Girls Gotta Play Hockey Summer Camp

This is the first of it's kind in our local area. It was built to provide the ultimate girls hockey development experience and bring together girls players from a variety of areas among our local hockey community. We have assembled a coaching staff second to none which will include the areas top youth coaches, professional instructors, and college coaches. With the support of our trusted local hockey relationships, the Girls Gotta Play camp will offer top level training as well as the opportunity for girls players to make new friends with other local area female players from across the region. This unique summer program is sure to be one your daughter will be excited to be part of! 

  • Designed to serve the local girls hockey community in an all girls environment.
  • Emphasis on a blend of skill development, fun, and a unique all girls experience.  
  • Coaching staff will be majority female coaches and instructors. 
  • Female supervision and role models will be present both on site and on all transportation buses.
  • Curriculum designed to accommodate the needs of girls players of all skill and experience levels. Players will work in age and skill level appropriate groups throughout daily training sessions.
  • Plan, schedule, and groupings designed to accommodate players at a beginner, advanced, and elite playing level.

Girls Elite Group

Coach Biographies

Tracy Johnson

Head Coach - Stevenson Mustangs

Tracy began her career as the women's ice hockey head coach in 2013-14 season after taking over the program in its second season.

Prior to Stevenson, Johnson spent one season at Amherst College, including a stint as the interim head coach. She also served as the head coach of the Midfairfield CT Starts U19 team and as the head coach of the Minnesota Jr. Chill U8, U10 and U12 programs.

In recent years, Johnson has also spent time working at the USA Hockey Girls 14, Girls 16 and Girls 17 Development Camps.

A 2010 graduate of Boston College, Johnson was a former standout defenseman for the Eagles, serving as a captain as senior season and assistant captain as a junior. She helped guide Boston College to a pair of appearances in the NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Championship, highlighted by a spot in the 2007 Women's Frozen Four.

A native of Plymouth, Minnesota, Johnson was twice named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team while also earning the Athletic Director's Award for Academic Achievement on three occasions.

Joe Vonakis

Head Coach - US Naval Academy

Joe, who grew up in Abingdon, MD began his career in the CBHL playing for the Harford Patriots, Baltimore Youth Hockey, and the Howard Huskies. As his playing career advanced he moved on to play AAA and Junior Hockey for the Little Flyers organization. Joe graduated from Calvert Hall where he enjoyed a great career winning several championships and individual player awards. Joe remains second on the Cardinals all-time scoring list doing so playing large portions of his time there as both a forward and a defensemen. Joe played is college hockey in the ACHA Division 1 with Towson University In addition to serving as an Asst. Teaching Professional for Tomorrow's Ice and the Mid-Atlantic Selects. Joe spent time as an Assistant Varsity Coach at Calvert Hall and currently is coaching with Navy Youth Hockey and also serves as the Heach Coach for the USNA Women's Team.

Ashley Harper

Former Graduate Assistant Coach - Stevenson Mustangs

Prior to Stevenson, Harper was a volunteer assistant coach at Robert Morris University.

A 2011 graduate of Mercyhurst College, Harper served as a student-manager for the Lakers during her freshman, sophomore and junior years. In her role as student-manager, she was in charge of video operations and other administrative duties.

During her senior campaign, Harper was added to the roster for the Lakers as a goalie. In 2011, Harper received the CHA Student-Athlete of the Year award, posting a perfect 4.0 GPA as a history major. As a four-year affiliate of Mercyhurst, Harper and the Lakers took home four straight CHA championships.

Before Robert Morris, Harper served as an on-ice instructor for USA Hockey and Mid-America district camps. She worked as an on-ice and off-ice conditioning coach at Okanagan Hockey Academy Europe in St. Pölten, Austria. The Okanagan Hockey Academy Europe provides a unique combination of a first-class Canadian hockey program along with an international education at a state of the art boarding facility.

OTHER GIRLS GOTTA PLAY COACHES INCLUDE:
Maria Powell
Molly Berger
Emily Burton
Katie Clelland
Maddy McNeally
Cory Labre
Ed Slusher
Jason Slusher
Stevenson University Players
US Naval Academy Players

 

(Coaches/Instructors subject to change at any time without notice)