Bruce Racine to Mentor Goaltenders at TPH-St. Louis Center of Excellence
Total Package Hockey is pleased to announce that Racine Goalie Academy will provide all goalie instruction for its St. Louis Center of Excellence, housed inside the Centene Community Ice Centre in Maryland Heights, MO. St. Louis goaltending staple Bruce Racine will lead the way in providing instruction to all goaltenders who attend the CoE.
“Bruce is the perfect fit for the Goaltending Coach position with TPH-St. Louis,” Director of Hockey Operations Philip McRae said. “His playing experience, coaching experience and passion for mentoring and guiding young goaltenders is a complete combination. In addition, Bruce’s track record speaks for itself when it comes to his ability to develop and help young aspiring elite goaltenders reach their goals. I am excited to see the positive impact Bruce will have on the goaltenders that come through the Center of Excellence here in St. Louis.”
Racine, a former St. Louis Blues goaltender, has been instructing goalies in the Heartland of Hockey for over 14 years. A Northeastern University graduate and 2001 inductee into the Northeastern University Hall of Fame, Racine played professional hockey for 15 seasons, across various leagues, including the IHL, AHL, Finnish Elite League and the National Hockey League. The Cornwall, ON native has won professional championships on two occasions, in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and in the IHL as a member of the Muskegon Lumberjacks. In addition to his successes on the ice during his pro career, Bruce was a five-time recipient of the Community Service Award in both the IHL and AHL.
While Bruce’s on-ice accomplishments are certainly impressive, perhaps he is best known for his role in assisting in the development and advancement of various St. Louis area goaltenders since he retired in 2003. With a philosophy of “dream, train, achieve,” Racine is excited to play a role in the development of goaltenders at the Center of Excellence.
“The CoE concept is one that I believe will be a great benefit not just to goaltenders, but all hockey players across the Heartland,” Racine said. “The amount of hands-on, individualized time dedicated to the student-athletes that train in this model will maximize the impact we make as mentors. The CoE allows a coach like me to dedicate time to the skills and details that often don’t get enough attention due to limited ice and resources. Most importantly, the time spent at the CoE allows coaches to build relationships with the student-athletes under their direction, so each individual can be in a position to reach their goals, on and off the ice. I am very excited to play a role in this unique model.”