The Steel Ice Center has a dedicated staff of professional skating and hockey instructors for all of your skill development needs.
The Steel Ice Center prides itself on providing the highest level of experience and expertise to provide a professional teaching experience. All of our select coaches posses training national governing bodies.
For ice hockey, our instructors are accredited at level 4 or level 5 by USA Hockey, Inc. Our skating instructors are professional members of USFSA and are rated by the Professional Skaters Association.
- Skating for balance and agility
- Skating for speed & acceleration
- Puck control and stick handling
- Shooting to score techniques
- Body contact and checking
- Position specific training
- Specialty training for goalies
- Individual and team tactics
- Strategies for generating offense
- Strategies for developing defense
Instruction is available Monday through Friday at the Steel Ice Center. Convenient hours in the morning and afternoon can be scheduled for private lessons and small group instruction. One hour and 1/2 hour lessons are available during these times:
$10.00 per 1/2 hour
$25.00 TO $45.00 per hour/varies by instructor
Professional Hockey Instruction
The below instructors are approved to instruct at the Steel Ice Center, these are the only instructors who should be giving Private Hockey Instruction
Keith Krem – Keith was born and raised in the Lehigh Valley and started playing hockey when he was 5 for the Lehigh Valley Comets and also played for the Junior Flyers. Keith went on to attend the Hill School and then the Rochester Institute of Technology where he transferred his talents to play for the National Champion Roller Hockey Tigers of the ECRHL. He led the team between the pipes to 4 top 10 finishes and was a 4 year ECRHL All Star. Keith began coaching youth hockey in 2007 and in 2014 was named Coach of the Year by the Lehigh Valley Flames organization. That same year he was also named as the first ever Tier 1 coach of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Youth.
Matt Herneisen – Matt has an extensive playing and coaching background and that makes him an excellent source for players to learn how to build their skills for the future. From Gilbertsville, PA Matt played for the Junior Flyers until 1998 when he left to play for the US National Development Team in the NAHL. From there Matt went onto the OHL where he played 3 years for the Peterborough Petes and 1 year for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Matt continued his career professionally playing 8 seasons in the ECHL, including a stop in Dayton with Phantoms Youth Coach in Chief Riley Cote. Matt retired from playing in 2009 as a member of the Reading Royals.
Gitte Kovellol – PSA skating coach with over 25 years of teaching competitive figure skaters from beginners thru USFS senior level and hockey players from beginner thru the pros. Gitte is a former Nationals competitor in singles figure skating in Denmark. She has coached skaters through senior level in USFS’s testing system and has also had students competed at Regional’s and Junior Nationals. Gitte was a coach at USA Hockey Nationals at the Bantam level. She is a hockey power skating coach for a professional club in Europe, USA Hockey Certified Level 4 coach, PSA Certified Hockey 1 and 2, PSA Certified Hockey Skating 1 and 2, trained and certified in conditioning and strength training by the Danish Sports Institute and is Certified in sports injury and first aid with 12 years medical background as a Surgical Assistant. Gitte has taught in Europe and the US with Russian Coaching Exchange program in both the US and Russia, in both figure skating and hockey
Mike Lichtenberger – Mike was the Head Coach at Lehigh University 1999-2012 and is currently USA Hickeys Coach-in-chief for coaching education and development in the Atlantic District. Mike is a long time coach educator and brings years of national and international experiences. He holds a Masters in Coach Education from USA Hockey and has participated in numerous international Hockey programs in Finland, Latvia, Canada, USA & England. Mike is a two-time Coach of the Year in the Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association and is the National coach-In-Chief for the American Collegiate Hockey Association. He has successfully organized summer sumps since 1998 and founded HRC Sports LLC in 2005.
Lindsay Mazzeo – Lindsay is a graduate from Moravian College with a BA in Psychology and currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Trauma studies from Chestnut Hill College. She is a member of PSA and USFS. She is a gold medalist in Moves in the Field and passed her Junior Freestyle test. She has 10 years of coaching experience with Basic Skills, Figure Skating, Moves in the Field, power skating for Hockey and off-ice training. She enjoys working with all ages and abilities.
Rik McKinnon – Rik has over 40 years experience teaching ice skating, 20 of them Power Skating for hockey. Rik is a Level 4 USA Hockey coach, a past Board of Director of the Ice Skating Institute, a past President of the Delaware Valley Rink Managers Association, member of PSA, and USFS, and USA Hockey. Rik has coached skaters through US Nationals and previously was Senior Rated in Free Skating with the Professional Skating Association.
James Pierson – James has lived and played as a goaltender in the Lehigh Valley since 7 years old. He played two years of Varsity hockey for Easton. During his time with Easton I led the league in saves and was awarded an opportunity to play for the All-Star team his senior year. In addition to playing with Easton he played for the Comets Midget 18AA , during that year he was also given the opportunity to play in the DVHL All-Star Game and the DVHL vs NJ Youth All Star Game. The two years following his time with the Comets James played Junior Hockey. He played in the Continental Junior Hockey League with the Reading Rails and the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League with the JR. Flyers. In addition to playing James has coached and developed goaltenders of all ages since 2003. For the last two years he has served as a goaltender coach for the Midget 16A team with the Lehigh Valley Flames. As a teacher James strives to help young goaltenders reach their potential. He caters to the needs of each goaltender to enhance their strengths and weaknesses. James studies goaltending techniques including European and North American models. All lesson plans are coordinated well in advance of the lesson and catered to the specific needs of the goaltender.
Evgeniy Sviridov – Evgeniy is a member of USA Hockey, USFS and PSA and brings 19 years or coaching experience. He has coached skaters through Gold Freestyle, Moves in the Field and Pairs as well as coaching skaters at the Junior National and Sectional Level. During his skating career she was fortunate to have participated at the World Championships and the 2002 Olympics in pairs as representative of Uzbekistan. Evgeniy enjoys teaching skaters of all ages in freestyle, choreography, pairs, moves in the field, dance spins, power skating for hockey and hockey skills.
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Contact The Steel Ice Center
To schedule private lessons or small group instructions, contact the Steel Ice Center. 610-625-4774 ext. “226” or contact Angela @ email@example.com or Keith at firstname.lastname@example.org.