Total Package Hockey is pleased to announce that it will be bringing its hallmark Center of Excellence model to the thriving state of Colorado for the 2019-2020 school year. TPH will launch its seventh CoE in the south suburbs of Denver and will partner alongside Angelo Ricci, a name synonymous with player development and advancement in both the state of Colorado and beyond.

“We are very grateful for the opportunity to partner with Angelo and his entire team,” TPH CEO Nathan Bowen said. “We met several years ago through the Tier I Elite League and his commitment to personal and athletic development with his players is how he has built one of the top programs in the country. He has strategically constructed and grown a performance-oriented club and the results have followed. He is extremely passionate about helping young people grow and consistently raising the standards for all involved in his programs. Colorado is an awesome hockey state and Denver is one of the healthiest metropolitan cities in all of the U.S. While excitement is high to bring a CoE to Denver, we are most looking forward to partnering with Angelo who serves as a positive role model for young aspiring student-athletes. His track record for developing next level hockey players, athletes and people speaks for itself.”

While TPH prides itself on its Study-Train-Play Center of Excellence model and what “it” can do for the aspiring elite student-athlete, Bowen says it is the leader, or “face” of the actual CoE that drives the model. In Ricci, TPH is teaming up with an individual who brings 20-plus years of true player development experience to the Denver area Center of Excellence. Angelo is the founder and head instructor for Ricci Hockey Consulting, a company he formed back in 1996. The Chicago native is also the Director of Hockey Operations for the prestigious Colorado Thunderbirds Hockey Club and has held leadership positions with the Arapahoe and Littleton Youth Hockey Associations.

Ricci is quick to point out that while he is excited about partnering with TPH to bring a Center of Excellence to an area he now calls home, TPH’s commitment to excellence in the areas of on and off-ice training, academic success and mentorship is what sold him on forming a partnership.

“The TPH mission is to exceed expectations of student-athletes, their families and all entities of the hockey world,” Ricci said.  “That’s essentially what I have tried to do throughout my career.  Being involved with this model is a perfect next step for me, and the model is a perfect next step for hockey in the Denver area.  TPH’s methodical approach to the training of The Hockey Athlete, along with their academic partnership with Edmentum puts the needs of students-athletes first. Development is a delicate thing, especially in the classroom. TPH has the plan, and in the Denver area, I believe TPH now has the perfect place.”

While coaching in that “perfect place” Ricci references, the former University of Denver Pioneer has guided teams for 22 seasons, 16 of which have been at the Tier I level. To date, he has posted a Tier I coaching record of 803-192-53. Since 2005-2006, Ricci’s Colorado Thunderbirds 16U AAA squads have won 13 state championships and have made eight appearances in the National Tournament. His teams have finished no lower than 5th place at Nationals, and in 2009-2010, his group achieved a first-place finish.

In addition, Ricci’s leadership has led him to a successful coaching and on-ice instruction career at all levels. Since 2003, the 47-year-old has worked with numerous professional players as a skills coach. He has consulted and worked with big-name players such as Seth Jones, Caleb Jones, Nick Shore, Paul Stastny, Tyler Bozak, Drew Shore, Kyle Quincy, Gilbert Brule, Matt Donovan, Gustav Olofsson, Brandon Carlo, Scott Mayfield, Ben Holmstrom, Troy Terry, Dylan Gambrell, Dominic Turgeon and Jack Skille.  For the past nine years, Ricci has been a skills consultant for the Assabet Valley Girls program, which has won 42 USA Hockey Tier I National Championships. Ricci was also the Head Skills Instructor at the NHL Fantasy Skills Camp during the NHL All-Star Games in Denver in 2001 and Los Angeles in 2002.

Since 2014, Angelo has been a part of the Buffalo Sabres organization, serving as a Skills Development Consultant for the NHL club. In addition, Ricci has worked directly with the Sabres’ prospects in the AHL, where he is a Skills Development Coach for the Rochester Americans.

In conjunction with his coaching, Angelo shares his passion, skill and knowledge as a USA Hockey Coaching Education Program presenter. He served as a USA Hockey District Festival Head Coach from 2004-2009 and has conducted multiple coaching seminars and clinics. In 2003, Ricci attained his certification with USA Hockey as a Master Level 5 Coach.

“History and track record are both proof that a partnership between TPH and Ricci Hockey will be successful,” Ricci added.  “I am extremely proud of the number of players I have been able to work with who have advanced to the highest levels of hockey.  TPH shares that same level of pride and passion. In five years, the CoE model alone has produced four NHL draft picks, 33 NCAA Division I commitments and has helped over 50 players reach the USHL and NAHL. The Denver CoE looks forward to putting our stamp on the growth of those very impressive numbers.”

TPH will be announcing more information in the coming weeks about its Denver Center of Excellence model, including location, open house dates and staffing. In the meantime, TPH invites all interested Denver Center of Excellence candidates to click here and visit the CoE webpage on, to learn more about the CoE model and the meaning of Study-Train-Play.

If you wish to receive updates on the Denver Center of Excellence, please click here and select “Colorado” for all the latest news and information on the CoE.

About Total Package Hockey: Founded in 2001, it is TPH’s vision to become the world leader in positively impacting the lives of student-athletes through the game of hockey. Through academics, mentorship and athletics, TPH prides itself on operating at a standard that exceeds expectations of student-athletes, families, coaches, advisors and all other entities of the hockey world. With platforms that include association management, elite prospects programs, tournaments and showcases, camps and clinics and its hallmark Center of Excellence academy model, Total Package Hockey has assisted in the academic, athletic and hockey development of over 600 players who have advanced to junior, collegiate and professional hockey. Since inception, 45 #TPHTrained student-athletes have been selected in the NHL Draft, while 280 have committed to the NCAA level – 189 of which are Division I. In addition, 99 players have been selected in the OHL Priority Selection and 353 have signed tenders or been drafted in the USHL and NAHL. While TPH is proud of its student-athletes who have achieved success on-the ice, it is the process of developing young men and women as people, first and foremost, that our world-class team of coaches and mentors take the most amount of pride in. While it is our responsibility to prepare each individual for success on the ice, it is our mission to prepare each and every individual for success in the ultimate game – the game of life! To learn more about TPH, visit

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

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.


Total Package Hockey is pleased to announce a partnership with Summit Education Group.  Summit will serve as the academic arm for its seventh Center of Excellence at Family Sports Center in the Denver, CO area.  TPH and Summit Education Group will work closely together on the Study component of TPH’s Study-Train-Play model to implement the CoE’s fully customized online learning platform, built by Edmentum, the official academic partner of Total Package Hockey.

“We feel extremely fortunate to be entering into an academic partnership with Summit Education Group,” TPH CEO Nathan Bowen said.  “Summit will commit many valuable resources to enhance the learning experience at our Center of Excellence at Family Sports.  They will take the rigorous and robust learning curriculum and platform that Edmentum has built for us in TPH and see that it is delivered to our student-athletes in a way that gives each and every individual the greatest possible opportunity to succeed academically.  We view this partnership as central to the success of the CoE model in Colorado.”

Established in 2011, Summit is a Colorado-based Education Management Organization committed to ensuring all student learners have the best opportunity for success in life.  Their mission is to empower the world to achieve greatness, one individual, one organization and one community at a time.  Summit offers a unique educational model of blended learning, partnering with associations and organizations such as TPH, school districts, home-school communities, local philanthropic institutions, charter and private schools and businesses.  Summit presently serves the needs of approximately 2,000 students.  They are an AdvancedED accredited Middle/High School with students ranging from grades 6 to 12.

Student-athletes and their families who are interested in learning more about the TPH-Summit partnership are invited to attend tonight’s Open House, which will take place at 7 PM, on-site at Family Sports Center, the home of the TPH-Colorado CoE.  To RSVP for tonight’s event, please click here.

To learn more about the Colorado Center of Excellence and to apply for the 2019-2020 school year, click here.

Space will be 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.