Geno Parrish is the Founder and President of Four Star Hockey. Aside from raising a family, hockey has been his purpose for nearly 40 years. Whether playing, coaching, teaching, training or scouting; his passion, knowledge and respect for the game grows on a daily basis. His style and philosophy are often imitated but never duplicated. His ability to develop players, knowledge of the game, passion and character define him as the state's top trainer. Whether working with a ten-year-old or a seasoned NHLer, he has the unique ability to both inspire and maximize personal growth. His methods, by design, are constantly evolving to consistently spark motivation, amplify lesson retention and keep you ahead of your competition.
He attended high school at the Academy of Holy Angels and earned several team and conference accolades. Went on to play Junior B hockey with the Bloomington Blades and the following year with the St. Paul Vulcans in the USHL. As a ‘walk on’ with St. Cloud State University, his hard work, dedication to the team and leadership attributes earned him the captaincy his senior year. From there, he played eight years of professional hockey in the CHL, IHL, UHL, ECHL in Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee, North Carolina, Connecticut, California, Texas and even one magical season in Germany.
A ‘well traveled’ professional player, in 2007 he chose to shift his focus and reconnect his growing family to their Minnesota roots and start training hockey players. In doing so, he found that working as an instructor and advisor was his true passion. Day after day, he strives to help players of all ages understand the perplexing intricacies and overcome the innumerable pitfalls that they will eventually encounter. His ability to break down bad habits, successfully mold and improve the next generation’s perspective and game comprehension is second to none.
Geno does not believe in the abuse of extrinsic motivation. He works relentlessly to keep both players and parents informed and to release them from the suffocating grip of ‘But, I’ll never make it if I don’t pay to play for this ultra-premier-youth-elite-league-training-showcase-program-tournament-shenanigan’ propaganda and paranoia.
Prior to founding Four Star Hockey, he spent ten years creating, building and managing a once highly prominent training program out of St. Thomas Ice Arena. He is credited for setting the standard and composing the entire on-ice structure, growth, success and curriculum for that program.
A Sibley HS grad, George was a HS standout that led his Warriors to the 1993 State Tourney and was named to the All-Tournament team. After two seasons with the legendary St. Paul Vulcans in the USHL, George went on to play his collegiate hockey at St. Cloud State University. Following a strong senior season at SCSU, George signed as a free agent with the New Jersey Devils and played with their AHL affiliate in Albany. From there, it was multiple seasons in the ECHL before heading overseas to play for the Manchester Phoenix in the EIHL. George then found a strong fit and second home with the Belfast Giants in the same league. He would go on to play 7 seasons for Belfast, capturing a league title in 2006 and 2012 and a playoff championship in 2010. George served as team captain in his tenure at Belfast and currently ranks third in all-time points for the Giants with 307 over 329 games played. With 12 years of playing professional hockey, George is another team member of ours with a strong playing resume and background. Prior to joining Four Star Hockey, he worked along side Geno for several years helping him develop and train some of Minnesota's top players.
David Fromm is a Chairman at Four Star Hockey and the head of our advisory branch. He is a professional coach and teacher of the game. Fromm, a Minnesota State Mankato graduate, began his coaching career over 25 years ago. He has mastered the delicate balance of working with athletes and their families both on and off the ice. He provides personal guidance and training for each of the athletes and families he works with allowing them to reach their full potential.
Fromm, a Minnesota native has coached and trained players at all levels from youth hockey to NHL players. He started in Minnesota, coaching for Minneapolis South High School. He then moved on to be the head coach and GM of the Junior A South St. Paul Steers. Fromm furthered his coaching career by being named head coach of Team USA Inline hockey. He coached two years in the men's world Championships winning a Gold medal in Zel Am Zee, Austria, and a Silver Medal in Thune, Switzerland. Fromm was named head coach of the Pan American Team by USARS and The USOC that competed in the Pan American games in Winnipeg, Canada. Fromm then moved to Colorado, where he now resides, and has been coaching and training players at the AA and AAA level. He has reached the USA Hockey National Championships with both Bantam and Midget teams.
Fromm has helped build programs as the assistant director for the Colorado Rampage program and the Hyland Hills Jaguars program. Currently, Fromm is the Bantam Director for the Colorado Thunderbirds AAA program, that competes in the Tier 1 Elite league. Fromm is also the Founder of the Colorado Kodiaks Elite AAA organization. The Kodiaks are a spring and summer AAA team and training program for high level, and like minded athletes. Fromm also is the Head trainer and coach for CAP hockey of Colorado, an application based training program in Colorado for AAA and AA level players.
Fromm is a certified Level 4 coach for USA and has served as an instructor for USA Hockey's CEP training program in Colorado. He has his Masters in coaching from USA/RS and has served as Vice President of Hockey for USA/RS.
Fromm's unique experiences in the world of hockey give him a broad spectrum view of the sport that allows him to help navigate the ever changing landscape of competitive hockey in North America. He brings a wealth of knowledge and practical experience to Four Star Hockey that will allow each client get the best training and guidance possible.