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13U AA 1 | 2008

Our players 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. 

The season structure consists of:

  • 40-50 games including 3-5 tournaments
  • Participate in the WNYAHL 
  • 2-3 practices per week including weekly advanced skill development sessions.
  • Off-ice sports performance training sessions throughout the season
  • Goaltending skills clinics throughout the season
  • Team building and community service events

Head Coach Tim Finke

Phone:  585.261.4802   |     Email: tfinke@gypsumsystems.com  

Tim Finke is returning as the Head Coach of the 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 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 I Cardinals in his final two years. Coach Finke holds his level 3 USA coaching certification and has coached youth hockey for the past six years. He started coaching many of his current players at the beginner level and was most recently the head coach of the 12U 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, daughter and two sons. 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.

 


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I learn more about the team?

A: If you have specific questions, please contact the head coach directly via email or cell phone.

 

Q: How are teams selected?

A: All our teams conduct open tryouts and final roster selections are determined by the coaching staff and members of our Hockey Development Group.

 

Q: Where do Jr. Amerks team skate?

A: The Rochester Ice Center is our home rink, however our teams utilize Paul Louis Arena, Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex, and Genesee Valley.

 

Q: What do you mean by "player-focused" development philosophy?
A: The vast majority of our players are between the ages of 5-15 which is an exciting and important time for their overall athletic development. Our program is designed around skill development so that our players can be successful and hopefully play the game for a really long time.  Learn more about our Player Development Program.
 

Q: How often does the team practice?

A: Our travel teams practice 2-3 times per week depending upon age group and skill level. Our AAA teams have three skates per week including a dedicated advanced skill development session plus two additional team practices. Additionally all our players have off-ice training sessions at Next Level Strength and Conditioning.

 

Q: How many players are on a team?

A: Most of our travel teams have 14-20 players per team. The younger age groups typically have 14-16 while older age groups have 16-20.

 
Q: Is there specialty goaltender training?
A: Yes, we partner with Janosz School of Goaltending to host regular goalie clinics throughout the season at no additional cost to your players. Click here to see a clinic in action.
 
Q: When are tryouts being held?

A: Due to COVID19, tryouts are taking place later than usual this year. Please visit our Teams Directory page for the tryout schedule.

 

 

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