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Andrew Bates, a native of Marblehead, MA, joined the Florida Panthers in July 2016 as Manager of Hockey Development and Retention. He began his hockey career by playing AAA hockey in the Middlesex Islanders, Assabet Valley Patriots, and Boston Jr. Eagle’s organizations. Andrew was one of the top High School Hockey Players in the Boston area. He was a four-year starter, Northeastern Conference Freshman Player of the Year, 2007 Northeast Conference All-Star, 2008 Northeast Conference All-Star, 2008 Northeast Conference All-Conference, Rally North Offensive Player of The Year, 2008 Offensive Player of The Year, Central Catholic All-Conference Selection, Hobey-Baker Award for Best All-Around Players, Two-Time Boston Herald All-Star, Two-Time Boston Globe All-Star, Two-Time Lynn Item All-Star, Two-Time Salem-News All-Star, Saugus Federal Credit Union MVP, and Newburyport Bank Classic MVP. Bates graduated in 2010 from New England Prep-School Hockey powerhouse Kimball-Union Academy, winning the New England Prep School Championship in 2010. Prior to joining the Panthers, Bates completed his collegiate career at Worcester State University in 2015 while completing his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Throughout his Student-Athlete career, Bates was recognized as a Top Student Athlete by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports, The National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the Northeastern University’s Sport in Society. He also earned a spot on the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic Team. Bates served as Sophomore Class President and was voted as Worcester’s Team Captain his Senior Year. Bates was a three year starter and the programs leading goal scorer during his Junior Year. Before arriving in South Florida Bates signed two contracts to play Professional Hockey at the National and International Level.
Professionally, Bates has worked for the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Camps and Pro Ambitions Hockey. He was mentored by former Professional Hockey Player, Shayne Toporowski and Competitive Goals Hockey. Off-Ice Bates worked with Muscular Sports Therapy.
Kam Brothers was the former owner/operator of PASS hockey schools in Toronto, and has an extensive background as a skating coach. Kam is well respected throughout the hockey world, having trained many great players over the years.
Nic Cota started his hockey career at the age of 6 playing for the local house league team in Bangor, Maine- Where he grew up. He continued on his career through the Bantam level playing for the Maine Junior Black Bears. Nic attended Bangor High School where he played 3 years Varsity hockey. After Junior year Nic decided to go after his dream of playing NCAA hockey and moved away from home to play Juniors. In his first year of junior hockey he played for the Portland Jr. Pirates. After completing his first season of Juniors Nic was honored to be selected to play for the Walpole Express in Walpole, Massachusetts. This great opportunity had him staying in the wonderful organization for the remaining of his Junior career. With great coaching and teammates Nic was fortunate enough to earn a spot in the NCAA for the University of Southern Maine. After a wonderful experience at USM Nic was able to move forward into the coaching world. Nic's former College coach had given him an opportunity to be an assistant coach for Portland High School at the varsity level for the past 2 years.
Mitchell has played hockey for 15 years. He grew up playing AA and AAA hockey for the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes in Raleigh,NC. During the 2010-2011 season he went on to play Jr. B for the Wheatfield Blades of the GOJHL. That season he also played a handful of games for the Buffalo Jr. Sabers of OJHL. For the 2011-2012 season he played for the Erie Otters in the OHL. In the 2012-2013 he played for the Swan Valley Stampeders in the MJHL. The past couple of years he has been working with learn to play and different camps and clinics in the Pittsburgh area. He just recently graduated from Duquesne in May of 2017 with a degree in Sports Marketing.
For 10 years John was the director of the Top Shelf Hockey, 5 years with N.I.S.T.C. as the hockey director and 3 years with the Global Hockey School. John also has coached with the Florida Jr. Panthers and Florida Panthers Hockey Schools for years. John teaches all levels of private and group lessons. John was the original founding member of the South Florida First Youth Hockey League. John has two sons who also like to play hockey.
Raised in San Jose, CA, Carl Harter grew up playing youth and high school hockey in the Bay Area. After high school, Carl played 5 years at Liberty University and served as the video coach in his final year with the program. While at Liberty, Carl completed his undergrad and graduate degrees, both in Sport Administration. In addition to serving as the head coach of the 16U A team with the Florida Jr. Panthers, Carl also serves as the Director of the Panthers Adult Hockey League here at the Panthers IceDen.
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