WE ARE DBHS
WE ARE DBHS
Being an undersized, undrafted defenseman, Freddy needed to set his goals high. First, it was to play college hockey (2003 Boston University Male Athlete of the Year, Team Captain). The next big goal was to play in the NHL (played for PHL, NYI, PHX, ATL). Once he reached that goal, Freddy became a strong believer in DREAMING BIG. So much that, when he autographs cards and memorabilia for kids, it reads “DREAM BIG!” with his signature following it. Don’t take NO for an answer, DREAM BIG!
After nine years, 281 NHL games, 450 pro games, 136 points, Freddy Meyer launched Dream Big HockeyStars in the summer of 2012. Moving back to the Greater Boston area from Sweden, Freddy established his first series of semi-private clinics. The focus was on a small group (max 10 skaters) with a heavy emphasis on teaching players to perfect each rep. Since that summer, Dream Big HockeyStars has grown into one of the premier hockey institutions in Massachusetts. DBHS currently offers semi-private clinics, summer camps, private lessons, youth hockey weekly skills, game performance analysis, career consultations, and summer tournament teams.
Freddy’s vision for Dream Big HockeyStars was to create a high-performance hockey development program that provides an opportunity for athletes to receive top quality instruction from elite level coaches.
If your athlete has aspirations to play at the next level, you will not find a better environment to learn and develop then with Dream Big HockeyStars. Freddy has designed programs that will complement their regular season schedule, yet accelerate their skill development. It is great to play games, but the true development comes through repetition under the watchful eye of a professional. His hands-on-approach is second to none and he will help your hockey player achieve their goals. Do you have what it takes to DREAM BIG?
MEET THE PROS
Freddy has played almost 300 NHL games for the Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes, New York Islanders and the Atlanta Thrashers. He is currently the Head Coach for The Rivers School (ISL) in Weston, MA. He was the Head Coach/GM of the East Coast Wizards Jr. A Team (EHL) for six years and took them from a new franchise to a league contender. During the 2012-2014 seasons, he was the Assistant Coach for the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League. The Monarchs are highly regarded for developing the future stars of the Los Angeles Kings.
Prior to his NHL career, Freddy played for Boston University. During his college career, he was honored as Hockey East First Team All-Rookie Team, Hockey East First Team All-Star and served as Team Captain as a senior. He capped off a great college career as a First Team All-American and was named the 2003 BU Male Athlete of the Year.
Freddy has represented Team USA in numerous International events: 1998 Under-18 World Championship, 2001 World Junior Championship, 2006 World IIHF Championship and the 2011 Deutschland Cup.
Growing up in NH and playing youth hockey in New England, Freddy is looking forward to the opportunity to share his superior hockey knowledge and talents with the next kid that wants to DREAM BIG!
For the past two seasons, Courtney was the assistant Women’s ice hockey coach at Boston College. She worked with the team’s forwards and handled the team’s video scouting system.
Before The Heights Sheary spent one season on staff at Dartmouth as the Big Green’s second assistant coach, where she worked under Canada Women’s National Team coach Laura Schuler.
Prior to Dartmouth Sheary spent five years at her high school alma mater, Cushing Academy, where she was the school’s assistant athletics director and coached girls’ varsity hockey. Sheary co-coached the Penguins to the NEPSAC semifinal appearances in 2013 and 2014 before being named head coach ahead of the 2014-15 season.
Sheary has also participated in USA Hockey’s Player Development Programs as a player, coach and evaluator.
Sheary was a member of the UNH women’s hockey program for five years, capping her senior season as an assistant team captain. Sheary helped lead the Wildcats to four Hockey East regular season titles and three Hockey East Tournament titles (2007, 2008, 2009), as well as three NCAA Tournament berths. She left the program having played in 130 games and was the team leader in blocked shots as a senior. She was also the recipient of the 2011 Colleen Coyne Award, which is given annually to the team’s top defenseman.
Sheary was drafted by the Boston Blades of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. A member of a strong hockey family, Courtney’s brother Conor is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburg Penguins.
Jason has been a skating and hockey skills development coach for over the past eight years. He is the former founder, owner, and head coach of Elite Skills Hockey, one of the premier hockey development programs in Massachusetts. Prior to Elite Skills, he was the lead instructor for Paul Vincent hockey.
Jason is a 2009 graduate of Boston University, where he was a standout for the Men’s Division 1 NCAA varsity hockey program. During his time at Boston University, Lawrence captured multiple championships including three beanpot titles, Hockey East playoff championships, Hockey East regular seasons championships, and culminated his career by winning the NCAA Division One National Championship in 2009. During his senior campaign, he tallied a league-high (25) goals and led Hockey East in that category.
Jason has represented his country internationally as a two-year member of the National Team Development Program(NTDP), playing in tournaments around the world. He was a gold medal winner at IIHF U-18 World Championship in Plzen, Czech Republic in 2005.
Jason is passionate to mentor the next generation of hockey players and pass on his experience to develop players to the best of their ability.
Maggie Taverna has been involved with the game of hockey since the age of 7. As a player, she had one of the most decorated careers at national power house Boston College.
As the newly hired head coach at Dexter Southfield she plans on bringing her playing and coaching experience to elevate the girls program.
Before Dexter Southfield Taverna was the head coach at Arlington Catholic High School (2010-2017), Taverna led the Cougars to the state championship game four times in seven years (2012, 2013, 2014, 2016) and has won three Central Catholic League championships. Taverna also coached Arlington Catholic to the 2012 state championship and was later named the 2012 coach of the year by the Boston Globe. Her players have gone on to play at some of the top women’s programs in NCAA Division I and III.
Taverna had a standout playing career at Boston College, where she was one of the team’s captains in 2008-09.
While at The Heights, the defenseman helped the Eagles advance to two NCAA tournaments, including a berth in the 2007 Frozen Four – the program’s first-ever appearance in the national semifinals. BC also won three Beanpot championships while Taverna played in Chestnut Hill. In 2016 Taverna was inducted into the Beanpot hall of fame. She tallied 67 career points (15 goals, 52 assists), the fourth-highest total by a defenseman in program history at the time of her graduation. She also left the program playing 141 games, the most by any player when she graduated.
Taverna was a member of two U.S. Under-22 teams (2006, 2007) and was a member of the player pool for the 2009 U.S. Women’s National Team.
In 2013, Taverna was drafted by the Canadian Women’s Hockey League’s local entity, the Boston Blades.
In 2016-2017, Taverna was a practice player for the NWHL affiliate Boston Pride. She played in two pre-season games against Boston College and the Russian National team.
Ryan comes to us having recently completed a lengthy and successful pro hockey career which spanned 9 seasons in total. He was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers and spent the first 5 years of his career with their organization. The rest of his career was spent playing for the Hershey Bears, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and the Charlotte Checkers.
Prior to pro hockey, Ryan proudly represented the United States in international play and took home four medals. He won a bronze medal with Team USA in the 2008 IIHF World U18 Championships, scoring 2 goals and 3 assists. The following year he was a member of Team USA’s gold medal-winning 2009 World U18 Championship team, scoring 1 goal and 6 assists in 7 games and led the team with 32 shots on goal. In 2010 he was a member of the gold- medal World Junior Championship team, and earned 3 assists during the tournament. In 2011 he served as assistant captain for the USA’s bronze medal-winning World Junior Championship team and had 3 assists in that tournament as well.
Before turning pro, Ryan played two season at Cushing Academy followed by two seasons with the United States Development Program (USDP). He also spent two seasons playing junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) for the Quebec Remparts.
Since retiring from pro hockey, Ryan has been busy pursuing a business degree from Endicott College. He is excited to join the staff of Dream Big and is passionate about sharing his knowledge with today’s youth and giving back to the game of hockey.
Kory Falite, is a 2010 University of Massachusetts-Lowell graduate. During his time at Lowell (2006-2010), Kory was a member of the Men’s Division 1 NCAA hockey program. He complied 60 goals and 46 assists in his 4 year tenure with the River Hawks.
After graduating Falite signed with the St.Louis Blues and was assigned to Alaska Aces of the ECHL. He played 69 games during the regular season compiling 45 points in his rookie season. He also played in 9 playoff games helping the Aces win both the ECHL regular season and the Kelly Cup playoffs.
Falite played the part of the 2011–12 season with Norway’s Manglerud Star Ishockey, but returned to North America to pursue his professional career after signing a contract on December 11, 2011 with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.
He was then sent to the Utah Grizzles to finish the remainder of the 2012 season. Falite played over 90 games with Utah until he was traded at the deadline the following season in a 7-player deal. He was sent to the San Francisco Bulls to finish the 2013 season.
In the fall of 2013, Falite joined “World Select” and was assigned to coach in Hong Kong for the Hong Kong Selects. While in Hong Kong, Kory was the Director of Hockey Operations, coached several U8-U17 teams and organized/ran weekly skill sessions.
Ryan Blair just completed his 1st season as an Assistant Coach with the South Carolina Stingrays in the ECHL. South Carolina is the proud affiliate of the Washington Capitals and Hershey Bears (AHL).
Prior to that, Blair spent the 2018-19 season as the Director of Hockey Operations for the UMass-Lowell men’s hockey team in Hockey East under head coach Norm Bazin.
From 2015-2018, Blair spent time as both an assistant and head coach with the Boston Jr. Rangers in the Eastern Hockey League. During his time, he helped oversee a combined record of 90-25-11 that included playoff championships in 2016 and 2018, as well as a regular-season championship in 2018 with the EHL Premier team. Blair was honored as the EHL Premier Coach of the Year for the 2017-18 season.
Before getting into coaching, He also had a 3-year professional playing career in the ECHL from 2011-14.
Blair played for UMass-Lowell from 2007-11 where he appeared in 141 career games with the Riverhawks and was an assistant captain during his senior year.
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