Instructors

Joe Jacobi

Joe Jacobi has always had a passion for the rink, which has flourished over the years. A graduate of SUNY Fredonia through which he earned a B.A in Business Administration, Joe evolved his passion for the game while playing at the ACHA level. Upon graduation, Joe decided to return home and share his passion for the game with the youth of Western New York, as lead instructor for the Buffalo Prospects/Alien Hockey organization, and assistant to the Williamsville North JV and Amherst Knights midget teams. His enthusiasm for the game does not go unnoticed as evidenced by his hard work and dedication to sharing his craft with todayâ??s youth.

Nolan Sheeran

Now a junior at Canisius College, Nolan Sheeran has had a decorated career on the rink. Notably, Nolan played two years in the OJHL for the Buffalo Junior Sabres, where he totaled 120 points, and was the teamâ??s leading point scorer in the 2013-2014 playoff season. A Bowman Cup participant, he played two years with the Buffalo Regals 18u team winning the NYS championship each year and also represented the Williamsville North varsity team for two years. In October 2014, Nolan was named â??Rookie of the Weekâ?? for the Atlantic Hockey Conference. Nolanâ??s grind for the game is emphasized in his ability not only to play, but also teach strength and skill set required by successful  players.  

Ryan Schmelzer

Also a junior at Canisius College, Ryan Schmelzer has made a name for himself in the community.  While representing the Williamsville East High School team for three years, Ryan further developed his skill during his three years in the OJHL playing for the Buffalo Junior Sabres, where he was appointed to the OJHL South West Conference all-star team. Ryan offers a quiet confidence to the game, which he hopes to inject into the WNY School of Hockey program.

Jake Rosen

A senior at Buffalo State College, Jake Rosen, has held both local and national representation on the ice hockey scene. During his three years on the Williamsville North squad, Jake was named to 1st team all-state, achieved the record for most points scored in a season and was a two time Bowman Cup participant. Additionally Jake played two years in the Eastern Junior Hockey League and represented Team USA in the 2013 Maccabi Games. Jake offers a diverse range of experience to the WNY School of Hockey, and prides himself on his ability to share this experience with all involved with the program.

Nick DeSimone

A junior at Union College, winners of the 2013 NCAA Division I Menâ??s Ice Hockey Championship, Nick DeSimone, offers years of experience to the WNY School of Hockey. Nick represented Williamsville North High School for three years, before getting his start as a member of the EJHLâ??s Connecticut Oilers. Further advancement led him to the OJHLâ??s Buffalo Jr Sabres where he was named Runner Up Defenseman of the Year and  to the 1st All Star team. He later became a member of the OJHLâ??s Southwest Conference All Star Team and a Bowman Cup participant. Evident through his on ice play and off rink persona, Nick offers a quiet confidence to the game which is captured during his instruction for the WNY School of Hoc



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