Meet Our Coaches
With 40 years under his belt playing the game of hockey, Vinny Messina is one of the senior instructors at Islanders Iceworks. The Long Island native (from Massapequa) has always had a passion for hockey; in fact it's in his bloodline. Vinny's uncle, Sal "Red Light" Messina, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2005.
Although his favorite all time player is Bobby Orr, Vinny has always tried to model his game after former Islander captain Denis Potvin. One highlight of his hockey career was captaining his High School hockey team to the County Championship. He also spent time as the head coach of Stony Brook University's Men's Hockey team before he gave up collegiate coaching to dedicate his knowledge of the game towards instructing children.
Coach Messina has been teaching the game hockey for over 20 years. He began instructing at Iceworks in 1993 and has seen many of his students go on to be successful, well rounded hockey players. Messina stresses that his students come to lessons with a love of the game and dedication towards learning. He instructs both classes and private lessons. Contact Vinny about availability for private lessons.
Dan "Graz" Graziano
For the last 15 years Coach Dan Graziano has been playing hockey with a passion. Growing up on Long Island (from Farmingdale) and being an Islanders fan, "Graz" had plenty of inspiration to learn the game. His favorite player growing up was former Islanders great Mike Bossy.
Graz' years of playing the game naturally translated into a career as an instructor. Since 1999 Dan has been teaching at Islanders Iceworks. His ability to relate to the younger skaters makes his classes fun while still being extremly educational. Throughout his years as an instructor Coach Graz has gained a plethora of knowledge by working with many former NHL coaches and players. Graz stresses that his students first and foremost become great skaters because then everything else will fall into place.
Dan coaches both group classes as well as private lessons. His private lessons usually run around one hour. Contact Dan at the number above for his availability and pricing for private lessons.