rink when the weather cooperates. He has been part of the Perinton Youth Hockey program for the past five years helping with the beginner, intermediate and Mites before moving into the Squirt program.

Coach Abbott’s philosophy centers around making the game fun and helping kids develop both their skills (a focus on skating, balance, passing and shooting) and confidence. He believes strongly in a positive environment that emphasizes respect for all and a family friendly atmosphere. 

Outside of hockey, Coach Abbott lives in Victor with his wife Kristin, daughter Meghan, son Jack and golden retriever Reilly. He enjoys watching his kids pursue their varied interests and during the summer months likes to go boating and play an occasional round of golf.


Season Forecast

Duration: August 1, 2020 - March 15, 2021


  • Two shared practices per week
  • Two full-ice practice per month
  • Two advanced skills development sessions per month by RIC Academy [watch video clip]
  • Two optional advanced skills development sessions per month by RIC Academy for 11u and 12u players. (no extra cost)
  • Monthly goaltender training sessions
  • Monthly off-ice training sessions at Next Level Strength & Conditioning [watch video clip]

* All practices, skills sessions and off-ice training sessions are included. No requirements for additional camps, clinics, or spring hockey.

Games:40-50 total

  • 25-30 independent schedule games 
  • 20 tournament games. Two local and two destination 



  • Rochester Americans and RIT hockey games
  • Preseason team party
  • End of season team party
  • Volunteer and community event
  • Fundraising opportunities

Composition of team:

  • 13-14 skaters
  • 1-2 goaltenders

Budget Estimate:

  • Dues: $1,300-$1,500 per player
  • Apparel and equipment not included
  • Tournaments and miscellaneous team expenses not included in dues (Approx. $400 per player)
  • Fundraising opportunites are available




‚Äč*The information above is a forecast, or prediction, of the season. The actual season plan may vary slightly.