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Meet The Team

Lee Elias, Christie Casciano Burns, and Mike Bonelli with each of their young hockey players.

Lee Elias’s credentials are rooted in sports, marketing, and management. He is a graduate of Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, with a BA in broadcasting and an MS degree in sports management from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Lee is the founder of Game Seven Group, an organization that works with leaders to help them unlock excellence, reach their potential, and ultimately win using the spirit and culture of a professional sports organization. He is also the co-founder of Hockey Wraparound, Sports Achievements, and Ultimate Sports Nation, all which are companies that work to make the game of hockey more enjoyable and accessible to the world.

Lee is also a professional speaker and team bonding coach for various organizations both in the business and the sports world. He is the host of the WeLive.Hockey Podcast and co-host of Geeks Who Like Sports, both of which can be found on all major podcast providers.

Lee is the award-winning author of Think Like a Fan: Invest in Your Fans So They Invest in You; Win: What Every Team Needs to Know to Create a Championship Culture; and co-author of Business Recovery Checklist and Staying in Medicine. He was named to Drexel’s 40 under 40 class of 2018.

He currently resides in the Philadelphia, PA suburbs with his wife, Janet, and their two children, Logan and Alina.

Christie Casciano Burns is a television news anchor in Syracuse, New York.
Christie is a graduate of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She has been an award winning reporter and anchor for WSYR-TV since 1986. She also provides morning news updates for the popular B104.7 country radio station.


Schools have praised her presentation called Read, Write and Assist, as she shares her passion for writing and encourages the value of teamwork.


Her sister, Rose Mary Moziak, The Puck Hog's illustrator,also joins her in the classroom for hands on art demonstrations. Christie is now scheduling appearances for next school year. You can follow Christie throughout the hockey season on her Syracuse Hockey Mom's Network, and become a fan on The Puck Hog Facebook Fan page. 

Mike Bonelli got a relatively late start in hockey, stepping into hockey gear for the first time at age 11 in Westchester, New York, and going on to play high school hockey in Connecticut, and NCAA D3 at New England College in New Hampshire.

But while he loved playing, it was coaching that grabbed him right from the start. Beginning his tenure as an instructor at age 15, Mike worked at New York Ranger greats Dave and Don Maloney’s hockey school through his college years, and jumped into coaching youth hockey immediately after graduation. At age 23 he founded and became Hockey Director for a strong Jr. Cavaliers youth program, and went on to form the Snapple Express program before becoming head coach at Plymouth State’s NCAA D3 program at age 27.

Today, Mike runs Mike Bonelli Hockey Solutions, serving ice arenas and hockey programs throughout the US, is Eastern District Associate Coach in Chief for USA Hockey, where he works with some 900 coaches per year, and also coaches his son’s Squirt Major travel team in Danbury, CT.

A self-confessed ‘coaching geek’, Mike is a big believer in continuous learning and in moving the game forward. We caught up with him between practices to talk about teaching, coaching, and the power of communication.

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