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The Hockey Department's Elite Defence Program is designed for motivated defencemen looking to maximize their off-season development. This program is a game changing system called the Lidstrom System, named after NHL's Niklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings. Lidstrom was known for his consistency, smooth skating, big shot, poise and patience with the puck, vision, stick control, containment skills, evasiveness, offensive skills and being a great leader just to name a few. Lead Instructor Mike Knight, learned the foundation of the Lidstrom System from NHL coaches who spent hundred's of hours analyzing Lidstrom's overall game and what made him so consistently dominant every shift his entire career. What these NHL coaches learned was ahead of it's time and still is, as this system is even more effective in today's high speed game. Mike Knight has taken what he learned from those NHL coaches and combined it with his own detailed analysis and experience to perfect this system. This weekly off-season program has the player in mind and is also a progressive program where each week, new skills are learned and/or built upon. All the players will learn how, why and when to use all the skills being taught in great detail with a high correction rate.


  • Tactical & evasive skating - The foundation of the Lidstrom System is skating technique. Players will progressively learn this skating technique and will be performing high corrective repetitions to master this skill. speed, power, agility and form are the main area's of development here. 

  • 1 on 1, tight area containing skills - These skills are where all defencemen need to be the most consistent and skilled because every mistake is magnified. Having said that, every mistake here will provide instant feedback so the players can learn to self correct and get confident using the system at all times. All defencemen will learn how to methodically control the 1 on 1 from start to finish and develop their quick transition skills.

  • 1 on 1 & 2 on 1's - The players will learn strategic angling skills, landmark id, gap control, gear changing, stick tactics as well as many more skills to simplify and instill consistency in these high patterned game situations. 

  • Point shots & safe fakes - The players will learn a number of shooting skills from the point to consistently be powerful and accurate. A number of fakes will also be developed to evade attackers trying to block shooting and passing lanes.

  • Net front presence & control - The players will learn how to effectively protect their own net front, a number of stick control tactics and how to strategically control any sized opponent. 

  • Breakouts & disguised passing - The players will learn a simple yet highly effective decision making system, learn how to qb rush's and breakouts. Consistent passing skills and disguised passing will also be worked on.

  • Puck retrieval & absorbing hits safely - When defencemen have their back to the for-checker who is coming with speed, it can be very dangerous and is also an area where a lot of dzone turnover's are caused. The players will learn how to absorb hits safely while still controlling the play and maintaining puck possession. 

  • Puck protection skills - These skills are extremely important for defencemen so the players will be tested with game situational pressure in high patterned locations to develop these skills. 


​We will be working on a number of other skating and edge development skills as well, while we  continuously develop the players hockey IQ every opportunity. Like all of our programs, we pride ourselves in having small class sizes, attention to detail, high correction rate and our dedication to every players ongoing development. Please register below!



2571 Lancaster rd.


April - August:

  • Weekly classes coming soon



April - August:

  • Please contact for details



  • Jerseys: Most Spring packages include a jersey. 

  • Mike Knight will be present at every session.​

  • 6 players max. 

  • All players must bring their own water bottle.

  • If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mike Knight anytime @ 613-899-7820 

"Mike and the Hockey department came to my attention last year through the parent of a team mate of my son. My son is a Major Bantam defenceman at the AAA level. Since our first session with Mike, his attention to detail was very apparent. Mike takes the time to fully explain the skill and technique he is teaching and quickly corrects the player as needed. His knowledge, expertise and work ethic is readily apparent. Mike is himself a highly skilled player which allows him to also demonstrate the techniques. This visual demonstration combined with his detailed explanations facilitates the players learning process. The impact on my son's play was almost immediate and quite obvious, particularly on his defensive zone coverage, his one on one and 2 on 1 coverage and on his escapes from fore checkers. Mike has a pleasant demeanour which allows him to develop an excellent rapport with the players as well as with the parents, making us all feel like we are part of the team working towards the same goal."

Rob Cassolato

Father of Josh Cassolato

2003, AAA Eastern Ontario Wild

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