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Helping Players & Teams Win




"With over 20 years experience in coaching and having trained over 20,000 players, I have the expertise to identify and develop elite talent"


  • Trained and provided mentorship to over 20,000 students, staff, and consultants 

  • Won three WHL championships  as Skating Coach with three WHL organizations:
    - Edmonton Oil Kings (2007-2016)
    -  Tri-City Americans (2007-2016)
    -  Swift Current Broncos (2017-2018)

  • Won Memorial Cup as Skating Coach for the Edmonton Oil Kings in 2014

  • Master Skating Coach with Hockey Canada 

  • Master Coach Developer, Canadian Association of Coaches (NCCP)

  • Leading Facilitator for Skate Canada

  • Leading Evaluator for Skate Canada

  • Trained over 50 instructors over the last 20 years 

  • Presented to hundreds of skills coaches, hockey coaches, teachers, and instructors for Hockey Canada (National Coach Mentorship Program in 2022, 2012 and 2011, the NCMP/NCCP Instructional Stream Training Seminar in 2017 and 2014)

  • Presented at Skate Canada’s National ice Summit (2019)

It's not easy to pinpoint the obstacles standing in the way of a player and ultimate success. Linear speed, transitional ability or slow boots may only be the result of the root cause.

Solutions often extend beyond physical ability. Effective communication plays a crucial role in overcoming barriers standing in the way of a player's success. I work closely with management, coaches, trainers, and agents to uncover the root causes of skating deficiencies and resolve them.

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I've had the opportunity to work with players through numerous organizations, teams, and agents, at various stages in their development. 

  • Turner Elson

  • Parker Foo

  • Spencer Foo

  • Brendan Gallagher

  • Mason Geertsen

  • Dylan Guenther

  • Kaiden Guhle 

  • James Hamblin

  • Jessica Healey 

  • Josh Healey

  • Tristan Jarry

  • Nicholas Jones

  • Tyson Jost

  • Parker Kelly 

  • Levko Koper

  • Brett Kulak

  • Gannon Laroque 

  • Curtis Lazar

  • Keegan Lowe

  • Joffrey Lupul

  • Josh Mahura

  • Jordan Martinook 

  • Kyle Masters

  • Dysin Mayo

  • Alexa McMillan 

  • Michael Milne

  • Josh Morrissey

  • Riley Nash

  • Colton Parayko

  • Alex Petrovic

  • Luke Prokop

  • Mark Pysyk

  • John Quenneville

  • Michael Rasmussen

  • Luke Reid  

  • Matthew Robertson

  • Ashton Sautner

  • Reid Schaeffer

  • Dillon Simpson

  • Colby Sissons

  • Ty Smith

  • Carson Soucy

  • Ryan Stanton

  • Sam Steel

  • Sean Tschigerl 

  • Koletrane Wilson

  • Parker Wotherspoon

  • Olen Zellweger

  • Connor Bedard 

  • Jordy Bellerive

  • Matt Benning

  • Tyler Benson

  • Lance Bouma

  • Johnny Boychuk

  • Laurent Brossoit

  • Brandon Carlo 

  • Daniel Carr

  • Corson Ceulemans 

  • Jake Christiansen

  • Lucas Ciona 

  • Alex Cotton 

  • Angus Crookshank

  • Craig Cunningham

  • Jake DeBrusk

It’s like gaining another gear on the ice

“Working with Vanessa has completely changed my skating stride”

”My first three steps and explosiveness have increased drastically and have become one of my biggest strengths”

“I get up to speed faster and my transitions are smoother and quicker”

“Vanessa was instrumental in helping our players develop from an average team into a championship team in one season.” 

“My top speed has increased with and without the puck”

Work With Me

Are you a General Manager, Scout or Agent looking to improve player or team performance? 


Thank you! I'll get back to you within 1-2 business days.

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