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Positive Feedback

Every day RB Hockey receives positive feedback from parents, players, and coaches. Here are some of the messages we've recently received.

 

  • PARENT & PLAYER FEEDBACK
  • COLLEGE & PRO ALUMNI FEEDBACK

Good morning Mr. Barletta -

This past summer, on a recommendation and a good word from Mr. Tom Parisi, you allowed our son Max Larkin to attend your elite hockey camp. And what an amazing difference your camp has made - he looks like a totally different player on the ice and many people have commented on his level of play.

Thank you for your time! Max is already looking forward to returning to one of your camps next summer!

Jen L.


Please pass on to Rob and the staff that our daughter Alexandra had a great time at camp and felt she had improved her skills during the sessions. Alexandra is a figure skater and just started playing this year. Again we would like to extend our thanks for a great experience and she has already asked if she can attend next year!

Sincerely,
Bob & Michelle C.

My son, Sonny, really loved your camp at Brick last week! He wants to go to Walpole for next week's camp.

Thanks
Sue


Rob,

I want to tell you that my kids had a great time at camp. I have told many people in our youth hockey prgram about it and how well run it was. I stayed for one morning to watch the skating drills for a bit and was very impressed. We will definitely be repeat campers!

Thanks
Lauren and Mike M.


Liam and Ben Reinke have stayed in touch with the roommate they ended up with last summer, Adam someone from Long Island. When they found out Adam would be playing a game 40 minutes away the boys begged for a ride to go watch him play. They hung out a bit afterwards as well to chat with him. Must be an awesome camp you're running there if the kids form friendships like that. :-)

Thank you,
Brittin


I just want to thank you for this past week. AJ is just a little fish in a pond of many fish, I have to tell you at first he was so nervous, (just his nature but pushed through it). He was so tired he slept till 12 on Wednesday, (not a ride kid for six flags) I can't thank you enough for this opportunity, by the end Friday, he was doing so much better. I hope he's able to keep the endurance up, and he said he made 2 friends that weren't from here, which I LOVE to hear.

You have always been good to us, Thank you, and Bill Ladd is the best coach for AJ, he loves him dearly, and works hard all the time. He may not be a superstar in the NHL's eyes, but he sure is in my eyes!!!

Thank you,
Nancy P.


Hi Coach Bubba, Chrissy and Rob

We are just completing the summer camps with RB Hockey and wanted to send a quick note on how happy and pleased we are with your summer camp programs.

There seems to be more and more hockey choices than ever before and your program stands head and shoulders above the others.

The coaching group is fantastic they engage the kids both on and off the ice and focus on developing their skills as well as their passion for this great game of hockey.

The programs design from (small player to coach ratio), to the variety of on and off ice activities help develop both a well rounded skater, hockey player and individual.

The off ice support team is very helpful and responsive to questions & the registration system makes it easy to sign up and organize schedules.

Most importantly, the program encourages kids to work hard, play hard and have FUN.

Our son is already looking forward to next summer and RB Hockey camp. As a parent we are thankful for the coaches; their hard work, encouraging words and the positive influence on these young hockey players is priceless.

Sincerely
Bill D.


Hi Rob + Cathy,

Thank you very much for making Aidan's experience at camp a great one. He really enjoyed himself and found he improved his hockey.

Best,
Matt P.


I wanted to drop you both a note of appreciation as skills have concluded. As you may recall Jack Gresham (2007) (KPW program) began his organized hockey career with your orange crush MDL two year ago. He has been an active summer camp participant for the past two summers and it has made a difference in his development.

The past two winters you have been kind enough to allow him to sign up and join in skills after his fall sports concluded. The past 12 weeks have truly taken his confidence and game to the next level, as his stick handling and hands continue to improve.

Jack thoroughly enjoys your program, your coaching staff and philosophy. This is one player where you are making a difference, and it shows weekly.

As a parent, I truly appreciate you both allowing Jack to join in mid year and finding the space to make it happen. He certainly has a comfort level with the facilities, staff and friends from over the years.

We certainly look forward to signing up for future camps and clinics.

Thanks again for your dedication to the younger players and finding a way to make it work.

See you at the rinks.

Dave G


I have to say that we were first impressed by the attention to detail that your program paid at the before tryout one day clinic they ran. We were more than thrilled to learn you were coming to Brick this summer! Even though James is only 7, we also agree that it's important for him to learn the basics of skating. Just to hear the basic reminders of keep your head up, two hands on the stick, stick on the ice, etc is important for every drill. I have already seen bad habits developed without these constant reminders! I love how the entire coaching staff was committed to the kids they were with the week and loved to see the rapport they developed with all of the kids and hear about it when my son came home. He was eager to get up and go each morning! My only disappointment is we don't live closer to your program base so we could take part in these clinics more often! We will definitely be involved if you return next summer. Thank you again for the time you dedicated down the shore!

Phil and Amy S


Hi

I just wanted to say thank you for being so accommodating this week , and making everything easy! Its so great when a place just says “yes” all the time! I really appreciated your help with the 6 flags tickets. And Jon you were too sweet to offer to have the boys do something else since they couldn’t come today. Really above and beyond. The kids also said they really enjoyed the camp and would go back! Always nice to hear.

Tara S


Hi Rob,

Thanks again for having Kevin at your camp last week. He absolutely loved it, had a blast. Kept talking about trying to have "camp hands'.

Thx!!!
Eddie


Just wanted to thank you & your staff for a great job total skills 8/2-8/7 looking forward to the future at Rob Barletta's hockey school.

David, Kim, and Christian C


My son Jake has enjoyed your camp and will definitely be back SUMMER 2016! Thank you so much, he has learned a great deal and had a BLAST!!

Sincerely,
Sheila R


Hello,

I want to thank you and Clay for running a great camp. My son was at goalie camp the week of July 5th and had a terrific time. Andy isn't much of a talker normally, but he still brings up camp! He hopes to go again next year if he can save up the money. We pay for the flights, but my boys have to pay for the rest :).

Andy was the youngest goalie this season to get his JV team into the playoffs (out of 17 teams). Also, he volunteers his time as a student coach at our local rink. The first day of the new session was on Saturday. I wasn't surprised to find him wearing his camp shirt :).

I didn't know what to expect from camp. It sounded great online, but you never know... Now we do! It was a great experience and Andy looks forward to getting back sometime.

Best regards,
Kristen P
Fairview, TX


Hi Rob,
Just wanted to let you know that Tyler's La Salle hockey team won the Rhode Island state championship tonight. Tyler was a starter and had an assist on the first goal.

Thank you for all your help through the years. Your organization helped Tyler develop into the little man that he is, and now a state champion.

Best
Joanie Glick


My wife and I always say that Erica would have never been the starting varsity goalie at Ursuline as a freshmen and then on the St. Michaels College team without having been able to play on the Walpole Lady Rebels. We always will be grateful to Cathy feeley and Cathy H. for the support we received. Coach Bill Podolsky was also a big supporter of Erica and womens’ hockey. We have watched your growth and continue to remark as to how great it is to give so many young people, (including young ladies) a great experience with so many lessons and benefits from hockey. Thanks again for all you do.

Jim R


Hi Rob

I just wanted to pass along that you run a great skills camp. The ratio is fantastic and the coaches actually explain the specific techniques involved in the skill, rather than just demonstrating.

The coaches seem to enjoy themselves too, which is nice to see. Keep up the good work!

Afton


We went to Drills Tuesday night as walk ons it was great. Loved the defense drills you incorporated so important kept them moving! Good workout a lot of sweat! We will come again with our Defensemen next week!

Thank you
Diane R


Dear Dana,

I hope you are doing great! We had a wonderful experience with RB Hockey Camp! My very shy son who has only played soccer decided he wanted to try hockey. Being 10 and have never played hockey before I said to my husband " You can't let him play, he will get eaten up alive, hockey players are tough!' Well, my husband won that argument and my son's first experience with hockey was with the RB Hockey Camp in Woodbridge, NJ. As I worried all day about him while he was in camp, he came home beaming. He LOVED it and fell in love with the game. He had fun and the coaches were nice and kind not what I imaged as tough and mean. After the week at camp he came home begging to go away to Boston for camp!!!! What??? This shy kid now wants to go away for a week??? You may or may not remember, he did get cold feet and again RB Hockey was top notched and returned our money and completely understood. I can't thank you enough for that. Since then Daniel has done another hockey camp and said it wasn't as fun as RB Hockey Camp. He is now playing on a team and having a great time. He can't wait for next summer when he can return to RB Hockey Camp, who knows he may be ready to go to sleep away camp too!
Thank you Dana and RB Hockey! You all are doing a wonderful job!!!

Many thanks,
Amy F


Hi Dana,

Anthony absolutely loved his week at camp. This was his first time away and he didn't know anyone else at the camp. He made a ton of new friends and improved his game. He talks about camp all the time and cant wait for next summer to go again. Thank you for such a positive experience. We will be back next summer.

Thank you
Maureen C


Thank you so much for offering your camp in Woodbridge New Jersey. My son Tommy loved your camp and has already ask to go up to Massachusetts next year. It was a great experience for him. Not only did he get some practice on the basic drills...he learned how to become a leader and mentor to the younger kids in the program. Thanks for a great experience. All the best to you and your staff.

Warm regards
Christine N


The girls continually rave about what a wonderful coach you are. I'm always amazed at the amount of energy you, Anya and much of the staff give off during practice. You love your job and your passion shows. Thank you for being such a great role model to my children.

Beth T


Hi Rob,

I’m Jack’s mom. I witnessed firsthand last night how great your coaches are with the kids. He loves hockey. He plays in the driveway ALL the time and on Turner Pond with Jay in the winter. I just wanted to email you this morning to mention two of your coaches last night who were GREAT with Jack. Brian was the first to initiate with Jack to get him on the ice with just passing the puck. Brian spent several minutes with Jack just getting him out there and comfortable with all the kids around him. He was really great and Jack loved passing the puck back and forth. Then James came along and spent some time with Jack as well. Jack is still talking about how James tossed the puck way up in the air and then caught it with his stick. Jack thought that was awesome. Both Brian and James were instrumental in getting Jack out on the ice and having fun. We thanked them both last night but I just wanted to pass along their good praises to you as well. It was a great team effort! From a mom’s perspective, it was really awesome and it only took a few extra minutes of your coaches’ time to give Jack the time and patience he needed to get comfortable. Both of your guys did that and it’s very much appreciated. Jack said last night he couldn’t wait to see them again next week, so it looks like we will be giving it another try next Thursday.

Many thanks again to everyone for the extra effort!
Best,
Amy F


Best camp my son has ever been to. Spent the month of August skating and never asked for a day off. The icing has to be six flags. Thank you Rob Barletta and your whole staff for a wonderful experience.

Tatiana


Hi Rob
I just wanted to thank you & your staff - Martha had a great time. Hope you have a wonderful last week of summer!

Ashlyn Jane Wade


Hi

Unfortunately our son, Luis, got sick, so he won't be able to come to the last day. He had a good time and I would like to specially thank you for making the kids put sun screen on at the trip ;-). I forgot that morning and he'd been a boiled lobster....so that was a really nice touch that you guys thought of that!

Thanks!
Christiane Kuehberger


Rob

Wanted to let you know Maegan had another great week at RB Hockey. She has talked alot about the drills done the coaches and how they interact with the kids. She also explained to me about the Ice Bucket Challange and how it is going toward the RB Foundation to help a local
family. These are the things that seperate RB Hockey from the others. Its not just hockey it's making long term relationships and developing skills that you will carry thru your life. Thank you your family and your RB coaching staff for what you do.

Take Care Jon Howe


Rob,

Awesome job by you, your staff and the kids with the ice bucket challenge.

Thanks again
Scott J. Clifford


First year with my daughter in the hockey camp...pretty exciting!!!! Just spoke with her and she is already talking about coming back next year!!!

Kristen Furnari Davis


Fantastic program. We'll be back next summer. Thank you!

Kate MacKinnon


Aidan is having an amazing week at Hockey camp! Thanks for all the hard work and dedication to these young athletes:)

Tricia Comer Lewis


Anthony had a blast and learned a lot. Thanks so much. He is already planning on next year.

Maureen Comito


Hi Rob,

Thank you for this message and photo. Mike really enjoyed at the hockey school last week. He wants to go back again next summer. He liked his teachers a lot. Right now he is in Long Island, NY for a week, I will ask Mike to see if he wants to go back in August, I will keep in touch with you later.

Have a great summer,
Patricia Ward Costello


Jacqueline Seymour just finished her 7th season at Thayer Academy playing high school hockey since the 6th grade. She captained Thayer her junior and senior years. She also played field hockey, lacrosse and ran track. Jackie was one of RB's original participants in the girls only
overnight camps, played for various tournament teams for us and was a fixture here during the summers. She began with us as a 6 year old participating in Sunday night skills. She will be playing hockey for Colby College in Maine next season.

Frank Seymour


If it were not for Rob Barlettta, Paul and John Marino would likely not have had the successes they are both enjoying right now. Their dad asked Rob Barletta 14 years ago to please allow his fraternal twin boys to do RB Skill sessions. At first, Rob was hesitant since the boys were only 3 years old but after Rob agreed, he joked that he would do all he could but he would not be responsible for changing their diapers. With that sense of humor and dedication to fulfilling his promise, Rob diligently worked the boys for years to follow as they followed him to Canton, Norfolk, Taunton and North Smithfiled, RI. doing skill sessions as often as possible. Occasionally, Rob even did a few private lessons with them as they continued to progress in their respective hockey careers. Rob inspired both boys to be good student athletes and talked about the character needed to succeed. The boys did summer camps with Rob and later played in summer leagues for NEH. Rob's message was simple as he repeatedly told them to work hard on the ice, study in school and get their homework done and oh don't forget to brush your teeth...(they loved that line) .... Over the years, the boys went on to diversify into baseball and football but the foundation for their love of the hockey was paved from those humble beginnings. Today, both Paul and John Marino are in 10th Grade at Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury, Mass. Paul is ranked second in his class and is the CM President for Model UN, a debate club that travels all over New England to debate United Nation topics. He was the youngest ever President of Model UN at CM. Paul plays JV Hockey for CM and is hoping to make the CM Varsity team next season. Paul works part time at the ice rink in West Roxbury and enjoys teaching hockey to younger players. Paul's younger brother by 2 minutes, John never played High School hockey choosing instead to play Juniors as a Freshman. Now as a 16 years old, John recently verbally committed to Yale University. and appears to be headed as an NHL draft choice if he continues to work hard on a daily basis. Both Paul and John always enjoy seeing Rob Barletta around the rink and have so much to be thankful for as they continue their life's journey. Rob, from all the Marino's, we thank you for your kindness and friendship over the years and have never forgotten you along the way. Every story starts with a beginning and hockey wise Rob, you were that beginning.

Stay in touch and be well, the Marino's


10 years ago our daughter, Natasha, was new to hockey. I am from South Florida, my wife is from Southern California, and we knew nothing about hockey. Natasha was totally ignored in our local town hockey program. We brought Natasha to your Sunday clinic at the canton Sportsplex in Walpole. You took the time to work with her, and make her believe she could be a good player. She attended those clinics religously for the next 4 years. Now she is a junior in high school. She just got back from the Czech Republic playing for the US National U18 team in the World Championships, winning a silver medal. She was the only 16 year old defensman to make the team. She also recently committed to Harvard for hockey.

I wanted to let you know you made a big difference for our daughter. She never would have made it as far as she has in hockey without your taking the time to work with a 6 year old.

Jacob Rachlin


I just wanted to thank you for all of your help and guidance through the years with hockey. I think that hockey gave Jack the discipline that he needs for golf and it also gave him the mental toughness. You were always just great, Jack really enjoyed your camps and you and Chrissy were so amazing to welcome the all the boys to your house for BBQ's. So, thank you for everything and we will definitely stop in to the rink if we are in the Boston area for any tournaments. 

All the best, 
Madeleine


Just wanted to say I am at the learn to play and there are a lot of skaters but more importantly even more coaches. Great Job. I can see there is still individual attention even with this many skaters. Great program and thanks.

John Conley


Rob/Lisa –

Just a quick (belated!) note to provide some feedback on the AAA camp that Jillian and Jack participated in last week.

Both Jillian and Jack said they felt this was the most challenging, helpful camp they’ve experienced in the last 3 or 4 yrs of attending various camps.

They felt the coaches pushed them to get outside of their “comfort zone”, increasing their pace and effort/skill level.

They had tremendously positive feedback about all of the instructors – and felt the instructors worked them hard but fairly.

Thanks for putting together a higher-level camp, holding them higher standards and giving them the tools to improve their game!

See you in the rink.

Rob McGrath


Rob,

She absolutely loved camp and is very excited about the upcoming season. We were a little worried with her going to a new program and playing with new teammates, but she has told us that it was without a doubt the right move. 

Thanks for reaching out and making her feel comfortable

Paul


Hi Rob,

Thanks again for the awesome week of hockey camp and all the other fun activities. Cole and his buddies had a great time !! Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Elyse Campbell


What can I say I loved the last two weeks, the skills camp and the AAA camp learnt loads of new skills, from all the coaches which I will use next time on the Ice back home. Made more than welcome by all especially Rob and his family that looked after Ross and myself in between camps. Looking into coming over to play, big discussion with my family Hopefully see u all soon

Lots of love Haydn (Scotty or Bain)
Irvine/Scotland


Hi Rob,

Luke loved the camp. This recap is very helpful and we will review this with Luke. Many thanks for Luke's first (great) sleepaway hockey experience.

Best,
Liz and Pete Jacobello


When Tom Parisi told us that yours was the BEST camp in the East....that was an understatement. Thanks for following up. You're a class act.

See you next year. HE wants two weeks now!

Susan Sciglibaglio


Rob - Thanks so much for the pictures and for facilitating such a great camp. Patrick has been looking forward to this camp all summer and he said it was even better than he thought it would be!! Enjoy the rest of the summer.

Kind Regards,
Christel, Brendan and Patrick F


Thank you so much for your time. The feedback we have heard about you and your camp has been amazing. Cora's Uncle, Shane McConnell, told us you ran one heck of a program. Boy was he right!

Thanks again, 
have a wonderful day!


Hey Rob,

As I am sure you see literally 1,000’s of kids in camp during a given summer, I am sure you may not remember my son, but I wanted to say thanks for the job you and your tem did with my son Ryan. He is 9 years old was in defenseman’s camp July 29- August 2. He had a great time and got a lot out of the camp. 

He has been playing hockey since he was 4 and has done other camps, but this was definitely one of the best run that I have seen. Ryan has always liked playing defense so we wanted to find a camp that showed him more ways to use the skills he has developed. What was impressive was the progression each day through the different skills and one skill building on the next. Ryan plays for Boston Advantage and the skills are what they pride themselves on. That said, the camp took those skills and showed him some ways to apply them to playing defense. If that camp is an indication of how you run your teams, it is no wonder that you and your program have a great reputation.

Once again, thanks for the great week. We will definitely be back next summer. 

All the Best,
Larry Karle


Hey there Rob - Just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that Emily had a great time at hockey camp. She, and we, loved her profile as camper of the week on Facebook. Very cool.

Wish she could go to the mini camp but we're on vacation. Summer schedule was a little rough this year. Count on both Jamie and Emily next summer though and maybe my little one too. 

Hope all is well and looking forward to seeing you around Iorio at skills and with Jamie's U-12 team.

Chris


Grenne had another great week at one of your camps. These were the highlights of her summer. Happy Fall.

Keri


Rob,
My kids really loved the camp this summer. We will not be able to do the mini-camp unfortunately since we'll be away in Maine. However, we are definitely interested in returning next summer (perhaps for two weeks instead of one) and will also hope to participate in some other mini-camps and clinics.

You have a very professional and capable staff.

Much appreciated,
Lyle G


Hello, I am Andrew Rizzitano's mom and just wanted to let you know that Andrew really enjoyed the camp this week. He said he learned alot and that you and your coaches were great. (he even said it was better than last year).

Thank you and enjoy your weekend.

Janet Rizzitano


Hi Rob,

What a great time Joshua had at both your camps! We are hopeful that next year he can participate at more of your camps, specifically with the sleep away option. He called us every night stating what an awesome day he had. The BBQ at your house, the trip to Patriots Pace, Six Flags, and of course skating. He went on and on about your staff and how great they are. He had so much fun! I cannot thank you enough, this was a wonderful experience for him!! We will definitely be back next year!! Enjoy the rest of your summer and thank you again!!

Have a great weekend,
Eileen Sitte


Harrison is working hard & having fun! Thank you for such a positive experience. He'll feels better prepared & excited for his 2nd year of hockey.

Thank you!
Pamela & John O'Brien


I can't tell you enough how amazing this camp makes Gina feel. You all do a wonderful job teaching and mentoring these girls. Every night Gina texts me to say hello or goodnight and then apologizes for not being in touch more! She is having a blast! WORK HER HARD!

See you soon,
Kathy


Thanks Rob,

Lauren always loves this week of summer. She loves the girls and it is her one chance to play as a skater!

Best, 
Susan


Hey Rob,

As I am sure you see literally 1,000’s of kids in camp during a given summer, I am sure you may not remember my son, but I wanted to say thanks for the job you and your tem did with my son Ryan. He is 9 years old was in defenseman’s camp July 29- August 2. He had a great time and got a lot out of the camp. 

He has been playing hockey since he was 4 and has done other camps, but this was definitely one of the best run that I have seen. Ryan has always liked playing defense so we wanted to find a camp that showed him more ways to use the skills he has developed. What was impressive was the progression each day through the different skills and one skill building on the next. Ryan plays for Boston Advantage and the skills are what they pride themselves on. That said, the camp took those skills and showed him some ways to apply them to playing defense. If that camp is an indication of how you run your teams, it is no wonder that you and your program have a great reputation.

Once again, thanks for the great week. We will definitely be back next summer. 

All the Best,
Larry K


This was Fillip's first time at hockey camp and all I have to say is thank you so much because he really did have a blast!

Sabrina


Dear Rob Barletta, Rob Reilly, and Mike Donovan,

I would like to personally thank you for ten great years at NEH Hockey and RB Hockey. Kevin and Michael started ice hockey at age 8 (late by todays standard). Rob Reilly had them mid ice patiently working with them during their first summer camp. They made great strides due to your skills sessions, camps, and in house league. We will miss all the great times being part of your hockey family. As the boys depart to college in August, I want to thank you for being a part of the boys hockey memories.

Sincerely,
Kathy Lamb


Rob thank you! You run a first class operation from you to the coaches and you should be proud of what you have accomplished. Nick loved his time with you and Joe was truly proud to have had the opportunity to follow. But God has a different plan and I’m sure it’ll be great. My wife and I are proud to have a son who will always be an Express player. My sons have played for many organizations over the last 12 years and I can honestly tell you that your organization is the best and classiest. You make people feel like people and not just another check. I wish my boys could have played with the Express for many years. I hope in the future that Nick may be able to work at your camps and clinics during breaks and in the summer. Thank you and best of luck next season

Joe C


Congrats on taking over Iorio, I would like to thank your entire staff for giving my son a great hockey foundation. NEH provided exactly what I feel all young hockey players should have,a good skills set and positive reinforcement. That's what has propelled my son to play prep hockey. If it weren't for people in your organization, especially Bob Blackman and Rob Reilly, my son wouldn't be where he is today. I thank you all for that and would recommend RB Hockey to anyone!

Chris L


Well, firstly I doubt you even remember me. But to me RBhockey was the one and only choice because it had just everything, it was a lifelong dream to play hockey in another country. And when I got my flights from London and landed in Boston I knew it was right. I was so nervous at first, but Rob and all the crew (believe me, theirs a lot of them) made it home,. And it still is to me, I still to this day think of Massachusetts with the most purest and warmest memories (almost a year and a half on). Their was a standard for everyone and I never thought that id blend in so well with the guys, players from all different states coming together in a beautiful state, in fantastic accommodation, playing endless amounts of hockey in the most eye-opening rink. Is their anything better?

Now onto the aesthetics of the camp, well the coaching is WORLD class, Dave Cunniff was our mentor and that’s a AHL and maybe someday NHL coach, his knowledge of every aspect of every play is outstanding and even his midafternoon Q and A’s teach hockey in a depth id never experienced. Rob himself is a fun, warm, friendly guy who you feel he personally cares for each and every student, and maybe this is why the camp is nothing short of a huge success. As the week went on the camp ticked every box, theirs was a endless supply of ice on both pads for all your team training and individual practices. A hockey shop with the latest and greatest equipment. And even a trip to Connecticut to a amazing six flags theme park in midweek when the skate blisters start to come through and it just relief’s the pressure of the week perfectly. The staff alike my fellow campers where friendly and easy to get along with. The quality of hockey was outstanding, the coaching was world class, the accommodation was beautiful like the weather and, most importantly. It gave me a love and passion for the game that id never had, that week made me a better player single-handedly then the years of season I’ve been through in Britain. And ill never be able to thank RBhockey enough.

Yours truly,
Joe Day


I attended RB Hockey School last summer for the first time mainly to increase my chances on making the Catholic Memorial Middle School hockey team. My parents and I browsed through many other camps such as Pro Ambitions and O’Sullivan Hockey before we heard about RB Hockey School. Even though I was mainly on a search to become a better hockey player by intense repetitions, which all the camps offered, RB Hockey School was something different. First, it was an overnight camp, and that was all the better because I was able to get away from my parents, and second it was more than just a hockey camp. RB Hockey School was a fun way to get better at hockey, involving friends and various other activities. The fun just didn’t stop inside the rink. There was five and a half hours of ice time a day, which provided exactly what I was looking for in skills time, but there were also fun activities after ice time like a trip to Six Flags and the availability to get ice creams, and go to movies after dinner. The camp was also very inviting. It was more personal than most hockey camps, and the coaches really got to know you. I mean really. Mr. Barletta would invite the whole camp of boys staying overnight in the dorms to his house for a game of kan jam and a dip in a ninety-three degree pool. The coaches did not only want to know you off the ice, they also wanted to know you on the ice and focus on what you need to work on. Unlike most hockey camps where there are so many kids there just aren’t enough coaches to pay attention to everyone. RB Hockey School also gave you the ability to be independent and order your own dinner and play WII or watch TV or a movie with a friend without the constant, “Five more minutes!” usually said by your mother. You also learn a great deal of responsibility as you have your own key card to your room and your responsible to air out your own equipment or get your skates sharpened. But the best thing about RB Hockey School without a doubt would be the internationality. Students from Russia, Germany, and Sweden attended while I was at the camp and it is a great experience. For some of them it is their first time being in the United States and they are just about as excited as you are to meet them. When you are leaving friendship, are not lost with the kids from different countries or even with kids in the U.S. Especially thanks to Facebook, all of us can keep in touch and schedule the weeks we will be going back next year. RB Hockey School was a great experience and I recommend it to anybody and everybody looking to improve and I cannot wait to go back next year.

Sayer Harrison

The year I played in NEH really helped me develop as a hockey player. Having access to a great coach (Adam), expansive ice time and well-organized skills sessions was really beneficial and set me on a course for success.

David Warsofsky (Pittsburgh Penguins - NHL, Boston University)


Coach Barletta, I wanted to take a moment to thank you. As my first coach you taught me the most critical skills I needed to learn, from how to skate on the outside rink to the game of hockey itself. Your positive reinforcement and your patient instruction helped me develop into the player I am today.

Kevin Hayes (New York Rangers - NHL, Boston College)


Coach, I just wanted to tell you how appreciative I am for all your help. From my time at NEH with you as head coach to the many boarding camps I attended, I was able to get to know you and your coaching style. I know for certain that it helped me become a better player on the ice and a better person off the ice.

Mac Bennett (Buffalo Sabres - NHL, Michigan Wolverines)


I played with the Walpole Express throughout my entire junior career. Rob Barletta and his family treat their players as if they are one of their own, along with the rest of the organization and coaching staff. Playing for the Express and training under the expertise of Mark Kumpel in juniors has helped me develop into a complete hockey player; helping me tremendously today playing at the professional level. The endless hours of open ice where I was able to work on my individual skills, to the excellent off-ice training, I owe a lot of my hockey accomplishments thus far to the Express Organization. I couldn't thank them enough for what they've done for me.

Matt Harrington (Mississippi RiverKings - SPHL)


Coach Rob, I wanted to thank you for all of your help in my development. I loved attending the RB hockey camps and found the skill sessions and dynamic skating beneficial in my hockey development. Without those camps I would not be where I am today. While you taught me how to be a great hockey player you taught me how to be an even better person. Being around you throughout the summer taught me how to act like a professional. Ill always be ready to Rock & Roll baby. Thank you Rob, and hope all is well.. hope the family is doing great!

Doyle Somerby (NY Islanders - NHL, Boston University)


Coach Barletta, I wanted to thank you for all the time you spent working with me on power skating over the last few years. Not only did you take the time while I was playing for the Express, but you have taken the time to work with me every summer since to help prepare me for Division 1 Hockey. As a hockey school student and instructor, I can confidently say that you are one of the most energetic, enthusiastic and passionate coaches I have ever worked with. You make sure that everyone you work with walks away from the hockey school a better skater and a better hockey player with skills that will be with them for as long as they are playing. Thanks again Coach Barletta.

Ben Oskroba (Peoria Rivermen - SPHL, Northeastern University)


I can still remember the first day I met Coach Rob Barletta in Walpole when I was twelve years old. It wasn’t until then when I attended my first boarding camp and started to take the game of hockey seriously. I wasn’t sure of how good or bad I was but it was through hard work and perseverance at camp that Rob and his staff made me realize that I could become a good hockey player. As time went on I went from a kid who showed up for one week of camp, to a kid that spent the majority of my summers in Walpole, and someone the Barletta’s couldn’t get rid of. As I progressed through High School I saw myself continually improving and it was starting to pay off. Nothing was better then when I would see Rob and Chrissy make the trip to come watch me play High School games. As my time playing High School was beginning to expire I got an opportunity to continue my career at the New Hampton School, an opportunity that I may have not been able to have had if it had not been for Rob Barletta’s Hockey School. As the year ended I found myself with options to extend my career even further, and no better option than to play college hockey, something I’d been dreaming of for a long time. I am now enrolled at Southern New Hampshire University and have the privilege of being able to represent the University on the hockey team and I owe a lot of that privilege to Rob Barletta’s Hockey School. Growing up and developing through Rob’s camps I assure you that there is no comparison to the amount of time and attention that Rob puts into every student to continue their development as a hockey player whether it be on or off the ice.

Casey Goll (Louisiana IceGators - SPHL, Southern New Hampshire University)


I think it is fair to say that as athletes we owe many of our successes to the people in our lives who have encouraged and supported us throughout our careers.  Rob Barletta and his staff are examples of people in my life who I hold in such regard, and further feel privileged to have played for.  Not only did these men make me and my teammates into better hockey players, but they also developed our skills as people in general.  I will never truly be able to express my gratitude for the impact they have had on my career and my life.  During my time in Jr. hockey I was exposed to four different leagues (throughout Canada and the USA) and without question the organization in Walpole is amongst the best and should be considered first-class in every regard.  They treat their players as if they were their own children on and off the ice. If I could sum up my experience into five words they would be (Team, Family, Character, Education and Respectfulness).

Almost six years later I still frequently keep in-touch with Mr. Barletta and many of my teammates from that season with the Express.  Some of them are still my best friends to this day - we weren’t just a team but rather a very large family. This organization has helped many hockey players over the years reach our goal of one day playing colligate hockey and even sometimes pursue those dreams further, like they did for me, into a career with the professional leagues.

Terry Watt (Dayton Demonz - FHL)


Dear Rob, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and Rob Reilly for all you guys have done for me on and off the ice. I started doing walk-on skills when I was a toddler on Sunday nights, progressed through playing for NEH and the Walpole Express and loved every minute of it. Not only did you help me to improve my game as a hockey player, you also gave me the opportunity to give back to other players by working at your camps. When I broke my ankle, you surprised me with a ballon-o-gram at my door as well as finding ways to get me back on the ice as soon as my doctors game me the green light which truly showed me how much you care about all of your players. You take pride in showing kids how to improve their skill set while enjoying the game, and without your guidance I wouldn't be where I am today. Throughout all my time in NEH you looked out for me and made sure I had the best experience possible as well as a safe one. It's a dream come true to have gone to your skill lessons when I was five to now be coaching along side you, looking up to you every step of the way.

Alison Quinn (Saint Anselm)


Rob, I just want to thank you (along with Rob Reilly and Dennis Doherty) for taking me under your wing and helping me develop into the person I am today.  I can remember back to my first summer camps when I was 9 years old and then playing NEH a couple years later. Not only did my experiences help me excel on the ice, but off the ice as well; how you made sure every one of your players met their full potential. The coaching staff did not just shoot instructions at you, but guided you through the game until you fully understood what it meant to be a player on the ice. Rob, you along with your coaching staff have helped me become a smarter athlete with game sense, shaping me into the player I have become. Your coaching staff’s positive attitudes and encouragement made the experiences fun and allowed their passion for the game to pass on to me. I would not have the love for hockey I do today had it not been for RB & NEH Hockey.  A positive atmosphere constantly surrounded me, and my experiences have also given me exposure to new people and places. You have treated me like a daughter, making sure I was always maximizing my potential as both a student and an athlete, and I will never forget that. Thanks again Rob for leading me to succeed as a student-athlete, I would not be where I am today without you; you taught me everything I know. P.S. “Brush your teeth!”

Delaney Harrop (Trinity College)


Dear Rob,

Hello! How are you? As you may remember me from growing up, my name is Michaela Tosone. Currently, I am a freshman at UMass Amherst. At school, I play on the women's ice hockey team and we recently finished in 2nd at the ACHA Division 1 Nationals.

When I think back on summers growing up, my first thought is immediately all of the memories that I made at RB Hockey School. Your summer camps not only greatly contribute to the reasons for the success I attained in my hockey career, but also to the reason I loved the game so much. So, when thinking about a summer job, there is nothing I would love more than working for RB Hockey school.

Michaela Tosone (UMass Amherst)


Coach Rob I want to thank you for all the effort and time you put into me to grow not only as a hockey player but as a person to. From the endless ice time to the great power skating practices. It really helped my game as a goaltender and made me alot more well rounded on the ice and really developed my crease movement. I had a great experience playing for the Walpole Express. It helped shape the player I am today. I still remember the first phone call I had with you when I told you I was ready to commit to the Express. Your response was "chicka pow". I will remember that for the rest of my life. I had a great experience with you and the Walpole Express organization. I will never forget it. Thanks for everything!

Zach Andrews (UMASS Boston)


Coach Rob, thank you for everything you have taught me. While playing for you for two years for the Walpole Express I have learned a lot both on and off the ice from you. Your power skating clinics made me a faster and more powerful skater which helps me a lot in the college level. With your coaching style and endless amount of ice time I became a better player all around. Thanks!

Andrew Wilcox (Elmira College)


I played two years for the Walpole Express and spent time both as a student and a teacher. Power skating is critical in the development of young hockey players and my experience with the RB Hockey School was one of the best I have gone through. Rob cares about each kid personally which is something that not many clinics can say. He pushes you to do your best and is always behind you 100% which is why he has such a great relationship with his players. If there is one thing that can push a player to the next level, it is their ability to skate better than their opponent. Coach Rob's curriculum will set kids up for success and the only way it does not work is if you do not show up. Thank you for everything Coach Rob.

Brian Greene (Castleton State)


Whether it was learning skills as a pee-wee or instructing kids at his summer camps, Rob Barletta's Hockey School as played a very important role in my hockey career and a rewarding experience in my life.

Kevin Sennott (Loyola University)


I wanted to take this opportunity to say Thank You for all you have done for me. I attribute my hockey skills to the summers spent at your boarding camps. I attended my first boarding camp when I was 11 years old and every year after that I couldn’t wait to come back again. You took personal care to make sure we all left better hockey players, and your philosophy of positive encouragement made me want to work hard every time I stepped on the ice. You taught me how important a good off ice program and proper nutrition was to my development. I am especially thankful for the summer I was injured that you let me spend a few weeks just skating and shooting with no contact in order for me to get my strength back before my first year playing junior hockey. My skill level took its biggest leap after that summer. You helped me to realize my goal of playing college hockey, and now that I have graduated I am hoping to advance to a higher level. Thanks again.

Danny Scagnelli (Geneseo University)


Being able to develop my skills and skating abilities in some of Rob's camps when I was young is one of the reasons I have gotten to where I am today. Rob was great in teaching me the fundamentals of the game that are habits of mine still today. This along with playing on an NEH team gave me the extra practice and competition I needed to make it to the next level.

Pete Starrett (Harvard University)


I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Coach Rob and many of his staff members (Rob Reilly and Dennis Doherty in particular) that were able to help me in my development as a person and a player during my time with NEH and the Walpole Express organization.  As many other alumni have alluded to, it was never enough for Rob and his staff to just teach us the game of hockey.  He wanted each one of us to excel off the ice as well, whether it is in the classroom, the gym or a job, and he would personally go out of his way to make sure we were all doing well.  I have the privilege of knowing Rob at a very personal level in having my mother work at Iorio, and he has treated me like a son since the beginning.  He has helped to shape me into the person I am today, and I will be forever grateful for that.  Though I no longer play, my success as an official at the collegiate level dates back to all the skills sessions and camps I went through under Rob and his staff.  Similar to playing, as an official you have to be able to excel with your skating to get to that next level, and many of the edge work drills I learned through Rob and Dennis I still use everyday.  Not to mention the lifelong friendships I have made in seeing hundreds of players walk through the doors of Iorio Arena each year.  Attending Robs camps as a youth player was an unforgettable experience for me and I know all of my friends that I shared those experiences with feel the same way.  Thank you again, Rob.  Chick-A-Pow!!

Will Harrop (NCAA Official)


Rob, I have to say that it was my two years with NEH hockey that created my foundation as a player and a person. Not only did your coaches engrain the necessary skills and work ethic needed for me to be successful on the ice, but pushed me to be a better person off the ice. I have been lucky enough to play Prep School hockey and Division 1 hockey, and I know that your organization does it right. Thanks for making me successful on and off the ice.

Jake Whiting (Quinnipiac University)


Just wanted to show my appreciation for all you've done for me over the years. Attending your hockey camps growing up, I gained a lot of hockey knowledge and experience. This enabled me to eventually accomplish one of my dreams in being invited to attend the Boston Bruins training camp in 2008.

Not only am I thankful for what you've done for my hockey career but appreciate the relationships I've built in the process. Thank you so much for all you've done for me.

Yuri Cheremetiev (Halifax Mooseheads - QMJHL)


NEH and the RB Hockey clinics were the significant difference in my hockey career. I can honestly say that I would not be playing on a National Championship hockey team without the fundamental instruction of Rob and his staff. The coaches are knowledgable, personable, and they put in the time to assure that you meet your highest potential. There wasn't a day I stepped on the ice under Rob's instruction that I didn't step off better. From skating to stick-handling and everything in between, my skills were fine-tuned to a noticeable extent. NEH not only made me a more skilled hockey player, but a smarter one. I came to see the game in a whole new way and this vision enabled me to compete at the collegiate level. Rob truly cares about each individual player and investing in his league has paid dividends for my career. Thank you for everything, Rob.

Kaitlyn McInnis (Amherst College)


I’d like to take this time to personally thank Coach Rob for all the help he gave me during my two years with the Walpole Express. Rob was able to help me take my game to the next level. He didn’t try to tweak my entire skating style. Instead, he helped lengthen my stride to fully maximize my speed and full potential. He also spent a lot of time with our team doing edge work as well. I was 19 years old and it was the first time I had an instructor show me the importance of working on my edges. I immediately noticed the benefits and became a better skater every time I worked with Rob. It’s my belief that Rob’s tutelage helped me go on to a successful collegiate career. I also was fortunate enough to be an instructor with Rob at his camps and NEH practices. He brings a passion and a love of the game every time he steps out on the ice. He cares about the success of each player he coaches and his enthusiasm is unmatched.

Billy Pescosolido (Fitchburg State)


I met Coach Barletta when I was very young and decided I wanted to become serious about playing hockey. I started by going to skill sessions when his school was very small and he had only a few coaches and students which made it easy both to get to know him and for him to give me personal attention as a player. That next season I started playing in his league as an alternate with the opportunity to play in some games if I worked hard. Recently I finished my second year with his Junior A team, the Walpole Express. In both seasons we won the regular and post-season championships, with the organization winning another post-season championship the year before I arrived. When deciding which junior team to play for my past experience made my decision really easy. I knew Rob would continue to provide every opportunity to both accomplish my personal goal of playing college hockey as well as our group goal of being a championship team. Because of my choice to play juniors with Coach Rob I now get to continue my hockey career at Colby College as well as say that I was part of an organization that in the past three years has produced nothing but championship teams. It is obvious Barletta’s Hockey School has grown since I started but from working along side Coach Rob these past two years at skills and camps I can say he still gives each kid the same personal level of attention and promise that if you are willing to work hard he will do everything he can for you both on and off the ice.

Chris Kennedy (Colby College)


Being recruited to play in Walpole for Rob's organization was a great step in the right direction for my hockey career. Rob and his staff offered all of the guidence, tools, and preperation for me to succeed and accomplish my goal of playing Division I hockey at Canisius College. Without their help I would not have been able to accomplsih my goals. I owe much of my success to both Rob and his staff.

Taylor Anderson (Canisius College)


Coach Rob has been an influential coach and friend since he first gave me power skating lessons in 1999. He always stressed the importance of building character both on the ice and in the classroom. Having played for the Express for 4 years, I have seen RB Hockey, the Walpole Express Organization and NEH Hockey develop to the prestigious levels that they stand today. Thank you Rob for helping me achieve my success as a student-athlete.

Cody Armstrong (Tufts University)


I was 12 years old when I decided to make the switch from state league hockey to the Northeast Elite Hockey league; only one season after the league was first established. My family and I made the switch because I decided I wanted to be serious about my goals in hockey and NEH was the place to build my skills. In meeting the Robs (Rob Barletta and Rob Reilly), I quickly learned how serious they were about their passion for developing their players in not only hockey, but life as well. These guys take all of their players under their wings and take the time to make sure everything is going well. They are quick to step up and tell you when you’re getting off track on and off the ice. For the first time in my hockey career I could actually feel myself getting better on the ice from the quality of hockey I was playing and the quality of coaching I was getting. The NEH professional coaching staff is phenomenal; I say that from first-hand experience. Coming into the league I was just another player from a state league hoping to make his high school team, coming out of it, I was a junior hockey player for the Walpole Express. If someone told me when I was twelve that they were going to make me into a junior hockey player, I would have not taken you seriously. But the Robs were those guys and wouldn’t let me fail. When I was cut from my high school team my junior year, I called the Robs for a place to play and, with no questions asked, they quickly found me a team to play on. These two men were the ones who drove my passion for the sport, if I never met them, that would have been the end of my days as a hockey player. With a chip on my shoulder and years of RB Hockey skills under my belt, I made the Walpole Express Junior B hockey team the following spring. The Express program, wwned and run by Rob Barletta, took me in as a player who they thought had potential and turned me into a completely new person, on and off the ice. Throughout my two years of playing for the Express I learned mental toughness, perseverance and the importance of working harder than the next guy to receive playing time. Rob’s Express program helped me reach my dream of being a college hockey player. I will never, ever forget what the Robs have done for me as a person and as a player. I can stand by these statements since I have been an employee of RB Hockey School the past 3+ years. In working for the camp and interacting with current NEH players, I can see the excitement and ambition in the kid’s eyes that I once had because of the coaching style that the Robs convey. Each and every player receives our complete attention in making sure they are making the right plays on and off the ice. I have now completed my junior season at Assumption College and still use lessons learned throughout my years of playing for Rob, only now I’m a Hound. I still make a point to keep these men in my life as mentors and friends, I still learn from them today.

Dave D'Amico (Assumption College)


Playing for the Walpole Express for my last two years of Junior Hockey not only made me a more mature person off and on the ice but it helped me improve a lot of parts of my game. For example, we did a lot of power skating work with Rob during practices throughout the year and it helped not only my stride to improve but my acceleration as well. I would recommend it to everyone that wants to be a better skater. I am proud to say that I played for the Walpole Express and I will always remember my wonderful experience in Walpole.

Steve Charest (Utica College)


Coach Rob, I just had to take the minute to thank you for everything you have done for me my three years in Walpole. From the power skating clinics, to the unlimited amount of ice time and to the work you gave to me I can not thank you enough. You and the Walpole organization shaped me to be a college athlete and student and to be prepared for my college career.

Lou Malvasi (Utica College)


Coach, I was just thinking about where I am today and how I got here and all the people who helped me along the way to become a Division I hockey player. Four years of training at RB Hockey School boarding camps improved my skill and game so much and enabled me to take my game to this level. The camps were always so much fun even when we were working so hard. Thanks again coach. Your impact is lasting.

Thomas Parisi (Providence University)


Hey Coach Rob, I wanted to reach out to you and say thanks for all your help in my hockey development. I loved RB Hockey, and I still remember the first year you coached me for the St. Moritz Devils in 1999. I learned so much from your camps and had so much fun every time.

Mike Collins (Merrimack College)