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

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Meet Coach Coleman!

12U Tier 1 Edge

We are excited to have Coach Coleman lead our 12U Tier 1 program through the 2020-21 season. Coach Aaron lives in Victor, NY with his wife Jaime, and kids Olivia (10), Ian (8), and Ellie (5). Aaron grew up playing youth hockey in Buffalo for the Buffalo Regals, High School at Canisius, JR “A” hockey for the Niagara Scenics and then Rochester (MN) Mustangs of the USHL. Aaron played college hockey for the Geneseo Ice Knights and was inducted into the Geneseo Sports Hall of Fame.

Coach has had over 25 years of hockey coaching experience at various levels and ages. He has trained and coached under John Christiano, former scout for the Buffalo Sabres and head of New Edge Hockey in Buffalo and Rochester. Aaron has coached all-girls hockey teams for over six years.

“My philosophy is to create an environment where the kids will develop, compete, and have fun at the same time!!! We will have high tempo, fast pace practices, that will mainly focus on skill development and hockey fundamentals. I believe in instilling confidence through positive reinforcement. Players will not be afraid to make mistakes, that is a part of learning and growing. I believe in the value of teaching kids to be great teammates who support each other.”



by posted 03/29/2020

Dear Girls Hockey Community,

Due to the emerging COVID-19 situation, all Edge girls tryouts have been POSTPONED.

Please check back regularly for updates. We are following the guidelines of our public health officials and the NYSAHA. At this time there are no scheduled dates for tryouts to take place. For the most up to date information please visit NYSAHA and USAH. If you have any questions please contact us at .

-Rochester Edge B.O.D.

by posted 03/14/2020
14U Tier 1 State Champs

Top Row (L to R): Coach Sig, Coach Dave, Lara Lisowski, Coach Mel, Coach Steve

Middle Row (L to R): Amelia Rizzo, Elizabeth Kent, Makenna Crouse, Kayla Suders, Sydney Saracene, Willa Runge, Rayne Searley, Sienna Beal, Harper Weisbeck

Bottom Row (L to R): Katelyn Bovee, Eva Mayo, Lily Shaw (G), Abby Seaman (G), Helen VanDamme, Abby Cangemi


Congrats girls, and have fun in Minnesota at Nationals.

by posted 03/09/2020
Thanks So Much to Our Sponsor!

Our 12U Girls are honored to be sponsored by UA 13! Thanks so much for helping to make this season so memorable.

by posted 03/05/2020
Play Fast and Play Free - Coach Pete’s 14U Tier II TB Team

I live in Ontario, NY with my wife Kim and two daughters Gabrielle and Samantha. Both play for the Edge at the 14U and 12U levels respectively. I grew up playing my youth hockey in Skaneateles, High School at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse and D1 College at Canisius. I have been very active in helping Girls Hockey grow over the last 5 years. I have coached girls at the 8U, 10U, 12U and now the 14U levels.

My goal is to develop these girls both on and off the ice. The three areas of focus will be:

  1. Develop their skills on and off the ice with fast-paced drills designed to push them outside their comfort zone.
  2. Develop a sense of compete, team play and the desire to be their best.
  3. Develop their character and sense of community through some team charity events.

We will play FAST! Whether it is a practice or a game I will stress SPEED, SKILL and SPORTSMANSHIP in a positive manner that is supportive of their CONFIDENCE and growth. They will be pushed to become better skaters, puck handlers and decision makers. “NEVER QUIT, YOU CAN DO IT” will be a theme constantly reinforced.

I look forward to working with our team to help them grow individually. At a young age Hockey taught me that hard work will always pay off. I hope to instill this same discipline in all of the girls and that they continue to pursue Hockey beyond the youth level. I want the girls to LOVE hockey and pass it on to the next generation so that the GIRLS GAME continues to grow.



Coach Peter Taylor ( )

315-416-8761 (mobile)

by posted 03/03/2020
EDGE 12U Captures Empire Boys Pee Wee Title

Down 2-1 entering the final frame, our girls stormed back with 4 goals to capture the Empire White League Championship in a really exciting day at the Webster Ice Arena. Congrats girls and coaches, and good luck at States next week.

by posted 03/01/2020
We're Excited for Coach Mark to Lead the 10U-Black Program

Get to Know Coach Mark!

Edge 10U – Black

I played travel hockey in the Buffalo area, including four years of varsity hockey at Hamburg (two years as team captain). Played for Buffalo Saints Selects '81 team for two years, including the 98-99 NY State Midget Tier I championship team. With decades of experience in the game of hockey in Western New York, I am most fortunate to have learned from many excellent coaches, teammates, family members, and friends. I have been coaching ROCO mites/premites for the last three years and am very excited to coach our 10U girls this year. As a coach first and foremost I am committed to improving the skills of our players and getting them ready for the next level of hockey. There is so much more that I have taken from the game and will give to my players – learning how to be a good teammate, accountability to one’s self and others, a strong work-ethic, just to name a few. Such core principles will benefit our players throughout their lives. While it is great to see how far WNY girls hockey has come since I played youth hockey, there is still much work to be done. I am excited to help in continuing to grow the game in Rochester!


Season Plans:

We will have two team practices a week. In addition, the girls will have a team skills clinic every other week (Monday nights at Village Sports) and an all-Edge clinic (on a night when we already have practice at Bill Gray’s).  All Edge goalies will also receive dedicated goalie training.


Our season will run from the Tuesday after Labor Day through the first week of March. We aim to play our team in the WNYAHL Squirt travel league. We are planning for 3-4 tournaments, most in the Rochester/Buffalo area and maybe 1 out of town where we aim to travel with every girls team in the association. We will also be playing an independent girls schedule and plan to arrange one or more jamboree weekends with outside organizations (e.g. Philadelphia Junior Flyers, etc.).


  • Coach Mark ( )

by posted 02/29/2020
Meet Coach Dave - Our 12U Tier 2 Coach

I grew up in Wisconsin and during my younger years I played travel hockey all around the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois. As a senior in High School I left home to play hockey for the Soo Hawks in Sault Saint Marie, Michigan. From there I went on to play two years of Junior A hockey in Indianapolis, Indiana for the Indy Junior Ice. Following my time in Indianapolis, I went on to play 1 year of collegiate hockey at Fredonia State University before hanging up my skates as a player.  Now like many of you, I am looking to give back to the game that taught me so much!  My day job is as a kindergarten teacher in the Rush-Henrietta Central School District.  My 20 years as a teacher in the Rush-Henrietta Central School District has provided me with great resources for coaching young athletes.   I have been the head coach for my son’s travel team through Rochester Youth Hockey/Roco for the past 7 years.  The 2019-20 season will be my last year coaching my son’s 2006 travel team. I will then be transitioning into coaching with the Rochester Edge.  I am truly looking forward to working with this team and seeing all of our players develop and improve as hockey players and as young ladies!


The foundation of my program for this coming season will be individual skill development with a heavy focus on skating skills and edge work, passing/receiving, puck control and puck protection, shooting, body contact and angling.  Our skills focus will enable us to build into this season's core team concepts which include aggressively pressuring the puck, gaining and maintaining possessing the puck, playing without the puck, playing a 200 foot game, and how to attack and defend in all three zones. 


In addition, I will also promote the John Wooden Pyramid of Success as the foundation of our character-development program.  We will define success not by wins and losses, but by effort given, fully and consistently, as both an individual, a hockey player, and a member of the Rochester Edge. This focus reflects the significance of character as the common denominator of our success. Building character is a key initiative of my plan for the year.

- Coach Waldo ( )


by posted 02/28/2020
Meet Our 14U Tier 1 Head Coach - Melissa Ames

I was born and raised in Rochester, NY and started my hockey career at the age of 5. I spent my early years of hockey playing with the boy’s teams at Webster. I joined the Rochester Edge in 2008 where I spent the next four years developing as a hockey player on and off the ice. Our 16U team in 2011 won the Girls Tier 1 New York State Championship. My final year of youth hockey was spent playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite – where I had the opportunity to travel overseas and play against top teams in Finland and Russia for a two-week period.

I committed to play college hockey at Plattsburgh State my junior year of high school. These were four of my best years of hockey. I had the distinction of not only winning 4 ECAC West titles, but also winning 4 consecutive NCAA National Championships; I became 1 of 5 players who have ever done this in women’s college hockey!! Plattsburgh’s record over my college career from 2013-2017 was 111-5-4. 

When not training or doing off-ice work, I spent my summers throughout my high school career as a private hockey instructor. I was able to gain knowledge from a variety of different trainers. I gave private lessons to hockey players focused on working on goals the players set for themselves. I also coached in a variety of summer hockey training camps.

After my college career, I wasn’t ready to be done playing the sport I love and was fortunate enough to continue my career playing professionally in Germany. I spent 2 years playing hockey in the top league: 1. Frauen Bundesliga in Hannover, Germany. In both seasons I led my Hannover Indians team in goals and ranked among the top 15 overall point scorers in the Bundesliga.

I have now returned back to Rochester after playing hockey overseas and having the opportunity to travel the world. I currently work for Neutral Zone Hockey where I scout and evaluate female hockey players ages 13-17. I am also working on completing my Master in Business Administration with a concentration in Data Analytics.

My goal is to be able to develop every player on and off the ice to become a better person. I will implement a very competitive, intense, and fun atmosphere within my team. I have played for very competitive programs that have taught me the fundamentals of hockey and challenged me to become a better person. I believe that every player has an important role on a team and will have the chance to make a difference. Skill development is just as important as learning systems. The ability to handle pucks and possessing a diverse skill set will allow players to become stronger in team systems. The team trumps everything in my philosophy of coaching. I will coach by my motto of being disciplined, selfless, and relentless.

I am very happy to be back with the Edge program and part of the continued growth of the girls game in the area. I am excited to help our players achieve their hockey goals. By sharing the knowledge I have gained over the years of playing for a variety of different coaches and in very competitive leagues, I aim to develop complete athletes and get our players to their next level.  



by posted 02/24/2020
Edge 19U are Steel City Girls Invitational Champions!!

Over the Presidents Day weekend, the 19U team traveled to Pittsburgh to play in the Steel City Girls Invitational. They completed round robin play with a 3-0-1 record, outscoring their opponents by a 15-4 margin. Their first place record earned them a spot in the championship game against a gritty Princeton Tiger Lilies team. The championship game was an exciting, hard-fought nail biter that had to be decided with a shootout. Rachel Brase stopped all three attempts against her, and Ally Schwind scored the only goal to secure the championship for the Edge. The win was a total team effort as 13 players tallied points over the weekend, led by Holly DeYoung with 5 goals, and Lian Sydorowicz and Erin McCarthy with 7 points each. Rose Quattro also recorded 2 shutouts over the weekend.

by posted 02/19/2020
2020-21 Edge Coaches

Coaches for the 2020-21 Season

10U Program

  • 10U Girls - Black - Mark Herman
    • To participate in the Western New York boys travel league plus independent girls schedule.
  • 10U Girls - Blue - Matt Roy
    • To participate in local boys Empire league plus an independent girls schedule


12U Program

  • Tier 1 Tournament Bound team - Aaron Coleman
    • Expected to play in Western New York boys travel league at PW Minor level, independent girls schedule
  • Tier 2 Tournament Bound team - Dave Waldo
    • Expected to participate in local boys Empire league, and Great Lakes Girls Hockey League


14U Program

  • Tier 1 National Tournament Bound team - Melissa Ames
    • Expected to participate in south central division of the Lower Lakes Female Hockey League
  • Tier 2 National Tournament Bound team - Pete Taylor
    • Participating in Great Lakes Girls Hockey League and independent girls schedule

17U Program

  • Scott Reston
    • Participating in south central division of the Lower Lakes Female Hockey League at 17U level
    • Tier 1 National Tournament Bound team at the 19U level in the United States
    • 2005, 2004, 2003 birth year players


19U Program

  • Tier 2 National Tournament Bound - Eric Wiesenberg
  • 2002 to 2006 birth year players


8 and Under Program

  • 8U - Andy Brolsma
  • 6U - John Loncz


by posted 02/07/2020
Mark Your Calendars - Girls Hockey Tryouts

Mark Your Calendars for 2020-21 Girls Hockey Tryouts


10U Program

Tuesday, March 24, 5:45pm - 6:45pm, at Bill Gray's Iceplex

Wednesday, March 25, 5:45pm - 6:45pm, at Bill Gray's Iceplex

  • For girls in 2011 and 2010 birth years
  • All players will have a team to play on, there are no program wide cuts
  • Team(s) expected to play in local Empire league and selected girls competition


12U Program

Tuesday, March 24, 6:45pm - 7:45pm, at Bill Gray's Iceplex

Wednesday, March 25, 6:45pm - 7:45pm, at Bill Gray's Iceplex

  • For girls in 2009 and 2008 birth years (2011 and 2010 players are eligible)
  • All players will have a team to play on, there are no program wide cuts
  • Two tournament bound team offerings


14U Program

Monday, April 13, 7:40pm - 8:40pm, at Bill Grays Iceplex

Tuesday, April 14, 7:30pm - 8:45pm, at Bill Gray's Iceplex

  • For girls in 2007 and 2006 birth years (younger players ineligible to play up on tournament bound teams)
  • Tier 1 Tournament Bound offering
  • Tier 2 Tournament Bound offering


16U/19U Program

Monday, April 13, 8:00pm - 9:00pm, at Bill Grays Iceplex

Tuesday, April 14, 8:00pm - 9:00pm, at Bill Grays Iceplex

  • For girls in 2005, 2004, 2003, and 2002 birth years


**Our New 6U and 8U Girls Programs**

We are excited to be offering girls programs at every age level, including at the 6U and 8U levels. Check back often for announcement on our 8U Spring clinic program, and 2020-21 season options for girls in the 2012 and younger age groups, and opportunities for any new player to try hockey.



Season Plans, Specific Program Offerings and Coaching Announcements Coming Soon

  • **Online registration for 10U & 12U tryouts will open on March 17**
  • ** Online registration for 14U & 16U/19U tryouts will open on April 6th **

by posted 01/14/2020
Congratulations to Our 12U Girls

Another really fun weekend for our Edge teams at Rome's annual Fall Brawl tournament, capped off with an exciting tournament title for our 12s.

From left to right, Bottom row: Izzy, Melody, Sarah, Abby, Chloe, Ava, Mia, Carly, Caitlin

Top row: Coach Pete, Molly, Madeline, Coach Rob, Natalie, Alana, Izzy, Gabby and Coach John


by posted 10/20/2019
Meet Coach Jenn

Coach Jenn Shields

Coach Jenn Shields will be working with all of the teams in the Edge program. When not on the ice, Coach Jenn is a Doctor of Physical Therapy working out of Waterloo, NY.

Jenn hails from Ingersoll, Ontario and was a four time ECAC Hockey All-Academic player as a defenseman in 152 games for Clarkson, including being a key blueliner in their 2013-2014 National Championship victory over Minnesota. She finished her career an incredible +45. Prior to attending Clarkson, Jenn was a member of the Canadian Women’s U18 Team Member including winning a silver medal at the World Women’s U18 Championships. Coach Jenn played intermediate hockey for the AA Bluewater Jr Hawks in the PWHL.


by posted 08/22/2019