High Level Staff

CAN/AM has selected a unique group of professional teachers that represent the BEST in the sport. The teachers and coaches introduced below are the foundation of the CAN/AM program. Their varied backgrounds reflect the philosophy of CAN/AM. A winning combination…the best teachers and coaches in North America.

Rodger Huiatt…Director of CAN/AM Lake Placid Camp… over 20 years of coaching at all age levels… 12 years professional playing experience in both Europe and North America… strong teaching and coaching association with elementary and high school students… an extraordinary teacher and motivator…former Junior hockey team owner and coach.

Nick Vitucci…Director of CAN/AM Niagara Camp... Scout for the New Jersey Devils... Former Assistant Coach with AHL Portland Pirates...Former GM of the ECHL Toledo Walleye... recently inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame... pro Scout for the Carolina Hurricanes... former ECHL Coach of the Year, Twice ECHL playoff MVP... excellent 1 on 1 Goaltending Instructor.

Dave Smith…Head Coach at Divison 1 Canisius College... former coach at Mercyhurst... assistant coach at Bowling Green and Miami... Outstanding career at Ohio state as Team Captain and prolific scorer... Great motivator and coach!

James Boyd…Head Coach & Associate General Manager with Mississauga St. Michaels Majors... Coach of Hockey Canada under 17 Team… an expert at video application to team skill development and anticipation training.

Dave Bell...Former Team Captain of the Ottawa 67’s of the OHL, where he played 4 seasons...Won Kelly Cup Championship as Team Captain of the Greenville Grrrowl of the ECHL...Played 8 seasons professionally in the UHL, WCHL, ECHL, and AHL...Currently Asst Coach of the Niagara Ice Dogs of the OHL – Former Asst Coach in Springfield (AHL) and Former Head Coach of Quad City (CHL).

Mac Faulkner… former Clarkson University standout… currently in Europe playing in Italy’s premier division… has led his team in scoring 2 of the last 3 years… prior to playing in Europe, Faulkner competed with Reading and Cincinnati of the ECHL… excellent at communicating with campers… brings a player’s perspective of the game.

Patrick Wellar… currently in his 4th season playing for the AHL Hershey Bears… selected by the Washington Capitals in the 3rd round NHL Entry Draft… former team captain of the WHL Calgary Hitmen… ECHL All-Star and Champion… Wellar’s attitude and dedication to the game is absorbed by all campers.

Steve Smith… Presently New Jersey Devils Pro Scout... former Head Coach of OHL’s Windsor Spitfires… former Coach of Peterborough Petes…former head coach in Italy… Academic and Athletic All-American at Colgate University… left Colgate as all-time scoring leader…Hobey Baker Finalist at Colgate… vast experience in European Hockey.

Ed Seney…Head Coach of St. Anselm Hawks of the Northeast-10 Conference… became the NE-10’s First Coach of the Year, earned that same award from the ECAC East Conference… Former Coach of SUNY Potsdam for 14 seasons and became the winningest coach in school history.

Chris Bernard…Head Coach at Potsdam State University... previous assistant coach at Canisius College... assistant coach of the St. Louis Sting (NAHL)... former Goaltender at Clarkson continuing on to play in the UHL.

The staff listed above are typical of the highly qualified personnel that will be present each week. In addition, a highly trained and select group of experienced counselors, recreation and physical education instructors will be assisting the total hockey program.