Peak Performance Hockey, co-owned by Kevin Lizotte, former head coach at St. Bernard’s Central Catholic High School, and Eric Short, the head coach at Lunenburg/Ayer, was formed in 2002 with the overall goal of developing the skills of area high school players to help prepare them for the rigors of high school, prep school, juniors and college hockey.
After three extremely successful years of improving skills and guiding these high school players, Peak Performance expanded its role to include players as young as learn to skate age through the collegiate level. “As a high school coach, if we don’t develop strong youth hockey players we’re not going to have successful high school teams in Central Mass. Without those skills, it’s not going to happen,” Short said. “Hockey, in general, we want to keep the numbers up. If we don’t get kids involved and enjoy hockey at a young age, numbers aren’t going to be there when it comes around to high school and we’re going to see programs folding.”
In the fall of 2004, Peak Performance combined with legendary Fitchburg State University ice hockey coach Dean Fuller and the Dean Fuller Falcon Hockey School under the name Peak Performance Hockey. “Our close relations with Dean Fuller and his years of experience in hockey and summer camps working with kids has been instrumental for us to create camps and clinics that are successful,” Short said.
Peak Performance has continued to build upon the Falcon Hockey School’s 20 years of experience, while adding expertise from the region’s top high school, prep school, juniors and college coaches. “All coaches involved are local coaches that have a valued interest in the community,” Short said. “Our coaches want to develop local talent. We want to grow the game of hockey at all levels.” Peak Performance Hockey has a proven track record of making players better by focusing on skill development, skating technique, conditioning and game situations.