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Head Coach

Brad Hoffman

Originally from the Boston area, Brad moved to Charlotte from Buffalo in 2007 with wife Lisa and 4 children (now 18, 20, 22, 32). Both his boys played 8U and 10U through high school for the Jr Checkers and Charlotte Rush travel hockey organizations. Professionally, Brad runs his own business, The Hoffman Partnership Group Executive Search, which focuses on placing sales executives in the consumer goods industry. Growing up in Boston, he played high school hockey and college Club hockey and continues to play the sport that he loves. Brad is a USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach with 15+ years of experience coaching every age of youth hockey at the Metro/House, Travel, and High School levels with the Charlotte Rush, Charlotte Jr Checkers and Buffalo Regals organizations. He is a USA Hockey Coaching Education Program Instructor, spent time as the Travel & High School Hockey Director at Extreme Ice when the Charlotte Rush youth program was introduced, and is involved with CAHA as a Board member, leads the Youth, Grants, and Strategy Committees. He also organizes the CAHA Tournaments and assists with USA Hockey/CAHA Player Development.  Brad’s personal coaching philosophy includes a focus on Respect, Teamwork, Hard Work, and Skill Development. Brad says “Coaching is about leadership and I believe that my leadership style is open, determined, organized, and principled. I love the game of hockey and I believe in leading my teams to a higher level of learning and performance - hockey skills and life lessons. My approach has always been collaborative, decisive, and caring. Players, parents, and assistant coaches are all important components to a successful season. My primary goal coaching kids is character development and skill development while winning is one of many outcomes.”

Recent Royals 10U Selects News

Summer Camps and Clinics Remain Open For Registration

By XIC Hockey Department 06/08/2020, 9:30am EDT

Summer Camps and Clinics

Royal Families,


The heat has arrived and summer is here! The Extreme Ice Center will still be running our Summer Programming as scheduled.  Please see below for all the camps and clinics we have scheduled and register today! 


Hockey Camps

Pond and Puddle Registrations are still open for players ages 5-12. (Starts week of June 22nd)

Pro Ambitions Camp


Amanda Pelkey Camp

For more information visit


Hockey Clinics

Speed and Agility Skating

Offensive Skills

Goalie Development

Body Contact and Awareness

Adult Learn to Play

10U Scrimmage Series

12U Scrimmage Series

Friday Night Mites

For more information visit


Can't wait to see you on the ice!



XIC Hockey Department

Queen City Royal Tryouts Released!

By XIC Hockey Department 05/31/2020, 10:00am EDT

Attention Royals Families! 

The wait is finally over! CAHA has announced that tryouts are now open for registration. Tryouts for the Queen City Royals Travel Hockey Program will be held at the Extreme Ice Center August 7th- 9th.  Players must have their renewed USA Hockey number to register for tryouts. You can get a new USA Hockey number by going to To register for tryouts, visit our website at 

*Tryout Format*
All athletes will be separated into their respective age groups where they will compete for an opportunity to represent the program in our inaugural season. All players will receive a total of 3 on-Ice sessions. Goalies will be given an additional session on Saturday morning to be assessed by Royal’s Coaching Staff. Players will participate in a variety of skill based drills and game-like scrimmages to give our coaching staff and evaluators the best opportunity to pick teams. The tryout schedule will be given to each participant two weeks prior to the event. 

We are continuing to work diligently along with other organizations to ensure the safety of our players is a top priority for this upcoming season. Information regarding player fees for the season are currently pending due to COVID-19 tournament and league restrictions. As soon as we have more information regarding the upcoming schedule, we will release the 2020-21 season player fees to our Royal families. 

*Head Coaching Announcement* 
We are extremely proud to announce those who will be serving as head coaches for the Queen City Royals Travel Hockey Program this upcoming 2020-21 season.  

10U Select - Brad Hoffman 
10U Travel - Zack Thornton
12U Select - J.D. Williams
12U Travel - Mike Tagg
14U Select -  Anthony Amo 
14U A - Lee Stockwell 
14U AA - Mike Hutton 
16U A - Dominick Cavalieri 
16U AA – Jason Wiklund 
18U AA - C.J. Thibault 
Girls 12U - Abbey Miller 
Girls 16U – Stacey Livingston

We are very excited to have these respected individuals be a part of our team by representing the Queen City Royals in our inaugural re-brand season. For background information on the coaches representing the QC Royals, please check out our website at