A demanding and motivational leader with a passion for coaching and engaging with youth, Nikki Petrich joined TC’s Training Center as a Hockey Instructor, giving team, group and private lessons. Petrich has an extensive and impressive history in the sport, both as a player and as a coach, and strives for greatness while expecting dedication and hard work from her players.
She is currently Head Coach for the U14 Girls Islander’s Hockey Team, where she’s been strengthening the team since joining for the 2013-2015 seasons and again from 2016-present day. She was Head Coach for the U16 Girls Islander’s Hockey Team for the 2015 – 2017 seasons. Under her guidance for the 2012-2013 season, the U12 Girls Is-lander’s Hockey Team became the State Champion Team in March 2013, shortly after leading the U12 Girls Islander’s Hockey Team throughout the 2011-2012 season to be-come the League Champion Team in March 2012. Petrich was named Coach of the Year, USA Hockey, ACHA Division I Women’s Ice Hockey in 2010 and served as Northeast-ern’s ACHA Division 1 Women’s Ice Hockey Co-Head Coach from September 2009 – April 2010. She continues to promote and develop the sport within the community, hav-ing worked with the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team since September 2009.
Petrich attended Northeastern University with a full athletic scholarship, excelling in the Forward position from May 2004 until May 2009, where she won Rookie of the Year in April 2005 and the prestigious Reggie Lewis Athletic Award in April 2007. She was named MVP for Women’s Ice Hockey in 2004 and Women’s Ice Hockey Captain from May 2007- May 2009. In addition to her incredibly successful collegiate career, Petrich was part of the All Rookie Team – Hockey East in December 2004 and the Hockey East All Star Team that played Team USA in December 2005. She was also a nominee for the Black Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in Canada (April 2007) and attended the U22 USA Women’s Ice Hockey Team Training Camp (April 2007).
Petrich attended Shattuck St. Mary’s High School on an Athletic/Academic Scholarship from September 1998 through May 2004.