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Everest Academy Hockey & Goaltending Skills programs aim to develop complete players with instinctive habits and skill versatility to maximize performance on their rep team. Through an in-depth daily Hockey curriculum that includes customized fitness programs, on and off-ice assessments, video review and more, student-athletes learn and practice fundamental Hockey skills, develop a love for the game, and a willingness to study and master all of its aspects.

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Everest Academy is excited to announce that we have partnered with CAD Hockey Development for our after school on-ice programs & camps! CAD involves, Daniel Sisca, Mathew Sisca, and Anthony Nigro.

After school ice will begin September 19th. For more information please visit: https://www.cadsportsgroup.com/

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hockey staff

director of hockey operations

lindsay hofford

Lindsay Hofford joins Everest Academy with more than 30 years of professional Hockey and business experience. He is the Founder & CEO of Pro Hockey Development Group, which was established in 1992. Pro Hockey Development specializes in hockey development for players of all ages. Hofford is also the founder of NASHA Sports Insurance Company, Highlight Sports Inc. and Bahama Ice. Hofford served as the Director of Amateur Scouting for the London Knights (OHL) from 2010 to 2015 the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) from 2015 to 2019 and most recently as the Assistant GM of the Arizona Coyotes (NHL). Lindsay also coached for six years in the CHL with the London Knights (OHL) and Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL). He has worked with over 200 current or former NHL players, including Rick Nash, Brent Seabrook, Auston Matthews, Corey Perry and Mitch Marner. He has won at every level including Championships at the AHL, OHL, WHL, CJHL and Minor Hockey levels. He has an extensive history in coaching, scouting, management and player development. Hofford graduated with political science and sociology degrees from the University of Guelph. 

managing Hockey Director

Daniel Sisca

As a former player, Daniel Sisca brings a wealth of hockey knowledge, skill, and experience. Daniel spent his entire minor hockey career in the GTHL, followed by five years in the OHL, where he spent one year as the captain of the Mississauga Ice Dogs and one year as captain of the Sarnia Sting. His professional hockey career began in the ECHL and extended to the AHL and three years in Europe. During his time in the ECHL, Daniel was awarded to the ECHL All-Rookie Team. Daniel has worked with players of all age groups and various skill levels. He brings his firsthand hockey experience and genuine understanding of the game to help players improve their skills and perform at their highest level.

hockey instructor

dave d'ammizio

Dave has extensive experience executing skills training for players at the beginner level through to the NHL. Dave began his coaching with the Toronto Marlboros. He went on to coach the Vaughan Kings, the Stouffville Spirit, and the Junior Canadians. He has enjoyed great team and individual successes, winning GTHL championships and Provincial Championships, watching players move on to win scholarships and be drafted. Dave has also been actively involved in spring and summer hockey coaching training some of the NHL’s elite players in the BioSteel hockey camp. Dave has also been the Toronto Bulldogs head coach for the prestigious Edmonton Brick tournament for the past 10 years, winning it 5 times. Dave continues to train players of all ages and levels with the mindset of helping each and every player reach their full potential. As a hands-on instructor with a big personality, he gets the most out of his players every time they are on the ice. With a focus on developing the players on and off the ice, he exposes them to the skills required for effective leadership, teamwork, nutrition and off ice strength training. He addresses the mental aspects of being involved in the sport in regards to try outs, wins and losses and overcoming adversity and challenges.

hockey instructor

justin teakle

Justin Teakle brings 19 years of experience working in Hockey Development Programs to Everest Academy. After four seasons playing in the Ontario Provincial Junior League (OPJL), he transitioned into coaching and coached over 1000 games over a 14 season span. That run included one record setting season with the Cobourg Cougars in 2011, where the team finished with a 38-9-3 record. Since 2005 he has served as the Director and Head Instructor of PassHockey and has served as the Head Instructor and Coach for Pro Hockey since 2013. Most recently, he served as Head Coach and General Manager of the Brampton Admiral (2018 to 2020), as Co-Coach of the Markham Majors 06 AAA team (2019), and in 2020 was named Director of Operation for Can-Ice.

Hockey instructor

Anthony Nigro

Anthony Nigro is a former first round draft pick of the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League. He went on to play four seasons split between Guelph and the Ottawa 67’s. Anthony was selected by the St. Louis Blues in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He then played for their farm team in the AHL for three seasons before heading over to Europe playing a combined 6 seasons in Italy, Switzerland and Denmark. Anthony finished off his pro career in the ECHL playing for the Brampton Beast winning the ECHL Player Of The Week award in the final week of the 2019-2020 season. Anthony has gained valuable knowledge of the game over his 10 year professional playing career at different levels around the world and uses that to help the next generation with their skill development. 

skating coach

Samantha skene

Samantha is a Skate Canada figuring skating coach as well as a skating coach for the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves. Samantha comes to Everest with expertise honed through training OHL/NHL players. Samantha is also a skating consultant at Quartexx Management. She was also a guest coach at the recent Pittsburgh Penguins development camp, contributing exceptional guidance to aspiring talents. Samantha is a driving force in enhancing skating techniques and performance, consistently leaving a mark on both professional and aspiring athletes.

Defensive specialist coach

matt chiarantano

Matt Chiarantano is currently an Assistant Coach with the Mississauga Steelheads in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Matt works primarily with the defense core of the Steelheads amongst other roles with the club. Prior to his role with the Steelheads, Matt served as an Associate Coach with the North York Rangers in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL). Matt played junior hockey in the OJHL for the Georgetown Raiders before moving on to the NCAA. Chiarantano is a graduate of Niagara University and was a member of the Purple Eagles from 2012-2016, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Education. Chiarantano had a brief stint in the ECHL as a member of the Brampton Beast before retiring due to injuries. As a member of Team Canada East, Chiarantano won a Silver Medal in the 2010 World Junior A Challenge. Along with coaching, Chiarantano works with many junior and professional players as a skills development instructor and is the owner of MAC Hockey Development. 

goaltending coach

dave franco

Dave has coached some of the world’s most elite goalies in the world throughout the last 20 years. Jordan Binnington, Curtis Joseph, Jamie Storr, Steve Mason and Robb Zepp have all spoken about the difference Dave made in their career.  Dave has spent his entire dedicated to excellence in goaltending from his humble beginnings as a young goalie in Toronto to playing pro in Europe through coaching goalies at the NHL, AHL, OHL and European Pro Levels. Dave’s unsurpassed knowledge of the position and proven track record of developing talent for the OHL, NCAA, NHL and European Professional leagues is unrivalled.

goaltending coach

marco franco

Marco’s clients have included numerous NHL stars, CHL stars and European Pros. He has traveled the world and his 20 plus years experience coaching elite level goalies gives FCGS the unique advantage of having two world-class leaders to build the development programs that produce results unlike any other goalie school in the world. Marco is also a fitness expert who understands the physical requirements to play at each level. He also possesses a pro level shooting ability that allows Marco to work with pro goalies on very specific deficiencies.

hockey instructor

Alexa Giantsopoulos

Born in Markham Ontario, Alexa has played hockey since she was four years old. She started playing boys hockey with the Unionville Jets and later joined the Markham Waxers. In 2017 she made the move to girls hockey with the Markham-Stouffville Stars at the Bantam AA level. In her major bantam year, Alexa played for the Central York Panthers and continued with that association for her Midget AA year and then earned a spot on the Junior Panthers for two seasons which she captained in her final year. Cuurently Alexa is entering her second year as a forward for the York Lions in the OUA. Alexa is Coach 1 and 2 Certified and holds Development 1 Trained staus. Alexa has been coaching for the past 2 years and this coming season she will be an assistant coach for the U13AA Panthers.

hockey instructor

vince bellissimo

Vince is a former professional hockey player with over 350 games played pro. He played Division 1 NCAA hockey at Western Michigan University. Vince was selected in the 5th round by the Florida Panthers in the 2002 Entry Draft and eventually signed an NHL contract with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2005.

Following his playing career, Vince has been a head coach for 11 years, the last 5 of which spent in the OJHL where he carries a regular season coaching record of 160-39-12. In addition to that, he has guided his teams to multiple deep playoff runs. Vince is currently the Head Coach of the Toronto Patriots Jr. A Hockey Club. Over his 11 year coaching tenure in the GTHL and the OJHL Vince has a reputation for creating positive, high energy environments conducive to maximizing player development. He has developed numerous players who have achieved high success at higher levels of hockey including the NHL, AHL, ECHL, NCAA, CIS, OHL and European Pro.

Vince Tarantino

hockey instructor

With over 20 years of skill development experience in hockey, Vince Tarantino has left an indelible mark in the sport. His contributions include a five-year tenure as a skills coach for the Niagara IceDogs in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and four years as an area scout. In addition to his coaching role, Vince also held positions as the Director of Player Development and Player Development Coordinator for the Niagara IceDogs. His dedication to player development extends to the American Hockey League (AHL), where he spent two seasons working with both injured and healthy scratch players for the Belleville Senators. Presently, Vince continues to shape the future of hockey as the skills coach for the Trenton Golden Hawks in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL).

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athlete success

Ben Jones

Everest Class of 2017
NHL Signed: Las Vegas Golden Knights

Daniil miromanov

Former Everest Student
NHL Singed: Las Vegas Golden Knights

Anson Thornton

Everest Class of 2021
OHL U18 3rd Overall Draft Pick 2020
NHL Signed: Arizona Coyotes

Cole O'Hara

Everest Class of 2020
NHL Draft Pick 2022: Nashville Predators
USHL Tri-City Storm 2020
Team Canada East 2019

Ryan Tverberg

Everest Class of 2020
NHL Drafted 2020: Toronto Maple Leafs

Mackenzie Krasowski

Everest Class of 2018
Robert Morris (NCAA D1)

Malcolm Spence

Former Everest Academy Student
OHL 2nd Overall Draft Pick 2022
OHL Signed: Erie Otters

Domenic Divincentiis

Everest Class of 2022
OHL Drafted: North Bay Battalion
NHL Signed: Winnipeg Jets

Pano Fimis

Everest Class of 2022
OHL Drafted: Niagara IceDogs

Peter Muzyka

Everest Class of 2018
Cornell University (NCAA D1)

Anthony Duclair

Everest Class of 2013
Florida Panthers (NHL)
Team Canada World Jrs. 2015
NHL All-Star Selection 2019

Lleyton Moore

Former Everest Student
OHL 1st Round Draft Pick 2018
Oshawa Generals (OHL)

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