my name is katy jo and i live at the rink...
I was a highly competitive figure skater for nearly 15 years. I spent 4-6 hours at the rink or training in the gym every single day to make it to the highest level I possibly could. While at the rink doing my own training, I'd spend many more hours there watching my brother train and watching my brother play ice hockey.
We lived at the rink.
When I was 16 years old, former NHL player and current AAA coach, Doug Smail asked me to take part in teaching edges to the players in his annual summer power skating camp, that's truly where my passion for coaching power skating started.
At my first skate with hockey players, I stepped on the ice in my figure skates because that is what I knew. I put the guys [who were my age and older] through an incredibly difficult skate. They all were chirping me saying, 'it was easier for me because I was wearing figure skates'. The next week, and from then on, I wore hockey skates and still skated circles around everyone!
I continue to help Coach Smail every summer with his 'elite' group, but now that my business has grown, I need more time to focus on those who consistently train with me throughout the year. Currently, I am at the rink and on the ice for over 40 hours a week training hockey players. I have taught players of all ages and abilities! From hockey obsessed 2 & 3 year olds all the way up to NHL and professional players.
I believe that skating fundamentals are crucial for a successful hockey player. My daily goal is to teach players technique and skills that they will not learn elsewhere, which will help them be more efficient and effective on the ice. We all notice the players on the ice that skate with ease, and those skills are what I teach and I believe can change your game for the better. Every day that I get to step on the ice, I feel so blessed and grateful that I get to spread my knowledge of skating to other individuals that share the same passion for the game as I do.
See you on the ice!