Founder & Director
ABOUT BOE LESLIE
Boe is the Founder and Director of Northern Roots. He is a former Division 1 College and professional hockey player, who now works full time in youth hockey development worldwide. He played NCAA Division 1 hockey for the Union College Skating Dutchmen of the ECAC, while earning an interdepartmental major in German and Economics. During his freshman year, Boe was rewarded for his scholastic achievement as having the highest GPA of all players on the Division 1 College team.
After his time at Union, Boe then advanced to play 8 years of professional hockey in Europe. The majority of his professional career was spent in Switzerland for clubs such as Lausanne Hockey Club and Hockey Club Chur. He also spent part of his career in England where he played for the Sheffield Steelers of the British Super League.
During both the winter months and the off-season of his professional years, Boe began to work in youth hockey development. He spent many summers as part of a coaching staff running hockey schools in the northeastern United States. It was during these years working with both college and prep school coaches that Boe began to develop his passion and philosophy on skill development, competition and creative practice and season planning.
When his playing career ended, Boe planned to spend what he thought would be one year away from the game teaching English in both South America and Peru. As fate would have it though, he quickly found a rink in Seoul, Korea and became involved with a youth hockey organization.
Since returning from Asia, Boe has been working full time in youth hockey development around the globe. In addition to being the Founder and Director of Northern Roots, Boe works full time with a youth organization in Baltimore, MD. As the Hockey Director of Baltimore Youth Hockey, Boe is in charge of all on ice activities which including player and team development, coach mentorship, practice and season planning.
Boe is the author of the Leslie Global Sports Complete Season Manual and Small Area Games Mobile iOSApp that have been written based on Boe’s experiences in youth hockey in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.