ABOUT RHA AND
ROCHESTER HOCKEY ACADEMY
Reach the peak of your potential with instruction by former NHL and AHL player, Rory Fitzpatrick and his coaches at The Rochester Hockey Academy! We will help you improve and build upon your current skills so that you may become a stronger, more confident player. The staff at RHA is made up of instructors with extensive hockey experience. They work with players of all levels from beginner to pro. The off-ice conditioning is with highly credible trainers who have the experience of working with some of the best young athletes in the country.
Rory Fitzpatrick: President
The Irondequoit, NY, native has played 15 seasons of professional hockey… In his career, he has played in 287 regular season games in the NHL for the Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators, Vancouver Canucks and Philadelphia Flyers… He has played in 430 AHL games and recorded 39 goals and 113 assists for teams in Rochester, Philadelphia, Hamilton, Worcester and Fredericton... Three times he has participated in the AHL All-Star Classic (1997, 1998 and 2009)… At the 1997 event, he won the hardest shot competition, firing the puck 92.4 miles per-hour... He was the captain of the PlanetUSA Team in 2009. Rory is married with one daughter and 3 sons. He played for Rochester Youth Hockey as a kid and is bringing his skill, passion for the game and knowledge back to his hometown to help take youth hockey in Rochester to a new level!
Dave Insalaco: Senior Instructor
Played 4 years at Brockport College.He is seventh all-time at SUNY Brockport in goals and 10th in points. Insalaco was an All-SUNYAC second team selection in 2000 and Chase Memorial Academic Athletic Scholarship winner.Insalaco began his coaching career in 2002-03 as a volunteer assistant at the State University College at Brockport. In 2003-04, he moved to SUNY Geneseo as an assistant coach. There, he worked under current RIT Associate Head Coach Brian Hills for two seasons. During Insalaco’s three seasons at SUNYGeneseo, the Ice Knights went 51-23-11 and earned two NCAA Division III Tournament berths. Current Asst Coach at RIT.
Dave brings a level of passion and intensity to coaching and player development that is unmatched. His attention to detail and highly structured practice sessions will push players at any level to become their best.
David Leaderer: Instructor
Played 4 years at Umass Amherst where he was named to Hockey East All-Rookie team as a true freshman, served as Asst Captain for the 07-08 season, and was picked to compete in the 2008 Frozen Four Skills Competition. Played over 250 games in ECHL and AHL. Served as Asst Coach on the U14 Connecticut Wolf Pack who finished ranked 14 in Country and played in the USA Nationals In Pittsburgh. Has been doing lessons and clinics for the past 2 years in Connecticut.
Jeff Lovier: Instructor
Grew up in Fairport playing AAA hockey. After playing Varsity hockey at Fairport he played for the Rochester Jr Americans for a year and then the Syracuse Jr. A Crunch. Played 4 years for Cortland State both forward and defense. For the Last 6 years he has been a volunteer assistant coach for a local Varsity High School team and just finished up his 5th year as Head coach for Fairport JV. Currently the Head Coach of Spencerport Varisity Hockey Team.
Craig Severo: Goaltending Instructor
Craig brings a wealth of goaltending knowledge and experience. He has played at the High School and Collegiate level. He has been the goalie coach for the Brunswick School, Greenwich Academy,served as the Goalie Coach for the entire Greenwich Blues youth hockey organization, and has given lessons with Maksymum Goaltending the past 2 seasons. He is looking forward to working for RHA. Craig has a goalie of his own Jordan who plays for the nationally ranked 96' Cleveland Barons.
Jeremy Nau: Senior Instructor
Jeremy comes to RHA with an impressive playing and coaching Resume. After recieving All County Selection at Spencerport High School Jeremy went to play Prep School and Colliege Hockey. While at Geneseo he earned Best Defensemen Honors and two years later he earned SUNYAC Challenge All-Tournament Team while playing for Cortland. Jeremy has over seven years of coaching experience ranging over a broad spectrum of ages and skill levels, with over three years of professional skill development and science-based athlete training.
Andy Brolsma: Instructor
Grew up in Perinton playing AAA hockey. Played Varsity hockey at Fairport for 3 years then played Junior A for Omaha in the USHL and the Buffalo Junior Sabres. Played college hockey for 4 years at Castleton State College as a forward. In 2009 was a finalist for the NCAA Hockey Humanitarian Award. Had chance to play in Germany for Füssen Leopards.Currently in my 5th year as the Assistant Coach for the Fairport Varsity Hockey Team. Over 7 years of Lesson experience.