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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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Our Power Skating program emphasizes the skating stride and everything it encompasses. Hockey is trending towards valuing speed and skill, and we have geared our Hockey program to focus on those things. During these sessions, all facets of skating are developed, including starts, stops, turns, crossovers, balance, agility, power, and quickness.


puck skill & small drills + GOALTENDING TRAINING

Concentration on small area skills, from puck control to tipping and net-front play. Shooting drills are also a staple of our Tuesday sessions. Players are encouraged to perform and practice these skills in small areas of the ice. They improve and enhance their spatial awareness and ability to make plays and decisions under pressure and in confined spaces.


Position Specific Day Offense/Defense Split

Defensemen get to work on things like footwork, pivots, retrievals and blue line play; which aren’t commonly emphasized at club practices. Forwards are able to work on everything from goal scoring to creating offensive opportunities. Some sessions are dedicated to combined drills where players come together to translate skills they’ve honed in these breakout groups.


Small Area Games & Skills

Our athletes compete in different games and scrimmages, and use the skills they’ve learned during the week in game-like situations. The emphasis is on puck touches and skill translation. Staff encourage players to be creative and do things that they wouldn’t try with their club teams, building confidence and developing overall ability.

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coaching staff

women's hockey director

kelly mcdonald

Outside of teaching and serving as the Director of Women’s Hockey and an on-ice instructor at Everest Academy, Kelly is currently the head coach of the Etobicoke Dolphins Bantam ‘AA’ program. Before coaching Bantam, she spent two seasons as assistant coach of the Etobicoke Junior Dolphins of the PWHL. Additionally, Kelly has coached at the 2018 Ontario Summer Games (U16 High Performance) as well as the U18 Canada Winter Games Selection Camp. Most recently, she was on staff with Team Ontario Blue at the 2019 National Women’s Under-18 Championships in Manitoba. Prior to coaching, she played professionally in the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) and Division I for the University of Maine.


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.

on-ice hockey director

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.

On-ice skills director

marc slawson

Marc brings eight years coaching and skill development experience with him to Everest Academy. Currently coaching with the Toronto Junior Canadiens organization, Marc spent seven years as the Head Coach of the Don Mills Flyers 2003 program. His achievements with this team were considerable. With a structured plan and a vision to build a premium program, Marc and his DMF players finished the 2018-2019 season winning both the GTHL League and the OHL Cup. They also won an OHF Bantam Championship, and an OHF Peewee Championship. The crowning moment was having 14 of 14 eligible players drafted into the OHL – four 1st round draft picks all in the top 10, including the first, second and fourth overall selections. In addition to the on-ice success of his DMF program and the individual development of his players, Marc has gained many valuable insights into what drives winning, how to achieve the best performance from his players, how to create performance consistency, how to build culture, and what it takes to be successful. These are all assets that Marc has proven lead to a winning formula and Marc is excited to work, share and blend his ideas with all the amazing student athletes and staff that make up the Everest Academy family. 

professional skills coaches


Born in Poland, Jari Byrski stopped playing competitive hockey at a young age, but that hasn’t stopped him and son, Matthew, from building Sk8On into a thriving Hockey Academy sought by youth, developing, elite, and professional Hockey players alike. Making the unconventional conventional (students may be asked to stickhandle anything from a golf ball to a puck two times the regular weight through a series of pylons and obstacles) Jari and Sk8On have earned the praise of parents and pros, and current NHLers Steven Stamkos, Brent Burns, Jason Spezza, Alex Pietrangelo, and Eric Staall are just a few who seek out Jari’s services every off-season. We are excited to welcome Jari and Matthew to the Everest Academy Team.

shooting and scoring coach

tim turk

Tim Turk has been an NHL Shooting and Scoring coach for 20 plus years. He’s worked with 4 NHL organizations, including the Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes, and Arizona Coyotes, and many National Programs such as Sweden, Finland, Latvia, and Russia. Throughout the year, Tim works with NHL players, but also work with many organizations, Minor Hockey teams, coaches, and players of all ages and levels. He specializes in Hockey Shooting, Passing and Puck Protection, while also teaching the technical aspects and strategies of puck protection and control. His main focus is to enhance individual hockey skills through his organization Tim Turk Hockey. We are excited to welcome Tim to the Everest Academy Team. 

skating coach

lisa clark

Lisa Clark has been teaching skating for 30 plus years. After a successful career teaching and choreographing figure skating, she’s now teaching hockey players exclusively. Lisa, who resides in Whitby, Ontario currently works with several hockey teams and has an extensive list of private lesson clients [male and female] in the Toronto and surrounding area. Focusing on teaching the technical side of skating, including working on improving balance and edges and eliminating wasted energy through bad technique, Lisa has great results in improving her clients’ confidence level on the ice and as a result, increasing their speed and agility. She leaves no stone unturned in trying to make her clients better skaters and because of this, her clients trust her implicitly. When a player trusts the instructor, they buy in 100% – and Lisa has done that at the highest level over her long career. Teaching is a labour of love for Lisa.

on-ice skills coach

brittany howard

Born and raised in St. Thomas, Ontario Brittany played her Minor Hockey close to home for the St. Thomas Panthers (OWHA) and London Devilettes (PWHL). After her three-year stint in the PWHL, Brittany went on to receive a full scholarship to play Division I Hockey at Robert Morris University. Brittany Howard put up impressive numbers in her NCAA career, scoring 79 goals and 102 assists for a total of 181 points in 138 games. Some of her notable accomplishments during her tenure at Robert Morris University include; 2018 Patty Kazmaier Award top-ten finalist, CHA player of the year in 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, 2017-2018 Second Team ACHA All-American and 2017 Dapper Dan Charities Pittsburgh Sportswoman of the Year. After her record breaking collegiate career, Brittany began her professional career by being drafted 8th overall by the Toronto Furies in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. Brittany graduated Robert Morris University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration focused in Sport Management, and a Masters in Organizational Leadership. Brittany continued to further her education by attending York University where she attained a Bachelor of Education in the intermediate, senior program. Brittany is currently a member of the PWHPA, an organization advocating for the promotion and equality of professional women’s ice Hockey. Along with her prestigious playing career, Brittany has over eight years of experience as an on-ice instructor for Hockey Detail; a company run by Mike Ellis, the current skills and development coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning. More recently Brittany spent the 2019-2020 year as a Team Canada carded athlete as well as working as on-ice instructor for Victus Academy, working with a variety of small and large groups.

on-ice skills coach

luca caputi

Luca Caputi played four seasons in the OHL beginning in the 2004-2005 season, with his entire OHL career being played for the Mississauag/Niagara IceDogs franchise. In 2007 Luca was drafted in the fourth round by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL draft. Luca went on to play seven seasons of professional Hockey, spending parts of four seasons in the NHL with both Pittsburgh and Toronto. Upon retiring from professional Hockey Luca began coaching immediately, taking on an Assistant Coaching role with the OHL’s Guelph Storm in 2015. Luca spent three seasons with Guelph before the Frontenacs hired him to be their Associate Head Coach on July 16, 2018. Luca also enjoys scouting and takes pride in having an in depth knowledge of the draft class. Originally from Toronto, Luca has a wife and one daughter that he enjoys spending time with. Luca also likes to play Golf, Softball, and enjoys playing mens league Hockey.

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.

on-ice goaltending skills coach

ryan Kaszuba

Ryan graduated from Queen’s University with an Honours B.A. in the Humanities as well as a Bachelor of Education. Since graduating, he has been teaching mathematics in Sweden where he helped to develop a problem-solving based program as the Head of the Mathematics Department. As an educator, he believes teaching and learning is so much more than simply memorizing facts and formulas. He is dedicated to creating engaging lessons that challenge his students to think critically and solve problems both inside and outside of the classroom. Ryan joins us as a former student-athlete. While at Queen’s University he was a member of the Men’s Varsity Hockey Team. He has also worked as a Goalie Coach with the Franco Canadian Goalie School for over 5 years helping to develop young goaltenders through the AAA and Junior ranks. Ryan is a registered member of the Ontario College of Teachers.

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athlete success

Anthony duclair

everest class of 2013


ben jones

everest class of 2017


Kirill Maximov

everest student '12-'15


lleyton moore

everest class of 2021


cole o'hara

everest class of 2020

Team Canada East 2019
NCAA Division I

ryan tverberg

everest class of 2020

Team Canada East 2019
COMMITTED: Harvard University
NCAA Division I

2020 NHL Draft Pick:
Toronto Maple Leafs

peter muzyka

everest class of 2018

NCAA Division I

Mackenzie Krasowski

everest class of 2018

NCAA Division I

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