Micro Ice Training Centers offer players and parents some of our area’s most experienced and successful hockey instructors. We know that the instructor makes the difference, and we have the ones you want 7 days a week, 12 months a year. We are here for YOU! Each coach brings a specialized skills development program to the ice. As a whole, they have made an investment in our area’s hockey community and are dedicated to enhancing the performances of each individual. With a professional and committed attitude, each coach operates under the mission of developing a young skater’s potential growth through skill building exercises.
Dave has been the Program Director for Micro Ice since 2014. Dave directs and oversees all aspects of Micro Ice's hockey programs and coaches our Ice Dogs teams. He is also a Skating and Skills coach in the Boston Bruins organization (NHL & AHL). Prior to his role with the Bruins, Dave was the Director of Player Development at Bentley University (NCAA Division I). Dave has also served as an assistant coach at Curry College, Trinity College and Phillips Academy Andover. He grew up in North Andover, playing for local teams such as the Valley Junior Warriors (EJHL), Phillips Academy Andover, Merrimack College, and Trinity College. Prior to Micro Ice, Dave worked for over 15 years at Dynamic Skating. Dave currently holds a USA Hockey Level 4 certification.
Dave Wainwright is Micro Ice’s Director of Player Development and serves as the head coach of our 2011 and 2013 teams. Dave played high school hockey at Thayer Academy and then went on to be a 4-year player at Boston College, earning a Captain designation in his senior year. Dave was an NHL Draft selection of New York Islanders in 1992. Most recently, Dave was the 2013 Islanders Hockey Club Elite head coach for two seasons. Dave also served as an assistant coach of 2011 Valley Junior Warriors Elite for one season. Dave brings a wealth of playing, coaching and development experience at all levels to Micro Ice. Dave resides in North Andover, Massachusetts with his wife and three sons.
Bob MacCurtain is Micro Ice's Director of Coaching. Bob will also serve as a coach of our 2011 team. Bob comes to Micro Ice with extensive coaching experience. He was the head coach of the Woburn High School Girls Varsity Hockey Team for 18 years. His teams have won 5 State championships, and played in 3 other state final games. Bob coached 19 Woburn High School players who went on to play Division 1 and 3 college hockey. In addition, Bob was the head coach of the Boston Americans 2008 Elite team for 3 seasons. Bob also served as a co-head coach at the USA Hockey National Development Select 14 Camps in 2003 and 2010. Bob is a level 5 certified coach with USA Hockey and has been a lecturer for the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program for several years. In his role at Micro Ice, Bob will lead our coaches development program and serve as a valued resource for Ice Dogs coaches, players and families alike
Peter Carruthers, along with his sister, Kitty, won the silver medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. Their performance was the best finish of any U.S. pair team in 32 years. A feat coincidently equaled only one other time in Olympic history by a brother and sister team.
The personal story of this very special brother- sister tandem is an essay of love and destiny. Both Kitty and Peter were adopted at three months of age by Charles and Maureen Carruthers of Burlington, MA. Though they share no common genetic heritage – Kitty of Welsh and Lebanese extraction, while Peter is Dutch and English – their relationship exemplifies all the positive values of close family ties. Their Silver Medal performance at the 1984 Winter Olympics was a celebration of warmth, joy and enthusiasm for millions of Americans. When they left the ice after the awards ceremony, Kitty and Peter skated away with more than a medal – they had also won the hearts of America.
Their triumph at Sarajevo was the final chapter in an extraordinary amateur career highlighted by four consecutive U.S. Figure Skating Championship Titles from 1981 through 1984, and a bronze medal at the 1982 World Figure Skating Championships. Peter and Kitty Carruthers were inducted into the Skating Hall of Fame in 1999. After the Olympics in 1984, Kitty and Peter were featured for five years in Ice Capades they then went on to tour with Discover Stars on Ice for five years where their sensational performances electrified audiences throughout North America and earned them unanimous critical praise.
Peter Carruthers has been an expert analyst exclusively for ABC Sports and ESPN figure skating telecasts. He has worked alongside Terry Gannon, Dick Button and Peggy Fleming.
Alex Molnar is a Skills Instructor at Micro Ice. Alex hails from Nitra, Slovakia, where he played for the U16 and U17 Slovakian National Team and later professionally for HK Nitra Slovakia (Slovakia’s top pro league). Alex then came to United States and attended Salem State College, where he was a 4-year player. Since his playing days, Alex has spent 11 years coaching various youth hockey teams, including an EHF Elite U13 championship in 2016 and 2017 with Islanders Hockey Club and a 2021/2022 Massachusetts State U14 T1 championship and Bronze Medal at USA Hockey Nationals with Assabet Valley Girls. Alex is a experienced and energetic coach and assists in various skills and skating clinics, classes and private lessons as well as assists in coaching our Ice Dogs teams.
Matt Thomson is a Reading, Mass native who previously played locally for Reading High before moving on to junior hockey in the USHL for the Youngstown Phantoms and Cedar Rapids Roughriders. He went on to play Division 1 hockey for Northeastern University, where he earned his Undergraduate degree. He continued his studies and hockey play for Division 1 Bentley University as a Graduate student. Matt is the owner of Matt Thomson Shooting and has been coaching skill development for the last 7 years.
At Micro Ice, our philosophy is based on small group training in a smaller area at a high tempo with many repetitions. Our rink is one-third the size of standard rinks. For younger players, the smaller surface is more comfortable and less daunting. For older players, the smaller surface enhances intensity, forces faster decision making and improves quickness in shots and moves. Our experienced, professional coaches create game-like situations with maximum puck touches to accelerate player development.