Breakaway Academy provides its student athletes with serious, high quality training on a daily basis. This training regimen is rigorous by design, intended to challenge our student athletes not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally. We strive to develop the determination and mental toughness in our student athletes to overcome any obstacle help provide the grit that gives them a competitive advantage.
Our athletic staff, like our academic staff, brings an incredible passion for teaching student athletes. Challenging each athlete to get out of his/her comfort zone is critical to the development process. And just as there are fundamentals, a player must learn to better execute the physical skills and better understand the concepts involved in playing the game at a high level.
The on ice curriculum at Breakaway Academy follows six themes rotating in weekly cycles. These themes are at the foundation of player development and comprise the areas of play that the best hockey players in the world master. The relative emphasis on these themes rotates in weekly cycles and become increasingly more challenging. Over the course of the school year expectations are elevated for the players, challenging each one of them appropriately. These six themes cover the skill sets every every hockey player needs to master in order to become an elite player.
Skating, Puck Handling, Passing and Shooting.
Because Breakaway Academy’s athletic philosophy is based on a belief of the potential of individuals, and grounded in the virtues that lead to individual achievement, it is consistent with the academic philosophy. The philosophy goes a little further to encompass a conscious effort to instill in all our student athletes the qualities that define great competitors and leaders. We give them great physical training utilizing proven, science based athletic on ice and off ice training concepts. Additionally, we seek to develop determination, mental toughness, responsibility and confidence; all of the characteristics of great competitors.
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Christian started his career at Harvard University as a strength and conditioning intern. He began specializing in ice hockey in 2010 when he started working with the Chicago Blackhawks during their training camp, prospect camp, and NHL Combine.
In July of 2016, Christian took a position as the Developmental Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Breakaway Academy is excited to announce our new on ice instructor Kyle Peto. Kyle was born in Lethbridge, Alberta Canada were he played his entire youth hockey career. Kyle went on to join the Crowsnest Pass Timberwolves of the Alberta Junior Hockey Leagues where he spent two seasons. During his second season Kyle was named the Timberwolves alternate team captain, selected to the A.J.H.L South All-Star team, and earned a scholarship to Minnesota State University – Mankato (WCHA). From 2003-2006 Kyle was an offensive force on the Maverick blue line, leading all defenseman in points through his tenure in MSU. Following his college career Kyle went on to play professional hockey in the SM-Liiga (top league in Finland), EIHL (England), E.C.H.L, where he won a Championship in 2007, and All-Star honors in 2009-10.
Kyle is married to his lovely wife Katie and father to son Kodyn & daughter Kalla.
Breakaway Academy is excited to announce the addition of NHL Great Paul Ranheim to our staff. Paul played high school hockey in Edina, and was captain of their state championship team in 1984. Coach Ranheim played college hockey for the University of Wisconsin Badgers from ’84-’88 and graduated as one of the school’s all-time leading scorers. He was an (NCAA) All-American in his senior year and a finalist for the Hoby Baker Award. Following his career at Wisconsin, Paul played 1,013 NHL games over 15 seasons (’88-’03) for the Flames, Whalers, Hurricane, Flyers and Coyotes. He also played with Team USA in three World Championships and was a member of the bronze-medal winning team at the 1986 World Jr. Ice Hockey Championships.
In addition to running private hockey clinics, Paul renovates and remodels commercial and residential spaces. Paul has two daughters, Sophia (17), and Julianna (14).
Kathleen Gazich brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as Breakaway Academy’s skating instructor. Kathleen Gazich is Master Rated through the Professional Skaters Association, is a National and International level coach for figure skating, and has worked with youth hockey players, Division 1 hockey prospects, and Professional hockey players. Some of Kathleen’s personal athletic accomplishments are: Two-time U.S. Open Professional Champion, Two-time World Professional Bronze Medalist, Toured 6 years with Stars On Ice and Disney On Ice, Coached Minnesota State Champions & Competitors.
Dan Hoehne has proven himself to be a great teacher of goalie skills. Dan builds positive relationships with his goaltending students and gets them to work hard every day. Dan became lead instructor for Breakaway Academy goaltenders in January of 2016. Dan works with each goaltender to play to their strengths and improve their weaknesses. Dan Hoehne Athletic Highlights
High School: Dan attended Duluth East High School from 1998-2001. During his sophomore year Dan became the starting goalie, and played every game for the next 3 years, compiling a record of 60 wins and 19 losses. Set a school record with a career high 60 wins.
Won the 2000 Northland Goaltender of the Year award. Dan had a very exciting post-high school career playing: as a member of the Borderland Thunder (Jr. A) in Canada from 2002-2004: Won the SIJHL Championship in 2003. In 2005 Dan attended the Iowa Stars (AHL) training camp.
Lance Pitlick has helped improve the stick handling and scoring of Breakaway Academy students for the last four years. Lance’s experience as a player and coach gives Breakaway Academy players a huge advantage in their development. Pitlick graduated from Robbinsdale Cooper High School in New Hope, Minnesota in 1986. He was drafted by his hometown Minnesota North Stars in the 9th round, 180th overall in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. After being drafted, he played for the University of Minnesota for four years, providing a strong defensive presence for the Golden Gophers. Pitlick was the University of Minnesota team Captain during the 1989-1990 season. After college, Pitlick was signed by the Philadelphia Flyers and played with their minor league affiliate Hershey Bears of the AHL for four years. Prior to the 1994–1995 season Pitlick signed with the Ottawa Senators and played the majority of the season with the Prince Edward Island Senators along with also making his NHL debut with the Senators, playing in 15 games. Prior to the 1999–2000 season Pitlick signed with the Florida Panthers. He played 3 years with the Panthers before retiring after the 2001–2002 season.
Darren graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a degree in Exercise Physiology in 2016. He is dedicated to the development of young athletes and helping them reach their goals. Specifically, he puts emphasis on applying scientifically based research methods to maximize results. Darren is a former college hockey player for Gustavus Adolphus College, playing in the 2013-2016 seasons.
Previously, he was a strength and conditioning coach at Ignition Fitness and Sport and 1st Athlete. Besides being a dryland coach at Breakaway Academy, he works with the Minnesota Wild at their training camp to help test players for the upcoming season. His career goal is to be a strength and conditioning coach in the NHL. Darren currently resides in Chanhasssen, MN.