Private Instuctors

If you are looking to find an instructor, please email Max Ortolani at OrtolaniD@floridapanthers.com

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Andrew Bates

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.
Email:  Batesa@floridapanthers.com

Kam Brothers

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.

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Nic Cota

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.

Email: Cotan@floridapanthers.com

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Mitchell Eisenberg

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.

Email: eisenbergm@floridapanthers.com

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John Griffin

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.

Email: griff9697@aol.com

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Carl Harter

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.

Jeff Lobman

Bio under construction

Email: jlobman90@gmail.com

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Jonathon Millhouse

Bio under construction

Email: milhouse.jonathan@gmail.com

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Anthony Perdicaro

Anthony Perdicaro, a native of south Florida, joined the Panthers Ice Den in June 2015. He began his hockey career right here in south Florida playing for The Planet Ice Predators before moving to New York playing for the Long Island Gulls AAA program From there Anthony was drafted to the OHL's Sault STE Marie Greyhounds. Anthony Played Jr. Hockey for 4 years and then moved on to a 7 year Professional career. During Anthony's time in Junior and Pro hockey he was coached and mentored by many current and ex NHL head coaches. Anthony has now dedicated himself to youth hockey in south Florida. Being one of the first players from the area to play Pro hockey he is very excited to be a part of growing the game of hockey in south Florida.

Email: Perdicaro7@gmail.com

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Randy Rodriguez

Randy was born in Paterson, New Jersey and played high school hockey before moving to South Florida. Randy began coaching and worked with Rick Heinz goalie schools for 7 years. He has recently worked on the coaching staff for Pierre Groulx, Craig Anderson, Roberto Luongo and Robb Tallas goalie schools. Randy is a level 3 coach with over 20 years of experience and currently teaches beginner through elite goaltending. Randy is also coaches beginning skating and learn to play hockey group classes.

Email:  randy0067@Gmail.com

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Neil Scancerella

Neil has coached goalies for the past 11 years at Floyd Hall Arena, Give Em’ Nothing School For Goaltenders, and Great Saves Goaltending. He started to run the Goalie Clinics at Floyd Hall Arena when he was 14 years old, and ran the Goalie Camps when he was 16 years old. With Give Em’ Nothing School For Goaltenders, he started working for them when he was 16 years and Great Saves Goaltending at the age of 19. With all three, he focused on skill development of each goalie. Both schools have produced multiple NCAA Division 1 and 3 goalies along with many ACHA Club hockey goalies.

Neil played youth hockey in New Jersey for his whole playing career. Played 3 years of Varsity High School Hockey with two different teams. He attended the University of New Hampshire where he played Division 2 ACHA Club Hockey and won the 2014 National Championship his sophomore year. Neil graduated in May of 2016 with a major in Kinesiology: Sport Studies and a minor in Business Administration.

Email: scancerellan@floridapanthers.com

Denis Shvidki

Denis Shvidki

Shvidki, born in Kharkov, Ukraine, started skating at the age of nine. By the time he was 15, he was playing professional hockey in Russia for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv (then Yaroslavl Torpedo). At 17, Denis moved to Canada and started his first of two seasons with the Barrie Colts (OHL). Denis amassed 200 points at Barrie during that time. In the 1999 NHL Draft, Denis was selected 12th overall by the Florida Panthers and spent parts of six seasons with the organization including 76 games and 25 points for the Florida Panthers. He also played 173 games in the AHL (Louisville Panthers, San Antonio Rampage, Utah Grizzlies) where he amassed 112 points and was selected to two AHL All-Star games. In other professional stops, Denis spent his final eight seasons playing in Russia in the Kontinental Hockey League and in Germany in the DEL (Deutsche Eishockey Liga). Denis brings his 17 years of professional hockey experience to the Florida Panthers IceDen. He also has been coaching with the Florida Jr. Panthers for the last 4 years.

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Michael Simonetti

Coach Michael Simonetti started skating at Panthers Ice Den at the age of 3 years old. He grew up playing in the panthers youth hockey program and FJP. During high school, he played varsity hockey for Stoneman Douglas and participated in the 2014 USA hockey nationals in Omaha, Nebraska. For the past 4 years he has been coaching youth hockey programs along with private instruction.

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Marco Spisso

Growing up, Marco played his AAA hockey with the Red Bank Generals and then spent two years at Bridgton Academy in North Bridgton, ME. In two seasons with the Wolverines, Marco played in 105 games and served as team Captain in his second season.
After Bridgton, Marco attended Nazareth College and play four years of DIII College hockey for the Golden Flyers. After graduating with a Bachelors Degree in English, Marco went to work for his alma mater Bridgton Academy as an Assistant Coach, Dorm Parent, and Teacher.
His time at Bridgton Academy, he trained and mentored both the Prep & Junior teams, running two practices each day as well as off ice and video. Coach Marco coached a total of 72 Prep & Junior games at in the 2016-2017 season alone. Along with practice and bench coaching, Coach Spisso ran all the video sessions as well as 1:1 on-ice player development. In 2016, Coach Spisso worked along side Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL) Head Coach Geordie Kinnear’s staff for the Florida Panthers NHL Development Camp.
Marco’s personal experience and knowledge of the sport, ability to teach the game, develop individual and collective skill sets, plus execute high-intensity and up-tempo practice, make him a perfect bench boss for all age groups.
“Coach Marco Spisso demonstrated passion, attention to detail and true caring for all 42 players on a daily basis this year at Bridgton Academy. We were very fortunate to have a young man who is a Bridgton Academy graduate and a terrific leader and coach on our staff.”
~Mike Warde, Director of Hockey Operations & Head Junior Team Coach – Bridgton Academy