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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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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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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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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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