Our son played AAA hockey in Toronto and we wanted that same intensity and skills, We finally found that with Mike.
Our son has shown great improvements in the last 3 months with high tempo and challenging practices.
We would highly recommend The Hockey Department!
Extremely beneficial! I have two sons, aged 14 and 8, who both love Mike for his on ice coaching personality and creativity. He models exactly what he is looking for with a high level of skill so the players can see exactly what to do. The 8 year old has gained both confidence and development in agility training and balance, puck handling, and edge work all of which have complemented his league practices. The 14 year old improved the above mentioned as well as notably his acceleration (quick starts), game play simulated experiences, and conditioning. From a parent perspective, Mike builds up the boys with his individualized attention and instruction as well as plans progressive drills so improvements in the boys’ ability is evident every time they hit the ice with him. These sessions are worth the investment!
Mike Knight has been an excellent skating coach for my son. He will challenge his athletes outside of their comfort level performing creative edge work drills enhancing their overall on-ice mobility and stability. I also like how his sessions are composed of athletes with similar skill set which keeps my son motivated to train at a higher intensity.
I cannot say enough good things about Mike and The Hockey Department. We have used The Hockey Department to elevate our U15 AAA son's game for the last 6 years. Not only does Mike provide a unique skills set for the players (one that is often times overlooked) but he also takes a personal interest in the development of his athletes. Our son developed an injury this summer and Mike took it very seriously, was instrumental in identifying the cause and used his contacts within the hockey community to help us get Rory healed and back in game shape. We have worked with Mike in both team and private sessions and he is demanding of the players attention, focus and effort, but at the same time the boys know that he is hard because he wants what is best for them. Rory loves his time on the ice with Mike and never turns down an opportunity to skate with him.
It is with absolute pleasure to write a review for Mike Knight and The Hockey Department. Being relatively new to the Ottawa area, we were in search of a high performance hockey skills session. We were not disappointed when Mike Knight was referred to us. His sessions, both skating and skills, are high end development which allow the player to push their comfort zone. The improvement and feedback from the sessions make the player only want to return for more instruction. It is the first time we, both player and parent, received personal feedback and it was greatly appreciated. Thank you Mike Knight and your team who work tirelessly on the ice demonstrating excellent skill and instruction. Highly recommend this elite training if you are looking to improve!!!
The Hockey Department offers some of the very best skill development in the region. My son enjoys every session and is excited every time we manage to find time to attend. Practices are well run and follow development plan established for an entire season. High quality on ice programming is supported by top tier kids who push themselves and their peers. Sessions are low player-to-coach ratio and instructors on the ice frequently give good feedback to the kids. I highly recommend Hockey Department for any player looking to advance their skills and to improve their skating.