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 18u AAA team will have a complete travel hockey experience and compete against elite level competition. 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 Steve Zanon |    

Coach Zanon is returning for another season with our program. His coaching philosophy evolves from a mix of his playing experience, core values, and lessons/philosophies learned from a wide array of past coaches and mentors.   Having grown up in Rome, NY, Coach Zanon found himself in skates on his backyard rink at the age of three. The majority of his free time as a youth was spent with a hockey stick in hand, whether playing in the driveway with other neighborhood kids, on the backyard rink, or playing travel youth hockey.  He attributes his playing successes to the countless hours spent on the above activities while having fun the entire course.  

Coach Zanon played 4 years of varsity hockey at Rome Free Academy where he captained two New York State Division I championship teams.  It was there that he gained valuable examples of the benefits of teamwork and a strong individual work ethic. 

His path then took a shift to the North where he played one season for the Massena Turbines in the Canadian Junior A Hockey League.  He played his college hockey at Geneseo State University, while pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and mathematics.

Coach Zanon is currently a USA hockey level 4 certified coach with 20 years of coaching experience at the beginner through midget travel levels.  His main focus as a coach has always been on individual and team development through systemic progressions, while ensuring a fun and competitive atmosphere.



Season Forecast

Duration: August 1, 2020 - April 1, 2021
Season Type: Split Season


  • Three-day training camp in August
  • Two full-ice team practices per week
  • 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.


  • 15-20 independent schedule games 
  • 15-20 tournament games



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


Composition of team:

  • 13-16 skaters
  • 2 goaltenders


Budget Estimate:

  • Dues: $2,000-$2,500
  • Apparel and equipment not included
  • Tournaments and miscellaneous team expenses not included in dues (Approx. $500 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.