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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Overview

Players on the 2020-21 12u AA1 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 Tim Finke |   

Tim Finke is returning as the Head Coach of the Blades 2008 AA team. With over 30 years of experience, he has played at the youth (AAA), High School, and College levels. During his AAA years, he spent most of his summers staying with his Toronto family attending advanced camps to enhance his skating and hockey skills. Coach Finke’s skating was trained by Soviet skating coach Dr. Yasha Smuskhin (Toronto) and Czech National team member, Martin Maglay. At the age of 15, he was serving as a skating instructor for Hockey Tech International in Toronto, Ontario. Coach Finke played five years of Varsity Hockey for Pittsford High School. During this time, he captured one Section V title, and was NYS Runner-up. Coach Finke captained the Panthers his senior year and was selected to the Senior Showcase team in his final year. He was selected to numerous Western, NY (Buffalo/Rochester) invitation only/showcase teams throughout the Northeast US. 

 

Upon graduation, Coach Finke was recruited by and continued playing at Cortland State and later transferred to St. John Fisher College, where he would captain the ACHA Division 1 Cardinals in his final two years. Coach Finke holds his level 3 USA coaching certification and has coached youth hockey for the past 6 years in Perinton. He started coaching many of his current players at the beginner level and was most recently the Head Coach of the 11U AA last season.

Coach Finke’s approach to coaching revolves around creating an environment where his players are willing to push themselves beyond their comfort zone. He maintains a high-tempo practices, where his players are challenged and are held accountable. The results are visible and fun is evident. Coach Finke places a key emphasis on the value of skating ability (you can’t play hockey if you can’t skate). Coach Finke echoes the USA Hockey model on skills and skating. His team will spend a large amount of time on skill development. Coach Finke believes that a positive environment is achieved when expectations of his players, their families, and himself are clear and transparent.

Coach Finke resides in Pittsford, NY with his wife Nok, his two hockey crazy boys, Steffen (11) and Lucas (7) and daughter, Kaela (19). He is a third-generation owner of his family business. Away from the rink, Coach Finke is an avid golfer and die-hard Toronto Maple Leafs fan.

   

Season Forecast

 
Duration: August 1, 2020 - March 15, 2021
 

Practices:

  • 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 

Events:

  • 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.