To Prospective Team Maryland Families and Hockey Community,
First and most importantly, I want to express that I hope all of you are safe and healthy during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are in unprecedented times and we know how important hockey is to all our families. With the situation changing daily, I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I want to share what information I do have.
As you all can imagine USA Hockey is in uncharted territory. The latest communication we received from USA Hockey is they would leave Tryouts up to each individual affiliate. Team Maryland has been in continued communication with our local affiliate, PVAHA, and the Washington Little Capitals. We are all committed to doing what is right, best, and safe for our players.
The situation is constantly evolving but here are things that we do know:
Some Team Maryland news:
We are sad to say goodbye to two of our coaches, Shawn Grant and Mike Fransen.
Shawn has spent three seasons as a Head Coach for Team Maryland at the U18 and Bantam Major levels. Shawn has recently been named the Hockey Director for the Howard Huskies program and we wish him the best of luck!
Mike Fransen has spent four seasons as a Head for Team Maryland. This past year he guided our 2007 Peewee Majors to an AYHL Championship. In previous seasons he’s lead our 2002 group to SE District championships and USAH Nationals Appearance. Mike was recently hired full-time at Edward Jones, we wish him well and will miss him at the rink.
Team Maryland takes immense pride in the professionalism and talents of our coaching staff. We strive to have one of the top coaching lineups in the country. Mike and Shawn were an important piece of that.
We are excited to announce the addition of Russell Smith to our coaching lineup. Russell has spent nine years as the Hockey Director of the Tri City Eagles. Russell grew up here in Maryland and played Div-III College Hockey at Elmira College and 4 seasons of professional hockey before settling back down in Maryland. Russell is a known commodity as a high-end skills coach and is the owner and operator of Dedicated Hockey. Please help us welcome Russell to the Team Maryland family.
Our full coaching lineup for 2020-21 Season:
U18 Premier: Chris Ceransky
U18 Elite: TBA
U16 Premier: Tony Horacek
U15 Premier: Tony Horacek
Bantam Major: Matt Reid
Bantam Minor: Russell Smith
Peewee Major: Pedro Perrella
Peewee Minor: Mike Bazzone
I hope to have more, and positive, news for you soon. Please stay safe and see you soon.
Executive Director Team Maryland