Dan grew up in New York playing ice hockey at Chelsea Piers. After playing a number of years in the Chelsea Piers NYC Cyclones travel program, he moved to Lake Placid where he attended high school and played hockey for the National Sports Academy.
After graduating from NSA, he moved west to British Columbia to play Junior A for the Chilliwack Chiefs in the British Columbia Hockey League. Dan played for the Chiefs for two seasons, then moved home to New York to attend Manhattanville College and play for their DIII Hockey Program.
After graduating from Manhattanville, Dan came back to Chelsea Piers to work in the adult and youth hockey programs.