What the Players Say
Viktor Tikhonov, Grandson of Legendary Coach
“I’ve been skating with Cathy since I was 5 years old, starting at Golden State hockey camp. My dad, a professional coach, recognized the value of working with her and how she could improve my game. Her skating advice has helped me get to where I am today: the Russian Superleague and NHL draft prospect. Her coaching has been a significant part in my development as a hockey player and I continually review what I have learned from her.”
- Viktor Tikhonov, Grandson of the legendary coach Viktor Tikhonov.
Vik was selected as a first round 2008 NHL Draft pick to play for the Phoenix Coyotes!
2013-15 He played for the SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League.
2014- Russia Olympic Team and Gold metal 2014 IIHF World Championships
2015- Chicago Blackhawks
2016- Phoenix Coyotes
Dylan Dix, Arizona Bobcats AAA, WHL Warriors Draftee, USHL Lumberjacks Draftee, 2014-15 Keystone Ice Miners NAHL and 2015-16 Corpus Christie IceRays NAHL - Client Since 2005
I have skated with Cathy to improve my skating skills and speed on and off ever since I was a squirt. Her focus on technique and form have helped me greatly over the years. Most recently, I experienced a knee injury that took me off the ice for 5 months. When I was cleared to skate again, I worked with Cathy on my rehab. Skating with Cathy multiple times a week to regain muscle memory and form helped speed up my recovery. I will continue to work with Cathy whenever possible to for skating tune-up!
-Dylan Dix, Arizona Bobcats AAA, WHL Warriors Draftee, USHL Lumberjacks Draftee, 2014-15 Keystone Ice Miners NAHL and 2015-16 Corpus Christie IceRays NAHL - Client Since 2005
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Matt Audet, Division III hockey for Western New England University in the ECAC Northeast, Client Since 2001
I started taking skating lessons from Cathy when I was 8 years old and her guidance has helped my game tremendously. Today’s coaches value a player’s skating ability more than ever. Junior and college coaches do not have the time to teach their players how to skate. She taught me how to be agile and balanced as well as how to use my size for stride and speed. I credit my success in hockey to Cathy’s coaching as I enter my freshman year at the college level.
- Matt Audet, Division III hockey for Western New England University in the ECAC Northeast, Client Since 2001
Dylan VanderEsch, NCAA Collegiate Player - SUNY Potsdam and Client since 2004
"Being a good skater has become such an important skill to have in hockey today. I am able to beat the opposition with speed while using my edges and staying strong on my skates, I owe that to Cathy. She has been instrumental to my development as a player".
Dylan started skating at 4 and has been coached by Cathy since 2004. He was a Jr. Shark player from Squirt A - 18AAA and was selected for the NAPHL Academic team in 2011-2012. Dylan also, began playing Jr A hockey for the Hartford Jr. Wolfpack in the 2012-2013 season where he lead his team in scoring the second season 2013-14. Currently Dylan is playing college hockey starting next year at SUNY Potsdam, located in upstate New York.
- Dylan VanderEsch, NCAA Collegiate Player - SUNY Potsdam and Client since 2004
Nicole Paulides, Player since 2003 (Prep School-Post Graduate)
“Cathy literally taught me to skate. I picked up ice hockey when I was ten years old and for eight years Cathy has been right there with me. Not only does she give impeccable technique and power skating insight, but it is blatantly evident that she does her homework. Bringing new ideas to the table, Cathy helps me recognize that I can never know enough about skating by teaching me the latest and greatest coming out of the hockey world. Ice hockey is a great sport, and each player needs a strong skating foundation to become a great player. Cathy does it all. From constructive feedback in high tempo lessons to individual critique in group clinics, Cathy Andrade’s power skating is how I got in on Division 1 hockey and where I am today."
- Nicole Paulides, Attending Cushing Academy (Prep School-Post Graduate) 2012/2013
Dalton Speelman, NCAA Player and Client since 2000
“I have been taking lessons from Cathy since I was a squirt player. I know whenever I step on the ice, even now, there are things that I do that I learned from her. Her power skating techniques, the importance she places on using edges properly and the skills she teaches to improve footwork have all influenced my skating. I know her training has been a major contributor to my success in hockey. No matter what your current skating level, Cathy will be able to improve it.” Dalton was a San Jose Jr. Shark 18 AAA 4-time USA Hockey National Select player.
- Dalton Speelman, University of New Hampshire Wildcats, NCAA, Client Since 2000
Dalton is currently playing in for the University of New Hampshire Wildcats. News Story >>