Global Prospects Academy Coaches

Meet our Global Prospects Academy Coaches

On-ice training and instructions are provided by the coaches of Global Prospects Academy. Our head coaches are former NHL and professional-level players who have now established themselves as respected coaches in the hockey world.  Head coaching staff is supplemented by assistant coaches and special skills coaches (goalie training, power skating, etc.) on an as-needed basis. 

 

  • Off-ice training and sports performance education are undertaken by our on-staff professionals.
  • All GPS coaching and training staff are SafeSport certified. 

 

For the educational component, NTCA provides fully certified educational experts to provide and instruct our students. NTCA teachers and students interact on an individualized schedule ensuring that students are successful in the classroom and on the ice. 

GM of Global Prospects Academy & Tampa Bay Crunch

Nick Lindberg

Hockey Coach

Stan Neckar

Brett Strot
Hockey Coach

Brett Strot

Hockey Coach

Luke Zimmermann

Assistant Coach

Adam Zimmermann

Assistant Coach

John Drysdale

Glen Metroplit

GM of Global Prospects Academy & Tampa Bay Crunch

Nick Lindberg

U12 A White, U16 AA Head Coach

Nicklas Lindberg was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden. He comes to us with a lot of hockey experience. He has played professional hockey in Europe and North America for 15 years as a playmaking forward.

Coach Nick has years of experience in skills-training. He has been coaching and running camps in both North America and Sweden. Nick now works with player development which ranges through amateur, junior, college and pro level. Coach Nick has most recently worked with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL.

Hockey Coach

Stan Neckar

10U AA head coach

Coach Stan Neckar was a former Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman. As a first-round draft pick, coach stan played four seasons for the Lightning. He also played for the Ottawa Senators and Nashville Predators. 

Brett Strot

Hockey Coach

Brett Strot

Hockey Coach

Luke Zimmermann

U12A Blue & U16A Blue

Luke grew up playing most of his hockey career in Florida until moving to New Brunswick, Canada at 18 to play Junior A in the CJHL. Before that he played for the Tampa Bay Juniors, and after went on to play NCAA D3 at Anna Maria College in Massachusetts. Luke is now in his 2nd year as a head coach of the Tampa Bay Crunch.

Assistant Coach

Adam Zimmermann

Zimmermann grew up playing hockey in Florida until he turned 17, he then attended school at Notre Dame in Wilcox, Saskatchewan, where he won a Provincial Championship and a National Championship. Zimmermann went on to play two more years in Canada in the CJHL with the St. Stephen Aces and the Fredericton Red Wings. He then returned home due to Covid-19 shutdowns to finish his career with the Tampa Bay Juniors. Zimmermann is looking to start a coaching career with the Crunch. 

Assistant Coach

John Drysdale

Born in Toronto, Canada, John and his family moved to Milton, Forida in 2005.  He began coaching youth and adult hockey in 2008 while living in Ponte Vedra, Florida.  He is a USA Level 4 Certified Coach as well as a Bronze Level Certified Goalie Coach.  Beyond goalie coaching for the GPA, John is also the Youth Hockey Director for AHCI and the Assistant Coordinator for GPA.

:Email: JDrysdale@ahcenterice.com

Glen Metroplit

  • GPA Hockey Director & Crunch Mites Minor head coach

Glen Metropolit has played over 22-years as a Professional Hockey player. Tenure and accolades in multiple national and international leagues including the ECHL, SM LIIGA, IHL, AHL, DEL, NHL, NLA. Most recently being inducted into the ECHL HoF. Coach Glen has reached the pinnacle of recognition by many accomplishments and awards.

He was nominated for the Bill Masterton Trophy during his career in the NHL with the (Boston Bruins 2007-08). This award was for his exemplary qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to ice hockey is especially cherished by him. Coach Glen also represented his country at multiple tournaments and championships over his career.

:Email: GMetropolit@ahcenterice.com