Michael grew up in Long Island, New York, where he got his start playing for the New York Apple Core Junior Team. At the University of New Hampshire (UNH), he was a goaltender for the UNH “Wildcats”, NCAA Division I Hockey East Conference, in the 1998-2001 seasons, and graduated in May 2001 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology Physical Education Pedagogy.
Before his collegiate career at UNH, Michael was a member of the Team USA who received the Gold Medal in the 1995 World Winter Game for the Deaf in Helsinki, Finland. During his collegiate career at UNH, Michael was a member of the Team USA who received the Silver Medal in the 1999 World Winter Game for the Deaf in Davos, Switzerland. Michael competed in the World Winter Game for the Deaf in Sundsvall, Sweden in March 2003, which he brought home the bronze medal. Michael was listed as the #1 goaltender in the goaltending statistics with 100% save percentage at the 2003 Olympics.
After Michael’s graduation at UNH, he coached NCAA Division III men’s college hockey in the 2001-2002 season, as an assistant coach for the Wentworth Institute of Technology “Leopards”, ECAC Northeast Conference, in Boston, Massachusetts. Wentworth was the NCAA Division III ECAC Northeast Champion & the NCAA Division III Quarter-finalist. The following season, Michael coached for the Boston Harbor Wolves of the Eastern Junior “A” Hockey League, as an assistant coach and a goaltending coach for three seasons.
Michael was a physical education teacher at the elementary and middle school levels in Massachusetts. After school, Michael was employed for the Thayer Academy of the Division I Independent School League (ISL) – New England Prep School Hockey League from 2002 through 2006, and for Waltham High School of the Division I Greater Boston League (GBL) for a season in 2004-2005, as a goaltending coach, and employed for the Providence Capitals of the Eastern Hockey Federation from 2003 through 2006, as a goaltending director.
Michael was also employed as one of the goaltending coaching staff for the Massachusetts/USA Hockey, and he is holding a USA Hockey advanced coaching certification. Michael was the goaltending consultant for the Pro Ambitions’ Goaltending Camps/Clinics. Additionally, Michael was the goaltending program director at the Foxboro Sports Center in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
Michael has been coaching at various hockey camps, clinics and seminars in the United States, Canada and Europe. He also has offered a number of private sessions.
Michael has been an athlete, coach and teacher. He has the unique ability to truly empathize with his players’/students’ own difficulties. He has provided young athletes with a positive role model and actively lives the philosophy that, with hard work and desire, it is possible to overcome any obstacles to attain your personal goals.