Besa has personally trained over 4,000 NHL, AHL, Minor Pro, Major Junior, Junior, High School, and A-AAA Youth Players from all over the world during his career as a professional hockey skating coach.
A native of Tbilisi, Georgia, Russia, Besa began skating at the age of five. He had the good fortune of being introduced to hockey and figure skating under the intense and rigorous programs of the former Soviet Union athletic programs, experiences which helped him to develop into a world class athlete.
In 1990 Besa graduated from the Georgian University with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Culture. In 1997 Besa came to the United States and since then, he started developing and perfecting his own hockey skating teaching system working with individual hockey players and organizations.
2005-2010 Besa was hired to provide team and one on one training for the Pittsburgh Penguins and other professional hockey organizations and their affiliated players. Besa has helped to hone the skills of professional hockey players such as Evgeni Malkin (NHL), Sergei Gonchar (NHL), Konstantin Koltsov (Russian Super League), Colby Armstrong (NHL), Andrei Zubarev (KHL) and numerous others. He tailors his work to individual players and teams, working to address weaknesses and turn them into strengths.
Besides working with Pro players, Besa prides himself in working with the next generation of hockey players.
From 2004-2010 Besa was the power skating coach for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Junior Knights, that went on to win the 2011 National Title. Besa trains young players from all over the world. He constantly improves, innovates and develops new ways to help each and every player learn the proper techniques and gain the endurance and strength it takes to stand out during a hockey game. In 2011 Besa relocated to the Boston area. 2011-2013 he worked as a consultant for the Boston Bruins organization and their elite prospects and affiliates as well as an exclusive Power Skating Coach for the Boston Junior Eagles Youth Hockey.
2014-2019 Besa works as hockey skating coach for Davos Hockey Club, Switzerland (SNL) Besa is always is on the mission to bring the B.E.S.A. hockey skating training system all around the world. Besa, the players and coaches/representatives are working on a regular basis at B.E.S.A Hockey Master Classes and camps in 6 countries in North America and Europe.
Proprietor, inventor of the BESA HOCKEY SKATING SYSTEM
2001 - present
Davos HC (SNL)
2014 – 2019
Boston Bruins (NHL)
2011 – 2013
Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)