a bohlinger

My son Aaron put on skates when he was about three at our local rink for a birthday party! What it would lead to we could have never imagined! One of his friends wanted to play hockey so they began lessons together that same winter. Two years later he played his first game in the house league. A year later he was asked to play travel! Hockey would take him to Omaha, NE for his last two years of high school while he played for Omaha AAA.Then on to Canada to play for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs of the BCHL. Next was Waterloo, IA last year playing for the Waterloo Blackhawks in the USHL where he earned a commitment to continue his hockey dreams at UMass/Amherst. Although there have been a lot of people in his corner through all these years to help him get to where he is I will never forget a conversation I had with a fellow Dad many years ago. He told me if our son wanted to be a good skater take him to Erik Nates, he’s a great skating coach. That’s an understatement!! Erik is the single most influential person in our son’s skating ability! But it’s much, much more than that! Erik is a tremendous skills and skating coach but he and his staff bring it to another level!! They teach discipline, work ethic, accountability and positive attitude!! Erik is a incredible mentor as well!! He believes in his students and genuinely wants them to be successful! He gets to know your child and what makes them tick and how he can push them to be their best!! We are forever grateful to Erik, Tim and his great staff for the work they have done with our son!! They are the best and our son certainly wouldn’t be where he is today without them.

John Bohlinger, Dad

Aaron Bohlinger, UMASS Amherst, Hockey East Div 1

Kevin Shattenkirk

I attended Erik Nates Euro Hockey every summer, first as a camper and eventually as an instructor. The lessons Erik preaches are extremely useful and have helped me tremendously in my development. I owe a lot of where I am now to Erik and Erik Nates Euro Hockey.

Kevin Shattenkirk


I’ve been working with Erik a few years now and have nothing but positive things to say. He has significantly helped me improve my shot, and has helped me achieve career highs. I couldn’t be happier with the results I’ve had since working with him.

~Brett Pesce – Carolina Hurricanes

Brett Pesce

I started skating with Erik when I was about 6 years old. Always dreaded going to his camps, but so glad I did because I wouldn’t be where I am today without him. He is always so dedicated to his camps and getting each player better when they hit the ice. The environment in his camps are exciting and challenging, which only makes each player get out of their comfort zone. He builds the complete player and puts a strong emphasis on skating, stick handling & shooting. If any player is looking to improve their game, I highly recommend Erik Nates Euro Hockey. #Traintobethebest

Domenick Fensore USA NTDP, Boston University

I attended Erik’s camps for 10 years! In my first year as a camper Kevin Shattenkirk was an instructor, and that was something that made a huge impact on me as a young player. Every year I came back and was excited to be challenged as both a camper and instructor. The hands on approach and environment that Erik and his staff create in teaching are the best I’ve seen. Along with this, the skill development and creativity that Erik preaches are some of the most important things I have been able to implement in to my play. My game along with many others  have been shaped tremendously by Erik.

Chad Krys

Today was my sons first game since doing your clinics in Rye and Iceland and I have to send this email to say WOW!
He looked like a completely different player, I’ve never seen him so comfortable carrying the puck. This translated to him having such vision on the ice. He has gone from frustrated on the ice to being an 8 year old having fun playing a game. A great thanks to you and the team. See you guys in February!

Daniel Cevallos

I just wanted to thank you for a great hockey camp experience this summer. My two boys, John and Kevin, took 2 weeks of your summer camp. Not only did they have a great time, but their hockey technique and ability improved tremendously. John’s stickhandling was much more effective and Kevin’s skating was so much better. The boys had hockey tryouts at the end of August and both boys were much more confident in their abilities. John made the A team and Kevin was thrilled to make a travel team. I believe that the Euro Hockey Camp really helped their training. Thank you!

Stephanie Fung

You have a 5 star camp and would like everyone who visits your website to read that, be it from me or anyone else who is completely satisfied. I was with two hockey dads from Canada (Winnipeg & Toronto) who raved about it as well as myself. They both told me this was the best camp their boys had ever been to. And just so you know, all three of us were there every day this past week. Excellent job done by your crew! Excellent! Thanks so much and looking forward to next year. You run a great hockey camp.

Ted Varin Jr.

I just felt the need to tell you about the camp and coaches/counselors last week in Northford. My son has been to a few different hockey camps, and I attended many camps a million years ago. This was a such a great experience for my son. The coaches were phenomenal and should be commended. They were so great with the kids and obviously very knowledgeable “hockey guys”. They brought the best out of the kids and everybody looked like they had a great time. As an educator and a coach, I strive to teach everyone to work their hardest while having a little fun too. Your coaches made it look easy. My son asked if he could go next year after day 1, and the smile on his face while coming out of the rink all week was priceless. He also seemed to improve in a lot of areas in 5 days! THANK YOU!!!

JP Zurolo

Kesin and Kamal both enjoyed playing for and with the SoundShore Select spring U16 and 2001 teams, respectively.

When I asked them about their experiences and what they got out of the spring hockey season, they both remarked on how much they valued the quality coaching you all provided.

They shared regularly about the moves they learned on the ice that helped them be better players as well as tactics important to playing hockey at a high level.

Linda and Adi Dehejia

Thank you for making it another great spring experience for Jesse. All the Nates programs and the Selects specifically have been the best thing for Jesse and his development. He really enjoys it and has grown because of it. It has really made a difference.

Jack Heinberg

My daughter just finished the 12/26-27 clinic at Hollydell. I wanted to write to say how impressed I was with the clinic. This was the first time any of my kids have done one of your clinics and I thought it was awesome. The stickhandling and skating drills were really challenging and the instructors did a great job of motivating the kids to work their hardest as well as teaching them the little things that go into doing the drill correctly.

Jonah Corbett

We attended the Wake Forrest session on July 21st-25th. I just wanted to take a moment and let you guys know how great your camp is. The amount of ice time, quality instruction and enthusiasm from you and the other coaches is unparalleled. Ryan has been to other summer camps and nothing has even come close to what you guys provide. We also have an older daughter who plays field hockey and has attended numerous college camps over the years. I have never been so impressed with the structure and high level of teaching as what I witnessed here. There was so much individual attention paid to each and every skater. If they didn’t get it on the way across the ice, someone explained again how to do it correctly and if they still didn’t get it they were pulled off to the side for more one on one guidance. Ryan thoroughly enjoyed the high pace lessons and excitement that you guys all showed throughout the entire camp as he himself is full of energy. He learned so much and it was well worth the out of town trip for him to experience what you have to offer. People are often quick to complain when there’s a problem but slow to compliment on a job well done. Well to all of you, job well done!!! We look forward to attending more of your camps in the future. Thanks again!

Carolann Hughes

My boys (Chase and Wyatt) did the camp last week. It was the BEST camp ever…you guys do a phenomenal job. For what it’s worth we were all beyond impressed. Looking forward to doing the camp again next year.

Thanks for all your efforts with the kids. Anyone who can put little kids through 5 hrs of ice a day and still have them excited to come back every day for a week is certainly doing something right!

Sara Pirtle

I wanted to thank you and all of your staff for a tremendous experience with the Spring Selects. Michael has done a lot of spring hockey teams and programs, but yours is heads and shoulders above the rest. The quality of the instruction, the investment of the coaches in what they’re doing, the experience of the tournaments all go into making this the best program around. You and your staff have the perfect mix of exacting standards and support that go into making each player demand the best of himself, but have fun while doing it.

He’s worked hard, had fun, and really improved his game. After a full season of hockey, seeing him sad that your program is ending for the season is the best proof of all. You guys have it figured out, but still bring the energy, commitment and sense of fun to the rink that makes all these young players thrive. Many thanks again.

James Polsky

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