BA Alumni Clay Hanus Commits to the U of Minnesota

Congratulations to BA Alum Clay Hanus, (a teammate of Gopher commit and also BA Alum ) Mike Koster on the Minnesota U16 Blades is considered to be one of the best MN-born defensemen in his age group. A left hand shot listed at 5’10”, 165 lbs, he is the son of former SCSU forward Tim Hanus (1988-1992).

Breakaway Academy’s Staff Continues to Grow— Two Trainers Join BA

Christian Burrus

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 2012, Christian became the Strength and Conditioning Coach at the Breck School, and in 2014 became the dryland trainer at Breakaway Academy. Since 2014 he has also trained NHL, AHL, and European pro hockey players in the off-season. In addition, Christian contributes his expertise through his website where he posts workouts, blog articles, nutrition and hydration guidelines, and recovery protocols. In July of 2016, Christian took a position as the Developmental Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Darren Lapic

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.  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.

Breakaway Academy students are off to a great start!


Check out all the great learning going on at Breakaway Academy at our Bi-Weekly Newsletter  – click HERE to view.

All BA students have written their first of 10 papers for the year! Topic one was on a MN Wild player, and now all of our students will be attending the MN Wild Training Camp on Friday September 23 at the Xcel Center.

Monday students were given a baseline test on skating speed. Our training this year will guarantee that their on ice speed will increase! Tuesday all the athletes were videotaped, so they can watch how to improve their hockey skills.  Wednesday students were taught correct off ice training techniques and will learn how to graph their improved results.  Thursday BA Skating coach Kathleen Gazich, Scoring coach Paul Ranheim, and Stick Handle coach Avi Friedman worked small groups Friday BA athletes watched NHL greats create space on the rink and practiced those same skills during their training time!

Congratulations to BA Alum Kaden Bohlsen

BreakAway Academy Alum and current Shattuck-St. Mary’s forward Kaden Bohlsen verbally committed to the Gophers, he announced on Twitter Monday, April 19th 2016.  Bohlsen, a Willmar, Minn., native, is the first 2001-born recruit committed to the Gophers. Though only 15 years old, he is listed at 6’0, 155-pounds and touted as a big-bodied physical presence.

“Kaden has  a great future in hockey ahead of him” says BreakAway Academy founder and teacher Dave Snuggerud.  “He was a great student while he attended BA, and we all look forward to watching him grow.”

Minneapolis Star Tribune article is here.

Hudson Fasching – Breakaway Hockey Alum scores in NHL debut

Breakaway Hockey Alum and Buffalo Sabres forward Hudson Fasching scored Saturday, March 26th,  in the first period of his first NHL game, a 3-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets

He beat Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson at 8:37 to cut the Sabres’ deficit to 2-1. He carried the puck down the left wing, fought through a check by defenseman Jacob Trouba, cut to the net and scored from in front.

Fasching, 20, signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Sabres. He recently completed his third season with the University of Minnesota. He had 20 goals and 38 points in 37 NCAA games.

The goal was assisted by defensemen Mark Pysyk and Casey Nelson, the latter of whom also was making his NHL debut after finishing his third collegiate season with Minnesota State University-Mankato. Nelson signed an entry-level contract Tuesday.

Full article here. 


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