Dan Fontas - General Manager
Dan Fontas enters his fifteenth year with The Hockey Academy and his twelth as General Manager / Coach of the New England Stars Junior A team. Dan has become well respected in the hockey community for his passion and ability in developing young hockey pla yers. Dan has had a tremendous experience in the game of hockey and has been fortunate enough to be able to learn from a number of distinguished players and coaches over his career. His passion for the game and his intentions for his players bring only positive results in the game of hockey and the development of life. His past accolades have included: Captain Cushing Academy (1998), last Cushing team to win New England Prep School Championship (NEPSAC), UMass-Lowell, Hockey East (1998-2002), helped team to highest ever ranking in the programs history at #3 in NCAA Division 1, Indianapolis Ice, CHL, (2002), UMass-Lowell Volunteer Coach (2003), 2006 MVC/DCL Division 1 Coach of the Year, 2006 Metro-West Daily News Coach of the Year.
From 2003-2008, Dan was the Head Coach of the Acton-Boxboro High School Colonials Boys Varsity team. From 2008-2012 Dan was the head Coach of the Stars Junior A team which he led to the 2009 International Junior Hockey League (IJHL) Championship and 3 Conference Championship series in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Fontas Currently resides in Milford, NH with his wife Crystal and their two children, Mia, 10 and Reid, 8.
Darryl Green- Head Coach
Head coach Darryl Green returns for his ninth season with the Stars and eigth as head coach. Green has led the Stars to an overall record of 182-110-34. More importantly Coach Green has coached 40+ Stars players that have moved on to higher levels of junior, European professional leagues, and NCAA Division I and II/III. Green’s teams are always well prepared, hardworking, and disciplined. Green believes that development and a team first mentality breeds winning and player advancement.
Green began coaching while in college for The Hockey Academy. When his playing career ended he added split season midget teams and was Joe Mallen’s Assistant Coach at Middlesex School from 2005-2007. Middlesex won their only ISL championship in 2007. From there, Green was volunteer coach at his Alma Mater University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) for one season, 2007-08. The next year Green led the Nashua North Titans (NH high school) to their first winning season in history. In 2010-11 Green was hired at UML as Assistant Coach where he was responsible for recruiting, video review, and special teams. The following season, 2011-12 was Green’s first with the Stars. He served as Associate Head Coach under current Stars GM Dan Fontas.
Green’s playing career featured five years of junior hockey, three years of college hockey, and two years on minor league professional hockey. Green, a defenseman, played for the Stratford Cullitons from 1994-96, winning the Ontario Hockey Association’s (OHA) Sutherland Cup in 1995. After a brief stint with the Ontario Hockey League’s Soo Greyhounds in 1996-97, Green began playing for the OHA’s Chatham Maroons. In 1999 Green captained the Maroons to their first and only Sutherland Cup.
Green’s junior hockey career led him to Hockey East’s UML in 1999. Due to his time in the OHL Green sat out his freshman year but played 101 games over three seasons accumulating 48 points in the process. After UML he toiled in the ECHL playing for the Wichita Thunder and Pee Dee pride.
Currently, Green lives in Milford NH with his wife Nikki, and daughter Carly and son Luke. During the day, Mr. Green teaches science at Nashua High North. Green earned his Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts Degree from UML in 2003 and his Master’s of Education in Athletic Administration from Endicott College in 2014.
Zach Lubinski - Assistant Coach & Skills Coach
Zach Lubinski has been with the Stars Junior organization for over 10 years. He was on the inaugural team back in 2008-2009 under the direction of Coach Fontas, where the team went on to win the IJHL Championship. His second year he was a captain for the Stars and League All-Star. After Juniors, he was a 4-year member of the Southern New Hampshire University Men’s NCAA DII Ice Hockey Team(2010-2014). His senior year the program tied the school's all-time win record of 17-8-1 winning the Northeast-10 Championship for the first time in program history.
Following college, he has held many positions in both sport business and coaching. Lubinski coached alongside Cushing Academy's legendary coach, Steve Jacobs, for 2 years with the New England Wolves of the Eastern Hockey League. He also was a head skills insctructor for 5 years with Premier Hockey. Lubinski joined The Hockey Academy full time in 2017.
Scott Prunier -Strength Coach
Scott enters his second season with the Stars organization.Scott is the founder, head trainer and program director for TOP Fitness, which was established in 2002, and operates out of Conway Arena in Nashua, NH. A Graduate of Plymouth Stae University, Scott has worked with many top athletes in the Southern New Hampshire area as well as the Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies. Scott holds many certifications including Certified NSCA - Strength and Conditioning and a certified Performance Enhancement Specialist
Jocelyne MacDonald, PT, DPT, LAT, ATC
Athletic Trainer/ Physical Therapist
Dr. MacDonald has been with the New England Stars since 2014, providing Athletic Training and Physical Therapy services. Prior to joining the Stars, she gained a broad range of experience working as both an Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist. She began her studies in Athletic Training at the University of New England where she received her Bachelors of Science. After completion, she furthered her education at MGH Institute of Health Professions, attaining her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Jocelyne gained experience in collegiate sports rehabilitation while working with men's ice hockey, rugby, basketball, lacrosse, and various other teams. Additionally, she has experience in general orthopedics, post-operative rehabilitation, concussion management and rehabilitation, and sports specific conditioning. She also practices as a pediatric physical therapist. Dr. MacDonald is fully licensed in MA as a Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer.
Dr. Damera - Team Dentist
Dr. Damera graduated from New York University School of Dentistry, New York. She has over 10 years of experience in the field of dentistry and stays up to date with all the latest advances and treatments. Dr. Damera treats every patient with care and compassion and has a gentle touch ensuring a very comfortable patient experience detail-oriented approach ensures each patient is treated with the best care possible.
It has been her lifelong dream to open the doors of 'Tyngsboro Dental Care', where the community would be offered excellence in dental care in a state of the art modern environment.
Prior to going to NYU, Dr. Damera volunteered for American Red Cross in Chicago as an Office Assistant. Dr. Damera has been a proud resident of Westford, MA for the last 10 years. She has two lovely daughters and enjoys spending time with family and friends.