About us

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 18 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!

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We're Different

Quality Over Quantity

We pride ourselves in always having small class sizes, with 12 players being the max and low student to instructor ratios. We are passionate about providing every player the individual development they need in order to reach their highest potential.

Elite Level Training

Our programs are designed for serious, self motivated and driven players looking to improve their games in all areas. Our training methods and systems are different for a reason as players will not experience this level of training anywhere else. 

Professional Instruction

All of our instructors have very diverse professional playing and teaching backgrounds to provide the highest level of corrective instruction. We are dedicated to every player's ongoing development. 

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"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."

Barry Brennan

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."

Graeme Townshend

Former NHL player and former NHL Skating and Skills Coach (Toronto Maple Leafs/San Jose Sharks)