Charlie Bando (Wakefield, Mass.) and Freddy Meyer’s (Sanbornville, N.H.) paths crossed at the perfect time.
Bando, then training athletes at Prentiss Hockey Performance in Stamford, Conn., was looking for something more stable. A friend of his had told him about Meyer, owner of Dream Big HockeyStars and a former NHL defenseman, looking to add an off-ice component to the athletes he trained.
The two hit it off and created a partnership that’s thrived to this day. Now, Bando Performance has locations in Woburn and Worcester Mass., and trains athletes in multiple ways. Dream Big Hockey trains players on the ice, offering private lessons and camps.
Bando and Meyer joined host Stephanie Wood on the latest RinkWise podcast to discuss their partnership, what it takes to train hockey players and Meyer’s path to the NHL.