The NJ Freeze Hockey Club was established in 2003. The organization began playing out of the newly constructed Aspen Ice in Randolph, NJ in 2004. Bruce Eisdorfer, holds the distinction of being one of the original coaches since the organization’s affiliation with Aspen Ice. In his 13 seasons of coaching through the levels, Coach Eisdorfer has earned an overall cumulative record of 267-132-39 (as of the writing of this article), and will soon reach a milestone mark of 450 total games! He has coached more games and has more wins than any other coach in the 14-year history of the club.
Coach Eisdorfer resides in Roxbury Township with Jane, his wife of 24 years. They are proud parents of two children; Danny (now age 22/NJ Freeze Alum) and Samantha (now age 21). Always giving of himself, Coach Eisdorfer volunteered many years of service in helping his children’s development in the sports of Hockey and Soccer. He works professionally as Casualty Claims Manager with Allstate NJ Insurance Company, entering his 39th year of employment.
His first coaching assignment with the Freeze Club was heading up the Squirt B team, although his son Danny was selected to play on the Squirt A squad. Eisdorfer at the time had been coaching with Roxbury Rec and was in charge of scheduling ice time. After approaching Aspen about scheduling ice, the Freeze Club recruited him for his extensive playing background, coaching experience and composed demeanor that he displayed. Coach hit the ground running and embraced the hectic travel hockey schedule while even helping and bouncing between both teams and spending lots of days at the rink.
Over his coaching tenure, Eisdorfer has gained many other hockey accolades since joining the Freeze organization. He has won or medaled in close to 15 tournaments, and earned two NJYHL State Championships; one of which was the first in the history of the Freeze Club and was also one of Coach Eisdorfer’s most memorable and exciting seasons while coaching his Bantam B squad in 2007.
Coach Eisdorfer has found great success over the last seven seasons co-head coaching with Dave Quincey. Together they share the same philosophies, hockey disciplines, and player expectations. They have finished first in their division, four out of the last five seasons and placed second in the one year that they did not take the title. It requires a special relationship and mutual respect to manage a team with co-coaches; a successful formula that they have both figured out.
When Eisdorfer was asked what he finds most fulfilling and enjoyable about coaching, he replied, “I enjoy seeing these kids improve, develop, and then become major contributors to their high school hockey teams. I enjoy watching them or reading about their success playing at the high school level.” He commented on the key to his and Coach Quincey’s achievements as, “Having a positive attitude and we try to build confidence in our players. We put our kids in positions where they can succeed. On our teams; all the kids play; I like to role lines – no set special teams – they can all execute well. It has helped our teams because of injuries that can and will occur. We are fortunate to have a consistent talent level from top to bottom on our squads.”
Coach Eisdorfer was inquired about the best advice he could offer a player at any level and he remarked, “Work hard, have fun, and listen to your coaches. If you are not having fun when you are out on the ice… you shouldn’t be playing. It’s important to love and embrace the game”
The Freeze organization would like to commend and congratulate Coach Eisdorfer on all his achievements and for the time that he has dedicated to the sport and to our club. We wish you many more years of fun, coaching and continued success!
Article by Carmen Spagnuolo
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