Founded by former NHL player Rory Fitzpatrick, Rochester Hockey Academy was started to help players of all ages develop and improve upon your current skills so that you may become a stronger, more confident player. The staff at RHA is made up of passionate instructors with extensive hockey experience who stay up to date on the most current and effective coaching/instructing techniques. RHA works with players of all ages and skill levels ranging from beginner to pro and is also a proud partner with Next Level Strength and Conditioning - Rochester's premier sports performance training facility!
We believe that talent is only a small component of what it takes to be successful. We know that it's what a player does beyond their regular games and practices that will make them stand out above the rest!
Because our coaches have an extensive hockey background and have been through the process already, we know that if you're not willing to put in the extra time and effort to gain an edge on the competition, someone else will leave you left behind! Our coaches know the value of hard work and the importance of having FUN! RHA promises to provide each player an opportunity to improve their game through positive coaching and a supportive learning environment.

Dave Leaderer-Director/Head Instructor


Dave is a native of Rochester, NY.  Throughout his career, Dave has had the chance to play under some very well renowned junior, college, and pro coaches including  Chris and Peter Masters (Boston Jr. Bruins – EJHL), Don “Toot” Cahoon (UMass Amherst), Red Gendron (UMaine), Rick Kowalsky (Albany Devils), and Lane Lambert (Washington Capitals).

Playing career:

Growing up Dave was selected to represent Team New York for the 15U, 16U, and 17U USA Hockey festival.  From there, he moved to Hopkinton, MA to play for the Boston Jr Bruins full season Midget AAA team where he was named captain.  The following season, Dave played for the Boston Jr Bruins (EJHL), helping them to the EJHL finals. As a defensemen with the Jr Bruins, Dave amassed 21 points in 37 games.  While with the Jr Bruins, Dave earned a full scholarship to UMass Amherst where he played as a true freshman.  During his career at Umass Amherst, Dave was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie team, Hockey East All-Academic team, and was named one of the team captains his senior year.  In his 4 years at UMass, Dave registered 33 points and was a major contributor to UMass’s first ever NCAA appearance.  After college, Dave went on to sign as a free agent with the Trenton Devils of the ECHL.  As a pro, Dave played 3 seasons with the Trenton Devils and 1 season with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL totaling 114 points.  Dave was able to get a couple of brief stints with the Albany Devils and Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL as well. 

Coaching Career:

After his playing career, Dave helped coach the Connecticut Jr Wolkpack (1999) to the USA Nationals.  His coaching and development that year led to a commitments  to Divison I, III, Jr, and Prep Schools.  Dave’s most recent coaching was with the U14 Rochester Monarchs leading them to the New York states.  His promise is that each player will receive excellent training and hep them reach their top potential.


Dave Insalaco: Senior Instructor (Summer Only)
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.


Stephen Mallaro: Senior Instructor
Stephen is a Syracuse native.  Stephen played 4 years at SUNY Oswego amassing 38 points in 68 games.  A member of the 2010 SUNYAC Championship Hockey team at Oswego, Mallaro was an assistant captain for the Lakers during his senior year and a First-Team All-SUNYAC selection in 2010 and a Second-Team pick in 2011. He led the Oswego defensemen in scoring as a junior and again as a senior. After graduation, Mallaro played in the ECHL with the Elmira Jackals, the Trenton Titans and finished the 2011-12 season as a member of the Gwinnett Gladiators helping the team to a first place finish in the Southern Division of the ECHL and a second place finish in the Eastern Conference. After a brief stint as co-owner and lead instructor for the MR Hockey School, Mallaro moved on to Manhattanville College as an assistant coach as he completed work on a master’s degree in Sport Business Management from the school. He helped the Valiants to an ECAC West Conference Championship title game in 2012-13 and a semifinal appearance in 2013-14 Tournament. As the lead assistant coach for defense and special teams, Mallaro coached the ECAC West Co-Defensive Player of the Year and a Third-Team All-American. Stephen then joined the coaching staff at SUNY Brockport for the 2014-15 season where he is the assistant coach now.