Hockey Coaching Staff


Boris Bykovsky

Born and raised in Russia, Boris has an extensive hockey playing and coaching background. As a player, Boris began playing professionally at age sixteen. He later played for the Denmark Red Bulls from 1996-2001 and was a member of the 2000 Silver Medal winning team and 1999 National Championship Gold Medal team. He was also a member of the CCCP Junior National Team and finished in second place in the European Championships in 1996. Additionally, Boris spent seasons with the Acrone Uaceneste of Slovenia, Allege Tengelo Canadese, Soviet Wings of Moscow and Torpedo Yaroslavl.  Boris also won a Gold Medal at the World Junior Championships in 1989 in Anchorage, Alaska playing alongside elite NHLers Pavel Bure, Alexander Mogilny, Sergei Fedorov, Sergei Zubov and Dmitri Khristich . Boris’ coaching career includes working as a coach and instructor for Sergei Nemchinov’s summer hockey schools, the Long Island Gulls, the Long Island Arrows and Long Island Royals. Doing so, he has become the winner of multiple state and national tournaments and has advanced several students to NCAA Division I and III hockey programs.   

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Bret Erster

Bret played baseball at Queens College while studying economics. During his baseball career he was selected to play in the NY State all-star game and captained the 1998 campaign that ended with an NCAA Super Regional appearance. Bret started his amateur hockey career with the Long Island Gulls in 1982. He later played in the Empire State Games and at the Quebec International Pee-wee Tournament. He ended his amateur playing career playing three years for the New York Apple Core Junior team, appearing in three National Championships. Bret was captain of the 1996 Apple Core team that won the National Championship. Bret has coached youth hockey for the past seven years and currently coaches several Long Island Gulls teams. In addition, he serves as the SPORTS HUB's hockey director and leads the Long Island Gladiators Spring Hockey program.  


Rob Hare

Rob studied at Bentley University and is a former player for the New York Junior Islanders, he went on to lead a career that includes twenty-plus years of coaching experience.  His background includes coaching roles with organizations such as the Long Island Gulls AAA Mites through Midget level teams, the Laura Stramm International Skating program, and the Paul Vincent’s Dynamic Skating program.  Along with assisting the development of Northeast Elite Hockey and the Rob Barletta Hockey School, Robert is also the owner of Long Island’s premier Sports Hub which will include a brand new ice rink in 2016.  


Mike Lang

Since graduating from St. Johns University in 1992 Michael has worked in youth hockey, a career spanning more than 20 years. He has coached highly ranked teams for The Long Island Gulls, P.A.L. Junior Islanders and Long Island Edge. Michael was also the Hockey Director and head instructor for N.Y. Islanders Ice works, the official practice facility of The New York Islanders. Michael is currently the Head coach of the 2008 Mite Major Long Island Gulls and Assistant Head Coach of Portledge Middle School. Michael helps run all of our clinics and house leagues as well as private lessons.  


Chris Testa (Goaltending)

A native of Long Island, Chris played NCAA Division III hockey at UMass-Boston while studying sales marketing. After college, Chris attended the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye training camp and spent three years playing professionally in the FHL and SPHL. Along with his commitments to various youth organizations the past two seasons in Connecticut and New York, he  was also the goalie instructor for three consecutive years at the USA Hockey Sled Hockey Jamboree for the Para-Olympic team. He is currently Stony Brook University's Men's Ice Hockey Goaltending Coach, a top-ten nationally ranked collegiate program in ACHA Division and the resident goalie instructor for the Long Island Gulls AAA youth hockey organization.