Went to the University of Maine where he was a 2 time All American. After his successful college career he spent 1 season playing for the Canadian National Team, 4 years in the AHL and 12 seasons playing professionally in Europe. Over the course of his career he was a part of 2 championship teams and captained multiple teams. Before becoming the Maine Wild coach Jeff was the coach for the CT Nighthawks Premier team in the EHL and coach for the Portland Junior Pirates Premier team in the USPHL. Jeff has helped develop and place numerous players into college hockey.
French- Canadian, born and raised in Levis, Quebec. After graduating from high school, he played 2 years at the Cegep Levis-Lauzon, before heading in 2000 to the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) for two years in order to learn English as a second language.
After two successful years playing in Nanaimo B. C., he earned a full scholarship from the University of Maine. Redshirting his first year due to language barrier, I bounced back and had an impact right away for the Blackbears. In his first year, he was named rookie of the year. He went on to be a captain for the next three years, helping the team make it to the Frozen four three times in four years.
He also earned All-American honors for 3 years, and was chosen to the All-Academic team for 4 years.
He went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, Public Relations minor, Business minor, and Child Development minor.
After graduating from UMaine in 2007, Michel went on to pursue a professional hockey career for the next 8 years. He played two years in the AHL for the Toronto Marlies and the Manchester Monarchs, two years in the ECHL for the Charlotte Checkers, three years in the second pro league in Germany for the Heilbronner Falkens, and finished his career playing one year at home for the CoolFm de St-Georges in the LNAH in Quebec.
In 2014, after officially retiring from the game, Michel went on to work for two years as a head coach at the North American Hockey Academy (NAHA), developing high school level players in preparation for playing at the highest College and Olympic levels.
Currently living in Portland since June of 2016, his wife Holli, daughter Julianne and Michel are excited to come back home, closer to friends and family, and build lots of memories.
Fred Quistgard has been teaching the art of goal tending since 1978, Fred’s philosophy of combining life skills, game knowledge and attention to details with skill development allows students to develop into well-rounded goaltenders. As in life, goal tending is all about making informed choices and understanding the consequences of one’s actions within a game. One style of goal tending does not fit all so the way to get better is to learn how to bring out the best of your own ability and style and not to emulate others if their style is not naturally “you”.
Fred has a long history in many levels of ice hockey. He has been a collegiate head coach (Union College and Bowdoin College women’s ice hockey teams), associate head men’s hockey coach (Southern New Hampshire University), assistant coach at UNH, St. Anselm’s, New England College, the University of Southern Maine, St. Paul’s School and Phillips Exeter Academy. Fred helped coach the U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey Team to a silver medal at the 1994 World Championships. He also served as goalie coach for the Johnstown Chiefs, the former affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Fred head coached the Team New Hampshire Boys’ High School All-Star Team to a national championship at the Chicago Showcase Tournament in 1991. Fred has written goal tending articles for the Hockey USA newspaper since 1985 and has written for From The Crease magazine and many others.
Jonathon Olesen - ATC, OTC