Team Illinois aaa hockey

Elite Training

The Edge


With an unwavering commitment to providing a world-class development environment, we have carefully assembled a team of exceptional trainers who bring unrivaled expertise and a deep understanding of the game. Their track record in honing the skills of aspiring hockey players is unmatched, and their ability to inspire, educate, and push athletes beyond their limits is transformative. Through personalized training sessions, tailored skill development plans, and meticulous attention to detail, our elite trainers empower athletes to refine their strengths, address weaknesses, and cultivate an unwavering competitive edge.

The impact is clear: our athletes experience immediate and tangible results on the ice. The integration of our elite training team into the fabric of Team Illinois AAA Hockey Club has become a game-changer, with our players consistently demonstrating remarkable growth and achieving exceptional results. Their guidance and mentorship enable our athletes to refine their techniques, gain a deep understanding of the game's nuances, and develop a winning mindset that sets them apart. Join us on this transformative journey as we revolutionize the landscape of hockey development. Together, let's unleash the full potential of our athletes, cultivating a legacy of excellence that will resonate for years to come.

Our Training Staff

  • Ian Mack

    Ian Mack

    Tomahawk Science

    Ian Mack is a renowned sports scientist who has partnered with the world’s best athletes, from Olympic teams to top players in all four major U.S. sports leagues (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL), including his recent work with Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane and 2021 MVP Auston Matthews. Mack was born and raised in Onondaga County in Syracuse, NY — where rates of poverty and preventable diseases like obesity and diabetes are extremely high. This environment inspired him to become a trainer and to continuously challenge himself to seek better answers on how to improve human performance. As part of this mission, Ian is a board member at the Just A Kid Foundation.

  • Sean Berens

    Sean Berens

    Style Big Hockey

    The Style Big Club's development philosophy focuses on proper muscle memory and correction for each individual member. Our Multi Platform Training Model (MPTM) provides a step by step breakdown of how to practice and perfect each skill. Studies show it takes 10,000 hours of correct repetitions to become elite at a task. Hockey players are no exception - in fact they require more detailed instruction due to the sport specific body function (skating vs. walking) needed to master a skill. When you attend a Style Big Club training event you change how you train!!!

  • Stu Gould

    Stu Gould

    Good as Gould

    Stu and his staff are handling the development of the goaltenders for the program. He has served as a goaltending coach for over 35 years all over the Midwest and his alumni include many professional, junior, and collegiate goalies. Stu owns and operates the Gould Goalie School which has served goalies of all ages in and around the Chicagoland area. Stu grew up in Evanston, Illinois and played collegiately for NCAA Division I University of Illinois-Chicago and NCAA Division III Oswego State. He also played several years professionally in numerous hockey markets around the country. He brings a wealth of experience to the Team Illinois organization and is determined to develop young goaltenders into great athletes as well as well-rounded young adults.

  • Jack Hickey

    Jack Hickey

    Goalie Coach

    Prior to Jack's coaching career he grew up playing for Team Illinois and serves as a proud alumnus who spent five full seasons at Team Illinois.  Jack was on some of the top teams to come through the TI program.  After youth hockey Jack moved on to spend time in various Jr hockey leagues, USHL, USPHL Premier, and NOJHL.  After his playing career and before coming back to Team Illinois to coach, Jack served as a goalie director for the Chicago Bruins as well as  assisting other teams in that club.  Jack currently has seven years of goalie coaching experience with GDI, USA and working many other camps, clinics in addition to other exterior needs for goalies. Jack is now a current member of USA hockey's goalie nation to ensure US born goalies are getting the development they need to make more US born goalies enter the NHL.

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    Chris & Peter Ferraro

    Skills Instructors

    The Ferraro brothers have a combined 32 plus years experience of playing professional hockey across the NHL, AHL, IHL, 1994 Olympics, as well as NCAA National Champions at the University of Maine. Most recently, Chris and Peter have transitioned from playing into building world class athletes through Ferraro Brothers Hockey as professional skills instructors while coaching youth hockey.

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    Tristan Musser

    Skills Instructor

    Tristan is originally from Lansing, MI where he played AAA hockey growing up before playing two seasons of junior hockey for the Dubuque Thunderbirds (CSHL). From there he continued his education and hockey, playing four years of ACHA D1 at Adrian College (MI). Wanting to stay involved in the game, Tristan moved to Buffalo, NY where he served as a Graduate Assistant for the Canisius College men’s hockey team while earning his Master’s in Sport Administration. Following his time at Canisius, Tristan stayed in Buffalo where he was hired as a Development Coach at the Academy of Hockey where he worked with beginners all the way up to pros. During this time he also coached in the Buffalo Jr. Sabres organization, scouted for the Sioux City Musketeers (USHL) and then the U.S. National Team Development Program. Using this experience, he moved on to become the Assistant General Manager/Skills coach for the Chicago Steel from 2018-2020. His duties included evaluating prospects for the USHL Draft, leading on-ice skills and supporting the coaching staff. Tristan currently lives in the west suburbs of Chicago and works as an NHL scout. Welcome to the TI Family Tristan!