Dean Van Vliet is Director of Business Development. He has been actively involved in Hockey since his youth, playing AA Hockey with the Mississauga Braves. Dean has his Coaching Development 1 Certification and has had the privilege of Coaching with the Oakville Hornets, Oakville Rangers, Meadowvale Hawks and the Mississauga Terriers as well as on ice assistance at The Oakville Hockey Academy.
Dean Van Vliet
A Mississauga native, Jake has played at a high level of hockey, being an Elite Defensemen since he was 7 years old, playing Junior A for the Milton Icehawks, Streetsville Derby's and has played for both the University of Toronto Varsity and Tri Campus teams. A University of Toronto graduate in Neuroscience, Animal Behaviour and Biological Psychology.
Jake has taught in Mississauga and Oakville over the last 10 years and has developed thousands of players within that time, generating an extensive reputation. Jake has also taught, trained and worked with players from the NHL, AHL, CHL and several Team Canada members from both the Men's and Women's teams.
Jake combines an incredible amount of knowledge, experience, energy and passion into his work. He has proven himself as being a motivating role model and a mentor for hockey players from 3 years old to professional levels. His good rapport with the players is shown in how he teaches the necessary tools, skills and disciplines needed to achieve success. He displays strong confidence in how he implements his developmental plans according to individual needs of the players he trains with, all of the leagues, clinics and lessons he instructs. He offers special insight and techniques in game situation type drills, using constructive and positive feedback, offering each player attention and encouragement. Overall Jake strives to implement the skills and tactics in each player to achieve their goals and guide them to the next level.
Jake was Director of Hockey Operations and Head Instructor for over 5 years at Ice2Ice. He now assumes the role Director of Player Development and Head Instructor at the Oakville Hockey Academy. He is excited to continue to be a part of this training facility, its community and to continue helping players fulfill their goals and dreams in the game of hockey.
Director of Player Development
Mark has been teaching hockey since 2009, coaching teams ranging from Novice House League to Bantam AA including the CWHL Toronto Furies who won the 2014 Clarkson Cup Championship.
Mark has over 25 years of hockey playing experience at various levels including Rep and High School hockey. He is a student of the game and has learned through the guidance of many former NHL players. Mark continues to explore new ways to get an edge through training analytics and modelling the greats.
Mark feels fulfilled from seeing his students achieve success in their training and moving up to a higher level of competition. His goal as an Instructor is to get rapid results out of his students while enjoying every step of the process. Mark has his Development 1 Coaching Certification with Hockey Canada and continues to educate himself with new and innovative methods of teaching the greatest sport in the world.
On Ice Instructor
Jay specializes in progressional skill development and instructs players of all ages and abilities. Jay has been in the hockey development industry since 2010 and has worked out of Ice2Ice and most recently, out of Cutting Edge Hockey Development Centre.
Jay has over 15,000 hours of on-ice instructional experience and had curated, developed and led countless programs and classes specifically designed to develop competitive hockey players. Players that are coached by Jay not only leave the ice each day as better skaters, stick handlers, shooters, and passers, they leave as better all-around hockey players, prepared to execute like never before.
Jay's playing experience includes receiving a full NCAA Division - I scholarship to UMASS - Lowell, playing in the OHL for the Niagara Ice Dogs, and U Sports for the Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks.