I truly believe that with Ceransky’s hiring of Russel Smith, we have rounded out not just the best Bantam staff in the DMV but one of the best in the country. Reid has proven himself here at TM over last two year as a vital part of our development model and Smith will fit in as a seamless compliment.
Next on the list of coaching announcements is the Bantam age group (2007 & 2006 birth years). USA Hockey’s LTAD (Long Term Athlete Development) considers Bantams to be roughly the beginning of the Train to Train stage. The Train to Train stage is a development window in athletes used to emphasize training that continues the development of speed, strength and stamina while maintaining flexibility. This is a window of accelerated adaptation to aerobic, speed and strength training, and for maximum improvement in skill development. As a result, good training habits are developed during this stage.
With that in mind putting its key to put two coaches in place who not only understand what it takes to play at the next level but also know how to properly develop athletes of this age to get the most out of their potential. We are proud to announce our two Bantam Head Coaches, Russel Smith and Matt Reid.
“I truly believe that with Ceransky’s hiring of Russel Smith, we have rounded out not just the best Bantam staff in the DMV but one of the best in the country. Reid has proven himself here at TM over last two year as a vital part of our development model and Smith will fit in as a seamless compliment. A large majority of the very best players from Maryland go to these two men for private lessons. It is clear who the area trusts when it comes to skill development,” Executive Director Mike Weiss.
Russell Smith Joins Team Maryland as the New Bantam Minor Head Coach
He was one of the first coaches I met when I moved here, and I have been waiting for the opportunity to work together ever since. I have seen firsthand how he can positively affect the growth of a player and I want that for everyone at TM.
Coach Smith is beginning his first season as a Team Maryland Head Coach. He spent the last nine years as Hockey Director of one of the top Tier II programs in the area, the Tri-City Eagles. Under his direction TCE saw growth from four teams to twenty-two teams.
Russel, a local product, grew up in the Annapolis, MD area. He began his playing career for the Bowie Bruins. Following his time with Bowie, Coach Smith played for the Tri-City Eagles before making the jump to Tier 1 youth hockey with the Washington Little Caps. He attended Mount St. Joseph’s High School in Baltimore before transferring to the Pomfret School in Connecticut where he played two years of New England prep school hockey.
After his high school career, Russel moved on to the country’s best route to college hockey, juniors. He spent two years at the junior hockey level in the EJHL for the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs and Lowell Jr. Lockmonsters which led him to a four-year NCAA career at Elmira College.
After college Russ went on to play professionally for four seasons with the Elmira Jackals (ECHL), New Mexico Scorpions (CHL), Twin City Cyclones (SPHL), Bloomington Prairie Thunder (IHL), Muskegon Lumberjacks (IHL) and Dayton Gems (IHL). In his last pro season, he spent the year with the Mississippi RiverKings (CHL).
After his professional career Russ took the position of Hockey Director for the Tri-City Eagles in Laurel, Maryland. In his nine years with Tri-City, he grew the program by over 400%, helping to create coveted 16U and 18U AA programs and an impressive girls program. In addition to his role as Hockey Director, Russ also frequently coached teams of his own. During his tenure he was responsible for two CBHL 18U AA Playoff Championships, a 14U AA Playoff Championship, a 10U Upper A CBHL Playoff Championship, and a 10U AA CBHL Playoff Championship. While also winning three Maryland State titles at the 18U level, taking the Eagles to Nationals on each occasion.
“We have experienced very real growth at Team Maryland in the coaching department. During my time here we have welcomed Shawn Grant, Matt Reid, and Tony Horacek. Russel is a great addition to that list. He was one of the first coaches I met when I moved here, and I have been waiting for the opportunity to work together ever since. I have seen firsthand how he can positively affect the growth of a player and I want that for everyone at TM. Welcome to the family Russ,” Hockey Director Chris Ceransky.
Coach Smith is excited about the challenge and opportunity to coach at the Tier 1 level with the Team Maryland organization. His background as a coach and hockey director have provided him with invaluable experience which will translate well at the 2007 level. Over the past seven years he’s owned and operated Dedicated Hockey, providing him with the knowledge and understanding of how to best create an elite level player. We are grateful to have Russ and his dog Husmo in the TM family.
“I’m extremely grateful that TM has allowed me the opportunity to further my hockey career. I look forward to developing each of the 07’s and helping them to become the best players and people they can be. Although these are tough times, I hope all players are continuing their athletic and academic development so we can hit the ice at full speed when things get back to normal,” Coach Russ Smith.
Matt Reid Returns as the 2006 Head Coach for Second Straight Season
Yes Matt has been a great leap for us in the skills department, which makes him a great match for this age groups, but he also understands what I am trying to do here with our new culture and has been my right hand man when it comes to implementing it. His infectious drive and ferocity has helped the club take things to the next level.
Coach Reid enters his 3rd season with Team Maryland and his second season as the club’s Skills Director. In his first season with Team Maryland, Matt was instrumental in creating our 16U American team which marked the first time TM had two teams at a single age group. If that wasn’t good enough, Coach Matt led the 16U American team to AYHL regular season and playoff championship in their very first season. He returns as the bench boss for the 2006 team for a second year, after a successful 2019-20 campaign. Reid also assists the Maryland Blackbear staff as a skills coach.
“I couldn’t be happier with Matt’s effect on our club so far. His players love him, and I consider him a friend not just a co-worker. Yes Matt has been a great leap for us in the skills department, which makes him a great match for this age groups, but he also understands what I am trying to do here with our new culture and has been my right hand man when it comes to implementing it. His infectious drive and ferocity has helped the club take things to the next level,” Hockey Director Chris Ceransky.
Coach Reid brings with him an impressive playing background. Matt was in an elite group skill wise from an early age having played for the US National Team at U-16 and U-17 representing the United State in Germany and Japan. Reid was also selected by the Ottawa 67’s in the OHL Priority Selection Draft but chose to attend Northwood Prep in Lake Placid, NY. Matt’s successful Prep School career culminated with his commitment to Clarkson University (NCAA-D-I) where he won an ECAC Championship in 1999.
After his college career Matt received a contract in the Washington Capitals Organization beginning a nine-year professional career. Coach Reid had the honor to be in some of the best pro leagues in the world including the AHL, ECHL, EIHL, and in the Netherlands playing the game he loves both domestically and abroad. Matts career was not short on highlights having played in the AHL (Portland Pirates, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and Hershey Bears), 390 total points in the ECHL (Pee Dee Pride, Florence Pride, and South Carolina Stingrays), was a part of 4 Championship teams, received numerous team MVP and Offensive awards, and was coached by several current NHL coaches.
“I’d like to thank the Team Maryland organization for my opportunity to coach a 3rd season here. I’m excited about the groundwork we built with the 06’s last season and hoping it can help moving forward. Our expectations are high but our commitment to excellence and drive is higher,” Coach Matt Reid.
Matt has started his own hockey school, Redier Hockey, since moving to the area with his wife Laurie and dogs Maple & Harvey.
We are very happy with our Pee-wee staff for the upcoming season. Both men have a great temperament for the age group and have a great background developing younger players. We are confident they are the perfect duo to prepare our Pee-wee’s for the rigor of Tier I hockey.
The youngest age group at Team Maryland is our Pee-wee’s (2009 & 2008 birthyears) so naturally they hold a very special place in our heart. We get to see the first moments of so many fantastic kid’s AAA careers, and if we are very lucky, we get to enjoy those moments with them for many years. With the creation of our new development ladder from Pee-wee all the way to Juniors, a player could wear a Team Maryland family (Team Maryland Youth, Team Maryland EHL, Maryland Blackbears, and Youngstown Phantoms) jersey from the age of ten all the way to twenty-one.
The Pee-wee age level is instrumental in the skill development, personal growth, and culture building for all our young athletes. With that in mind we are proud to officially announce Mike Bazzone as the Pee-wee Minor Head Coach and Pedro Perrella as the Pee-wee Major Head Coach.
“We are very happy with our Pee-wee staff for the upcoming season. Both men have a great temperament for the age group and have a great background developing younger players. We are confident they are the perfect duo to prepare our Pee-wee’s for the rigor of Tier I hockey,” Executive Director Mike Weiss.
Coach Perrella is a great example to all the kids that play here at Team Maryland. He paid his dues and worked his way up from the bottom, spending years as an assistant coach. If you put in enough humble hard work, your efforts are bound to yield fruit.
Pedro Perrella returns to Team Maryland for his ninth season. Coach Perrella started with Team Maryland as Coach Weiss’s assistant at the Pee-wee Major level with the 2000 & 2001 Birth-years, helping lead both teams to playoff appearances and a regular season AYHL Championship.
The next three years Perrella worked with Coach Fritz at the Bantam levels, helping lead the 2002’s to the AYHL playoffs and SE Districts. Pedro spent the last three seasons as a TM Head Coach, and his time learning from other top coaches in the area paid off. He took over for a team that was 12-30-6 in its previous season. With Coach Perralla at the helm the 2005’s improved to a .500 season highlighted by a very strong showing at the world-famous Quebec Peewee Tournament. Coach Pedro hopes to build on his Quebec success this year in his second season behind the bench with the 2008’s.
“Coach Perrella is a great example to all the kids that play here at Team Maryland. He paid his dues and worked his way up from the bottom, spending years as an assistant coach. If you put in enough humble hard work, your efforts are bound to yield fruit. I’m delighted that our young men have been able to see all the work that Pedro puts into his craft, and now we are all sharing in his success.” Hockey Director Chris Ceransky
In addition, Coach Perrella has served as a Head Coach for the DC Selects AAA Spring Program and is a lead skills instructor for local area camps. Coach Pedro played hockey locally in Frederick before playing Tier-1 AAA Hockey for 4 years for WLC and MYHA. After youth hockey, Perrella went on to play Junior Hockey for Frederick Freeze leading the team in all scoring categories until injuries derailed his playing career. Coach Perrella would later go to play ACHA Hockey for the University of Maryland.
“It is a privilege to be back with TM for another season, specifically with this 2008 group. I’m excited to build on the growth & development the 08’s saw last year and to continue our journey towards the Peewee Quebec World Championships! This off season I have had more time than usual to reflect upon last year and to think about my development plan for this upcoming year and I cannot wait to get started. Every season is a journey and I am thrilled to meet the young athletes who will be embarking on this journey with me and to see our TM family come together to accomplish big things,” Coach Pedro Perrella.
Pedro holds a Master’s in education with a concentration in K-12 Physical Education and is currently finishing his first full year as a teacher.
I’m grateful I’ve had the chance to work with Coach Bazzone more and more over the last two seasons. He’s earned my respect the hard way, through good old-fashioned hard work and morals.
Coach Mike Bazzone is entering his third season as a Head Coach with Team Maryland. With his new position as Head Coach of the 2009’s, Mike is the only TM coach to have worked at all three youth levels (Pee-wee, Bantam, and Midget). In his first season he led the Bantam Majors (2004’s) to the AYHL Playoffs and SE District Championship Tournament. In his second season Coach Bazzone was the Head Coach of our 18U Elite team. 2019-20 was the first season we ever had a second 18U team which was very important to the development ladder we are fostering here. Thanks to Coach Bazzone’s efforts we will be able to offer the 18U Elite experience for years to come.
Coach Mike served as the skills instructor for Pro Intensity Hockey from 2011-2014 where he oversaw player development for the Prince William Hockey Club. Mike also served as club goalie instructor for the NOVA Ice Dogs and Skills Instructor for the NOVA Ice Dogs girls’ program.
In 2014 Bazzone began running training programs independently. Over the last few years, he has built a strong following which lead to him opening his own facility. Mike is the owner/operator of HockeyCore Training Facility located on the second floor of the Rockville Ice Arena where he trains local players of all levels including countless Team Maryland players.
“I’m grateful I’ve had the chance to work with Coach Bazzone more and more over the last two seasons. He’s earned my respect the hard way, through good old-fashioned hard work and morals. Its been a pleasure watching him grow as a head coach. He has a real knack for skill development and connecting with his players. That’s exactly what we need in our Pee-wee coaches,” Hockey Director Chris Ceransky.
Throughout his time training players in the area, Mike has had the opportunity to develop players to the next level consistently. Coach Bazzone is a proud husband and father of five.
“I’m beyond excited to be coaching the Pee-wee level next season. The chance to coach our newest crop of TM players is an honor I don’t take lightly. I can’t wait to see them pull a Team Maryland jersey over their head for the first time! Together we are going to learn a lot while molding a highly competitive and motivated team. I’m eager to introduce these players to Tier 1 hockey and teach them what it means to be a part of this club. I hope everyone is as enthusiastic about our return to hockey as I am,” Coach Mike Bazzone.
Good luck in the upcoming season Gentlemen! Be sure visit or social media and website on Monday for the official Bantam Head Coaches announcement.
The Team Maryland Peewee Majors go 4-0 to sweep AYHL competition and win AYHL Championship. At the Peewee Major, the top 4 teams; TM, LI Gulls, Valley Forge, and Virtua faced off in a 3 game round-robin with the top two teams advancing to the championship.
In game 1, Team Maryland would find themselves down 0-2 after the 1st period. Quinn McKenzie and Mate Tardi would score back to back in under a minute in the 2nd period evening the game at 2-2. Virtua would strike first in the 3rd and once again TM found themselves in a hole. The team showed their resilience by scoring 2 goals (Trethewey and Sedlak-Braude) to win the all important first game 4-3. Justin Vlassis added 3 assists in the game. Jack Faricy would get the win in net.
Team Maryland and Valley Forge would face off in a classic back and forth matchup that needed overtime to decide the winner. Dominik Sedlak-Braude would open up the scoring early in the first which would later be answered by Valley Forge. Carter Johnson and Justin Vlassis scored in the second giving TM a 3-2 lead after 2. Valley Forge battled and scored the tying goal with just under 2 minutes to go in the game. Again, 07s would show their resilience, fighting off Valley Forge momentum with Quinn McKenzie scoring the overtime winner just over a minute into OT.
Game 3 ultimately didn’t matter as TM and the Gulls both had locked up their position in the Championship game but when your playing #7 team in the US, you play to win. Team Maryland was the only team in the AYHL to defeat the Gulls during the regular season and they would do it again with a dominating 7-4 win against the Gulls.
In the Championship game, Quinn McKenzie would open the scoring in the 2nd period giving TM a 1-0 lead. Gulls would make it 1-1, but Justin Vlassis would quickly give TM back the lead. Late in the 2nd, TM would be on the wrong end of a controversial no goal call and TM would only have a one goal lead heading into the 3rd. Gulls would tie the score early into the 3rd and goaltender Troy Wright would make a bunch of big saves to hold off the Gulls momentum. With 3 minutes to go, Quinn McKenzie would give TM the lead. 30 seconds later, Carter Johnson would get the goal which sealed it for the 4-2 Win.
Team Maryland came away with 2 individual honors; Quinn McKenzie – All American Forward, Jack Faricy – All American Goaltender.
Congratulations to Coach Fransen, Coach Tait, Brody Cook, Dylan Corsi, Jack Faricy, Ali Haan, Carter Johnson, Zachary Martsching, Quinn McKenzie, Daniel McNelis, Alex Milota, Quentin O’Connor, Dominik Sedlak-Braude, Mate Tardi, Charlie Trethewey, Justin Vlassis, William Weller, and Troy Wright.