Private Lessons
 
All coaches listed below offer private lessons or small group lessons.
Please contact each coach personally for their availability and prices. 

Angelo Ricci


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303-810-7022  

angeloricci@comcast.net

Founder, Head Instructor, and Consultant for Ricci Hockey Consulting.  Ricci is a skills and stickhandling coach with over 24 years of experience.   Angelo conducts and oversees over 40 programs year-round which develops over 1000 players each year.  Sean Skinner and Angelo Ricci partnered up and developed Stick with the Edge and Ricci has consulted and worked with numerous professional and elite players such as Zach Parise, Scott Parker, Gilbert Brule, Brock Bradford, Drayson Bowman, Nick Shore and Drew Shore plus numerous NHL players, NHL Draft picks (NHL First Rounders included) and Division 1 College players. Angelo has also consulted and worked with IMG and Octagon Sports on player development. For the past ten years, Angelo has been a skills consultant for the Assabet Valley Girls program that has won 42 USA Hockey Tier I National Championships.  He was Head Skills Instructor at the NHL Fantasy Skills Camp during the NHL All-Star Games in
Denver in 2001 and Los Angeles in 2002.   
      In conjunction with his teaching and consulting, Angelo shares his passion, skill and knowledge as a USA Hockey Coaching Education Program Presenter (’99-present) and as a USA Hockey District Festival Head Coach (’04-’11).  He has been a guest lecturer or presenter at over 50 coaching seminars and clinics.  In 2003, Ricci attained his certification with USA Hockey as a Master Level 5 Coach.  Angelo has been a Director of Hockey and Coach Development for the past 15 years with Arvada, Arapahoe and Littleton.  Ricci is currently the Director of Hockey Operations for the Colorado Thunderbirds which is a nationally recognized elite AAA hockey program.  He has also coached at the High School/AAA level for 12 seasons with Team Colorado, Team Colorado Outlaws and Colorado Thunderbirds. 

 

Nick Deutz


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vapor2011@yahoo.com


701-361-4938

Nick is at native of Moorhead MN, where he grew up playing hockey with former Thunderbird coach and Denver University player Brian Gifford.

Nick was a 4 year letterman at Moorhead High School and was a participant of the Minnesota High School Elite League in 2002 and 2003. Nick was the Elite League leading scorer in 2003. Following high school, Nick was drafted by the Indiana Ice of the USHL in 2004. In 2006, Nick played for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL winning A Anderson Cup championship.  Nick went on to have short stint in college at Mankato State Univ.  Nick finished his degree at the University of North Dakota in Exercise Science and Sports Performance with a minor in Biology. 

Nick was the junior varsity head coach of his alum mater, Moorhead High in 2010. He has spent the past summers coaching at Blue Line Hockey School in Moorhead MN working with Squirts, Pee Wee and Bantam aged players. 

Currently, Nick is the head assistant coach for the U16 Colorado Thunderbirds and resides in the Denver area.

 

Karl Sellan


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720-454-7700
 
 
-3 years of juniors for Texas Tornado
-3 National Championships
-Led the league in goals two seasons in a row 2004/05 and 2005/06
-All time leading scorer for the Texas Tornado 153 games, 94 goals, 93 assists, 187 points
 
-2006/07 Arizona Sundogs CHL
-2007/08 Arizona Sundogs CHL won President's Cup
-2008/09 Arizona Sundogs CHL led the league in fighting majors (27), led the league in PIM's (401), 9th in league in goals (29), voted most annoying player to play against in the league, Hershey Bears training camp
-2009/10 Missouri Mavericks CHL voted most annoying player to play against for 2nd time, Hershey Bears training camp
-2010/11 Arizona Sundogs CHL season cut short due to shoulder surgery and career ending back surgery
-All time leading goal scorer for the Arizona Sundogs
-pro career stats 264 games, 92 goals, 65 assists, 157 points, 1,128 PIM

 

John Grahame - Goaltending Consultant


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813.748.3449

jgmg47@mac.com

After a 14 year professional career, John Grahame, has retired from the National Hockey League.  John was born and raised in Denver, Colorado where he played his entire minor hockey.  John and his family have very strong hockey ties and roots embedded in the state of Colorado.  

John’s dad, Ron, played collegiately at the University of Denver followed by an eight year career as a goalie in the NHL and also won two Avco Cups with Gordie Howe in the WHA.  He later coached John and his brother, Jason, throughout their minor hockey in Denver.  Ron was also an assistant coach at DU in the 1980‘s and is currently the Assistant Vice Chancellor/Senior Associate Athletics Director at DU.  Jason went on to play at the University of Denver and is currently coaching up north with another AAA program.  John’s mother, Charlotte, has worked with the Colorado Avalanche over the past 16 years and is currently the VP of Hockey Administration.  John and Charlotte are the only mother/son combination to have their names etched on the Stanley Cup! 

John grew up playing hockey in Denver and after graduating high school at Overland was recruited to the USHL for the Sioux City Musketeers in 1993.  He was then awarded a scholarship to Lake Superior State University in the CCHA.  John was then drafted by the Boston Bruins in the summer of 1994 and after three years of college hockey, he turned professional in 1997.  In his second year pro, John won the Calder Cup with the Providence Bruins.  John, as a member of the Boston Bruins, played in the first hockey game ever at Pepsi Center on October 13, 1999 vs. the Colorado Avalanche.  That was a real highlight for John who had grown up playing his minor hockey in Denver.  After being traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning, John was fortunate enough to win the Stanley Cup in 2004.  John was also honored in 2006 by being named to the US Olympic Team which competed in Torino, Italy.  Throughout John’s career, he always had a Colorado flag on his mask as a constant reminder of where he came from. 

John is excited to return to Colorado and pass his career experience to the next generation here at home where he grew up learning to play hockey.

 

John Seymour


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720-255-8138
 
 
John has over 35 years hockey experience as a player and coach. Coach Seymour has been coaching AAA hockey since 2001 in Head and Assistant roles. The  AAA teams he has coached includes the Colorado Thunderbirds U16 & U15, Team Colorado Midget Major, Colorado Select U16 and the Colorado Outlaws U16 & U18 teams. He has also served as a Associate Head coach and assistant roles with Team Colorado at the Chicago Showcase which is the premier High School event in the country.  
 
John has also worked as a hockey director.  He as built and guided Steamboat Springs, Colorado Girls Select and Foothills Hockey.  With USA Hockey, he has worked as a team leader, evaluator and on ice instructor at the State, District and National levels.  He is also an instructor at the coaching certification classes here in Colorado for USA Hockey.  He is the Owner of X-Factor hockey schools.  

 

Justin Waldron


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303-919-6015 cell   

jrw777@gmail.com 

 

 Evan Minnick


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303-912-6744  


Evan grew up playing hockey in Littleton, CO for the Littleton Hawks and the Colorado Select.  She then went on to play Division 1 at Colgate University as well as one year of professional women’s hockey in Germany.  Since she was 16, Evan has spent her summers coaching hockey for boys and girls of all ages and skill levels at camps such as Ricci Hockey, Stick with the Edge and the Colorado Select Elite Hockey Camp.  Since returning to Denver in April 2011, Evan has been giving private and group lessons specializing in powerskating and stickhandling

 

Scott Smith


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720-254-4286 cell

scottys12@hotmail.com

Scott Smith a Colorado product, started playing completive hockey at age five, playing all of his twelve years of youth hockey for LHA. He then pursued a junior career as a senior in high school in the WSHL. After two seasons in juniors Scott returned to Littleton where he began coaching. He then pursued coaching college club for Metro State and after two seasons returned to youth hockey at AYHL. His teams have accomplished two state championships and one district championship at Arapahoe.

Scott has been with the Colorado Thunderbirds for 4 years.  He is currently the Head Coach for the U-16 Team.  For the past three years, he has been coaching with the Thunderbirds - once as an assistant coach and twice as head coach for the U-15 development team.

 

Chip Dunleavy


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303-526-8977 

chipchase13@hotmail.com                                                        

Dunleavy, a Colorado native, is best known for his career in the ECHL and CHL.  His college career at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire was highlighted by being a four year letter winner. He served as assistant captain his sophomore and junior year, and lead as captain his senior season.  Voted Rookie of the Year his freshman season, Dunleavy exceled through his college career to become the team’s Most Valuable Player, First Team honorable mention for the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletics Conference and the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. Upon completion of his senior season he joined the Victoria Salmon Kings of the ECHL.  The following two seasons were played back in Colorado for the Rocky Mountain Rage before joining the Arizona Sundogs in the CHL, where a hapless injury caused him to retire early. In his retirement, Dunleavy has expanded on his ambition to give back to the game by not only running skill development camps around the country, but by providing private on and off ice instruction.

With thirteen years coaching experience, his emphasis has always been to enhance and expand upon a player’s athletics through skill development, focusing on power skating, edge control, balance, agility, stickhandling, shooting, and situational awareness.  This former forward grew up with the belief that you must work harder and train harder than your opponent. With his skills and knowledge, Dunleavy is eager to make his imprint on the future of Colorado hockey.

 

Nick Combs


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719-331-1683

 

nick.j.combs@gmail.com 


Nick Combs was born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO. He played youth hockey for PPAHA, which is now CSAHA. Then played for a number of AAA teams throughout his Midget seasons. Nick participated in a few elite summer camps including Heartland Hockey Midget AAA Camp as well as NTDP summer camp. He also tendered with the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders. During his final elite camp, Nick suffered an injury that ended his competitive career, sending him back to Colorado. A few years away from the sport and a relocation to Seattle, WA, Nick coached the Seattle Junior Hockey Association Junior Admirals Peewee AA team, who placed second in the State Championship. After the season ended Nick and his wife Grace moved back to his native state to help coach the Colorado Thunderbirds U15 team.

 

His passion and love for the game of hockey is something that Nick takes great pride in. He has an uncanny ability to communicate through both the physical and mental challenges that the game of hockey brings. In July 2011, Nick began instructing private and group lessons developing edge control, power skating, stick-handling, shooting, positional play, agility, balance, and competitive play. He strives in helping youth and young men grow on and off the ice to become better hockey players, athletes, and people. He strives to produce top-notch hockey players and hopes give back to the sport that has changed his life.