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What the Coaches Say

Rob Zettler, NHL Assistant Coach, San Jose, Sharks

“I met Cathy while we were working the same hockey school and was very impressed with her knowledge and expertise as well as her professionalism on the ice. I firmly believe that the foundation of any great hockey player begins with his or her ability to skate. For this reason, when I started my own school, one of my first priorities was to get Cathy on board and have her teach my athletes power skating. She has a complete understanding of the skating stride, is dedicated to her craft, and is the reason many of my athletes continue to come back.” - Rob Zettler, Former NHL Asst. Hockey Coach, S.J. Sharks & Toronto Maple Leafs, and Head Coach of AHL Syracuse Crunch. Current NHL Assistant Coach for the San Jose, Sharks

Tatjana Tikhonov - former player (early 90’s)- Head Coach & Owner of Tikhonov Training Camp

"My brother Viktor and I have been taking skating lessons from Coach Cathy since we moved to California in the early 90s, when my father was a coach for the San Jose Sharks. He saw the impact that Cathy had on our skating and made sure we always worked with her and on her drills when we were skating in a public session. Skating is one of the main ingredients to any successful development for players in the game of hockey. My father believed that and so do I. Having Cathy coach us throughout the years had immensely improved our skating and I use her drills till this day. My brother and I even named a skating drill in Cathys honor called Cathy’s Drill. As a coach I have had Cathy come out to my practices to help my teams out and we have benefited so much from her teachings. As owner of Tikhonov Training Camp I only want the best Power Skating coach in my camps. I am thankful that Coach Cathy has been able to be such a big part of my camps and for all that she has taught my brother and I."
Coach Tatjana “Tiki” Tikhonov, owner of Tikhonov Training Camp
Granddaughter of the late Soviet Coach Viktor Tikhonov
Daughter of the late NHL Coach Vasili Tikhonov
Sister of NHL 1st round draft pick, Team Russia Olympian Viktor Tikhonov
Instagram: #TikhonovTrainingCampHockeyTiki     Twitter: @HockeyTiki


Steve Gutierrez Head Coach – Santa Clara Blackhawks Bantam A – 2013 CAHA Champions

"Having Cathy work with my team this season was a key factor to their success. She worked with the coaches to identify areas of improvement for each player and used her repertoire of drills and techniques to make each player a more efficient and effective skater. I feel very fortunate to have an instructor with Cathy’s background and experience as our club’s power skating coach."
- Steve Gutierrez Head Coach – Santa Clara Blackhawks Bantam A

Mike Janda, San Jose Jr. Sharks Development Coordinator 16AAA Head Coach National/American -2015

“Cathy has been a tremendous asset to the Jr. Sharks organization. She works with a  majority of our 26 teams and continues to improve and impress our players with her knowledge and improvement of their individual skating abilities. As an organization, we place a great deal of focus on skating, and having the best power skating coach in the Bay Area, in our building, is a luxury our club has the benefit of enjoying! Cathy is not only a great individual, private skating coach but she does a great job of teaching in the team setting as well.”
Mike Janda, Former Springfield IL Junior Blues, Ass. Coach & Current Jr. Sharks Player Development Coordinator, 16AAA Head Coach National/American


John McNulty, Former Coach, AAA Midget

“As a hockey coach, you always want your players to be stronger skaters than their opponents. Cathy has been able to refine my players skating abilities over the years by identifying and concentrating on each players’ individual needs. I highly recommend Cathy as a hockey power skating coach, as I have seen the results personally.”
- John McNulty, Former Coach, AAA Midget

Ron Glasow, Former Head Hockey Coach, SJSU

“Cathy has been an integral part of the skating development of local hockey players since 1993. She is a key part of our Golden State Hockey School. Many of her students have gone on to the Prep School, Junior, Collegiate and Professional hockey levels. The technical skills she enhances are what differentiate the average player from the elite.”
-Ron Glasow, Former Head Hockey Coach, San Jose State University

Ron is currently the Pro Shop Manager for the Sharks Ice Pro Shops in San Jose, Fremont and Oakland. He works closely with Cathy and other coaches on finding and fitting the proper skate for their students, to enhance and maximize their performance on the ice. He can be contacted at Sharks Ice in San Jose.

Roy Sommer, Head Coach, Worcester Sharks, AHL

“Skating is the most important function in the game of hockey. Cathy has mastered the fundamentals of using edges, maximizing stride and using  proper technique. She has proved time and again that her acumen for  teaching will better prepare youths for the challenges of hockey.”
- Roy Sommer, Head Hockey Coach, Barracuda Sharks (AHL). Affiliate of the San Jose Sharks