Total Package Hockey is pleased to announce that Jordan Pietrus will serve as the Director of Hockey-Operations for its Colorado Center of Excellence. A graduate of Brown University with an MBA in International Business from Coventry University, Pietrus brings a unique combination of hockey playing and instruction experience as well as academic and business-related experience to TPH’s 7th Center of Excellence location.
“Jordan is the perfect person to lead us in Colorado,” TPH-Colorado Partner Angelo Ricci said. “He played Division I college hockey and spent nine years in the minor pro circuit in both North America and Europe. During that time, Jordan took initiative and bettered himself as a hockey player, as a hockey teacher and also as a leader. His track record inside and outside of the game of hockey is very impressive. We were drawn to Jordan’s passion, intellect, and strategic approach to bettering our student-athletes. I’m looking forward to working with Jordan to make the Colorado CoE the ultimate destination for the aspiring elite hockey player, athlete, student and person.”
In April, Pietrus wrapped up a nine-year professional playing career that included stops in the ECHL with South Carolina, Trenton and Elmira, as well as overseas in England, Poland and most recently Denmark, where Pietrus’ SonderjyskE club reached the league finals.
Prior to turning pro, Pietrus spent four years at Brown University. During that time, the 33-year-old was named to the ECAC All-Academic team, was voted a finalist for the Ivy League Student-Athlete of the Year award and was an NCAA Hockey Humanitarian Finalist. Pietrus’ impressive list of collegiate accolades is topped off with the NCAA Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award, which he earned in 2010.
Perhaps what’s most impressive about Pietrus’ playing resume is that in thirteen combined seasons as a collegiate and professional player, the Vermillion, Alberta native served as captain of his team on eight occasions.
“Jordan oozes with leadership,” Ricci went on to say. “His resume illustrates exactly what we want to teach young players to do- pursue your hockey dreams, but better yourself and others along the way. Jordan has used hockey as his vehicle to achieve so much on and off the ice. He will set a great example for the youngsters in our CoE.”
From 2015-2018, while competing for Coventry in the EIHL and pursuing his MBA, Pietrus served as a lecturer in Undergraduate and Masters levels courses at Coventry University. He has run his own hockey skills development business and also has a background in off-ice training and sports marketing. He and his wife Shannon have been married for six years and are the proud parents of two daughters, Maeve (2) and Vivian (2.5 months).
“I am absolutely thrilled about the opportunity to join the Total Package Hockey team in Denver,” Pietrus said. “TPH has an impressive history of developing student-athletes to help them achieve their goals across the country. The game of hockey has been very good to me, but education has always been number one for me and my family, and now it’s my turn to give back. I could not be more excited to combine my two passions in education and hockey, to help guide Denver’s next generation of aspiring young athletes in the pursuit of their dreams at the Center of Excellence.
If you wish to join Angelo Ricci in welcoming Jordan to Colorado, he can be reached via e-mail at Jordan.Pietrus@gmail.com.
Space is limited for the 2019-2020 school year. To apply for the Center of Excellence, which is the first step in the registration process, please click here.