Welcome to Boston Stars Hockey – The premier Tier-1 & AAA hockey club in Massachusetts. BSH offers elite training through the 10 Steps and MAXPRO Elite hockey skills program created by Max Gratchev. BSH offers day and boarding summer hockey camps.
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posted 04/05/2014

The 10 Steps Premier Spring/Summer program is a high-intensity Spring/Summer eight weeks hockey training program created by Max Gratchev (NHL, AHL, KHL).  The program ensures that each skill being taught is executed with maximum intensity & perfection with all players receiving individual focus and attention. Sessions are fast-paced, intense, and taught utilizing our unique Russian/North American hockey training methodology developed exclusively for 10 Steps by Max Gratchev.

The program will last eight weeks at a cost of $2,500 per player. It is open to all age groups with enrollment limited to a maximum of 12 players.

Pilgrim Skating Arena Inc, 75 Recreation Park Dr, Hingham     Download Application

The program is split into two sessions which will meet every Sunday from May 11 through June 29.

Group—1 is for age group 2002 and younger and meets from 5:00PM to 6:30PM.

Group—2 is for age group 2001 and older and meets from 6:30PM to 8:00PM.

Spots are extremely limited
For additional information, please contact
Max Gratchev at 617-501-8870

Session Dates Group—1 Group—2
5/11/2014 5:00PM-6:30PM 6:30PM-8:00PM
5/18/2014 5:00PM-6:30PM 6:30PM-8:00PM
5/25/2014 5:00PM-6:30PM 6:30PM-8:00PM
6/01/2014 5:00PM-6:30PM 6:30PM-8:00PM
6/08/2014 5:00PM-6:30PM 6:30PM-8:00PM
6/15/2014 5:00PM-6:30PM 6:30PM-8:00PM
6/22/2014 5:00PM-6:30PM 6:30PM-8:00PM
6/29/2014 5:00PM-6:30PM 6:30PM-8:00PM


Group #1: (2002 & Younger)

Group #2: (2001 & Older)

Program Cost: $2,500
8 Weeks
12 Player Limit
  Spots are extremely limited

Max Gratchev



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Polina Bolgareva (BSH 1999 Elite) selected to Russia U18 team
by IgorGratchev posted 03/26/2014

Polina Bolgareva, a member of the Boston Stars 1999 Elite hockey team, was selected to the Russian U18 national team. As one of only two 1999-birth year hockey players to make the team, being selected to the national team is a great achievement for Polina. Her selection is a credit to the 10-step and MAXPRO hockey skills training that she receives at the Boston Stars training facility in Somerville, MA.

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Congratulations, Boston Stars 1999 Elite, MSYHL Champions
by IgorGratchev posted 03/25/2014

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posted 03/25/2014

A fundamental part of hockey development is the improvement of the overall skating ability of a player. At the USA/Russia Elite power skating and skills camp for advanced skaters, your weaknesses will be analyzed and corrected by Max Gratchev, one of new New England's most respected and elite skating and skills coach.

If you are interested in becoming a quicker, faster and more efficient skater or would you like to improve on your stick handling skills, then the USA/Russia Elite power skating and skills camp is for you. Developed exclusively by Max Gratchev, the camp focuses on the following:

  • Stride activation and analysis
  • First step explosiveness
  • Counter balancing
  • Effective tight turns
  • Transitions and balance

A small instructor/student ratio enables our instructors to provide instant feedback, thus allowing our players to focus on individual skating weaknesses while building on strengths.


Due to the advanced nature of this camp, it is not for beginners; only advanced skaters will be accepted. Space is limited, please click here to download the application.

The camp is divided into multiple sessions. Come to as many as you wish.

Veterans Memorial Rink, 570 Somerville Avenue Somerville, MA 02143     Download Application


Session Dates & Duration Time Location2 Cost
Camp-1 All Ages— 1-Week 7/7/2014 - 7/11/2014 9:00AM-12:00PM Rinks #1  & #2 $700
Camp-2 All Ages— 2-Weeks 7/7/2014 - 7/21/2014 9:00AM-12:00PM Rinks #1  & #2 $1,200
Camp-3 All Ages— 3-Weeks 7/7/2014 - 7/25/2014 9:00AM-12:00PM Rinks #1  & #2 $1,700
Camp-4 All Ages— 4-Weeks 7/7/2014 - 8/01/2014 9:00AM-12:00PM Rinks #1  & #2 $2,100
Camp-5 All Ages— 5-Weeks 7/7/2014 - 8/08/2014 9:00AM-12:00PM Rinks #1  & #2 $2,400
Rink Location: Veterans Memorial Rink, 570 Somerville Avenue Somerville, MA 02143 Boarding facilities: Lasell College, Newton MA     Download Application


Session Dates & Duration Time Location2 Cost
Camp-1 All Ages— 1-Week 7/7/2014 - 7/11/2014 9:00AM-12:00PM Rinks #1  & #2 $1,000
Camp-2 All Ages— 2-Weeks 7/7/2014 - 7/21/2014 9:00AM-12:00PM Rinks #1  & #2 $1,830
Camp-3 All Ages— 3-Weeks 7/7/2014 - 7/25/2014 9:00AM-12:00PM Rinks #1  & #2 $2,630
Camp-4 All Ages— 4-Weeks 7/7/2014 - 8/01/2014 9:00AM-12:00PM Rinks #1  & #2 $3,480
Camp-5 All Ages— 5-Weeks 7/7/2014 - 8/08/2014 9:00AM-12:00PM Rinks #1  & #2 $3,950


How does the Elite Skating & Skills Camp differ from power skating?
The Elite Skating & Skills Program is just that – SKATING & SKILLS. With smaller class sizes, sessions are technical and progression based. There is a limited "conditioning" component to the Elite Skating & Skills Camp as the main focus is on individually breaking down skating weaknesses and correcting them. As the week progresses so does the intensity of on-ice sessions. Players should be in good athletic condition before attending the camp.

My son/daughter is really advanced for his age. Can he move up a group?
We have a strict policy in having players skate above their own age group. The majority of our camps focus heavily on the individual skill of skating. Therefore, players can develop and skate at their own pace within their own age group. We find moving players to a higher age group actually hinders their development as they spend a majority of the class trying to “keep up” rather then “developing” proper skating mechanics and general hockey skills..

Do you have to be a High level player to attend the Elite Skating Camp?
No, however, the elite skating program is an intense summer program that advances rapidly and is not suited for beginning skaters. Students should be sound skaters before attending the camp. Players Mite aged and up should be in good athletic condition before attending the camp.

This is a skating camp, will there be goalies present?
We do our best to ensure that each skills portion of the camp have goalies present.

What about scrimmages?
The overnight camp will feature Saturday scrimmages versus the Russian boarders.

Where can I get more information?
Please contact: MAX GRATCHEV at 617-501-8870.
You can also email Max at

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2000 Elite enters 2014 Mini Chowder Cup (Elite Bracket)
posted 03/25/2014

2000 Elite enters 2014 Mini Chowder Cup

The Boston Stars 2000 Elite team has entered the Mini Chowder Cup. If you are interested in trying out for the 2000 Mini Chowder Cup team, please contact , or call 1-617-501-8870. Tuition is $1,670 and includes two weeks of summer camp.

Camp Details: 2 Week Program - Tuition $1,670
A. Week 1 Day Program: July 21, 2014 - July 25, 2014
Hours - 9:00am - 12:00pm (on ice and off ice training)

B. Week 2 Residential Program : Sunday, July 27 - Friday, August 1, 2014
Overnight accommodations - Lassell College - 1844 Commonwealth Ave, Newton, MA
Coach/camper ratio 1:8
Training 9:00am - 12:00pm , 2:00pm -5:00pm (includes on/off ice training)
Dining - 3 meals/day
Boys will be shuttled to/from Lassell College and Somerville rink
24 Hour security


2014 Mini Chowder Cup (Elite Bracket)
August 1st, 2nd, & 3rd.
Foxboro Sports Center, Foxboro, MA
Iorio Arena, Walpole, MA
Canton Sportsplex, Canton,MA

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posted 03/15/2014

More great news for the 2014-2015 Season!
Check this out!

NEW YORK The Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (EJEPL) and the Massachusetts Premier Development Hockey League (The Premier) are extremely excited to announce that they will be holding their 1st Annual “Elite vs Premier” Interleague Challenge showcase which will be hosted by the Ct. Chiefs at Newington Arena on Columbus Day weekend. The showcase will feature some of the best teams from each League at the 14 U, 16 U and 18 U levels. Each competing team will play (3) interleague games over the weekend and the games will count in the standings for both Leagues. This is an opportunity for the top players in both leagues to showcase themselves.

Henry Lazar, Commissioner of the EJEPL, and Mike Bonish, Commissioner of “The Premier,” see this Showcase as a stepping stone towards building a relationship between the two Leagues. Lazar and Bonish are both extremely well respected in the hockey world and their success with their individual programs, Lazar with NY Apple Core and Bonish with Eastern Mass Senators, has carried over in their efforts to build both Leagues. They have both done a fantastic job creating a platform that provides the necessary exposure for all their players in an effort to help each of them achieve their goals.

Both Leagues boast some of the top Tier I and Tier II teams on the East Coast. This should help attract scouts from the numerous Junior and Collegiate programs in both Leagues’ footprint. Both leagues are looking forward to this opportunity to compete with one another and it should be an exciting weekend for everyone involved. The series will rotate each year to facilities run by both Leagues. The ‘15-‘16 event will be held at a top MPDHL facility and may expand to the 12 U and 13 U levels as well

                                                              Go Stars!


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2000 Elite successfully defends MSYHL title
posted 03/13/2014

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Great Season for 2002, 2003 & 2005
posted 03/10/2014

Silver Medal Winners

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Boston Stars Announce U16 Head Coach
posted 02/24/2014

Brendan McCartin Named U16 Head Coach For 2014-2015 Season

The Boston Stars are proud to announce Brendan McCartin as its U16 Head Coach for the 2014-2015 season.  Brendan played junior hockey in the USHL where he starred for the Sioux City Musketeers.  He then went on to play four successful seasons at Bentley College, and then professionally in Germany.  The Boston Stars recently announced that it has joined the Mass Premier Development Hockey League (The Premier), renowned for its top-level midget competition.  The Boston Stars look forward to Coach McCartin leading them to success in their inaugural season in The Premier.

Did you miss our tryouts?

Please contact Max Gratchev.
Skype: max.gratchev Cell: (617)-501-8870

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by Webmaster posted 02/10/2014


FEBRUARY 10, 2014

The Premier becomes one the largest hockey leagues in New England

     The Boston Stars announced today that it has accepted an invitation to join The Massachusetts Premier Development Hockey League (The Premier) which will expand its levels of competition for the 2014-2015 season to include Mites through Midget divisions.  The Premier officially accepted the following youth hockey programs into the league; Boston Stars, Central Mass Outlaws, South Shore Conquistadors, Manchester Flames, New England Predators, New England Stars, New England Junior Hurricanes, New Hampshire Junior Monarchs, Rhode Island Hitmen, and Walpole Express.  The Premier is now comprised of more than 150 teams from 25 different hockey organizations making it one of the largest hockey leagues in New England.

     The Premier will offer Premier (Tier I), Elite (Tier II), and Select (Tier III) levels of competition to all programs.  This original parity framework provides for a fair and balanced level of competition. “Given the large number of programs and teams involved, we will be the first league that will develop a real balance in the level of play that will further the positive development of every hockey player.” states Mike Bonish, President of The Premier.
The Premier's expansion is undoubtedly the most positive and significant development in the youth hockey world.  Bonish declares,   "We are just getting started!  We will continue to grow to include more teams that embrace that our commitment to developing young hockey players and positively impacting their lives.  The Premier will be the best hockey league in America!"

Link to The Premier


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3 ON 3 Founders Cup Spring League
by coachigor posted 02/09/2014
Founders Cup 3 ON 3 Spring League
Presented By:
The City of Somerville & The Boston Stars




Fast paced 3 on 3 skilled hockey
50 Minute Games
DJ spinning music
Small surface 3 on 3 rink
11 Players & 1 Goalie
Hockey jersey included!
Trophies & Medals for League Finalists
Outdoor Pizza Party & Music


Our new 3 ON 3 Spring League is a fast-paced, competitive, fun league.  A DJ will be spinning music while player's show off their skills & tricks. The City of Somerville and The Boston Stars 3-on-3 league will challenge young players to put their crafty moves to work in a beautiful new small surface arena geared towards 3 ON 3 play.  Player's will have their speed and skill tested on every shift!

3 ON 3 games allow each player to experience the whole game in a smaller, faster-paced setting. Players touch the puck more often and get more scoring chances than in traditional games, and the tighter space means more passing and deke moves, too. 3 ON 3 games also force players to make quick decisions and improve their reflexes and reaction times. These critical skills will transfer back to the full ice when next season starts.

The Boston Stars and the City of Somerville have created an innovative league utilizing a beautiful rink specifically tailored to small area games and 3 ON 3 play.  Player's will have the time of their lives developing their skills.

Age Groups (YOB):

Mites - (2006/2007/2008)

Squirts - (2004/2005)

Peewee - (2002/2003)

Bantams - (2001/2000/1999)

Spring League Dates:

April 4th, 2014 - June 15th, 2014

Fridays:      5-9PM
Saturdays:  4-8PM
Sundays:    2-6PM
(Game day's will rotate weekly)

Availability is limited, please register as soon as possible.
Each team cost: $1,500 or individual $325

Each team will play 10 games, and playoffs.


Contact Information:
Somerville Recreation: www.SomervilleRec.com
GEORGE SCARPELLI: (617)-625-6600 EXT. 2984
Boston Stars: www.bostonstarshockey.com
MAX GRATCHEV: (617)-501-8870

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MaxPro Spring Skills 2014
by posted 01/24/2014


Thank you for inquiring about our spring/summer Sunday MAXPRO SKILLS WITH MAX GRATCHEV. The spring/summer skills program is now full; however, the Boston Stars do offer an Elite Summer Skills camp. Please click here to learn more about our Summer programs.

                                                                Max Gratchev                                                                                
                       Height: 5' 11"                         
                      Born: Sep 26, 1988                        
        Birthplace: Novosibirsk, Russia   

                              Drafted: NYI / 2007 NHL Entry Draft                         
                                                       Round: 4th (106th Overall)
"Max is always one of the hardest workers on and off the ice. His skating and positive attitude makes other's follow him and try to be better at whatever there doing.  Working with Max would be an amazing experience for any hockey player."
                                                                  -Arturs Kulda
                                                              Winnipeg Jets (NHL)  


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TEN STEPS 2014 - 2015
by Webmaster posted 09/01/2013

Ten Steps 2014-2015
2014-2015 PROGRAM


     The highly acclaimed Ten Steps program with Igor Gratchev will be kicking off another season starting September 2014.  Come join the program that has developed numerous Division 1 Collegiate Athletes into National Champions, NHL Players (including All-Stars). High intensity drills and training will develop your hockey player into an elite player.  The program is based on a unique, time-proven methodology developed exclusively for MaxPro Elite Hockey Skills by our founders Igor and Max Gratchev. Click here to learn more.

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Max Gratchev - Fundamentals of Mastering Skills
by Webmaster posted 10/23/2012

Written by:
Max Gratchev

South Shore Kings
 Catholic Memorial
Thayer Academy
Russian Junior National Team U16, U17 & U18
Major Junior Hockey League (Rimouski  and Quebec)
New York Islander Draft Pick # 106 overall

         Every Youth player has goals.  Whether it is to develop as a player, earn a scholarship, or play in the NHL. 
The biggest question is how?
       We all know through out any career you can learn new things every day whether your 10 or 50 but realistically the window for a youth player to develop is between 7-17 years old.  between these ages a player can maximize his potential and develop all the skills necessary to get that full scholarship or catch the eye of scouts. 
     To maximize the development of skills a child needs proper instruction.  A child needs repetition and proper knowledge of how and when to use these skills.  To actually fully understand and be able to utilize the skills that are taught a child needs to develop skill mastery.  To achieve skill mastery players need repetition and to develop the skill being taught from all aspects.

"Repetition is the father of learning"

     The difference between team games and skill practices is that players do one drill 2 to 3 times and move on to the next and practices are focused on the team as a whole not to develop each individuals skills.  That teaching of hockey for youth players has been dying and has not provided results because players are not taught to MASTER SKILLS used in every shift of every game.  The 80 game model professionals use today is not beneficial for youth players looking to maximize potential.  High School and Junior coaches are interested in building a resume and winning games.  Which essentially makes players hesitant to make mistakes and try to develop there skills.  Practices each week become only focused on beating your next opponent.  The BOSTON STARS AND IGOR GRATCHEV have taken a whole new approach in developing there players.  Players use the games as tests each week to learn the skills they have been provided with during the skill sessions.  The focus on individual passing, puck handling, and skating become effective in the games because players are now easily able to pass to each other and skate to open ice and all of a sudden these individual skills benefit your line mates, team, and coaches.  The alumni and results are the proof. 

     Within one 60 minute game a player touches the puck on average of about 1 minute and 30 seconds.  In a skill session that last 1 hour and 30 minutes a player will have the puck on his stick for about 1 hour and 15 minutes executing,  passing, stick handling, and skating with the puck.  If you break this information down 11 sessions at GRATCHEV MASTER CLASS is equal to 4 SEASONS of youth games.

      When these skills are taught correctly and shown how they should be executed properly and players repeat these skills over and over when it comes time for a game, which is essentially a test to demonstrate and also to track the players development, it will be natural to them and will be fluid and impressive because the elements were MASTERED through repetition and puck touches.
    The game of hockey is played in 3 zones.  Offensive zone, Neutral zone, Defensive zone.  Within these 3 zones gameplay becomes minimized even more and essentially puck handling, skating, and passing have to be utilized in a tight and congested area of the ice.  Small surface ice training allows a player to develop skill and hockey sense without having too much space or time for maneuvering.  This training is crucial for a youth player to develop, maneuverability, quickness, and skillful play in traffic.

Taken from A University of Minnesota study on Youth hockey players development:
• Skill execution and knowing when and how to execute the required skill is the limiting factor in sport performance.  Coaches need to understand that athletes make many of their decisions based on their own skill constraints.( If youth coaches spend more time on cognitive skill development the players will beable to perform at higher levels)

* Strides and Edge Control
* Puck Control
*Crossovers / Stopping and Turns
* Speed Training
* Passing
* Skill Mastery
* Start Quickness
* Hockey Sense

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Boston Stars Store
by Webmaster posted 10/03/2011

Order your Boston Stars, Max Pro and Igor Hockey Apparel online

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