Our Mission

The IYF Hockey mission is to develop hockey players by teaching proper fundamentals that apply to in game situations and make players believe their dreams are attainable with dedication. 

What makes hockey unique is the game's ability to offer opportunity to succeed and reward those who work for it. There is no better feeling than grinding towards goal, whether big or small, and then reaching that goal. In Your Face Hockey was established to give young hockey players access to learn from professional and high-end hockey players to help them attain their goals and get to the next level. 

 

Michael and Dominick Mersch came up with the idea for In Your Face Hockey because they want to pass on the knowledge and experience they have gained throughout their careers to aspiring players. Their experience throughout their careers has given them insight on how to become a well-rounded hockey player both on and off the ice. Michael and Dominick are excited for the chance to mentor and give back to the next generation of hockey players! 

Our team

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Michael Mersch

Founder & IYF Hockey Development Coach

To date, Mike has played 7 years of professional hockey at the NHL & AHL level and learned from the best skills, development and hockey coaches in the sport. Michael’s hockey sense has allowed him to blend and use the knowledge he has gained to refine his own game and pass it on to young aspiring players. The game is constantly evolving and keeping up with current trends in hockey is a concept Mike takes pride in.

 

Michael understands each player is unique and has a different skill set. To maximize full potential, basic fundamentals need to be instilled in the player so these fundamentals become habitual in games. No matter the area a player needs to improve upon, Michael’s hockey background and experience gives him the ability to pass along his knowledge to give others a chance to develop their game.

Team Experience

  • Player: National Team Development Program

  • Player: University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Player: American Hockey League

  • Player: National Hockey League

Merschy is the ultimate pro. He has an incredible daily work ethic on and off the ice. This has earned him the opportunity to play over 400 games of pro hockey between the NHL and the AHL. He is also a great role model for our younger players and our high NHL draft picks. He shows them in his actions what it truly means to be a pro while exemplifying the work ethic, competitiveness and details they will need to make it to the NHL.” 
- Seth Appert, USA NTDP (Former) & Rochester Americans (American Hockey League)
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Dominick Mersch

Founder & IYF Hockey Development Coach

Dominick is currently a student-athlete at the University of Wisconsin where he is a part of the Division-I hockey team for the Badgers. Before becoming a Division-I hockey player, Dominick played 3 years for the Lincoln Stars in the USHL where he earned a scholarship to UW-Madison.

 

Dominick’s experience working hockey camps and academies in prior years has prompted his passion for developing young players. Dominick’s connection with coaches at the AAA, USHL, NCAA level along with his own experience, give him insight on how to get to the next level. Dominick recognizes the patience required to develop and realizes players need to enjoy the process.  

Team Experience

  • Player: Lincoln Stars

  • Player: University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Coach: Wisconsin Badger Hockey Camps

  • Coach: North Shore Hockey Development Academy

"Playing with Dom has been a pleasure. Seeing his attention to detail day in and day out no matter if it be a game, practice, or in the gym has pushed me to make sure I am executing and working at a high level. He is a competitor and is one of the most energetic and positive guys that I have played with and is crucial to our team success. He is a great teammate and a great friend!"
- Cole Caufield, Montreal Canadiens 1st round pick