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Rifles Hockey School 2019: Registration, dates, coaching staff, daily schedule and more

By Rifles Hockey, 06/10/19, 9:00AM EDT


The Rifles are excited to announce dates for the annual Rifles Hockey School:

Starting Monday, August 19, the School will run 4 days until Thursday, August 22.


The school will be held at the Olympia in West Springfield, Mass. and the daily schedule can be seen below:

Mites & Squirts
9:00 – 10:00 am        Ice Session #1
10:15 – 10:45 am      Off Ice (Conditioning & Skills)
10:50 – 11:10 am      Break/Snack
11:20 – 12:20 pm      Ice Session #2  
10:10 – 11:10 am     Ice Session #1
11:25 – 11:55 am     Off Ice (Conditioning & Skills)
12:00 – 12:20 pm     Break/Snack
12:30 – 1:30 pm        Ice Session #2     
10:20 – 11:20 am     Ice Session #1
11:30 – 12:00 pm     Off Ice (Conditioning & Skills)
12:05 – 12:20 pm     Break/Snack
12:30 – 1:30 pm       Ice Session #2     
4:00 – 5:00 pm        Ice Session #1                      
5:10 – 6:10 pm        Ice Session #2       
The 2018 RHS Instructor/Coaching lineup is as follows, we'll update this list as we confirm the 2019 coaching staff:

Brian Foley

Coaching Experience:

  • Varsity High School Coach (Longmeadow, Cathedral, Pope Francis) - 29 years
  • Springfield Rifles Bantam Major Coach - 7 years
  • Youth Hockey Coach (mites thru midgets) - 15 years

Playing Experience:

  • Cathedral, Choate, College of the Holy Cross (varsity all four years)


  • Developing numerous players who have gone on to play College (D1, D2 & D3 levels)

Kevin Kervick

Coaching Experience:

  • Head Coach (all levels) - 29 years
  • Springfield Rifles Head Coach - Current U16 & U18 Tier 1, Bantam Major, & Prep Teams

Playing Experience:

  • Cathedral, St. Anselm 


  • Bessone Trophy Recipient
  • Cathedral Hall of Fame


Patrick Tabb

Coaching Experience:

  • Springfield Pics USPHL Premier Team Head Coach & General Manager - 8 years
  •  American International College (D1) Assistant Coach - 3 years
  •  New England Junior Falcons Empire team Head Coach - 2years
  • Youth Hockey Coach - 6 years 

Playing Experience:​ 

  • Avon Old Farms, American International College (varsity all four years)


  • 115 Division I games played in college
  • Coach of the Year - 2008 (Empire) and 2011 (EJHL, now USPHL)
  • 2014 USPHL Elite League Champions and National Finalists 
  • Placed over 75 players in College Hockey (D1-D3) and 3 professionally in the last 6 seasons​




  • JOHN LEONARD. College: University of Massachusetts. Juniors: Green Bay Gamblers (USHL). Highlights: USHL "Top Prospects" game (best NHL draft eligible players in league). Named Mr. Hockey by ESPN Boston in 2015 after 74 point season for Cathedral.
  • TYLER KELLEHER. College: University of New Hampshire. Juniors: USA National Team Development Program. Highlights: Finished third in Hockey East in scoring with 46 points last year. "Hobey Baker" Nominee (top player in NCAA Divison I hockey). Led his USA team in scoring (both years). Attended New Jersey Devils development camp.
  • CHARLIE KELLEHER. College: University of New Hampshire. Juniors: Boston Junior Bruins (USPHL). Highlights: Scored 53 points in only 38 games this year for Junior Bruins. Recently selected in first round, 12th overall by Tri-City Storm of the USHL.
  • DJ PETRUZELLI. College: Quinnipiac University. Juniors: Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL). Highlights: Won the Island Division with the Clippers this year. Captained Cathedral High School in 2014-2015, posting 67 points.
  • KEITH PETRUZELLI. College: Quinnipiac University. Juniors: Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL). Highlights: Recognized as one of top goalies in country at his age. 1.13 goals against average, .936 save percentage this season with Selects Academy.
  • JAKE RYCZEK. College: Providence College. Juniors: Waterloo Blackhawks, Sioux City Musketeers (USHL). Highlights: Selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2016 NHL Draft. Finished third in the USHL in points per game as a defenseman. USHL "Top Prospects" game (best NHL draft eligible players in league). Providence College won the NCAA National Championship in 2015.
  • MICKEY FOLEY. College: Skidmore College. Juniors: Springfield Pics (USPHL). Highlights: Top five on team in scoring with 10 points. Won a USPHL Elite Championship with Pics and went to Nationals.
  • MATT FOLEY. College: Yale University. Juniors: Bloomington Thunder (USHL). Highlights: Reached Eastern Conference Finals with the Bloomington Thunder. Yale won the NCAA National Championship in 2013.
  • SEAN KAVANAGH. College: Tufts University. Juniors: Springfield Pics (USPHL). Highlights: Joe Concannon Award nominee (best American born college hockey player in New England - DII/DIII). A top defensemen in NESCAC conference.
  • RYAN CLOONAN. College: Boston University. Juniors: Boston Junior Bruins (USPHL). Highlights: Top ten on team in scoring as a freshman with 14 points. Made it to the NCAA tournament with Boston University.
  • AUSTIN ORSZULAK. College: American International College. Juniors: Springfield Pics (USPHL). Highlights: "Hobey Baker" nominee (top player in NCAA Division I hockey). 35 points for AIC as a sophomore, 27 as a junior.
  • DOMINIC BLAD. College: UMASS Boston. Juniors: Middlesex Islanders (USPHL). Highlights: Islanders won the regular season with best record in USPHL. UMASS Boston reached Division III Frozen Four this past season.
  • JEFF WALKER - DIRECTOR STOP IT GOALTENDING College: Worcester Polytechnic Institute Highlights: Captain, division-champion, selected to the NECHA All-Star team. Jeff has trained college, prep school, high school, and youth goalies.



The Rifles Hockey School is excited to welcome (back) as instructors our former players. Many started in youth hockey with Coach Foley before becoming Rifles under Coach Kervick. Most played again for Coach Foley at Cathedral and with Coach Tabb for the Springfield Pics. At all levels their experiences and demonstrated outcomes form the core of our hockey school.

The RHS is age-specific and participants are scheduled in one of four groups by birth year. Participants from mites through bantams will cover fundamental skills, power-skating,  and hockey concepts in both on and off-ice sessions daily. The RHS program for midgets features two high-intensity ice sessions each day.

Formed from the successes of the Springfield Rifles program the Rifles Hockey School promises the best hockey preparedness experience for your player. 

What Is Included?

In addition to the comprehensive hockey program, all participants will receive a Rifles Hockey School Jersey and T-shirt.