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Puckmasters Hockey Training Centers to Open New Franchise in New Jersey

North America's first and largest hockey training center franchise expands into New Jersey. Renowned hockey school and training center Puckmasters will shortly open its first Northern New Jersey location at 69-71 Midland Ave, Elmwood Park.

Elmwood Park, NJ, February 17, 2010 --( Based in Port Coquitlam, B.C., Puckmasters International is represented by 30 franchises in Canada and the U.S. The company is headed by president, founder and former professional hockey player Pete Fry.

"This was a very challenging assignment, because it had to be a column-free industrial building with very specific dimensions," Said Bonni Heller of Cushman Wakefield. "It also had to have the right demographics and a good geographic location with good access. We were able to locate several opportunities, and Puckmasters came in to inspect the various properties.”

"While hockey is a growing sport in New Jersey, youth hockey players haven't had access to that level of hockey training," said Bob Hagerty, owner of the Northern New Jersey Puckmasters Franchise. "We will provide high-level hockey training facilities with a focus on one-on-one training, one coach per student. Puckmasters' method includes a 48-step hockey skills building plan."

The year round hockey school facility will include two natural ice rinks, one at two-thirds scale, and the other at one-third scale. Puckmasters will also provide a major piece of equipment – a skating treadmill. "It's an expensive piece of equipment, but it's the real way to improve basic skating," Hagerty said.

"The growing interest in hockey at the school level drove the geographic search and requirement," Heller said. "Puckmasters already has some significant prospects for hockey coaches who already have client lists to draw from."

On Dec. 1, 1993, Fry opened the first Puckmasters Hockey Training Center in Victoria, British Columbia and he’s never looked back. Today, Puckmasters is North America’s first and largest hockey training center franchise with plans for 100 locations by 2015 throughout the United States and Canada.

Puckmasters’ year-round hockey schools and hockey training centers provide high-caliber training – including unique 1-on-1 coaching - that is designed to develop the highest skill levels of youth hockey players ages 18 to 6 by focusing on the mental aspects of the game.

“One-on-one and small group coaching has tremendous advantages over team coaching because a personal coach can focus specific attention to the students’ individual needs,” Fry said.

“There are a lot of one-man hockey schools and camps,” the 40-year-old Fry said. “Puckmasters offers franchisees a business opportunity that is built around proven systems of success.”

Prospective Puckmasters franchisees are strong, results-oriented leaders with proven sales, marketing and management skills. Past hockey experience isn’t necessary yet franchisees must have a passion for the game and training hockey players. About 20 percent of Puckmasters franchises are owned by individuals with extensive playing experience, including Mike Wilson, an eight-year NHL veteran who operates Puckmasters in Cleveland.

A typical day for a franchisee presents an array of responsibilities such as setting up marketing and cross-promotional opportunities with local rinks and sports stores and making presentations to youth hockey leagues. Puckmasters realizes the reputation of its brand extends beyond what takes place on the rink. Its centers are always clean and attractive and staffed by uniformed employees who are devoted to customer satisfaction.

“We’re looking for enthusiasts who have an entrepreneurial spirit or strong sales and marketing experience who want to be involved in a fast-growing concept,” Fry said. “This is an opportunity for them to live their passion. To me there is nothing better than to be able to do something you love and know that’s it making a huge difference in the lives of our students while also having the opportunity to operate a profitable business.”

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