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Private hockey instruction is provided exclusively by qualified instructors approved by the RMU Hockey Academy. Our instructors are experienced professionals that offer all levels of instruction based on your specific needs and goals.

Private hockey instruction allows you the opportunity and flexibility to work on all areas of the game including skating, shooting, passing stickhandling, game strategy, etc, in a 1 on 1 or small group setting.

To schedule a private lesson, refer to the list of private instructors and contact the instructor directly. Please note that instructors set their own lesson schedules based on their availability, and that of the RMU Island Sports Center. In general, private lesson time is Monday – Friday with time ranging from 3:15 PM – 4:45 PM

Additional questions in regards to private hockey instruction or other RMU Hockey Academy programs may be directed to the Blaine Buterbaugh – 412-397-4475 or


30 minutes - $55 30 minutes - $45 per skater 30 minutes - $35 per skater
45 minutes - $75 45 minutes - $65 per skater 45 minutes - $55 per skater
60 minutes - $90 60 minutes - $80 per skater 60 minutes - $70 per skater

Marianne Watkins

Marianne Watkins is the Hockey Skating Director for the RMU Sports Center and the RMU Hockey Academy. One of the most sought after skating coaches in hockey, Watkins has worked with many of the games top prospects. Players from the Columbus Blue Jackets, Toronto Maple leafs, Florida Panthers, and Anaheim Ducks have all utilized her expertise in developing their skating skills. Currently, she is working with the Pittsburgh Penguins top prospects from their AHL organization, the Wilkes-Barre Penguins.

She was featured in Paul Coffey’s instructional video, “Skate like a Pro” and on “The Hockey Show” (ESPM/TSN) and was the exclusive skating coach for Wayne Gretzky’s Future Stars camps. Recognized as one of the top instructors in her field she has been a presenter at the International Hockey Skating Symposium and USA Hockey coaching clinics.

Contact Information: 412-397-4468 –

Blaine Buterbaugh

Blaine Buterbaugh is the Assistant Hockey Director for The RMU Island Sports Center as well as Director of Camps and Clinics for the RMU Hockey Academy. In that role, he is responsible for administration and on ice content of 10 summer hockey camps and all in season clinics. Additionaly, he oversees a youth house league program of nearly 500 players ages 5-12 years of age. Buterbaugh has spent 5 seasons as an assistant coach with the RMU Women’s program. He earned his master’s level coaching accreditation through USA Hockey in 2009, and is currently a presenter for USA Hockey's coaching certification program.

Prior to his career in coaching, Buterbaugh saw action as a defenseman at the collegiate hockey level with the ACHA Division I Robert Morris University Colonials.

Contact Information: 412-397-4475 –

Brandon Blandina

Brandon Blandina is owner/operator of Elite Strides Hockey.  Brandon has two years experience at the professional level, was a Robert Morris University Colonials hockey alumni (NCAA-D1)and an RMU summer camp counselor.  Brandon states "as a professional hockey player, the only thing I enjoy more than playing is passing on the knowledge and skills that I have developed over the years to the young players who have the same passion and desire for the game of hockey as I do."  

Contact Information:  303-886-7679 -

Furman South

Furman South played four years of NCAA Division I Hockey at Robert Morris University, where he was a four year letter winner, two time Men's Hockey Student Athlete of the Year, and 2011 Atlantic Hockey Association Sportsman of the Year.  Furman has been very active in coaching and instruction with Quaker Valley Hockey Association, the Penguins Elite Youth Organization, RMU Hockey Academy as well as private instruction and clinics with players of all levels ranging from learn to play to NCAA Division I.

Contact Information:  412-779-0447 -

InLine Hockey


Currently InLine Hockey lessons are unavailable.

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