Girls� hockey program in Rochester, New York, USA and the surrounding Monroe County region

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4 Time National Champion Mel Ames to Join Edge Coaching Staff

Coach Mel Ames

We are really excited to welcome Edge alum, Mel Ames, onto our coaching staff. While Mel will be primarily working with our 14U Tier 1 team, she will work closely with Coach Cassy, Coach Jess and Coach Robyn in assisting the entire Edge program.

Coach Mel grew up in Rochester and started her hockey career playing for Webster with the boys. She then went on to play with the Edge program for 4 years (2008-2012) beginning with the U14 Tier 2 team, then three years at the Tier 1 level. Mel was a member (along with Coach Cassy) of our 16U State championship in 2011 at the Tier 1 level. She spent her final year of youth hockey playing for Pittsburgh Penguins Elite – her Penguin team had the opportunity to play games against top Finnish and Russian teams in Finland and Russia for a two week period.

Mel played her college hockey for Plattsburgh State University from 2013-2017 where she had the distinction of winning 4 consecutive national championships and 4 ECAC West titles! Upon completing her college career, she continued playing professionally in Germany for two years in Germany’s top league, Ice Hockey Bundesliga, playing for the Hannover Scorpions in northern Germany.

When not on the ice, Coach Mel works for Neutral Zone Hockey where she scouts and evaluates young female hockey players. Mel is also working on completing her Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business.

Says coach: “I am excited to be back with the Edge and continue to grow the girls game in this area!”

by posted 08/16/2019
EDGE 14U, 16U, 19U Mini-Camp

Skill building, team building and a fun way to kick off the season --> our annual Edge mini-camp will take place at Rochester Ice Center in Fairport and the times/sessions are as follows:

Monday, 8/19:

  • 4:00pm to 5:00pm - ice session #1
  • 6:00pm to 7:20pm - ice session #2


Tuesday, 8/20:

  • 6:15pm to 7:15pm - Off-ice session
  • 7:40pm to 9:00pm - ice session #3


Wednesday, 8/21:

  • 4:30pm to 5:30pm - ice session #4
  • 5:45pm to 6:45pm - Mindfulness session with Professor Rice
  • 7:30pm to 8:50pm - ice session #5


The camp will be led by our Director of Player Development Cassy Opela along with Edge coaches Jess Prance and Mel Ames. If you are interested, the cost of the camp will be $90, payable by check to "Rochester Edge Girls Hockey, Inc." and we can collect at the door. Please if you intend on coming.

by posted 08/10/2019
Edge 10U and 12U Mini-Camp

Our annual Edge mini-camp for the 10U and 12U program will be held at Rochester Ice Center from August 20th to August 22nd. This year's camp will once again be run by a highly accomplished all-female coaching staff that is expected to include Haley Winn, Kiara Zanon and Caroline Ross. All three of these coaches currently play at the highest levels of women's hockey.

Camp will include:

  • two ice sessions per day (2.5 hours on ice)
  • the ice sessions will feature the Power Edge Pro training system
  • off-ice session with Next Level
  • shooting and stickhandling instruction in the new RIC stick center
  • lunch will be available for purchase and will include healthy options for our girls

The camp is open to all Edge 10U and 12U players as well as any interested girl player in the 2007-2010 birth years. The cost of the camp is $200 and registration is available online now. If you have any questions, please .

by posted 06/12/2019
USA Hockey Development Camp Selections

Congratulations to the following Edge girls for being selected to USA Hockey Development Camps this summer:

Eastern Select 14 Development Camp

Helen VanDamme

Victoria Campana


Multi-District Development Camp

Madeline Eaton


To learn more about the USA Hockey Girls Development program, check out this brochure.

by posted 06/03/2019
Nazareth Flyers 2019-2020 Home Schedule

by posted 05/17/2019
Congratulations to Rochester Edge 2019 Tyler Putnam Award Winner

A super kind person and a tough competitor, Erin McCarthy represents herself, her family, her team, and EDGE Hockey with the utmost character and passion. Erin is a great ambassador for the game and the EDGE Hockey organization. We are all very proud to be able to play and compete with her. Congratulations Erin!

by posted 04/26/2019
Edge 12U Back to Back State Champions

Top Row (L to R): Amelia Rizzo, ZaveyAnn Powers, Elizabeth Kent, Willa Runge, Bella Fanale, Alana Ipen Van Zeilen, Sienna Beal, Kayla Suders

Bottom Row (L to R): Anna Hensel, Sarah Hensel, Katelyn Bovee, Sydney Saracene, Eva Mayo, Chloe Pittinaro, Abby Strasenburgh, Lola Betancourt


by posted 03/10/2019
Cassy Opela Named Director of Player Development

Cassy Opela Joins Rochester Edge Girls Hockey as Director of Player Development

The Rochester Edge Girls hockey program is excited to announce that Edge alum Cassy Opela has joined the organization as Director of Player Development. Coach Cassy will be providing on- and off-ice instruction to players and coaches at every age and skill level throughout the organization. Cassy will also be providing expertise in promoting girls hockey throughout the Rochester area and beyond, and providing services to our girls and families who have an interest in continuing their hockey careers beyond their youth hockey experience.

Cassy grew up in the Rochester area. During the 2006-2007 season, she played for the Webster Tier 2 Girls State Championship team. From 2007-2011, Cassy played for the Rochester Edge. While with the Edge, she won two more state titles at Tier 1 in 2009 and 2011. In 2009 she also was a runner-up at the 2009 national tournament and invited to the Team USA National Development Camp. For the 2011-2012 season, she played in the JWHL for the Boston Shamrocks. During the season she was recruited by the University of Connecticut (UConn) where she spent the next 4 years. After graduating, Cassy was drafted 11th overall into the CWHL by the Boston Blades. While playing for the Blades, Cassy also was an assistant coach for the New England Hockey Club in the JWHL. She has now come back home and helping to coach the Rochester Edge at all levels, and to grow the girls game in Western New York."

by posted 11/16/2018