Joe grew up in Moorhead, MN and played youth hockey there. He played varsity for the Moorhead Spuds as a sophomore and was All-Conference his junior year. He then went on to Ann Arbor, Michigan for his senior season to play with the USA Under-18 National Development Team. From there, Joe played 4 years with the Colorado College Tigers, and graduated in 2003 with a bachelors degree in Economics. During his time at Colorado College, Joe played in 3 NCAA tournaments, and was on the WCHA champion team in 2003. His senior year, he was awarded the WCHA Best Defensive Player of the league as a forward. After college Joe signed with the Edmonton Oilers and played 3 years in the AHL and 1 season in the ECHL. He later went on to play in European professional leagues for 7 more years. 1 season in Germany, 1 in Scotland, and 5 in Italy, where he was linemates with Joe Jensen for 3 years with the Brunico Wolves. Joe spent every off-season of his 11 year professional career coaching and training youth athletes on and off the ice. He loves teaching kids about what they need to do to become better hockey players and better people.
Astros boys teams are now forming at the '02, '03, '04, '05, '06, '07, '08 & '09 levels.
The Gentry Astros AAA program is a new to the hockey scene. Teams are now forming for 2020. The purpose is to create teams of like minded, committed players, who come from great families.
We believe in offensive, creative and high tempo hockey. Players strive to make plays and possess the puck. Practices reflect game play. In practices, the focus is on a high compete level, structured games, team strategies and skill development.
The Gentry Astros AAA program will run from April-June and a period of August.
No. Gentry Astros AAA is open to all players regardless of what school they attend.
Practices will be primarily in the Northeast and Northwest suburbs, Vadnais Heights, Blaine, Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove, New Hope, etc. The coach of your team will dictate which rinks make the most sense based on your team's roster and location of families.
This will vary greatly by team. Some of the teams will be at 20 hours of practices. An Astros Director or the Coach of your team will have this information.
Every team will play in four tournaments. Most teams will choose to play one out of town tournament.
We will be conducting coaching interviews for each team and communicating to families during the recruiting process.
We are open to you playing for multiple AAA teams. If there is a tournament that conflicts with your other team, we ask that you commit to Gentry that weekend.
There is a required deposit of $300 due by October 7.
$750 - $1,500 depending on your team. This will be communicated during the recruiting process.
The remaining balance will be due by March 1, 2020.