• What the Players Say

"Midway through my second year in the USHL, my coach and I were reminiscing about a showcase he had seen me at. We talked about how ‘a player with terrible feet but good hands’ had caught his eye from my old club, the Santa Clara Blackhawks. It took about ten seconds for us to realize that player was me. He said my skating had completely changed since then. I got to know Cathy at a camp when I was 10 years old and started working with her personally when I was 15. Everything from my edges to stride to transitions, Cathy has elevated my skating to the level it needs to be to play college hockey and beyond. When I come back in the off-season, I make it a point to work with her to keep my skating sharp."
- ROBBY JACKSON, St. Cloud State University Huskies, NCAA. 2013-14 USHL Rookie of the Year

“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 training has helped me get to where I am today, playing in the Kontinental Hockey League.  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 was selected 28th overall in the 2008 NHL entry draft.
- VIKTOR TIKHONOV, Grandson of the legendary coach Viktor Tikhonov, SKS St. Petersburg

"I have been skating with Cathy since I began playing competitive hockey. Her focus on technique and form have helped me greatly over the years. She has done an amazing job growing the lessons as I grew as a player. In midgets I had a knee injury that sidelined me for almost 6 months. Cathy was a huge part in my recovery and return to the game. She has helped me increase my speed and agility to allow me to succeed at the junior level."
- DYLAN DIX, Northern Cyclones, NCDC

"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 college hockey to Cathy’s coaching."
- MATT AUDET, Division III Western New England

"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.”

“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 and received a 4-year NCAA scholarship to University of New Hampshire." 
- DALTON SPEELMAN, Division I University of New Hampshire Wildcats

What They Say