Bruins announce participants in D&I Scouting mentorship program


BOSTON- The Boston Bruins announced today, September 29, the eight participants in the 2022-23 Boston Bruins Diversity and Inclusion Mentorship Program.

This is the second year of the Bruins’ Diversity and Inclusion Scouting Mentorship Program, which originally launched in September 2021. The program aims to provide insider access, hands-on coaching and networking opportunities to each attendee.

This year’s program will run from September 2022 to May 2023 and will include group workshops, film screenings and monthly virtual study sessions, as well as one-on-one mentorship pairing with a member of the hockey operations department. of the Bruins.

Here are the eight mentees:

Kirsti Anderson Hussey: Kirsti has been a highly competitive women’s ice hockey coach for 15 years with a passion for the well-being and maximum development of student-athletes. She has coaching experience at many levels of the sport and has coached at US Girls’ National Camps for the past 13 years. Prior to coaching, Kirsti played in four NCAA Frozen Fours in Bowdoin and Dartmouth, was invited to U.S. Women’s National Team tryouts and development camps, and played professional hockey in the National League. women’s hockey. Kirsti is currently an assistant women’s hockey coach at the University of Maine and is known to be a strong recruiter and ever-evolving coach who prioritizes character development, hard work, and team mentalities.

Laura Brenan: Laura is the manager of Fairfield Ice Academy, a small ice-rink training facility, as well as the owner of The Goalie Pad, where she trains goaltenders of all ages. Previously, Laura spent 5 seasons with the Connecticut Whale in the Premier Hockey Federation, first as a goaltender for two years, then as a team assistant coach and goalie coach for the three following years. Most recently, she served as the team’s interim general manager during the ownership transition during the 2021 off-season. She has a passion for learning and continued personal growth and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in sports psychology.

Stefan Ceccherini: Stefan is currently a senior at Lasell University majoring in sports management. Born and raised in the Boston area, Stefan grew up playing hockey competitively and was able to immerse himself in coaching during the 2021-2022 season as an assistant coach for Melrose Youth Hockey. Off the ice, Stefan is a youth director for Haiti Global Youth Partnership, Inc. (HGYP). HGYP is a non-profit organization her family started in 2012 that supports education and development in her mother’s hometown of L’Asile, Haiti. Throughout the year, HGYP ensures children can attend school, have access to after-school activities, and provide other programs to meet the needs of the community. Stefan’s goal is to make a positive impact in the hockey world and beyond.

Emmalee Forristall: Emmalee, a native of Weston, Florida, is a recent graduate of Stonehill College in Easton, MA, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Sports Administration at Boston College. Emmalee played four years in the women’s hockey club at Stonehill and was captain in her final year. At Valley Associates, Emmalee helps run the Valley Hockey League, Elite 9 and the Boston Hockey League and is always looking for ways to grow the sport and share her passion for hockey with others.

Alyssa Gagliardi: Alyssa played NCAA Division I college hockey at Cornell University where she was captain for two years and ECAC co-defender of the year in 2014 and second team All-American. She competed with the United States Women’s National Team in two Four Nations Cups (2014, 2015), while playing professionally for the Boston Blades (CWHL), Boston Pride (NWHL), and Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) from 2014 to 2020. After ending her playing career, Alyssa returned to Raleigh, North Carolina where she worked for the Carolina Hurricanes organization in youth hockey development, as well as a coach in the Carolina Hurricanes Jr. Women’s Tier I program, with a passion for growing and developing the game and opportunity. for North Carolina players. Alyssa is currently an assistant coach for the Neumann University men’s ice hockey program, as well as a player development coach for the Maine Mariners (ECHL). She is also a volunteer coach for the Philadelphia Flyers Warriors Veterans team. Alyssa has been a member of the PWHPA Board of Directors and a member of the NHLCA Women’s Coaching Development Program since 2020.

Alex Hancock: Alex is currently an amateur scout for the Medicine Hat Tigers. He recently completed the Bill Hay Future Leaders Internship Program with the Western Hockey League. He was born and raised in Sherwood Park, Alberta, where his father is from. his mother is from Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Africa. Being a second-generation immigrant and growing up in a multi-faith home allows him to bring a balanced perspective to the industry. He hopes to make hockey more accessible to underexposed and underrepresented communities.

Nathan McCarnan: Nathan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but has resided in Vancouver, British Columbia since a young age. A former young hockey player, Nathan is now focused on becoming an electrician and fulfilling his dream of becoming a professional scout. Nathan is currently working as an apprentice for Castle Electric.

Anant Sidhu: Anant was born and raised to immigrant parents from Punjab, India, and is a proud member of his Sikh community. Anant is a licensed attorney who practices corporate, commercial and real estate law in Calgary, Alberta. Anant was a scout in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) with the La Ronge Ice Wolves and articled with Ritch Winter and his NHL agency while in law school. He is now president of Village X Sports Management, a sports consulting arm of Village Sports in Calgary, Alberta. Anant oversees the daily operations of Village X and is passionate about helping families navigate the confusing and overwhelming hockey community for young athletes.


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