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2009 Rangers Red


Mike Boback
Head Coach

Anatoliy Buliga
Assistant Coach
Travel Director Skating / Skills

Matt Gadlage
Goalie Coach

Tony Pipia
Team Manager




Mike Boback
Background Information

2009 Rangers' Head Coach Mike Boback is a dedicated, enthusiastic individual with over 30 years of coaching experience and exceptional leadership skills.  Mike brings his love of hockey and coaching to the Rangers, with a plan to impact and grow individuals looking to better themselves in hockey and in life. 

Mike's love for the game of hockey started with his time playing in Sterling Heights.  He spent much of his youth in the Compuware program, and he went on to play college hockey at Providence College from 1988-1992.  Mike was the Hockey East scoring champion in 1992, and he's 4th all-time in scoring at Providence.  He was also a candidate for the prestigious Hobey Baker Award in 1992.

Mike was drafted by the Washington Capitals in 1990, and signed an NHL contract in 1992.  He won the AHL's Calder Cup in 1994 as a member of the Portland PIrates, and was named to the AHL All-Star team that same year.  He finished his playing career in the Swedish Elite League.

Mike's coaching career includes his time as an instructor with the Turcotte Stickhandling School, as well as time with Compuware and Honeybaked AAA youth hockey teams.

In addition to being the head coach of the 2009 Rangers, Mike is also the head of hockey development for the entire Birmingham Hockey Association, as well as being the head coach of the Birmingham Unified (Seaholm and Groves) Varsity Hockey team.

Mike is looking forward to using his playing and coaching experience to build a winning program with the 2009 Rangers!

Anatoliy Buliga
Background Information

Summary of Qualifications

  • Head Instructor, Level 5 USA Hockey Coach

  • Over 15 years of experience coaching players of all ages and skill levels (5 years old through professional players)

  • Began playing professionally at the age of twenty

  • Played professionally for four years

  • Played for various minor league teams throughout Quebec (LNAH) and the United States (SPHL)

Playing Career

  • Original Druzhba-78 Captain

    • A Ukrainian hockey team that toured through North America in 1995

    • Known for producing top rated prospects with world-class skills and considered by many to be the best “Minor” hockey team of all time

    • Quote from the Baltimore Sun: “They play like the Red Army team that dominated international hockey for two decades.
      They use a quick-passing, attacking-from-transition style taken right out of any respected European hockey manual”…

  • Little Caesars Midget Minor – Detroit, Michigan, USA

  • Les Frontaliers de Coaticook Junior League – Quebec, Canada

  • Granby Blitz Semi-Pro – Quebec, Canada

  • Played for various minor league teams in the Unites States (SPHL)

Coaching Career: 

  • Skills coach for Bell Tire and Little Caesars

  • Coaching many High School Hockey organizations (both male and female teams) in metro-Detroit

  • Currently coaching Bantam Hockey team (Birmingham Rangers) and Bloomfield Hills High School girls team

  • Running skills practices for multiple Detroit based hockey teams

  • Directing and organizing winter and summer hockey camps

  • Worked with Viktor Fedorov, Petr Klima and many other professional top rated coaches

  • Founder of former E2 Hockey Training, LLC

Focus Areas Taught

  • Extensive Power Skating “Every Aspect Of Skating Covered”

  • High Speed Puck Control For All Areas Of Ice

  • Proper Gap Control And Positioning

  • Quick Release Shooting

  • Making Moves With Enough Space and Speed To Be Effective

  • How To Correctly Take And Give Body Checks

  • Small Area Games

  • Offensive Creativity

  • Defensive Strategies

  • On And Off-Ice Conditioning