Marissa Baecker is a full-time professional photographer/photo journalist. Home base is in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia but her assignments take her traveling throughout the year. She is an accredited photographer with the Western Hockey League and a contributor to Getty Images. She is also a motorcycle journalist and contributes a weekly motorcycle column to The Vancouver Sun as well as a daily motorcycle blog - www.motorcygalz.com. To view a sample of her photography portfolio, visit her website at www.shootthebreeze.ca.
Mike - originally from Montreal - played three years of junior hockey and one year of college hockey in same city. He attended Plattsburgh State University in New York on a hockey scholarship. Other playing experience includes the Atlantic Coast Hockey League and Quebec Senior League. He participated in the CBC Television show "He Shoots, He Scores" (Lance et Compte). Mike also holds a degree from Carleton University with a BA in Law and has gone on to a successful career in sports journalism covering professional and amateur sports throughout Canada. Mike’s work can regularly be seen in Metro Ottawa, the Ottawa Citizen and Hockey Now. Other articles have been published in The Hockey News, Ottawa Sun and Score Golf. The “Beaser” has a lot to offer any budding hockey player and loves to see players improve and is willing to put the time in to make that happen. His calm but direct approach to teaching is what separates him from other instructors.
2005-Present, Endeavour Sports Group, Vice President
1986-1988, Dawson College Head Coach
Hockey Canada…Development 1 Coach (National Coaching Certification Program)
Nationally Certified - Skate Canada (CanSkate Power Skating Instructor)
Member of the Ottawa Media hockey team
Hockey Now ambassador Jennifer Botterill has been a member of the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team since 1997 and has attended four Olympic Games. She is a three-time Olympic Gold Medalist (2002, 2006, 2010) and an Olympic silver medalist (1998). She is a five-time World Champion and was twice named the most valuable player at the World Championship tournaments.
Jennifer is a graduate of Harvard University and completed her degree with honours. She also played hockey for Harvard and is the only two time winner of the Patty Kazmaier award (given to the top player in women’s college hockey). She still holds the NCAA records for most consecutive games with a point and for most points in a hockey career. She currently plays with Mississauga in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League and was the leading scorer for the 2007/2008 season.
Jeff has covered the WHL as a freelance beat reporter/columnist for The Kootenay News Advertiser and more recently for the Cranbrook Daily Townsman since the club relocated from Edmonton to Cranbrook in 1998. Prior to that he covered the Cranbrook Colts of the old Junior A Rocky Mountain Hockey League as well as the Junior B Kimberley Dynamiters.
What topics (i.e. BCHL, OHL, Minor) do you spend most of your time covering: WHL, Minor, Junior B KIJHL and generally anything else that requires skates. Legion Baseball in the summer.
Where can readers find more of your work: jeffbromley.blogspot.com
How can readers reach you: email@example.com
Born in Richmond BC in 1969 Jeff relocated to the Kootenays as a child and grew up in the mining city of Kimberley. Following graduation in 1987 he found working stints at the coast and on Vancouver Island before returning to College in Cranbrook in 1990 to study history and political science. Halfway through college Jeff took a year off after being offered a job in the forest industry and never returned to complete his degree.
Staying in the Kootenays after meeting his wife Melanie to raise their two boys Jeff was offered a freelance sportswriting position at the Kootenay NewsAdvertiser to cover Junior A hockey. Moonlighting as a sportswriter while continuing to work in the forest industry, Jeff covered the Kootenay Ice when the club relocated to Cranbrook in the summer of 1998 and for the NewsAdvertiser until 2009 when he was offered the same position with the local daily, the Cranbrook Daily Townsman.
In an attempt to emulate the WHL coaches he covers and questions, Jeff has coached both Tier 2 and 3 Rep Hockey in Peewee and Bantam.
Dr. Phil Conway BPE DC FCCRS(C): is a graduate of the University of Calgary, Faculty of Physical Education and the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, and has been in practice since 1986.
Dr. Conway has Fellowship and is Board Certified in Physical Rehabilitation.
Dr. Conway is a research associate at the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Calgary and has been published in several peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Conway played both Volleyball and Soccer for the University of Calgary and is an avid runner.
Dr. Conway is the Director of the Calgary Hockey Injuries Clinic. This clinic evolved from Dr. Conway’s involvement in minor hockey and his ability to treat injured players on his son’s team. His patient load of hockey players suffering back, shoulder, knee, ankle and groin injuries grew steadily as his son developed as a hockey player into a Jr. A Hockey Player. Word soon spread as hockey players began seeking care from Dr. Conway.
The Calgary Hockey Injuries Clinic was subsequently created to provide specialized treatment and care specifically for hockey injuries. The Calgary Hockey Injuries Clinic not only enables hockey players to safely return to the game, it provides them with their own place for expert specialized care and rehabilitation.
Adam Dunfee has been with Hockey Now since 2007.
A native of Richmond B.C. Adam spent two seasons as the colour analyst for the Delta Ice Hawks of the PIJHL, he also called the 2010 BC Major Midget League All-Star game, the 2011 Pacific Region Telus Cup qualifier and served as colour analyst for the 2009 National Women's Under-18 Championship.
I was born and raised in Saskatoon where the Western Hockey League was always prominent. In fact, my two most-prized hockey possessions might just be a pair of dog-eared WHL Guides from the late 1970's, with cover photos of Barry Beck and Ryan Walter.
During the early 1990’s, I was involved with the WHL through a sales position in the hotel industry, accommodating many teams as they travelled across Saskatchewan. I was able to meet key people associated with the league at that time, and have maintained contact with many of them since.
After relocating to Edmonton, I covered the Alberta Junior Hockey League as a freelance writer with the Edmonton Sports Scene for five seasons before landing in Kelowna during July of 2005. Since arriving in the Okanagan Valley, I have covered two World Junior Hockey Championships (Vancouver, Saskatoon), three separate CHL Subway Series (Chilliwack, Kamloops, Kelowna), a CHL Top Prospects Game (Edmonton) and the 2010 Vancouver Canucks Young Stars Tournament in Penticton.
I have enjoyed covering the WHL exploits of the Prince George Cougars for five years and the Kamloops Blazers for four years. Since 2006, I have also kept busy as the WHL Writer for Hockey’s Future (www.hockeysfuture.com), a web-based magazine that focuses on prospect development.
When I am not immersed in junior hockey coverage, my real job is that of a golf professional, the golf shop manager at the Shannon Lake Golf Club in West Kelowna. The list of hockey personalities that enjoy golf in the Okanagan Valley continues to grow.
I have written many golf-related instructional and opinion pieces over the years for Inside Golf Magazine and most recently, another web-based entity, BC Golf Guide. A highlight on the golf side was covering the 2007 CN Canadian Women’s Open in Edmonton, just an outstanding “inside the ropes” experience.
Jason is national best-selling author and publisher. His latest book, Behind the Moves: NHL General Managers Tell how Winners are Built, represents the combination of Jason’s executive leadership expertise and his lifelong interest in the game of hockey and the process―both on and off the ice―of building teams that win.
Jason has been an executive in the software and financial services sectors, most recently as CEO of Citizens Bank of Canada. He earned an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He also holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto and a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of British Columbia.
Married, with two children, Jason and his family make their home in West Vancouver, British Columbia where Jason plays men’s hockey twice a week and can often be found refereeing bantam and midget hockey games.
I was born and raised in Sundre, Alta., and have been a massive sports fan from Day 1. After going to school (at Augustana, U of A, U of C and Mount Royal), I've covered every sport under the Sun for various publications. My full-time beats at the Sun include the WHL and chuckwagons/rodeo.
Vanessa Hettinger is the Master Instructor / General Manager of Quantum Speed High Performance Skating Systems. Quantum Speed works with thousands of players every year whose ages and abilities range from Peewee to Pro. The Quantum Speed skating program is the only ‘player-centered and results oriented’ program of its kind and is designed to identify and enhance individual skating styles to ensure lasting results.
Chad Hipolito is an award-winning photojournalist and sports photographer living in Victoria, BC. He was born in Prince Rupert, BC in 1973, before moving to Calgary at the age of four. He currently freelances for Canada's national newspaper, as well as local sports in the area including hockey, rugby and soccer. He shoots client specific video and multimedia pieces for websites and DVD's.
Before moving to the west coast he was a staff photographer for the Red Deer Express newspaper and freelancer for daily newspapers in both major cities in Alberta for nearly five years.
Anticipating the action and knowing the sport you're shooting is key to capturing that one great moment in sport. A little luck helps also. Always a student of photography, Chad treats every photo attempt as if it's going on the front page.
Aside from photography, Chad wishes he could be paid to snowboard, his other passion in life.
To see more of his work,availability and contact info check out his website: www.hipphotography.com
And his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hipphotography
What are your hockey connections: Freelance Hockey Writer
What topics do you spend most of your time covering: BCHL, Victoria Royals (WHL), Hockey Canada, NHL
Where can readers find more of your work: www.gospartans.ca
How can readers reach you: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bio: Mark Janzen was actually born in Francistown, Botswana where he lived for nearly three years before moving to the small town of Langham, Saskatchewan. It was in Saskatchewan where he developed his love for all things hockey. He moved out to British Columbia in 1999 and earned his high school dogwood in Delta. Following his high school graduation, Janzen went to Langara College where I earned a diploma in journalism. After that, he went to BCIT where he studied broadcast journalism. Following graduation in 2009, he returned to writing full-time, taking his first sports reporter job at the Prince Albert Daily Herald in the fall of 2009. That lasted until January 2010, when he landed a job covering curling at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Shortly after that he was hired at his now current position Assistant Sports Information Director at Trinity Western University. Aside from his unhealthy passion for sports – and is adamant he has yet to discover a sport he doesn’t enjoy – Janzen is an avid Saskatchewan Roughriders fan and readily admits to wearing a watermelon on his head on more than one occasion. He’s also remarkably good looking for a writer.
After 16 months as the sports editor of the Northern Daily News in Kirkland Lake, Ont. I have been working part-time as a sports writer for various print publications, including Hockey Now, and for The Canadian Press.
I’ve reported on teams from all levels of sports, from atom-aged hockey teams to NHL, AHL, WHL, MLS, and CFL organizations.
I have a journalism diploma from Langara College and a journalism degree from Kwantlen University College. I live in Surrey with my wife Vanessa and one-year-old son Allister.
Journalist specializing in sports and sports business, hockey and the hockey business
Expertise and interest in behind-the-scenes matters, business, marketing, sponsorships, participation and anything to do with the sport off the ice in the professional, amateur and recreational contexts.
Sports and hockey business work has appeared: TSN, TSN.ca, ESPN.com, mapleleafs.com, gretzky.com, SportsBusiness Journal, Canadian Business, Marketing Magazine, Score Golf, The Hockey News, Hockey Business Report, The Toronto Sun and other media in various formats.
Readers can reach me at email@example.com, or follow me on Twitter at HockeyBusiness.
Wayne Karl is an experienced, award-winning journalist, bordn and raised in the Toronto area, who has covered a variety of fields over the course of his career, with a passion and interest in sports and sports business, and in particular hockey and the hockey business. Wayne was Publisher and Editor of Hockey Business News while at Transcontinental Media, contributor to The Hockey News and thehockeynews.com, launched the 100% paid subscription-based industry newsletter Hockey Business Report, and has adapted his editorial management and content skills across various media and formats, from print to digital to TV.
On assignment for The Hockey News in 2002, Wayne attended a pro tryout camp of the United Hockey League's Missouri River Otters, playing two shifts in the first period, actually scoring a goal, and retiring in the first intermission with the souvenir puck and scouting report in hand.
Needless to say, despite his luck on the ice that day, that was the extent of Wayne's pro career, and he rededicated himself to coverage, not participation, of the pro game.
Wayne continues to play hockey a number of times a week year-round.
He has no idea of what he wants to be when he grows up. But Sam Laskaris, who has considered himself a journalist since 1980, is content with being a Toronto-based sportswriter for now.
Laskaris was born in Bowmanville, Ontario. He entered the world of journalism while he was in Grade 9. He covered the non-scandalous sports happenings of Bowmanville High School for his hometown newspaper, the Canadian Statesman, for five years. In the latter years of his high school career he also became the beat writer for the Bowmanville Junior C Eagles, a club he yearned to play for as a youngster. Unfortunately, the Eagles’ brass didn’t hold Laskaris in the same high regard –in part because of his inability to skate backwards. Also, skating forward was another skill he didn’t quite master.
After graduating from high school, Laskaris moved to Toronto and enrolled at Ryerson’s Journalism program. While at Ryerson, he began freelancing sports articles for The Toronto Star in 1986.
Since then, he has had articles published in more than 100 newspapers across Canada and the United States. Hockey continues to be his favourite sport to cover.
For Ontario Hockey Now his beats include the Ontario Hockey League, Ontario’s Junior A leagues, Toronto Marlies and the Greater Toronto Hockey League.
Laskaris can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Adrian Nieoczym was born in Toronto in 1973 but has made his home in B.C. since 2000. He decided to get into journalism after careers as a Scuba diving instructor and academic. He moved to Kelowna in 2007 to take his first journalism job at the Kelowna Capital News.
As a way to make some extra cash and indulge his love of junior hockey, he started covering the Kelowna Rockets for Hockey Now starting with the 2007/08 season. He has covered a championship as well as the junior hockey days of several current NHLers including the Toronto Maple Leafs Luke Schenn and the Buffalo Sabres Tyler Myers.
Former Central Canada Hockey League reporter, present beat reporter for the Saskatoon Blades and Hockey Now OHL reporter
What topics (i.e. BCHL, OHL, Minor) do you spend most of your time covering: OHL and WHL
How can readers reach you: on Twitter @DNBsports
Daniel Nugent-Bowman was born in Toronto in 1987 and grew up in nearby Mississauga where he became hooked on hockey while watching the local Maple Leafs go on their unexpected Stanley Cup playoff run six years later. While he always wanted to don the blue and white growing up, Nugent-Bowman came to the realization that his skills weren't exactly pro material and switched his focus to writing during his high school days.
After high school, Nugent-Bowman moved to Ottawa where he graduated with a journalism degree and diploma from the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College, respectively. As he pursued his credentials, Nugent-Bowman interned in the sports departments of the National Post and Ottawa Citizen, covering the pre-tournament of the 2009 World Junior Hockey Championships as well as other athlete profiles.
Following a few other gigs, Nugent-Bowman now works for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix where he is the beat reporter of the WHL's Blades and Canadian Junior Football League's Hilltops.
He has freelanced with Hockey Now since September 2008.
In addition to his passion for sports journalism, Nugent-Bowman is an avid weekend warrior on the golf course who can't shake the three putt and probably the biggest fan of The Tragically Hip you'll ever meet.
Dhiren Mahiban has been a contributor to the Hockey Now since the fall of 2004 covering everything from the BC Major Midget League to the Vancouver Canucks. The native of Surrey, BC has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and his Diploma of Technology in Broadcast Journalism from BCIT. In addition to covering the Vancouver Giants and Abbotsford Heat for the BC Edition of Hockey Now, Dhiren is a contributor to The Canadian Press, CalgaryFlames.comand has filed for The Globe and Mail.
Dhiren has covered many high profile events around the game of hockey over the years including the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, 2007 MasterCard Memorial Cup and 2006 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.
Red Deer Advocate sports editor Greg Meachem was born in Arborfield, Sask., in 1952 and grew up in the border town of Creighton, Sask., a stone’s throw from Flin Flon, Man.
As a Flin Flon Bombers season-ticket holder, he watched the likes of Bob Clarke and Reg Leach develop into major junior hockey superstars.
Meachem left northern Saskatchewan/Manitoba for greener pastures in 1972 and lived and worked in Calgary and Kitimat, B.C., before enrolling in the journalism program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Alberta. Upon graduating from SAIT, he worked as a general reporter at a weekly newspaper in Strathmore, Alta., and then as the sports editor of a bi-weekly in Lloydminster.
Meachem joined the Red Deer Advocate in 1981 and over the years has covered a broad spectrum of sports and has been the Advocate’s Red Deer Rebels beat writer since the inception of the WHL franchise in 1992.
Kristi Patton grew up in the arenas of Penticton, B.C. — the historic hockey town that is home to the 1955 World Championship Penticton V's and now where the BCHL Penticton Vees play.
She started freelancing for Hockey Now while working as the sports editor of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology student newspaper, The Weal. Having worked for various newspapers in Alberta writing sports, the beauty of the Okanagan drew Patton back where she now works for the Penticton Western News.
In 2010, Patton was honoured to work at the Vancouver Olympic Games as a reporter for the Olympic News Service covering women's hockey. The admitted goalie-gear junkie, continues to play hockey at a rec level aspiring to one day close the gap in her five-hole.
Always interested in hearing stories that make the female game great, she can be reached via Twitter @KristiPatton.
Hockey reporter Graham Perkins was born in Ottawa in 1987 but grew up in North Vancouver. He studied Journalism at Langara College, where he earned his diploma in 2007.
Perkins wrote about hockey for Fox Sports, McKeens Hockey, and spent a summer interning with The Hockey News before he joined Hockey Now in 2007. He has covered all levels of junior hockey and now primarily reports on local minor associations such as BWC and Hollyburn.
Outside of writing, Perkins runs his own window washing company (Limber Wolf Home Maintenance) and spends most of his free time hiking, climbing, and running around the North Shore mountains.
Trevor Robb was born in 1985 in Edmonton, Alberta. He graduated from Grant MacEwan University in May 2011 with a diploma in Journalism. He covered the MacEwan Griffins during the 2010/11 season, contributing articles to the student newspaper, Intercamp.
Upon graduation Trevor spent six weeks working/interning as a sports reporter with the St. Paul Journal where he reported on the St. Paul Canadiens hockey teams (atom, peewee, midget, ect), the St. Paul Benglas/Lions football teams, and even a couple of rodeos.
After the internship, Trevor moved back to Edmonton to work for the West Edmonton Local as a sports beat reporter where he covered multiple MMA events, the 2011Yukigassen Edmonton, and the 2011 Brick Invitational Super Novice Tournament.
Trevor is now a reporter with the Edmonton Examiner, but also covers the Edmonton Oil Kings, while continuing to cover the 2011/12 Griffins season for the newly titled, The Griff.(www.thegriff.ca).
On the side, Trevor is a freelance photographer and a self-professed ‘NHL junkie’. He listens to Team 1260’s Nielson and Chase and the Gregor Show daily and frequently reads columns from various NHL columnists, his favourite being Greg Wyshynski (Puck Daddy, Yahoo).
Enio Sacilotto is the Assistant Coach for the Victoria Royals and President of International Hockey Camps
Born in Vancouver, Photographer Lawrence Scott and his family have lived in 3 of the 4 Provinces in Western Canada before settling in Sherwood Park Alberta almost a decade ago.
Lawrence started photographing his sons hockey & Lacrosse teams growing his hobby into a business, Target Photography is in its 5th year of existence and is the official photographer of the Junior A Sherwood Park Crusaders, Junior B Sherwood Park Knights, and the Sherwood Park Kings Athletic Club as well as a few Edmonton based clubs. He brings a profesional level product to the amateur and minor leagues that help numerous organizations promote and show off their players to the world.
Check out Target Photography at www.targetphotography.comor follow their Twiiter handle @TargetPhoto where you will get updates and see the picture of the game from whatever game they may be shooting that day.
John Shorey is a Canadian hockey author from Brockville, Ontario, with over 50 years of vast hockey experience. He is a former Junior 'A' player and scout, European professional, Junior 'B' Coach, General Manager and owner of a Junior 'B' Hockey franchise. He is presently entering his 29th consecutive season as the President of an Ontario Junior 'B' Hockey League. He is also an expert panelist for the NHL's www.dallasstarscare.com, the www.ColoradoAvalanchecares.com and the new national www.growthegame.com websites.
His hockey career includes many achievements for outstanding play, coaching and league management. At the age of just 16, John won the Junior 'A' Rookie of the Year Award, garnering an invitation to play for the Toronto Marlboros, the top Major Junior farm Team of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Although a severely broken leg prevented his participation, he completed one year of intense rehabilitation and signed with the Brockville Braves, Junior 'A' farm team for the Chicago Black Hawks. He is also the recipient of the Hockey Canada Junior Hockey Recognition Award (2004) and Ottawa District Hockey Association Recognition Award (1995), and was inducted into the Brockville and Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
He played for two seasons with the Braves and was one of the team’s top scorers before playing two years of professional hockey in Italy and Holland.
Coaching In His Blood
Once retired from competitive hockey, Shorey joined the Brockville Tikis Junior ‘B’ Hockey Club as an Assistant Coach. Coach Shorey dedicated the next 13 years to the Junior ‘B’ program, serving in different capacities, including 10 years as Head Coach.
Still Passionate Today
John Shorey attends or watches at least five games per week and proudly considers himself a student of the game, constantly seeking new ways to improve the game and skill level of players of all ages.
As the author of the Hockey Made Easy Instruction Manual (now in its 9th edition), John has helped an estimated 200,000 Minor and Youth Hockey coaches, parents and players improve their performance by offering skills, strategies and systems on and off the ice.
Quick Facts about John Shorey
Freelance photographer/videographer in the Greater Toronto Area with over 30 years experience covering sports from minor leagues to Professional. Most known for his work covering football for the CFL, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts. Previously was the team photographer for the OHL’s Mississauga Ice Dogs. Covers NHL hockey for a sports wire service. Website at www.jesphotovideo.com
Alberta Junior Hockey League columnist John Spigott has been covering the AJHL for seven seasons both as a writer and a broadcaster. A native of Outlook, Saskatchewan, the 32-year-old Spigott earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus in 2001 and his Bachelor of Journalism degree from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C. in 2004.
Upon moving to Canada's only border city, Lloydminster (in both Saskatchewan and Alberta), in 2005, Spigott spent time as a writer with the Lloydminster Meridian Booster and as the news director at 106.1 FM The Goat. In addition, Spigott was the play-by-play voice of the AJHL's Lloydminster Bobcats from 2005-2011.
After deciding to turn his focus away from junior hockey involvement, Spigott recently was named the director of player personnel for the two-time national champion Lloydminster Border Kings, a senior AAA hockey team who will play host to the 2012 Allan Cup championships from April 16-23. Spigott will also handle play-by-play duties for the Border Kings, who will broadcast 18 games this coming season on 106.1 FM The Goat, available online at www.borderrock.com.
Currently out of the media industry, Spigott works as a land agent with Thompson and Associates Exploration Services, securing crossing rights for oil companies seeking to do seismic testing for oil. Hockey Now readers can contact Spigott via his email address at email@example.com.
Sports writer Darren Steinke was born in Winnipeg in 1976. During his childhood and high school years, his family moved around quite a bit, and he spent time living in Winnipeg, Regina and just outside of Edmonton in St. Albert.
In 1995, he began attending post-secondary school at the University of Regina. He began his writing career in 1996 at that school's student newspaper, the Carillon. During his career, he branched out writing in various freelance opportunities, but he was best know for covering athletics at the University of Regina and also becoming involved with helping the Cougars and Rams teams in that school.
With a couple of different formative websites in 2000 and 2001, he gained his first experience covering the WHL writing about the Regina Pats.
Having gained his degree in Journalism and Communications at the U of R, he moved up to Prince Albert in 2001 to work for the Daily Herald. He covered all sorts of sport there, but was best known for cover the WHL's Raiders. Away from print, he also had a weekly sports segment on the local CTV station in that centre.
Steinke landed in Medicine Hat in September of 2004 to become the beat writer covering the WHL's Tigers. He has branched out to cover all sports in that city, but the Tigers remain his main focus. His articles can be found on the Medicine Hat News' website, and he can be followed on Twitter @Darren_Steinke. He writes about the Tigers for Hockeynow.
Away from hockey, Steinke has a hardcore interest in football, and his favourite teams are the CIS's University of Regina Rams and the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Topics Covered: Goaltending Instruction and Sports Psychology/Mental Training
Where can readers find more of your work: www.zoneperformance.caor
How can readers reach you: website: www.zoneperformance.ca, e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 780-922-0031 or 780-297-3135,
skype:zone.performanceand check us out at facebook under
sportsperformance visual training centre
Born: Glasgow, Scotland 1966
Current Occupation: Sports Psychologist-Zone Performance Psychology, 5th yr as the Goaltending and Sports Psych Consultant, Saskatoon Blades Hockey Club
Previous Hockey Experience:
Owner and Head Instructor of The Goalie Centre
Hobbies: Golf and travelling
Family: Wife-Jaci and two children: Tim and Stephanie
Peter Twist, MSc. is the president of Twist Sport Conditioning. He is an exercise physiologist with a specialization in coaching science. Having coached in the NHL for 11 years, Peter has worked with over 700 professional athletes, including league MVPs Mark Messier (hockey), Justin Morneau (baseball) and Hakkem Olajuwon (basketball). He has published over 400 papers, 10 books and 19 DVDs on athlete development. Peter was honored with the National Strength and Conditioning Association's President’s Award, the Can-Fit-Pro Specialty Presenter of the Year and was recently named the 2010 IDEA Program Director of the Year.
Ryan Walter played and coached 17 seasons and over 1100 games in the National Hockey League. Drafted second overall by the Washington Capitals in 1978, Ryan was named the youngest NHL captain in his second of 4 seasons, went on to play 9 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, winning a Stanley Cup in 1986, and finally returned to his home town to play his last 2 years for the Vancouver Canucks. He was named Team Canada Captain in the World Junior Tournament, was selected to play in the NHL All-Star game in 1983 and for Team Canada in 4 World Championships, became a Vice-President of the National Hockey League Players Association, and was honoured as NHL Man of the Year in 1992.
Ryan has a Master of Arts Degree in Leadership/Business and is President and CEO of the American Hockey League's Abbotsford Heat. He is the author of 5 books, including the newly released, Hungry! Fuelling Your Best Game, as well as Off the Bench and Into the Game, Simply the Best: Insights and Strategies from Great Hockey Coaches, Simply the Best: Players on Performance, and Hockey Plays and Strategies. He is also the creator of the board game Trade Deadline Hockey, and is a regular contributor to both online and print magazines, newspapers, radio and television.
Currently the President of the American Hockey League's Abbotsford Heat, Ryan has been the co-founder and president of two start-up companies, an NHL and IIHF coach, a TV hockey broadcaster, and a hockey adviser and actor for both television and movies. Hundreds of companies and organizations have leveraged Ryan's academic and high performance history to better understand how to synergize their teams, increase performance and enact real change. Ryan's enthusiasm from the screen, the page, or the podium is contagious as he fulfills his mission to "inspire the hungry spirit!"
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Four time Olympic Medalist Hayley Wickenheiser (Wick) was born in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan; a true hockey town of about 2,000 people that recently named their new arena after the Wickenheiser family.
At age 15, she became the youngest female player to pull on a red and white jersey with Canada’s Women’s National Hockey team. She has since represented Canada at countless international events, leadingCanada’s national team to six gold and one silver medal at the Women's World Hockey Championships, not to mention three Olympic gold medals, the most recent of which was earned on home soil in Vancouver.
Accompanying her successes with Canada’s national team, Hayley made hockey history in 2003 when she became the first woman to notch a point in a men’s professional league.
A leader both on and off the ice, Hayley is an advocate of the game representing female hockey and actively participating in its momentous growth. Recently she was appointed to lead the new IIHF Ambassador and Mentor Program (known as AMP), where she works directly with Athlete Ambassadors from around the world to develop female hockey in other nations.
A little closer to home, Hayley created the Wickenheiser International Women’s Hockey Festival, envisioned to be not just a tournament, but a celebration of the female game and women of all ages who play it.
Beyond hockey, Hayley is driven to give back to the community and organizations committed to youth by being actively engaged with Right to Play, KidSport, ParticipACTION, Clean Air Champions, and others.
In recognition of her achievements as an athlete and her contributions to the growth of hockey, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2011.
Besides being on the ice, Hayley is most comfortable on her family farm or, these days, spending many evenings pool-side or stage-side watching her 11-year-old son Noah pursue his own interests - swimming competitively or indulging in artistic endeavours.
Hayley is currently a kinesiology student at the University of Calgary and has her sights set on two major pursuits: Competing in Sochi in 2014 and earning the title “Dr. Wickenheiser.”
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