Our teams are Minnesota/USA Hockey sanctioned 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 hockey competition 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 Pewee A team was the state champions in '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 three time All-Academic team winner for the St. 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 halfway through his second year, where he played six games with the Hurricanes - scoring a game winning goal in his third game. Later, he moved overseas 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.
Joe grew up in Moorhead, MN and played youth hockey there. He played varsity for the Moorhead Spuds as a sophomore and was All-Conference his junior year. He then went on to Ann Arbor, Michigan for his senior season to play with the USA Under-18 National Development Team. From there, Joe played 4 years with the Colorado College Tigers, and graduated in 2003 with a bachelors degree in Economics. During his time at Colorado College, Joe played in 3 NCAA tournaments, and was on the WCHA champion team in 2003. His senior year, he was awarded the WCHA Best Defensive Player of the league as a forward. After college Joe signed with the Edmonton Oilers and played 3 years in the AHL and 1 season in the ECHL. He later went on to play in European professional leagues for 7 more years. 1 season in Germany, 1 in Scotland, and 5 in Italy, where he was linemates with Joe Jensen for 3 years with the Brunico Wolves. Joe spent every off-season of his 11 year professional career coaching and training youth athletes on and off the ice. He loves teaching kids about what they need to do to become better hockey players and better people.
Cole joins Gentry Academy bringing along with him a vast amount of experience in both on-ice skill development and coaching. During his youth hockey years, Cole played with the Burnsville association before becoming a member of the Hill-Murray Varsity hockey team in both his freshman and sophomore seasons. His junior and senior seasons were spent representing his country playing with the US National Under-18 Team Development Program (NTDP) based in Ann Arbor, MI from '98-00.
Cole earned a Division 1 scholarship with Minnesota State-Mankato where he skated from '00-04. His best season came during the '02-03 season where he finished with a career high, 12 power play goals which ranked 7th nationally. That same year the team earned a berth in the NCAA Championship Tournament. After college, he played two seasons at the professional level attending the Chicago Wolves (AHL) training camp in the fall of '04.
Cole's coaching career started when he volunteered with the '08 MN State Champions Hill-Murray. From there, Cole was an assistant coach with the NTDP for two years in which he primarily worked with the '92 birth year. The team won the '10 IIHF Under-18 World Championships gold medal.
Cole spent the '11-12 season as an assistant coach with the Wheeling Nailers, the Pittsburgh Penguins ECHL affiliate.
Since '12, Cole has returned to Minnesota where he was the Minnesota Regional Scouting Manager and Head Bantam scout for the NTDP from '12-15. Responsibilities included identifying the top talent in Minnesota at the 14 and 15 year old age range as potential prospects for the NTDP. Cole has worked multiple camps and clinics and is very passionate about teaching hockey and giving back to today's youth.
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!
Burton boasts an impressive coaching resume with girls committed to play NCAA Division I hockey! Schools include Providence College, Ohio State, Princeton, University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Merrimack College, Penn State and Dartmouth!
When Meaghan Pezon was growing up, the only way she could have spent more time on the ice is if she had lived on it. As it was, her backyard was already a rink. By high school, Meaghan's prowess on the ice was solidified – as a senior at Eden Prairie, she led her team to an undefeated season, and its first state championship. She played with the St. Cloud State Huskies for four years, where her decisive skating and dominant delivery as forward helped the fledgling program develop into a serious division contender. During her senior year, the Huskies were third in the WCHA, which was the first time a team other than the University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin or University of Minnesota-Duluth finished that high in the standings. Additionally, Meaghan was named the “Offensive Player of the Week” by US College Hockey Online in both 2007 and 2006. Meaghan was a member of the 2011 Minnesota Whitecaps WWHL championship team and continues to play professional hockey with them.
Current: Minnesota Whitecaps Forward, Proguard Internal Sales
Former: St. Cloud State University (2006-2010), State High School Hockey Champion – Eden Prairie High School (2002- 2005)
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 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 Minnesota Association Hockey based on geography of your residence 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.