The Gardens Ice House is proud to present

The Hockey Academy


Jason Wolfe

Jason Wolfe is the first Maryland born goaltender to play in the professional ranks. Jason graduated with honors from Merrimack College with degrees in Psychology and Business Administration. Upon finishing High school Jason played one year of Jr.A hockey in Canada, which was followed by four years of NCAA D1 hockey at Merrimack College in Massachusetts. During his collegiate career Jason began coaching some of the D.C. area’s goalies during his summer breaks from school. After graduation Jason immediately turned to the pro rank by signing with the LA Kings affiliate the Reading Royals. The 2008-2009 marked the end of Jason’s professional career. Jason spent 8 years in the professional season having played in the LA Kings, Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers and Anaheim Ducks organizations, as well as playing one season for Manchester England in the English Elite League. Upon retirement founded Wolfe Hockey Development which has risen quickly to one of the Mid Atlantic regions top player development organizations owning 2 real ice hockey training centers and moving on over 100 regional players on to the college and pro ranks.

Chris Ceransky

Christopher Ceransky is entering his first year with Wolfe Hockey Development after moving to the area to apprentice under Jason Wolfe and take over the reigns as Head Coach of Team Maryland U18 AAA club. Prior to joining the Wolfe Hockey staff, Ceransky served three years in the NAHL as an Assistant Coach/Goalie Coach for the Wichita Falls Wildcats and then the Coulee Region Chill. During his time in the NAHL, Ceransky established himself in the elite ranks of player development. In just three years, 34 of his players have or will shortly make the jump to Division I hockey, including five of his six goaltender, and worked his way into the 100 win club. Ceransky has also trained six players selected to their respective National teams.

Before his time in the NAHL, Ceransky spent eight years as a coach and Midget Director with the New Jersey Renegades youth hockey club working under current Team Maryland Skills Director Cliff Graziano. Ceransky was instrumental in founding the organization’s junior team to compete in the
Metropolitan Junior Hockey League (Tier III), spending five years as the Renegades’ head coach and assistant general manager. Ceransky was also named the Hockey Director for Next Level hockey before leaving for Wichita Falls.

Jason LaCour

James is a local product of the Maryland Hockey and one of the first students of Wolfe Goaltending. He began playing goal at the age of 8 for Howard, Tri City and Little Caps playing in Districts, USA Hockey Select Festivals and numerous showcase tournaments. It was this time that James began his tutelage under Jason Wolfe. After a successful youth career, James went on to play at DeMatha Catholic High School. He was able to make Varsity as a freshman and helped lead the Stags to a Maryland Scholastic Hockey League Tier I Championship, becoming the first freshmen to do so

Aj Faust

AJ was the first female goalie to play for University of Maryland Men’s hockey team. She also played at MIT. Schedule your lesson today!

Rob Trantin

Rob Trantin began his life as a hockey player at 13 here in the state of Maryland.  He instantaneously fell in love, asserting himself to the practices of hockey skills both on and off of the ice.  Rob quickly ascended his game, being voted as a captain at Archbishop Spalding, and ultimately selected to the Washington Little Capitals Midget AAA program in my final year of eligibility. That season culminated in the monumental experiences of playing in the USA Hockey National Championships.  He then followed with two years in junior programs, the first with the Washington Junior Capitals in 2001-2002, and the latter in the Eastern Junior Hockey League with the Boston Harbor Wolves and the Baystate Breakers.  Rob’s hockey playing career reached its twilight at Morrisville State College in New York, where their program achieved back to back National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association National Championship victories in 2004 and 2005. 

Russell Smith

Russell is the owner and founder of Dedicated Hockey and the Hockey Director/COO for the Tri-City Eagles. He specializes in skill development of forwards & defensemen. Having played both positions professionally, he has intimate knowledge of the skill sets required for each position. To help shape a complete player, Russell focuses on the development of a strong skating base, stickhandling, passing, and shooting skills. He helps players develop an understanding of the game, and the intricacies that are involved as they move to the next level of their careers.

Mike Peters

Michael played his college hockey at Middlebury College (NCAA D3) and is currently giving goalie lessons for Wolfe Hockey. Schedule your lesson today!

Ryan Krug

Coach Ryan Krug grew up in Maryland playing hockey for the Howard Huskies and the University of Maryland. While at Maryland, he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology and became an ACE certified personal trainer. He has worked with a variety of ages and fitness levels, and now he uses his unique background in hockey and fitness to help young players achieve the most out of their game. He also teaches forward/defense lessons, schedule your lesson or workout today.

Nat Rojas

Nat Rojas is currently a Private Instructor for Wolfe Hockey (since 2012), the Head Coach for Tri City Eagles U16 A, and Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Eagles Organization.
He spent one year learning how to skate in camps and instruction before playing hockey at the age of eight. Coach Rojas grew up playing for the Chesapeake Chiefs out of Piney Orchard and Tri-City out of The Gardens Ice House. After playing two years of U16 for the Eagles, he made the jump to play for the Washington Junior Nationals his senior year of high school. Coach Rojas played for the program in the Atlantic Junior Hockey League (AJHL) for four years until committing to play Ice hockey for the NCAA Fitchburg State University. During his four years playing for the Falcons he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Information Systems with a 3.92 GPA Summa Cum Laude.