Tewksbury, MA- In accordance with our new development model, the Boston Junior Rangers are proud to introduce Ryan Blair as our program's first Head of Hockey Development. Ryan joined the BIC and BJR staff in 2015 as the head strength and conditioning coach for Breakaway Total Hockey Training. He also is currently in his second season with the Rangers Junior program coaching staff as the head coach for the "Elite" team and the assistant coach for the "Premier" team. In his first season, Ryan led the Elite team to 32-7-3 regular season record, and a playoff run that culminated with the Elite team's second consecutive league championship.
Prior to his career with BTHT and BJR, Ryan was a defenseman at UMass Lowell (Hockey East) where he played in 141 games. Following his time with the Riverhawks, Ryan played professionally for three seasons in the East Coast Hockey League with the Cincinnati Cyclones, Wheeling Nailers, and Orlando Solar bears.
Along with running off-ice workouts for the Jr. Rangers and North Shore Vipers during the season, Ryan has run spring and summer on-ice skills sessions with several BJR teams, and partnered with BJR and NSV staff to run spring and summer on/off-ice clinics. We believe that Ryan's combination of a strong hockey background and experience in specialized strength & conditioning for hockey players is unique and sets Ryan apart from most coaches. Additionally, Ryan brings a positive attitude and a lot of energy to the ice, and does a great job of preparing a plan that make these high tempo skills sessions fun, while also helping the players develop the necessary skills for success every time they step on the ice!