Brett Way FHIT HockeyBrett Way

FHIT Hockey Director

Born in Lansing, MI, Brett grew up playing in the Flint Icelanders and West Michigan Warriors organizations, and finished his youth hockey career by scoring the Midget A State Championship game winning goal for the Lansing Capitals.

After graduating from Grand Ledge High School, Brett spent two years playing for the Green Mountain Glades of the EJHL, where he was named Assistant Captain and earned team leading scorer and most improved player awards. In his final year, Brett joined the Hawkesbury Hawks of the CCHL in Hawkesbury, Ontario under Memorial Cup winning and current AHL coach Eric Veilliux. While with the Hawks, Brett helped the team to league and regional championships (selected championship game MVP), before falling to the eventual champions in the Royal Bank Cup semifinals.

After juniors, Brett played 4 years at Augsburg College in the MIAC, where he was voted team Rookie of the Year and served as Assistant Captain in his junior and senior years. Brett made the Dean's list and graduated in 2009 with a Major in Business Administration and a Minor in Information Systems.

After graduating, Brett has continued coaching and teaching the game he loves and has worked with hundreds of players from mites to college looking to improve and get to the next level. His coaching experience includes: 9 years as lead instructor with Laura Stamm Power Skating; 1 year with the Lumberyard Hockey Training; Assistant Coach for the National Finalist Twin Cities Northern Lights; Assistant Coach for the Stillwater Bantam A; and 2 years with Northern Educate Academy. Brett has been working with the MAP and FHIT programs for 3 years.


Dan Donnette

MAP Hockey Director

Dan is born and raised in Anoka, MN. He grew up playing hockey for Anoka High School, where he earned all-conference honors and helped his team to a state tournament birth in 1997.  He began his post high school hockey career playing in the USHL for two years with the Des Moines Buccaneers winning two Anderson cups and one National Championship. Des Moines’s team still holds 2 league records from Dan’s time with the team, Most Wins in a Season and Longest Winning Streak.

Upon completing his tenure with the Buccaneers, Dan played collegiately at Northern Michigan University, where he played for 4 years. He is the only player in school history to earn the Jim Mussatto Memorial Endurance/Fitness 4 years in a row. He graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and a Minor in Marketing.

Upon graduating, Dan played four additional years of professional hockey in the UHL, SPHL, and the CHL.  While in the CHL playing for the Amarillo Gorillas he earned Rookie of the Year for his team. He also spent time playing oversees in the Asian Hockey League for a team based out of Seoul, South Korea.

Dan has been with the company for 8 years and is currently one of the North Campus Mangers. He brings a hardworking, no nonsense attitude to the MAP and the players he works with. He is passionate about helping players develop both on and off-ice and looks forward to working with players who strive to improve their game to the next level.


Tim Conboy

East Campus Director

Tim had a 14 year professional playing career.  The Rosemount, MN native brings a wealth of knowledge of the game, fitness techniques, as well as a vast hockey network to prepare players for the next level.
Following his high school playing career with Rosemount and Brainerd High Schools, Tim was a two-time USHL All-Star during his seasons with the Rochester Mustangs and Topeka Scarecrows.  In 2002, he was drafted by the San Jose Sharks. (7th Round, 217th Overall)  He then spent the next two years with the St. Cloud State University before turning pro.  Tim racked up 62 NHL games with the Carolina Hurricanes.  He played nearly 500 AHL games with the Cleveland Barons (San Jose), Albany River Rats (Carolina), Binghamton Senators (Ottawa), and Portland Pirates (Buffalo) organizations. Tim spent the final six seasons of his career in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.  He won a championship in 2014 with ERC Ingolstadt, and then went on to play with Düsseldorfer EG.  Throughout his career Tim was notoriously a hard nosed, stay at home defenseman.  During the last ten seasons of his play, he was a captain of each team he played on.  Tim joined FHIT in 2018 and has been the Hudson Campus Director.


Garrett Gruenke

West Campus Director

Garrett aka Gman hails from Plymouth, MN. He started playing hockey at age 7 for the Armstrong Youth Hockey Association. In High School, Garrett was a three-sport athlete playing baseball, football, and hockey at Benilde–St Margaret’s. Garrett experienced great success while at BSM where he won two state hockey championships in 1999 and 2001. It was also where he met his longtime mentor/coach Jack Blatherwick, an expert hockey training physiologist. Jack made a significant impact on Gman in a number of ways including how to train sport (Hockey) specific and how to train smart not just hard.

After High School Garrett moved on to play two years in the NAHL for the Bozeman Icedogs. From there he moved on to college and played four years at the University of St Thomas, where he was a part of a National Runner-up team and was a captain his senior year. Garrett then turned pro in 2008 and played 6 years of Professional hockey for the Odessa Jackalopes, Rapid City Rush, and the Wichita Thunder. After the 2014 season, Gman hung up his skates and he now coaches full-time.

Garrett began his career at FHIT working for the MAP program since 2005 and has worked with both the South and North locations. Garrett also has been an Assistant coach for his Alma mater University of St. Thomas since 2014. He primarily works with the team’s defensemen and does video analysis.

One of the coolest things for him is seeing all the kids that have gone through the program over the years that have progressed from Pee Wees/Bantams to now Junior, College, and Professional players.


Dan Daikawa

Guidance Director / Lead Instructor

Dan Daikawa hails from Apple Valley, MN. Dan played 4 years of high school hockey for Rosemount High School. After high school, he played for the North Iowa Huskies in the USHL. Dan continued his hockey career at Miami University from 1991-94. He was named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team his freshman season and was a member of the Redhawks team that advanced to the NCAA tournament in 1992.

After college, Dan embarked on a successful playing career in Japan, where he played 11 years in the JIHL and AHL. He was a four-time member of the Japanese National Team, playing on four Pool A World Championship teams, and was a member of the Japanese Olympic Team.

Upon conclusion of his player career, Daikawa returned to his Alma Mater as the head coach of the Miami University club team of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. Under his direction, Dan guided the program to four consecutive national tournament appearances. Continuing to diversify his coaching career, Dan went to Jamestown, NY to coach the Jamestown Ironmen of the NAHL, where he was the Head Coach/GM for two seasons. During the 2012-2013 season, he led the team to 37 wins and a birth to the Robertson Cup. The following year he was an assistant coach with the Minnesota Wilderness where he helped guide the Minnesota Wilderness to the fourth best winning percentage in the league and a 37 wins season. The last 3 years he has been the head coach/GM for the Brookings Blizzard of the NAHL. During Dan’s tenure, the team has consistently added 5 wins every year he has coached and has made the playoffs 2 of the last 3 years.


Brad Thompson

Girls MAP Director

Brad is a Minnesota native, born and raised in St. Louis Park. Brad attended St. Louis Park High School where is helped the Orioles to the State Tournament in 1998. Brad was also a two-time all-conference selection in his high school career. Upon graduating, Brad went on to play two seasons in the USHL with the Twin Cities Vulcans and the Tri-City Storm. While with the Vulcans Brad was a part of the National Championship team in 1999-2000. Brad’s performance during his Junior A career earned him a spot with Minnesota State University, Mankato. Brad enjoyed a great Division I hockey experience, playing all four years with Minnesota State University, Mankato Mavericks. After his collegiate career ended, Brad continued his career professionally with stints in the ECHL, UHL, and CHL. In total he tallied 5 years as a professional player.

Brad believes that consistency and adaptability are two key ingredients in being successful as a hockey player. He is excited to be a part of the FHIT hockey team and looks forward to the challenges is helping players reach their ultimate potential. He takes great pride in passing his knowledge and the experience he has gained on to aspiring hockey players. He has additional coaching experience with the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Bantam Tier 1 team and the Mounds View JV Boys team as the Head Coach in 2011.

Brad joined MAP hockey in 2011 and has been the Director of the Girls Program since 2014.


Matt Leitner

Lead Instructor

Matt was born in Southern California, residing in Los Alamitos for most of his childhood. As a child, Matt played for the California Wave AAA hockey team. He grew up playing all kinds of sports but had a special passion for hockey. At the age of sixteen, Matt decided to pursue hockey in the USHL and played two seasons with the Fargo Force (Fargo, ND). He was selected for the USHL All-Star game during the 2009-2010 season.

Upon graduating high school Matt decided to continue his hockey career at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He played four seasons with the Mavericks earning himself notable awards that include: First Team All-American (2014/2015), two-time All WCHA First Team (2013/2014 and 2014/2015), and three NCAA Division I Tournament appearances. He also continues to rank 2nd in school history with 162 career points and 1st of all-time assists. Matt graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies.

Following graduation, Matt spent three years playing professional hockey. He spent time between the American Hockey League (AHL) and the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). The majority of his professional hockey career was spent playing for the Manchester Monarchs (ECHL). While playing in Manchester, Matt recorded 139 points in 150 games. He earned call-ups to the AHL in each of his professional seasons, where he scored 10 points in 38 career AHL games.

After retiring from the professional hockey world Matt pursued a coaching position with the California State University, Long Beach Club Hockey team. He recently moved back to Minnesota to immerse himself within the Minnesota hockey atmosphere. He is thrilled to be working at MAP and bring his years of hockey knowledge and wisdom to the program. Matt has had a first-hand look at what it takes to play the game at the highest level. He understands the work ethic needed to be successful at the game on and off the ice. Matt’s primary goal is to help the next generation of hockey players achieve his/her highest potential.  Matt joined the FHIT team in 2019.


Ross Kovacs

Lead Instructor

Ross is from Dickinson, ND. He grew up playing hockey for Dickinson High School, where he played from his Freshman year until he was a Junior. When he was a senior, he moved to Overland Park, KS where he played for the Russell Stover U18 AAA for 2009-2010 season and then another season in 2010-2011. In his first year playing for them they had a 3rd place finish at Nationals.

Before playing college hockey, Ross spent one season playing for the Hawkesbury Hawks in the CCHL. After that he spent 4 years playing at Gustavus Adolphus College in St.Peter, MN. While at Gustavus, he got his degree in Exercise Physiology and graduated in 2017. After graduating he went out to be an assistant coach at a Prep school in Vermont and last season was an assistant for the Ogden Mustangs in the Western States Hockey League.


Kean Paxton

Lead Instructor

Kean grew up in Brooklyn Park, MN. He attended Osseo high school where he played 3 years of Varsity hockey and baseball. After graduating in 2010, he attended Waldorf College in Forest City IA to play baseball. From there he went north to compete in the NSIC at Bemidji State University. Kean has been training athletes since 2013. He has worked with the Wayzata, Coon Rapids, Anoka, and Champlain Park youth hockey associations over those years. Additionally, he has led the Champlin Park boys high school hockey pre-season strength program from 2015-2017.  Kean joined the FHIT team in 2017 and has been a Lead Instructor.


Erik Munson

Lead Instructor

Erik grew up playing baseball in Bloomington, MN. Graduating from Bloomington Jefferson, Erik won all-conference awards in 2012 and 2013 as well as academic all-state as a senior. He represented the Jaguars at the Lions All-Star game as a senior in 2013. In addition to high school ball, Erik was a member of the Minnesota Blizzard Elite club team from 2008-2013. Through the Blizzard, he was selected to compete at the Midwest regional tryout for the Area Code games in both 2011 and 2012.

Post high school, Erik played baseball at the Division II level for Concordia Saint Paul. There, he was a member of a perennial contender in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and was a part of the Bears’ second place campaign in 2016. Erik won awards for academic all-conference in the NSIC as well as the Myles Brand award for academic all-conference with high distinction during his time at Concordia. Erik also represented his team in the athletic department as a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in 2017, Erik earned his certification as a strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA and has been working as a trainer for Acceleration Northwest. Through Acceleration, Erik has worked with athletes of all sports and age groups to develop strength and explosiveness. He currently coaches baseball for the Blizzard, and has been in charge of implementing off-season long toss programs for Wayzata and Maple Grove youth baseball organizations.


Erin Sheehan

Director of Strength and Conditioning Blaine Campus

Erin grew up playing hockey in Willmar, MN. She began skating at age four and played throughout high school. While in Willmar, Erin was a three-sport athlete participating in Cross Country, Hockey, and Track and field, earning three all-conference titles during her four years. During her senior year, Erin was selected to be the Captain of her hockey and track and field teams.

After high school, Erin attended the University of Saint Thomas. She was a member of the track and field team for four years, earning eight Conference champion titles with her team over the four years. Erin graduated from the University of Saint Thomas in 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Exercise Science and has since earned the title of a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

After many years of training programs in both hockey and track and field, Erin has grown to appreciate everything that is required in order to become a better athlete, including but not limited to training, adequate effort, proper nutrition, and passion for the sport. She is passionate about bringing athletes to the next level through off-ice training, as her past mentors have done for her. She understands and shows that players can work their hardest everyday yet enjoy becoming a better athlete. Erin joined FHIT in 2014 and has been a key member of the strength and condition team since then.


TRAVIS-HAUTHTravis Hauth

Director of Strength and Conditioning Hudson Campus

Travis grew up playing both hockey and soccer in Stillwater, MN. After graduating from high school in 2010, he continued his education at the University of Minnesota Duluth where he received his bachelors degree in Exercise Science in 2016. Shortly after beginning college, Travis enlisted in the Army National Guard as a 15D Aircraft Powertrain Repairer completing a deployment to Kuwait during 2015 and completing his 8 year contract in early 2019.

After college, Travis got started at FHIT Hockey as an intern in Blaine in early 2016 before officially joining the staff that summer. The next year he gained experience as a strength and conditioning coach at both Breck School and Breakaway Academy/Hockey while still helping out at FHIT. Early in 2019, Travis returned to FHIT Hockey to be the face of the Strength and Conditioning at the East campus in Hudson, WI.

Travis's focus is on improving athlete’s strength as well as movement quality so they can transfer those improvements to the ice. Safety is of the utmost importance as he wants the training to complement what they are doing on the ice rather than taking away from it.


Josh Yue

Josh Yue

Director of Strength and Conditioning Plymouth

Josh is a 2006 Minnetonka High School graduate, where he played varsity lacrosse his junior and senior years; earning All-Conference 2ndTeam Honors as a senior and helping Minnetonka reach its first State Tournament.

After high school, Josh played lacrosse at Minnesota State University Moorhead in the MCLA for 4 years. While at Moorhead Josh recorded over 100 career points and earned Rookie of the Year, Offensive player of the Year 3x, All Conference Honorable Mention 3x and served as Team Captain as a junior and senior.

In 2011 graduated with a Major in Exercise Science and Minors in Strength and Conditioning program design, Coaching and History.

Since graduation, Josh has been coaching lacrosse in Minnetonka at multiple levels for over 10 years, from U12 to Varsity. As Head Coach he has led the U15A teams to back to back State Championships (2015 and 2016). As the Offensive Coordinator for the Varsity Lacrosse team, the team finished 3rd in the state in 2018 and Josh was nominated for Assistant Coach of the Year. He has been the Facility Director at Acceleration NW in Plymouth since 2012.


Steve Alford

Lead Strength Coach Blaine Campus

Participating in high school football, wrestling and golf, Steve grew up as a multi-sport athlete in
Southern California. After high school, Steve played football at the collegiate level as an offensive lineman and was a 4-year starter with a highlighted junior year at Minot State University where his team made it to the NAIA’s Elite 8.

Steve has since coached football on multiple levels, from youth to college, most recently lending his talents to the Centennial High School football teams as one of the offensive
line coaches.

In 2013, Steve made a career change and earned his certification as a Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach from NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine). Shortly after Steve also earned his certification for TRX suspension training and combined those disciplines together in order to pursue his passion of helping youth athletes achieve great physical development.

Steve has been the Centennial Cougar Boy’s Hockey strength coach since 2014 and the Centennial Youth Hockey Association strength coach since 2016. Steve’s mission is to help youth athletes get to the next level and take ownership of their own development though proper form, nutrition, hydration and recovery.

Steve brings high energy and motivation to his training sessions and takes great pride in
ensuring his athletes get stronger, faster and more explosive!


Noora Räty

Director of Goaltender Development, Girls

Noora grew up playing boys youth hockey in Espoo, Finland. While she was in high school, she played for Espoo Blues women’s team, which plays in the Finnish women’s national league, and there she won three National Championships in fours years. She also won several individual awards while playing in the Finnish women’s national league.

After graduating high school, Räty went on to play college hockey with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. During her fours seasons playing for the Gophers, she won two National Championships, was a three-time All-American, a three-time Patty Kazmaier Award Finalist (presented annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey), Capital One Academic All-American, a two-time Frozen Four MVP. She also holds NCAA records for career wins (114), career shutouts (43), career save percentage (94.9%), wins in a single season (38), shutouts in a single season (17), and winning percentage in a single season (1.000).

Räty graduated from the University of Minnesota in the August of 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Art degree in Journalism and Mass Communications and a minor in Sport Management. Räty has also been a member of the Finnish National since she was only 15 years old, and has over 120 games in international play. She has participated in two Olympics (2006 and 2010), winning a bronze medal in 2010. She has also played seven times in the IIHF World Women’s Championships, winning three bronze medals in 2008, 2009, and 2011. She was named the tournament's best goalie in 2007 and 2008 as well as earned the most valuable player award in 2008. Räty is currently preparing for her third Olympics under Justin Johnson’s and Andy Kent’s coaching.


Andrew Kent

Director of Goaltender Development

Andrew grew up playing youth hockey in Lakeville, MN. Graduating from Lakeville High School in 2002, Andrew went on to play junior hockey with the Twin Cities Northern Lights, where he was selected as an All League Goaltender. Kent continued his playing career at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.

Kent was a four-year letter winner at Augsburg, playing from 2005-09. Kent is listed among Augsburg’s all-time top 10 in career saves, career save percentage, and career average saves per game. Kent was an M.I.A.C. All-Conference award winner in 2007 and earned M.I.A.C All-Conference Honorable Mention in 2009. He was also an assistant captain for the Auggies as a senior in 2008-09. Kent graduated from Augsburg in May 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and a minor in management information systems.

Along with his playing experience Kent brings a wealth of coaching experience to the MEGA Goaltending staff. Kent coached in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Games for the Women's Finnish National team. Along with coaching in the Olympics Kent is currently the Goalie coach for the U of M Gophers Women’s hockey team as well as the Augsburg University’s Men’s hockey team. Under his watch with the gophers his goalies have broken numerous records and received many awards. He started coaching the gophers in 2012 and has won 4 NCAA National Champions in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.

Kent returned to Augsburg College in 2013 and currently serves as the goalie coach for their men's team. Under his watch at Augsburg his goalies have received numerous awards such as All American and All Conference. The team has also won back-to-back MIAC league championships 2016 and 2017.

Kent started coaching with MEGA in 2010 and during his tenure he has also served as the boys' goalie coach at Roseville High School and consulted with various teams, associations, and camps ranging from the youth levels up to Professional Goalies.

Andrew has taken this extensive experience, both as a player and as an instructor, and developed some of the most effective techniques for developing both young and experienced goaltenders.


Justin JohnsonJustin Johnson

Owner, Founder of MEGA Goaltending

Justin Johnson has been a hockey goaltender for over twenty years. He grew up playing in the Blaine Youth Hockey Association through High School where he set school records, participated in a State Consolation Championship, and was elected All-State Honorable Mention in 1999. After two years of competing at the junior level, Justin went on to play at the Division I level for four years with the University of Minnesota's Golden Gophers where he was selected for the 2003 WCHA All-Tournament Team, and was a two-time National Champion in the years of 2002 and 2003.

Justin graduated from Minnesota in 2005 with a major in psychology and was a member of the WCHA All-Academic Team, a U of M Scholar Athlete and a three-time recipient of the Donald M. Clark Community Service Award, for his active role within the community. After graduation, Justin joined his longtime mentor Shaun Goodsell as a performance coach with Mental Edge, whose goal is to help athletes develop the life skills necessary to deal with the pressures of competition and help them climb through adversity with focus and discipline. In 2010 he combined his expertise gained through this experience and launched the Minnesota Elite Goalie Academy (MEGA)

Post graduation Justin has authored the training manual Game Day which is an interactive and completely customized preparation manual for hockey goaltenders. In addition to Game Day, Justin has contributed his expertise to numerous publications including the USA Hockey Goaltending Coaches Manual, Let’s Play Hockey, VYPE Magazine and Goalies’ World Magazine.

Justin currently serves as USA Hockey’s Minnesota District Associate Goalie Coach in Chief and is in his seventh year as the goaltending coach for the U of M Men’s program. During his tenure as a colligate coach, which includes three years at St. Cloud State University, he has coached Hobey Baker Finalist Bobby Goepfert, Patty Kazmier Finalist and Olympic Bronze Medalist Noora Raty. In addition he has coached NHL Draft Picks Jase Weslosky, Dan Dunn, Alex Kangas, Kent Patterson and Adam Wilcox. Justin’s on ice coaching experience also includes over 15 years with various camps including US National Development Camps.

Over the years Justin has developed an ability to work effectively with goalies of all ages and athletic goals. Because of Justin's highly competitive and elite athletic background and also his personal experiences overcoming adversity in his athletic career. His ability to combine expert understanding of the demands of goaltending physically and psychologically gives him the edge in working with goalies of all ages and backgrounds.