Welcome to The Hockey Department, Ottawa's Elite Hockey School. The program and system of teaching was developed by Mike Knight, Owner/Lead Instructor of The Hockey Department and former NHL Skills Development Coach. With five years of Professional playing experience (AHL, ECHL, Europe), four years playing in the OHL, over 15 years of teaching hockey professionally, working with and being mentored by former NHL Skating & Skills coach Graeme Townshend, Mike developed a program that only gets results!
"I have had the luxury of working with Mike over the past year. Personally, I had the honour of working 27+ years with elite hockey players for 17 years in professional hockey (NHL & KHL) plus an additional 10 OHL seasons. I have yet to cross paths with someone as dedicated, enthusiastic and as professional as Mike Knight and his staff. Mike is in the hockey coaching profession for all the right reasons. Guided by passion, he is extremely detail oriented and provides high-calibre development for his athletes on a daily basis. I highly recommend "The Hockey Department" and their elite skillsets for anyone looking to elevate their game."
NHL, KHL, AHL, OHL & World Championship Strength Coach
"I recruited Mike to work for me during my time with the Toronto Maple Leafs and was more than impressed with his knowledge, expertise and work ethic. Mike has the ability to communicate effectively with both youth players and pro's alike which allows him to navigate smoothly from minor hockey sessions to higher tempo professional sessions which is critical in order to be an effective Skills and Skating Coach."
Former NHL player and former NHL Skating and Skills Coach (Toronto Maple Leafs/San Jose Sharks)
If you are interested in joining The Hockey Department team, please forward all resumes and inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Professional playing and teaching experience is considered an asset.