Our teams are Minnesota/USA Hockey sanctioned teams providing the opportunity to travel throughout North America to compete with other USA Hockey sanctioned teams.
Gentry Academy is excited to offer winter teams to our students. Our middle school teams will travel throughout the country to play the top competition in hockey, golf and lacrosse by birth year for boys or by U10, U12, U14 levels for girls. As our student-athletes progress to high school, they can elect to continue playing for a Galaxy team to compete against the top teams throughout the country at the U15, U16, U18, U19 for boys and girls based on the USA hockey level for gender or the equivalent age level based on the elected sport. Our hockey teams are Minnesota/USA Hockey sanctioned competing throughout North America with other USA Hockey sanctioned teams.
Joe grew up in Plymouth, MN playing youth hockey for the Osseo-Maple Grove Hockey Association. His team was the MN state champion during his Pewee A (94-95). His Bantam A team (96-97) also won state and finished runner-up at nationals in Boston, MA to Compuware. He played for the 83 Minnesota Blades AAA team in the summers. He played junior hockey for the Sioux Falls Stampede in the USHL. He was Co-Captain with Thomas Vanek and made the All-Star Game and Viking Cup Team. He was a 3 time All-Academic Team winner for the Saint Cloud State Huskies in the WCHA. He earned a degree in Marketing before before turning pro. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins and signed a two year deal. During his first year pro he was named to the All-Star Game in the ECHL and won the "Fastest Skater Award". He was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes half way through his second year where he played 6 games with the Hurricanes scoring a game winning goal in his third game. Later he moved across seas and played for the Brunico Wolves in the Italian Serie A and led the league in goals before ending his career in England. He was a coach for the Eden Prairie Bantam AA team during the 2013-2014 season and the 2003 MN Blades. He has a passion for coaching, training, and mentoring hockey players in the area.
Billy grew up in Circle Pines, MN playing his youth hockey for Centennial. His Bantam team was the first Centennial team at any level to earn a berth to a state tournament in 1996. He attended Holy Angels High School from 1997-2000 where he remains the all time leading goal scorer with 106 career goals. His 1999 Holy Angels team was the first from the school to play in the AA State tournament. He went on to play two years for the back-to-back USHL Anderson Cup Champion, Lincoln Stars, teams of 2000-2002. Collegiately, Hengen played with Joe Jensen 2002-2006 and they formed a formidable line that led SCSU to 22 wins in 2006 and a Final Five championship appearance. After college, Hengen joined the Holy Angels HS Boys Varsity staff as an assistant from 2006-2011. He has Head Coached both the Holy Angels Boys hockey team, Eden Prairie Bantam AA and currently the 2003 Minnesota Blades. He has a passion for teaching scoring concepts, using video as a tool for young players and being on the ice with the boys.
Coach Jeff Burton was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. He began his hockey career growing up in Minneapolis playing for Minneapolis Roosevelt's youth association. He played varsity hockey for 3 years and lead the conference as the highest scoring defenseman his junior and senior year. Also during his high school career he played hockey with the Minnesota Jr North Stars, he appeared once in the Minnesota state high school hockey tournament, and was a 3 year captain on the varsity soccer team and captain on the baseball team. After high school Coach Burton continued his athletic career attending The College of St. Scholastica where he played 4 years of baseball breaking 7 school records and playing hockey in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) earning All American Honors.
Since college, Coach Burton has coached for 2 of the best hockey programs in Minnesota. He has most recently been coaching the top female players and top female teams in North America with the OS/WhiteCap program and with the Minnesota Elite League. When he is not coaching on the ice, he spends his time as a hockey skills instructor working on stickhandling, shooting, and developing proper skating fundamentals. We are extremely excited to have Coach Burton working with our athletes!
Our tryout process for middle school hockey students will be in June and July to ensure those players not selected for our teams can still elect to play association hockey. Our season for all Galaxy teams will be September through the end of March. All hockey teams are registered with MN/USA Hockey. Our middle school, school-based teams will be registered under an agreement with Minnesota Hockey and classified as Minnesota Hockey “B” teams at the youth level, while the age of the school-based team coincides with ages offered through Minnesota Association Hockey. During this timeframe, competition with Minnesota association teams will be limited to that classification. Our teams are NOT mandatory and will practice in the evening at one of the Ramsey County ice arenas, which leaves the day for individual development. The election of playing at the highest level of Minnesota Association Hockey based on geography of your residence or geography of our school will always remain the choice that is best for your individual player and your family. Those students who elect to play for the Gentry Galaxy school team will still have the opportunity to tryout for any and all high-performance programs offered through Minnesota Hockey.