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RYAN GALT

Development Director

Ryan has experienced hockey at all different levels with a playing career that has included AAA, USHL, NCAA Division 1, and professional hockey. He has shifted his hockey path to committing to youth hockey in the Kansas City area and beyond. Ryan wants to create an exciting and fun atmosphere while focusing on the development of youth players to grow the game further!

Quote from Ryan, "I can honestly say that there are no other opportunities in the Midwest that offer the caliber of coaches that are invested in the Kansas City youth currently, that are a part of Pure Edge. I'm very excited to see where these players end up after a consistent training experience, and we have the staff to move players to the next level whether that be the better house team, A team, AA team, or a AAA team!"

JOHN SCOTT DICKSON

Skills Instructor

Originally from NorthYork, Ontario, John-Scott has been involved in hockey for 21 years. With a 5 year OHL career, 4 year college career, and 6 years playing professionally, John-Scott has an elite hockey mind.

 

Known around Kansas City as the head coach of the Mavericks for 4 years, John-Scott has given his time to the youth in the area throughout his KC coaching career. Coach Dickson is a huge asset to the hockey community being a youth instructor in all of his stops with hockey. With 3 of his young kids making him run around, he understands the importance of balancing structure and fun into young ones lives and brings a lot of insight to the players!

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JARED BRANDT

Skills Instructor

Jared Brandt is a current Division 1 college hockey defenseman for Niagara University. Growing up in St. Louis and now living in Kansas City, he's worked with youth hockey players for 5 years growing the game. His youth experiences consist of 3 years of skills development for the Minot youth program, and now in his second year developing players in the Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles organization. Jared's knowledge and expertise on skill development, defensive techniques, and hockey habits allows him to teach the youth at an elite level.

Jared played for 3 years in the NAHL for the Minot Minotauros, captaining the team his last year. Following his junior career, he has played for Miami University for two seasons and is now in his senior campaign for Niagara University, both Division 1 hockey schools. Kansas City is very fortunate to have Jared and is a massive asset to grow the game the correct way!

NATE KNOEPKE

Skills Instructor

Originally from Burnsville, MN, Kansas City is very fortunate to have Nate and his family move to KC 5 months ago. Currently playing his senior season at University of Nebraska-Omaha, Nate has taken stops at every high level. He played junior hockey at the US National program before moving on to play at the University of Minnesota and Nebraska-Omaha.

He brings tremendous value to Kansas City and can't wait for our kids to utilize his knowledge!

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MATT STEPHENSON

Skills Instructor 

Originally from Midland, Ontario, Matt has made Kansas City home for 9 years thus far. He started off playing youth and junior hockey in Canada before eventually playing Division 1 hockey at St. Cloud State. In his four years as a defenseman, he played 141 games and served as the team Captain his senior year. After college, Matt moved on to play 7 years professionally with the Iowa Stars (AHL), Texas Stars (AHL), Sheffield Steelers (EIHL), and the Kansas City Mavericks (ECHL).  With a squirt growing up in Kansas City, we're very lucky to have a coach with his caliber of expertise and care level for the youth in the Kansas City. 

Quote from Matt, "After making stops at so many levels of hockey from Junior C to the AHL, I'm truly blessed and fortunate to have been given the opportunity to be involved with such an outstanding coaching staff. The level and attention to detail each coach brings compliments each other making the academy one of the best development programs I have come across in the country:"

JOHN SCHULDT

Summer Team Coach

John Schuldt is a current Division 1 college hockey defenseman for the University of Nebraska-Omaha. John has coached youth hockey players in Minnesota for 6 years at elite summer development camps. Before joining UNO, John has played Minnesota High School hockey before playing in the USHL for the Fargo Force. He comes from a hockey family having his 2 older brothers play in the NCAA, ECHL, AHL, and NHL. He has a passion for coaching and helped the KC Mavs Squirt AA defenseman in the 2020 season. 

We are fortunate to have John on our staff!

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ROCCO CARZO

Skills Instructor

Rocco was born and raised in Media, Pa. He began playing hockey locally at IceWorks in Aston, starting with the Delco Phantoms, eventually working his way up to tier 1 AAA with the Little Flyers, while also attending and playing for Cardinal O’Hara. At age 16, he was drafted by and began playing for the DesMoines Buccaneers in the USHL. Following two years in DesMoines, he earned a scholarship to play Division 1 hockey for the University of Massachusetts Amherst (Hockey East). He played four seasons at UMass, captaining the team his final year. He immediately signed his first professional contract with the Florida Everblades, and spent the next seven years playing professionally in North America. He has been coaching youth players for the past four off-seasons, including private and semi private lessons, planning and running numerous camps and clinics, and most recently creating RC4 Hockey. He has coached multiple tournament AAA select teams throughout the off-seasons.

MASON MORELLI

Summer Team Coach

From the great land of Minot, North Dakota, Mason has played at all levels just like the rest of the Pure Edge staff. After growing up in Minot, he played for the Fargo Force in the USHL, before heading to the University of Nebraska-Omaha for 4 years. After captaining the team his senior campaign, his next stop was the Stockton Heat in the AHL. 

Mason adds tremendous value to the staff line up and we are excited to teach the next crop coming up in Kansas City!

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