Core Hockey Families,

We are honoured and excited to be approaching the 15th anniversary of our first Core Hockey Training Camp. Over that time we have worked with many players, coaches, and communities from the most northern areas of Ontario, to large city centers in both Canada and the US. We are grateful to call Thunder Bay home and take pride in our service to our Core Hockey Families.

Since our retirement from playing professionally we have been coaching and training players, from the newest skaters, to some of the most elite in the NHL. Core Hockey Coaches have the experience to accommodate all levels and abilities, accredited at the highest levels of coaching for both Hockey Canada and USA Hockey. We have been asked to coach, train, and advise local, regional, provincial/state and even national programs because of our ability to take our playing/coaching experience and communicate that knowledge to those we work with. Between our two founding Head Coaches, we have competed in almost 600 Junior A and Collegiate games as well as close to 1000 professional games. Below are some milestones from those playing careers:

Here are your CORE Hockey coaches:

Gary Ricciardi

Professional (2000-2004)

  • Fort Wayne Komets (True Komet Award)
  • Roanoke Express
  • Charlotte Checkers
  • Muskegon Fury (+/- Award)
  • HC Alleghe
  • HC Varese
  • Rockford IceHogs

Ferris State Bulldogs/NCAA D1 (1996-2000)

  • CCHA All Academic Team
  • Ferris State Bulldog Team Captain
  • Ferris State Bulldog Most Competitive Award
  • Ferris State Bulldog Scholar Athlete
  • Ferris State Bulldog +/- Award

International/Amateur (2005-2006)

  • USHL All-Star
  • Thunder Bay Flyers Captain
  • Thunder Bay Flyers Team MVP
  • Thunder Bay Flyers Iron Man Award
  • Thunder Bay Flyers Community Service Award

Jeff Ricciardi

International/Amateur (2005-2006)

  • Team Canada Captain Pannon Cup (MV Defenseman)
  • Thunder Bay Bombers Captain
  • Thunder Bay Bombers – Allan Cup Champions

Professional (1992-2005)

  • Drafted NHL (Winnipeg Jets # 159)
  • Providence Bruins/Johnstown Chiefs (Boston Bruins)
  • Indianapolis Ice (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • Las Vegas Thunder ( +/- Award)
  • Manitoba Moose (MV Defenseman)
  • Revier Lowen Oberhausen
  • Kassel Huskies
  • Kolner Haie
  • SERC Wild Wings
  • Duesseldorfer EG
  • Frankfurt Lions
  • HC Bolzano
  • HC Asiago
  • HC Alleghe

Ottawa 67's/OHL (1988-1992)

  • OHL All-Star
  • Ottawa 67’s Team Captain
  • Ottawa 67’s Owner’s Award