A native of Montreal, Quebec, François Methot was a 3rd round NHL draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres in 1996 out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He began his QMJHL career as a 16-year old with the St. Hyacinthe Lasers for the 1994-95 season. In just his 2nd QMJHL season, Methot registered 94 points in 68 games and leading the Lasers in scoring as a 17-year old. Following that season the Buffalo Sabres made Methot their 3rd round pick in the 1996 entry draft and made his professional debut with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL) during the 1998-1999 season at the age of 20.
Methot spent the the first five seasons of his professional career with the Amerks, playing in 334 regular season games with the club and another 39 Calder Cup playoff contests. After a season with the Portland Pirates in the AHL, Methot moved on to a very successful career in Europe until he retired from playing professionally.
Upon retiring following the 2014-2015 season after a 17-year professional playing career he returned to Rochester full time and immediately was brought on by the Rochester Monarchs AAA Hockey Club as their Director of Hockey.
Coach François Methot with Boris Dorozhenko
Methot has continued to develop his knowledge of the game even after completion of his playing career. This past summer he spent time in Arizona at the elite skating camp of renowned power skating coach Boris Dorozhenko of Next Generation Hockey schools. Methot has brought this system and philosophy back to Rochester to work with players of the area. Dorozhenko’s reputation became known nationally this spring as one of his longtime students, Auston Mathews, was selected overall #1 by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2016 NHL draft. Dorozhenko worked with Mathews from the time the Leafs prospect was seven years old until Matthews moved onto the US National Team Development program U-17 and U-18 teams.
Coach Methot is excited to bring an expanded set of skating and hockey skill instruction and development to players of all ages throughout the Rochester area.
Coach Bailey played JV and Varsity hockey for Fairport High School. After graduating in 2010, he moved to Boston to play Jr's for the South Shore Kings. Bailey started coaching JV hockey for Fairport in 2012 and won a championship with that team in 2015. He moved up to work with the Varsity program at Fairport in 2015 helping them reach the sectional finals the same season. Currently Bailey is Assistant Coach for the Rochester JR Monarchs Elite team which is currently in fourth place in their division with a record of 25-11-4.
Coach Stockton grew up playing travel hockey for Rochester Youth. They won a state championship during his Midget Minor season and made it to the National tournament. As a senior in high school, Stockton played for the Maksymum Jr. Hockey Club. After graduating high school, he played three years for the Brockville Braves of the CJHL. Stockton served as an assistant captain his third year as they made it to the RBC cup. He went on the play four years at The College of the Holy Cross (NCAA I). He had the privilege of being an assistant captain his senior year. Stockton then decided to play professionally overseas. He played one year in the Ligue Magnus (France) and spent the past two seasons playing in Scotland for the Fife Flyers. He has been providing private lessons and assistance for camps/clinics for over ten years now. Coach Stockton is excited to be a part of this organization and for the opportunity to work with the young players in the area!
Travel: Played three years for the Buffalo Bison U16, U19, 14U x2, 16U USA Hockey national camps
College: Played at RIT for four years- DIII for the first three years, DI my senior year. Named the 2011 PAYCHEX Rochester Female College Athlete of the Year. CCM/Old Time Hockey First Team All-American honors. 2011-2012 All-ECAC West first team accolades. 2011-2012 NCAA Championship All-Tournament team. 2011-2012 Won the DIII Women's Hockey National championship. Played in 124 career games. Tied for second all-time at RIT among scoring by defensemen with 80 points.
Coaching: 2015-2016 Assistant coach for Rochester Monarchs Girls 16 U Tier I. 2016-2017 Doodle Bugs
In Casey's last season in the Rochester area, he played with the Rochester Monarchs 16U AAA team for Coach Ryan Gage. While playing for the Monarchs, he also played for Webster Schroeder and was a key defensive cog in their run to the first ever State Championship hockey title for the School. Casey was named Defensive MVP in the Section V Championship game. Following that season with the Monarchs and Webster Schroeder, Casey moved on to Trinity-Pawling in the New England Prep Founders League. He played 2 seasons; the 1st under Rob Hutchison (now at Skidmore College, NCAA DIII) and the 2nd under Robert Ferraris (formerly Associate Head Coach with Mercyhurst, NCAA DI). This season Casey played Tier I Jr A Hockey in the CCHL for the Nepean Raiders under Coach Darcy Findley where he played in all 62 regular season games.
Ryan played with the Rochester Monarchs during his Bantam years and as a 1st year Midget. After his Bantam Major season, Ryan was selected to participate in the USA Hockey Select 15s Camp. During his only season in Rochester as a Midget, he played along side his brother Casey on Coach Gage's team as well as on the State Champion Webster Schroeder Hockey team. As a sophomore, he was named to the All Tournament team in the HS State Tournament and received Honorable Mention for All Greater Rochester. Ryan moved on to Trinity-Pawling in the New England Prep Founders League where he played 3 seasons and is currently a senior. Ryan has committed to play NCAA DIII hockey next season for Bowdoin College in picturesque Brunswick, ME under Coach Jamie Dumont. Ryan excelled in baseball as well and is also committed to Bowdoin College's baseball program.