Founder & Head Coach
Founder & Head Coach
Professional hockey player with 8 seasons of experience, including over 500 games in the AHL and ECHL. Prior to his professional career, Ty began his junior career in the USHL, where he played for one season, followed by three seasons in OHL, where he played in over 200 games. With the foundation of being an inaugural Pittsburgh Predator, he has proudly given his time as a player and ambassador to the organization. In addition to playing for the Predators, Ty spent his freshman & sophomore years of high school playing for the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils varsity team, where he was a member of the undefeated 2006 PA State Championship team while leading the PIHL in scoring. As a lifelong student of the game, Ty has helped countless players launch and advance their careers with exposure to high-level hockey and off ice training. This unrivaled access to a facility has allowed several NHL players and hundreds of elite players from the area to base their offseason training at the Ice Castle. Combined with a relentless pursuit of development, Ty’s work ethic and creativity provides young players with the tools necessary to reach their athletic goals.
Former Pittsburgh Predator (2001-2006) and Mt. Lebanon Blue Devil (2004-2006)
PA High School State Champion and PIHL Scoring Leader (2005-2006)
Junior Hockey: 3 Years and Captain Saginaw Spirit (OHL) (2007-2010); Chicago Steel (USHL)(2006-2007)
NHL Rookie Camps: Pittsburgh Penguins (2008) Columbus Blue Jackets (2009 and 2010)
NHL Training Camp: Columbus Blue Jackets (2009 and 2010)
AHL: Syracuse Crunch, Springfield Falcons, Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins, Hamilton Bulldogs, Iowa Wild
ECHL: Reading Royals, Wheeling Nailers, Orlando Solar Bears, Atlanta/Gwinnett Gladiators
ECHL: Gwinnett Gladiators 10 Year Anniv. Team 2013
ECHL: Silver Skater All-Star (2015-2016)
Assistant Captain Orlando Solar Bears (2013-2014)
Assistant Captain Gwinnett Gladiators (2014-2015)
Assistant Captain Atlanta Gladiators (2015-2017)
Goaltending & Development Coach
Mason is an inaugural Pittsburgh Predator and spent his entire amateur career with the organization since the Ice Castle opened in 2001. During his high school years he also played varsity hockey for the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils. At the Junior A level, he is a graduate of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) with Corpus Christi and Port Huron. He also attended Major Junior training camp in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Saginaw Spirit and London Knights. He has been a lifelong contributor to the family business at the Ice Castle, which has included developing and maintaining IC Fitness and Ty-M-Up Hockey Supplies. He has also created content for IC Hockey that generated over 2 million views on Youtube. He has coached continuously since 2011 and has collaborated with Coach Ty to build the on and off ice training regimen since the program’s inception.
Skills & Development Coach
Nicholas is an 8 year professional with 374 games of experience. He spent this past season in Austria with the Vienna Capitals and won a championship in the previous season with DVTK in Hungary. He also was an assistant coach at the U14 and U16 levels in addition to playing in both of these organizations. In North America, he played in the ECHL, CHL, and SPHL and prior to his professional career as a student-athlete at UW-Eau Claire while earning an economics degree. A graduate of Mt Lebanon High School he played 2 years of Junior A in Ontario after playing AAA for the Pittsburgh Hornets and Vipers. He has coached extensively across Pittsburgh in the off-seasons from 2010-2018.
Skills & Skating Coach
Andrew Blazek is a former professional hockey player with 4 seasons of experience in the AHL, ECHL, and Europe. He was a life-long student and assistant coach with Benedetti Power Skating, to which he credits much of his success. Starting his amateur career at the age of 6 with the South Hills Panthers, Blazek earned his first championship at the Mite B level.
Grateful for the sacrifices his family made to provide every opportunity, he was able to move on to play for the Amateur Penguins (AAA) and the Pittsburgh Hornets (AAA) before leaving home in his senior year at Upper St. Clair to play for the Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL).
He showed up for open tryouts and became the only player in franchise history to make the Buccaneers roster as a walk-on. Finishing his junior career with the Texas Tornado and Topeka Roadrunners (NAHL), the 6’ 2” two-way defenseman was still a forward when he called Robert Morris University to ask for a try-out.
After a month of practice with the team, Blazek was offered a walk-on position to play for the NCAA Div. 1 Robert Morris Colonials. After a few injuries on the defensive corps, he was asked to switch positions. In his first two games on defense, the Colonials swept the #1 ranked Miami RedHawks.
His new defensive role gained NHL attention when he was invited to the Pittsburgh Penguins Prospect camp after his sophomore season. In his final year at Robert Morris, Blazek recorded 4 goals and 13 assists for 17 points while maintaining a +20 plus/minus rating and blocking 88 shots, a number that led Atlantic Hockey and was the fourth-highest in the NCAA, while his team earned their first Atlantic Hockey Championship and Frozen Four appearance since the program’s inception.
Blazek finished his college career with 17 goals and 34 assists for 51 points in 129 games before signing a professional contract with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. After 26 games and a loss in game 6 of the ECHL finals, Blazek was invited to the Florida Panthers NHL rookie camp where he skated with IC Hockey’s own Vincent Trocheck (Florida Panthers, NHL). Blazek’s performance at camp led to an invite to San Antonio’s AHL training camp and a call-up to play for the Worcester Sharks in the AHL. After finishing his American pro career in the ECHL with South Carolina, Wichita, and Norfolk, he moved on the following year to win the regular season championship for the Aalborg Pirates in Denmark, totaling 11 goals and 21 assists for 32 points in 50 games.
Blazek spent every off-season training at the Ice-Castle and his passion for hockey has transitioned from developing his own game to developing the next generation of young talent in Pittsburgh.
Amateur Hockey: Pittsburgh Predators, South Hills Panthers, Pittsburgh Hornets, Detroit Little Caesars. Two-time National Champion with Detroit Little Caesars.
Junior Hockey: Saginaw Spirit & Plymouth Whalers (OHL) (2009-2013). Teammate of Coach Tyler Murovich in Saginaw (2009-2010).
Captain of the Saginaw Spirit (2012-2013).
International: Represented USA at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships, where he won a Gold Medal. Also played for USA in the 2014 World Championships.
NHL: Current member of the Florida Panthers with over 200 NHL games played. Voted to the NHL All-Star Game in LA (2016-2017). Drafted by Florida in 2011, in the third round (64th pick) of NHL Entry draft.