I was born and raised in Germany. German is my first language both spoken and written. I am proud of where I come from and am eager to pass on and teach the level of training, skill and technique I was fortunate enough to have been shown throughout my youth.

I was one of the youngest hockey players in Germany to sign a professional hockey contract. At the age of 17 (1995), I signed with the Augsburg Panthers of the German Elite League, which is the highest level of hockey in Germany. I represented Team Germany at the Under 18 World Junior Championships in 1995 and was also on Team Germany for the World Junior Championships in 1996 in Finland. There isn’t a better feeling than being given the opportunity to wear the jersey from your country.

In 1996, I was approached to come to Canada to play junior hockey with the Peterborough Petes. I was honoured and accepted, coming over on my own at 17 without knowing a word of English. Although I did not speak the language, I played the sport and earned the Rookie of the Year title in my first season.

The following year, I was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes. I fulfilled my junior career with the Peterborough Petes until 1999, as an Assistant Captain. For the next 2 years I played for the Coyotes farm teams in the AHL and the ECHL, Springfield Falcons and Mississippi Sea Wolves.

In 2001, I was asked to come back to Germany to play in the German Elite League where I played for the following 8 years. By the age of 33 I had played professional hockey in 10 different cities in 3 different countries got married and became a father.

​​I am the Owner of The Edge Strength & Conditioning, a certified Personal Training Specialist, the Strength & Conditioning Coach for Peterborough Petes of the OHL and the Assistant Coach with the Peterborough Major Bantam AAA team.

My years of hockey experience and accomplishments have taught me many things, especially what it takes to make it and compete at the highest level. My goal is to pass on my knowledge to future players who wish to dream big and work hard to make those dreams come true.

Yours in Hockey,

Robert Francz
Owner & Operator
​​1135 Lansdowne St West, Unit 212
Peterborough, Ontario
K9J 7M2​​
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