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NEHDA Adds New Staff Members

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NEHDA’s Professional Team Continues to Grow!NewEdge Hockey Development Academy is excited to announce 2 new staff members to our incredible and growing professional team!
Kevin Kreutzer
Player Development Team
NewEdge Hockey Development Academy

Kevin is the current USA Hockey Goaltending Development and Coaching Education Program Coordinator for NYS West Section. In addition to Kevin’s exceptional coaching and training background, Kevin brings a wealth of playing experience as well. From Division 1 College Hockey for Canisius to 5 years of professional playing experience in the ECHL, IHL, and WPHL. Kevin will be working with goalies and players as a part of our Player Development Team in Buffalo & Rochester, NY. Kevin will also be working as a consultant on executive and professional projects.
James Whelan
Registered Dietitian & Sports Nutrition Specialist
NewEdge Hockey Development Academy

James joins the NEHDA staff to develop effective nutritional habits and knowledge that empower NEHDA athletes on and off the ice. He is responsible for athlete and staff nutrition education through individual and group nutrition counseling. James brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from working with over 100 individual athletes as the head nutrition coach at Resilience Nutrition. He has worked with clients ranging from novice to elite levels across several sporting disciplines. James is passionate about working with athletes who want to do the work and seek optimal performance in all aspects of their game which is why he is excited to work with our 2020 College Prep Program athletes as his first project. He earned his bachelor’s degree in nutrition management from Rochester Institute of Technology and his master’s degree in exercise science from the University at Buffalo. 

James is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a CrossFit Level 2 Trainer who actively competes within 
CrossFit on an international level following playing collegiate soccer at RIT. 
Kevin Willis Ph. D
Sports Psychologist
NewEdge Hockey Development Academy

Kevin is an experienced and successful sport psychologist and mental game coach specializing in the sport of ice hockey. For the past 20 years he has been coaching hockey players in both the physical and mental parts of the game. Not only did Kevin convert his coaching into online training, he interviewed players, coaches, and scouts from the NHL, AHL, ECHL, NCAA, as well as teams across Europe for their insight into what it takes to play hockey at the highest levels! 

NEHDA’s College Prep athletes will be put through Kevin’s 30 Day Mental Challenge Program and NEHDA will offer similar programs to all of our athletes! 
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