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About Cathy

CathyBy way of Calgary, Canada — Since 1984, Cathy has been teaching specialized techniques to many athletes and providing hockey players with a powerful in-game advantage. Over the years, she’s developed a highly refined power skating instruction system that’s earned a reputation for producing top hockey talent. She trained competitive figure skaters until the late 90’s, but since then, exclusively trains hockey players privately, hockey teams, hockey camps/clinics and her power skating series known as “Power Hour”; the newest series Cathy offers is "Power Hour Elite” that focuses primarily on Tier through Collage players.

In the early 1980′s, Cathy attained triple-gold CFSA certification (Gold Figure, Gold Free-style and Gold Dance) and benefited from training extensively with two Olympians, Winnie Silverthorne and Michael Jiranek. Cathy was the head coach at the Calgary Winter Club by the late 80’s. In 1992, she relocated to San Jose, California’s Eastridge Ice Arena and established San Jose’s first formal power skating program. She has ISI membership- Gold judge certification since 1994 as well as U.S. Figure Skating membership and U.S.A. hockey membership. Regarded as a 'Bay Area Power Skating Pioneer', Cathy has coached athletes ranging from minor level hockey players through to NAHL, USHL, NCAA D1 and D3, EHL, AHL to NHL & Olympic Champions.

Now at western United States’ premier training center—Shark’s Ice San Jose—Cathy is the Power Skating instructor for the Jr. Sharks, Santa Clara Blackhawks, and Bellarmine College Preparatory. Her Power Hour & Power Hour Elite customized clinics receive sell-out attendance and have since their inception, even with the addition of more sessions and her 2015 expansion to Shark’s Ice Oakland and Tri Valley Ice, Livermore.

Cathy’s methods have been recognized nationally and she has been accredited for her work with players in the Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, NHL.com, and local publications. Her technique’s have been adopted by many coaches who train their own students and coach hockey teams. 

 "It has truly been my privilege to elevate skill development over the past 30+ years and to watch so many players exceed their athletic and personal best. Coaching superior skating skills can be a players most significant competitive advantage” 

Cathy’s past and current client testimonials can be read here

NHL Families Coached by Cathy

Photos 2009 – Cathy and Joe Pavelski (SJ Sharks, 2010 USA Olympic team)
Since 2009 Cathy has been coaching NHL players at private off-season training sessions.

2015- NHL Training with Viktor Tikhonov (2015 -Chicago Blackhawks, 2016- Phoenix Coyotes) and Tommy Wingles (San Jose Sharks):