OUR TEAM IS YOUR TEAM

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.

When you skate at Micro Ice, you are partaking in more than just another clinic or camp; you are a part of a training center...and our community!

OUR STAFF

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DAVID BREEN – Program Director/Micro Ice President

Dave has been the Program Director for Micro Ice since 2014. He is also the Director of Hockey Operations at Bentley University (NCAA Division I) where he is in charge of Player Development and Analytics for the team. Prior to Bentley Dave was an assistant coach at Curry College and Trinity College. 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.

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PETER CARRUTHERS - Head Skating Instructor

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.

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MATT CULOT - Lead Skills Instructor

Matt Culot is the Lead Skills Instructor at Micro Ice. Matt hails from Billerica, Massachusetts. He began his Junior Hockey career as part of the Boston Junior Bruins at the age of 14 years old. He went on to play another 5 years of Juniors, with teams including the Valley Junior Warriors, Rochester Americans, Kalkaska Rhinos, Springfield Express, and the Utah Outliers where he was the leading scorer on the team with 81 points (21 goals and 60 assists) and in the top 20 scorers in the WSHL.

In 2019, Matt shifted from playing to teaching, joining the El Paso Rhinos organization in Texas to deliver high level development clinics and private lessons with an emphasis in power skating, shooting, stick work and agility. Matt also managed the Dallas Stars’ branded learn to play hockey program.

In 2020, Matt made the jump to coaching by joining the Everbaldes U14 A team in Estereo, Florida. Matt also joined the TPH Center of Excellence Estero team. The TPH program is designed for long term athlete development by providing platforms for each individual to reach their potential. Matt provided skills clinics and lessons, coached tournament teams, ran the treadmill and ensured athletes stayed on track on and off the ice. He also coached the Southeast Elite summer tournament teams in various US cities.

Matt joined Micro Ice in 2021 and provides various skills and skating clinics, classes and private lessons as well as assists in coaching our Ice Dogs teams. Matt strongly believes in teaching skills that make players think and make quick decisions. He looks to challenge players to go beyond their comfort zone.  

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COLE MCBRIDE - Skills Instructor

Cole McBride is a Skills Instructor at Micro Ice. Cole was born and raised in Saskatchewan, Canada. His hockey career began in the small town of Kindersley playing for the Kindersley Klippers in the SJHL before moving away from home to play junior hockey in Camrose, Alberta for Camrose Kodiaks in the AJHL. Cole potted 108 points over those seasons as a Kodiaks forward, including 32 goals in 2015-16 season. After 2 years of junior hockey, Cole played Division 1 hockey for Merrimack College, where he also earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. In the 2018-19 season, Cole had 11 points with 5 goals and 6 assists.

Today, Cole teaches 4th grade at a local elementary school. He joined Micro Ice in 2021, merging his passions for hockey and education. Always the teacher, Cole is a charismatic and patient instructor, able to effectively communicate and connect with young athletes and students to help them reach their highest potential. Cole assists in various skills and skating clinics, classes and private lessons as well as assists in coaching our Ice Dogs teams.

THE ONLY PLACE TO GET YOUR ON-ICE TRAINING

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. 

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