Directing our goalies at Jr. T-Birds Training Camp will be Keith Petruzelli, a former Rifle goalie himself.
Since then, Keith played his college hockey at Quinnipiac University, where he was a four year starter. After Quinnipiac, he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs and played with their AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies this past season. Keith will return to Toronto for next year. A list of his accolades appear below. We are thrilled to have him working with our goalies at Jr. T-Birds Training Camp this year!
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2021 ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Year
2021 Hobey Baker Award Top 10 Finalist
2021 ECAC Hockey First Team
2021 Mike Richter Award Finalist
ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Month (Feb. 2021)
ECAC Hockey Player of the Week (1/18/21)
Eight-time ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week (11/19/19, 2/3/20, 2/10/20, 1/18/21, 2/8/21, 2/15/21, 3/8/21, 3/29/21)
ECAC Hockey Second Star of the Week (12/21/20)
More about our instructors below!
Peter Crinella: It is only fitting Peter will be back as an instructor for T-Birds Training Camp, after the forward played with the Springfield Thunderbirds’ AHL team this past season. The Rifles and Pope Francis Prep product played his collegiate hockey at Holy Cross before turning pro, and after three seasons in the United States, will be playing for the Guildford Flames of the Elite Ice Hockey League in England for the 2022-2023 season.
Jake Gaudet: A former teammate of Co-Director John Leonard at UMASS, Jake served as captain of the Minutemen his senior year. Since graduating, the forward has played two seasons for the Cleveland Monsters, the AHL affiliate for the Columbus Blue Jackets. We are excited to welcome to native of Ontario, Canada to training camp this year.
Ryan Leonard: Another returning instructor, and former Rifles forward, Ryan is coming off a successful season for the United States National Team. The Boston College commit and NHL prospect will return to the national team, before attending BC in the fall of 2023.
Jake Ryczek: Jake returns to training camp after playing in his second professional season. The defenseman played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for the Halifax Mooseheads, before turning pro. He will return to the Adirondack Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the New Jersey Devils, for the 2022-2023 season.
Brian Scoville: Also a defenseman, Brian plays his collegiate hockey at Utica College. The Agawam native played his junior hockey in the BCHL with the Langley Rivermen before heading to school, and will play his junior season this year.
Brendan Nehmer: Like other instructors, Brendan also represented the Rifles as a player before an instructor. A former Pope Francis Prep standout, the forward now plays Division I hockey at Stonehill College and is entering his senior season.
Luka Maver: Luka will bring some international experience to training camp this year. The Slovenian National Team member and AIC captain joins the staff for the first time this year. A 4 year presence at forward for the Yellow Jackets, Luka is familiar with hockey in the 413 and looks to bring some European training methods to camp.