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Our Hockey Performance Specialists

The Barron Hockey Academy trainers are highly-accomplished professionals (our trainers all have a hockey background and have played competitively for years) who continue to learn and create new hockey performance training techniques to create a new paradigm shift in the hockey arena. They’re at the top of their field, and dedicated to take you to your next personal level like no other! We break the hockey game down to a science and put together a winning formula for your personal success, utilizing hockey specific equipment, leading edge periodized training techniques and our state of the art hockey treadmill along with our Dartfish video analysis.

Our team is not just well educated, but also have a very unique connection to hockey and how hockey players work, think and how they need to train. Whether it is building strength, how to skate, how to stick handle and how to shoot, The Barron Hockey Academy has the qualified team get players to the next level!

Larry Barron
Barron Hockey Academy Owner and Director

In 2008, his successes lead to the opening of Barron Hockey Academy training facility in Yorba Linda, California.  Offering on and off-ice development, clinics, Summer camps, and team training, Barron Hockey Academy has become one of the most unique all inclusive hockey development centers in Southern California.

Not only does the facility develop players on and off the ice, but also the continuous dedication and support with each player builds he/she mentally and physically.  The knowledge, atmosphere and culture at Barron Hockey Academy is what brings players back season after season, during and in between.  Players that return year after year range from Mites to Midgets, Prep School, Tier II, Junior A, NCAA DIV I and III, and Pro Hockey.

Larry’s reputation of being ‘one of the best in hockey development’ has given him the opportunity to train thousands of players throughout Southern California.  Larry’s constant support and dedication to his players has helped and continues to flourish many careers.  Larry has taught a number of California’s successful players, including past players that have moved on to flourishing hockey careers and present players.

In 2013, Larry was given the opportunity to be the skating consultant for the NHL Anaheim Ducks’ prospect camp.  The coaches, as well as players took a liking to Larry’s approach and he is currently flying back and forth to Norfolk, coaching the AHL Admirals.  From time to time, the Ducks will bring in Larry to work 1 on 1 with NHL level players.  Larry has fully embraced this opportunity and has taken his teaching to a whole new level!

The list below consists of past and present students of Larry Barron and Barron Hockey Academy, that have gone on to lead successful careers and some do continue to come back to Barron Hockey Academy for training.


Beau Bennett
Pittsburgh Penguins

Emerson Etem
Anaheim Ducks

Rocco Grimaldi
Florida Panthers (San Antonio Rampage – AHL)


Taylor Aronson
Milwaukee Admirals

Chase Balisy
St. John’s IceCaps

Mitch Callahan
Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings – NHL)


Parker Stanfield
Bakersfield Condors


Brandon Richardson
Bloomington Blaze


Ryan Lasch

NCAA Division I – Men

Kyle De Laurell
U.S. Air Force Academy

Brett Gervais
Clarkson University

Spencer Heichman
Quinnipiac University

Taylor Holstrom
Penn State University

Adam Reid
Northeastern University

Darren Rowe
University of Massachusetts

Ryan Santana
Boston University

Wade Bennett
University of Denver

Tyler Tosunian
Bemidji State University

NCAA Division I – Women

Micayla Catanzariti
Penn State University

Ali Pankowski
Princeton University

Annie Pankowski
University of Wisconsin

NCAA Division III – Men

Branden Parkhouse
Becker College

Joshua Pineiro
Curry College

Austin Rohaly
Lawrence University 

NCAA Division III – Women

Ashley Reid
Chatham University

Katie Tong
Adrian College

Junior Hockey

Theo Campe
Helena Bighorns

Zach Henderson
Bozeman Ice Dogs

David Johnson
Missoula Maulers

Ryan Parkhouse
Helena Bighorns

Josh Finkelstein
Coquitlam Express

Chase Golightly
Prince George Spruce Kings

Zach Holstrom
Coquitlam Express

Taylor Love
Coquitlam Express

Darren Nowick
Vernon Vipers

Travis Meyer
Pembroke Lumber Kings

Christopher Geeza
Rochester Stars

Kyle Harnish
Central Wisconsin Saints

Chris Cattivera
Janesville Jets

Michael Cummings
Fairbanks Ice Dogs

David Gandara
Chicago Hitmen

Junior Hockey cont.

Lonnie Murphy
New Mexico Mustangs

Brennan Parker
Wichita Falls Wildcats

Matt Bartels
North Iowa Bulls

Antonio Vargas
Southern Oregon Spartans

Matthew Caito
Dubuque Fighting Saints

Brandon Carlson
Lincoln Stars

Max Edson
Waterloo Black Hawks

Mitch Hughes
Sioux Falls Stampede

Brandon Kirk
Green Bay Gamblers

Andrew Oglevie
Cedar Rapids Rough Riders

JD Peterson
Tri City Storm

Brad Robbins
Sioux City Musketeers

Cody Castro
Portland Winterhawks

Emerson Etem
Medicine Hat Tigers

Matthew Konan
Medicine Hat Tigers

Chase Souto
Kamloops Blazers

Tyler Vanscourt
Prince Albert Raiders

Tyler Giovanetti
San Diego Gulls

Justin Hopkinson
Long Beach Bombers

Zach Jennings
Long Beach Bombers

Alex Bancroft
Long Beach Bombers

For further information on who Larry has trained, please click here.

Larry’s uncanny ability to get the most out of every player he trains is what sets him apart from the rest.  From Mite to Pro, Larry’s ability to identify strengths and weakness and communicate them with his students is a key ingredient to his success.  It is known that it is very difficult to be able to train with Larry because his time and schedule are saturated with devoted clientele.

Another element of Larry’s successful program that has become routine for players in Southern California and surrounding states is his Summer Camps.  It is also known that these camps sell out year after year.  No where else in California will you experience the complete hockey package in one week, on and off the ice!

Larry Barron believes that a player’s skill level is neither stumbled upon nor handed down, but earned through diligent practice and a thorough understanding of the sport. His high-intensity, no-nonsense approach teaches players the way to success, which starts by stressing good attitude, discipline, and work ethic — both on and off the ice.

Larry is married to his beautiful wife Michelle and has three beautiful children; Dillon, Peyton and Brock.


Christopher Martin
Head Strength and Conditioning Trainer

Chris Martin received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Arizona State in 2005. He has been involved in hockey for over 18 years and is a CSCS (Conditioning and Strength Coaching Specialist) through the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association), the worldwide authority on strength and conditioning.
Although, he has the knowledge and understanding of the body to work with any athlete, in 2008, he chose to follow his passion and focus on hockey. Since joining the team, he has become an integral part of the Barron Hockey Academy. Chris is actively involved in the training community, regularly attending lectures, hands on seminars and conferences across the country. His hard work and dedication to the industry, and the game, has made him one of the most sought after strength coaches in the area for hockey players of all ages and abilities.
Larry and Chris work very closely to develop players and to insure that all of the training needs are met. The list of players that Chris has trained at Barron Hockey Academy can be seen above in Larry’s biography.
For further information on the programs that Chris has developed please click here.

Bob Walsh
Director of Operations

Bob has had an extensive playing and coaching career.  He is taking on the roll of Director of Operations with enthusiasm and to be around the sport he loves.   To this day, he still coaches at Orange County Hockey Club.  Barron Hockey is excited to have Bob on board as the new customer interface with day to day operations.

Joe Burcar
Hockey Performance Specialist

Joe Burcar has over 25 years of coaching and teaching experience, he is also a member of the North American Prospect League. He was Head Coach of Finlandia University Div. III program for 9 years, with an impressive 85% graduation rate and 10 players moving on to play at the professional level. Also, he was Head Coach of the AAA USA Select Gold Medal Teams from Michigan State. We are excited to have Joe on board the Barron Hockey Academy as one of our Hockey Specialists. Joe Burcar coached both the 18 AAA Midget and Bantam AA teams at Orange County Hockey Club. Both teams went on to win the California State Championship.

Tim Kraus
Hockey Performance Specialist

Tim Kraus came to us from an extensive hockey background.  He left California at 16 to go to Vancouver, Canada to compete in the Western Hockey League.  He played in the WHL from 2003-2008 with the Vancouver Giants and Regina Pats.  While there, he won the Western Hockey League championship in 2006 and the Memorial Cup championship as a member of the Vancouver Giants.  In 2008, he began his professional career in the ECHL with the Ontario Reign.  During his rookie season, he was selected to participate in the ECHL All Star game.  He then went on to play five professional seasons in various leagues.  Throughout his professional career, he trained during the off-season with Head Strength and Conditioning Trainer at Barron Hockey Academy, Chris Martin.  He is excited to bring his knowledge and skills of the game to the Barron Hockey Academy team and to the Southern California youth.

Curran Klien
Hockey Performance Specialist

Curran Klien has over 10 years of hockey experience, on and off the ice.  He started his hockey career with the Yorba Linda Blackhawks and later went on to win a national championship with Orange County Hockey Club at the Midget AAA level.  At his time out of the Yorba Linda rink, he has been under Larry’s wing whether it be taking lessons from a young age, to working for Larry in the summers at an older age.  After his career in CA, he went on to play Junior hockey for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in North American Hockey League.  Curran brings a new energy to Barron Hockey and we are excited to harness his desire to teach others what he knows!

Olivia Meyer
Marketing/Camp Relations

Olivia Meyer was born in Canada and grew up in and around hockey her whole life.  She has her BA in General Business from Cal State University of Fullerton.  She has an extensive knowledge in customer service, management, and people skills, all bring a good balance to the Barron Hockey Academy.


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