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Executive Staff

Joe Bucchino

General Manager Joe Bucchino came to Protec at the beginning of 2016 as General Manager. He brings with him 25 years of experience in professional hockey, and 15 years of experience in facility management. In order to make Protec as successful as possible for the community and staff, Joe’s mission is to create and promote programs for hockey, ice skating, figure skating, and much more. His goal is to make Protec a facility for families to always feel welcome, and to enjoy a fun, positive experience on the ice and off.

Barry Dreger

Hockey Director Barry Dreger has recently served as Rockets NCDC Head Coach and the Jr. Kings’ 18U AAA Head Coach, played three seasons of Major Junior in the Western Hockey League (WHL) before embarking on an 11-year professional career in the American Hockey League (AHL), International Hockey League (IHL) and ECHL. A Winnipeg native, Dreger, was also a successful coach in the American Collegiate Hockey Association with Kennesaw State University where he led the team to a national tournament appearance in 2012.

Contact: Barry@Protecponds.com

Don Migliorisi

Assistant Hockey Director  Don Migliorisi has served with Protec for 5 plus years as Head Coach, Youth Coordinator, Clinic Planner, Tournament Planner, Spring and Summer Hockey Director, as well as web and flyer design. He works to maintain a strong working relationship with all Duck players and their families. Reach out anytime!

Contact: Don@protecponds.com

Joe Gambardella

Consultant to Protec Hockey Joe Gambardella is an American professional ice hockey player for the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He attended the University of Massachusetts–Lowell where he played college hockey and was a business major. Undrafted into the NHL, Gambardella signed an entry-level contract with the Oilers in 2017. Joe serves as a consultant for all hockey operations at Protec as well as running several training programs and summer camps every year.

Eleanor Reiss

Figure Skating Director –  At Protec Ponds, Eleanor Reiss looks to expand her teaching skills and experience while taking beginner skaters into more advanced and competitive programs.  All this being done in a team setting with coaches of every level, to ensure dynamic growth in step with USFSA standards.  Coach Reiss has worked with rinks in the past, most recently as Figure Skating Director, managing 12 skating coaches with responsibility for private and learn to skate activities.  Her professional accolades include a double gold medal in figure and freestyle in 1982, and she was also a Canadian gold medalist.  Eleanor is a USFSA and PSA member, category “A”.[br][br]E-mail Eleanor at skate@protecponds.com

Chris Morales

Building and Ice Operations Manager, Edge 2 Edge Pro-Shop Manager – Chris has been with Protec since the summer of 2016 to which he brought over 20 years of Facility Management experience. He is a member of NEISMA (North East Ice Skating Managers Association), U.S. Ice Rink Association (formerly STAR) where he was certified as an Ice Technician in 2008, and ISI (Ice Skating Institute) where he was certified as an Arena Operator, also in 2008. Chris Morales gained a Bachelors of Construction Management at SUNY Oswego in 2004 where he also played D3 hockey as a defenseman. After graduating Chris worked for various rinks and rink management companies as an Operations Manager, Facility Manager and Zamboni Driver, and ran roller skating, hockey and figure skating programs for the boys and girls clubs in NYC. He has now taken over the building and ice operations at Protec Ponds, and takes much pride in the high standard of ice quality he has quickly achieved. New for 2019, Chris is the proud manager of Protec’s brand new Pro-Shop Edge2Edge! Stop in and get your skates worked on or sharpened, or pick up those game-day essentials. Best cut in town!  [br][br]E-mail Chris at cmorales@protecponds.com

Terry Watt

JR Ducks General Manager and Head Coach, Hockey Camp Director, Protec U Director –Coach Watt, originally from Toronto, Canada has over 29 years of hockey experience around the world. He played Juniors Tier I in Canada and USA, also NCAA hockey at Buffalo State College. Terry played hockey professionally for 8 years on 14 different teams on 4 continents, while being a member of 4 professional Championships teams.

Coach Watt has over 14 years of experience teaching power skating & hockey skills for top hockey schools in both Canada and USA. After only two years of being a NJ resident, Coach Watt has quickly grown a reputation for being one of the area’s best skills & development coaches around. Because of Coach Watt’s growing popularity in the area, he was recently hired to join the Metropolitan Riveters (NWHL) Coaching Staff. Coach Watt also served as the GM and head recruiter for an Elite showcase team based out of Boston that saw over 30+ kids get recruited by NCAA colleges along with 5 NHL draft picks. The Ducks and Predators programs are very lucky to have Coach Terry working with us! When asked what his approach to the season would be, Coach had this to say, “My goal is to help build a stable and solid organization by focusing on player development first, also I want us to focus on character by teaching our players the importance of hard work, and a team-first attitude. This way, everyone involved can achieve their goals during and after hockey.” Coach Watt will be doing Skills sessions with each Ducks team throughout the season! He will be working directly with Ducks coaches about practice planning as well

.Email Terry at Terry@protecponds.com

Stephen Reu

Manager of Hockey Administration, Director of Operations Protec JR Ducks

Stephen has been with Protec since April 2019 as a Manager on Duty, Now in his new role of Manager of Hockey Administration. Stephen brings years of intern experience as well as turning a rinks business around this past winter at Newport Skates in Jersey City. His Intern experiences are with organizations such as the, Monmouth County YMCA, Jersey Shore Whalers, NJ Jackals, Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL.

Stephen gained a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management with minors in Leadership and Communications at Slippery Rock University in 2018. Where he also played ACHA D1 hockey as right wing/center. Stephen was also a board member for his Sports Management Alliance. As well as a crew member for the Slippery Rock news station, WSRU-TV.

Email Stephen at Stephen@protecponds.com