FMMHA 2023/2024 Player development partners:


DDJ Hockey

DDJ & MW Hockey -Joint Development Sessions


Dan Hodgson & Mark Wait
Dan 780-215-8888 / Mark 403-473-4331 /

Cost: $320.00 per hour
Together, MW Hockey and DDJ Hockey are offering a joint development session for teams that involves
both player and goaltender skill development on the same ice time.
A practice plan will be developed for a team that encompasses both player skill development and
goaltender development. It will consist of two head coaches (one for players and one for goaltenders)
and any assistant coaches as deemed appropriate by MW Hockey and DDJ Hockey. 

A typical ice time will include player specific development and goaltender specific development, working
on their own with their respective head coach, followed by an intertwined practice where the players
can utilize the goaltenders to better work on their skillset, while the drills will be tied into what the
goaltenders worked on as well. As most teams only have two goaltenders, if minor hockey wanted to
reach out and have up to 4 goaltenders, that is also fine.


Vertex Hockey

Dean Petiot 
Phone: 780-781-9949

Cost: $200.00 per hour
Dean Petiot is a skills and development coach who arrived in Fort McMurray in 2020 from Camrose
where he was the skills coach for the Jr.A Camrose Kodiaks. He played Jr.A for the Camrose Kodiaks,
went on to get a Division 1 scholarship with Bowling Green University Falcons and finished his career
playing Pro Hockey in the ECHL and then SPHL before retiring due to injuries. He has numerous years of
minor hockey coaching and spent the last 8 years teaching Power Edge Pro as a level 4 Instructor
working with kids from age 6 to current Pros.
Dean will be using his hockey background as a foundation for success on the ice. He will be using the
EdgeBoss apparatuses to further develop players. Today’s game is all about edgework, but most
importantly believing and trusting in your edges to give you that extra step to rise above your
opponents. Coach Dean’s sessions are designed to get players out of their comfort zone and expect the
unexpected as they stickhandle through and around the apparatuses while getting an endless amount of
puck touches. All players can skate, but the ones who can stickhandle with the puck flawlessly while
regaining speed and agility, will separate them from the rest.

YMM Puck Skills

YMM Skills & Development

Vaughn Slaney and Liam Morrison
(New Partner)
Phone: 780-881-9433

Cost: $200.00 per hour
YMM Skills Academy will be focused on technical skills with a small introduction of
how these skills translate into individual tactics, team play and strategy. These preseason
development sessions will cover the following core Skills for the appropriate age level:
● Puck Handling - Stationary puck control, moving puck control, stationary passing and
receiving, moving, passing and receiving, shooting mechanics.
● Individual tactics - Body Position, fakes, dekes, tracking, compete level
● Team Play - Basic positioning and game processing though application of skills learned.

We as are able to run dryland training at Holy Trinity as we at Father Mecredi High School.


Liam Morrison (ISSA Certified Personal Trainer) YMM Puck Skills/ Dry-land Training
Offering hockey specific training to help players improve their explosive speed, agility,
conditioning and skills on the ice.
Program and training is designed to increase power and endurance while improving
functional strength. Most importantly, the training program is focused on unlocking new
mobility, flexibility and agility which will allow players to improve their on-ice performance and
avoid common injuries.
Programs are designed for teams and players of all ages and abilities and will run out of the
weight room at Father Mercredi Gym. Players will also leave training with exercises,
knowledge and concepts that they can apply at home on their own.

Diamond Edge

Diamond Factory

Sara Diamond 
Phone: 709-769-0301

Cost: $225.00 per hour
Sara Diamond moved to Fort McMurray in August of 2020 from St. John’s, Newfoundland and has been HP1 certified since 2017.
She has many years of instructing at summer hockey schools in NL including X-treme
(2007), Blizzard (2008-2017), Shoot For Excellence female camp (2019) JAG (2019) & camp Danny Cleary Hockey School (2018-present). Sara has gained tremendous experience
teaching girls and boys of all divisions in the game of hockey since she started her coaching in 2012 when she finished playing her AUS career at Mount Allison. She's coached at Provincial, AAA, Atlantic and National levels and is currently the Assistant Coach/Skating & Skills coach for the Fort McMurray Oil Barons.

For preseason Sarah will be focused on perfecting and sharpening skating skills. She
brings her fun and energetic personality on the ice to connect and give back to the kids and
to the game.

DDJ Hockey

DDJ Hockey

Dan Hodgson
Phone: 780-215-8888

Cost: $200.00 per hour
DDJ Hockey was started by a local hockey coach, Dan Hodgson who wanted to work with the youth in the
community to improve their hockey skills, while providing a safe, respectful environment for them to
learn. Dan has worked with players from first time skating, to Junior and College level players.

Dan started playing hockey over 45 years ago and has played from minor hockey through Junior and
Senior AA. When his boys were old enough to lace them up, he began his coaching journey. From
Pre-Initiation through U18AA, Dan has been coaching all levels for the last 20 years.
Not only does Dan hold multiple certifications from Hockey Canada including High Performance 1, he
also works for Hockey Alberta as a Coach Course Conductor and delivers our coaching clinics every
As a Development partner in Minor Hockey over the last few years, Dan has worked with teams at every
tier, every age category, and will design icetimes based on your team’s needs. Coaches are encouraged to
help out with the ice times and learn with the team!

Jay Duffett DGD

Duffett Goalie Development

Jay Duffett 
Phone: 613-498-4450

Cost: $200 per hour
Jay Duffett moved to Fort McMurray in 2015. He has numerous years of experience
coaching goalies in summer camps between the years of 2006 to 2016 from various
programs including Network Goalie Academy (2006 – 2007), Gold in the Net – Nova
Scotia (2007 – 2008) and Gold in the Net – Ontario (2008 – 2016). In addition to coaching
summer camps, he also worked full time for Gold in the Net – Ontario as a head instructor
at their real-ice mini rink in Brockville, Ontario from 2011 to 2014.
Jay’s approach to goaltending focuses on technique, mobility, reading the puck and also
reading the play while trying to keep it fun for the goalies.


MW Hockey

Mark Wait 
Phone: 403-473-4331

Cost: $200.00 per hour
MW Hockey is a new company focused on the goaltender position, which provides development for all
ages and abilities. Mark Wait spent all of his playing days as a goaltender, playing for both the MacEwan
Griffins and Augustana Vikings, before turning his focus to coaching. Mark has been working with
goaltenders since he was 16 years old and has worked with various goaltending companies, including
Above the Crease, Okanagan Hockey School and the Goalie Centre. Mark has coached multiple minor
hockey teams within FMMHA and looks forward to continuing his relationship with minor hockey.
Mark will be one of the partners focusing on goaltender development this upcoming season and will be
offering sessions to assist the varying ages and skill sets of the FMMHA goaltenders.


Athletic Edge

 Kim Couper

Cost: $250 per hour

Athletic Edge Training Corp was established in 2002, in BC, and we noticed there was a large gap in skating development/power skating for hockey players. Coach Kim's technical knowledge has given her the EDGE to coach Athletes in the NHL, Elite European players, Major Junior, NCAA, as well as worked with Athletes who have played for Team Canada & Team USA. Her love for working with Athletes and bringing out the best can be seen in all her training sessions. We look forward to a great season with Fort McMurray Minor Hockey this coming season.


Change Up Performance

BJ Fitzpatrick (Change Up Performance)

Phone: 780-792-7986 

Cost: $200 per hour

PEP Instructor since 2015. Counter reactive on ice training that will improve stick handling skills, edge work and reaction. Many types of game drills and repetitions to help puck confidence in game situations.


Seed and Sprout Nutrition

Seed & Sprout Nutrition (New Partner)

Cost: $250

Ali Myers is our “new development coach” from Seed & Sprout Nutrition for the
2023/2024 season. A critical part of an athlete’s development and success is
determined by how they choose to fuel their bodies – their food and drink choices
directly impact sports performance and influence healthy habits throughout life.
Ali Myers is the co-owner of Seed & Sprout Nutrition and has been practicing as a
Registered Dietitian since 2014. Ali attended Georgia Southern University on a swimming
scholarship (Div 1) and completed her BSc (Bachelor of Science) in Nutrition and a MSc
(Masters of Science) in Kinesiology with an emphasis in sport nutrition.
Ali brings both personal and professional sport nutrition experience to help educate
and support minor athletes to optimize their performance. Ali can guide parents of all
ages of athletes (even as young as our U7 division) on healthy nutrition habits and meal
choices they can offer their children or how to support older youth in making educated
choices for themselves. Ali provides a practical, evidence-based approach when it
comes to nutrition.
Our Nutrition Development sessions will be held at the Frank Lacroix community room
and can be booked through This will count as one of
the two development sessions offered to our Fort McMurray Minor Hockey teams. We
are encouraging parents to attend with their players.


Mike Brodeur Goaltending

Coach: Mike Brodeur

Cost: $225.00 per hour
Mike Brodeur is a former professional goaltender. He was selected by the Chicago
Blackhawks in the 2003 NHL Entry draft and played in the NHL for the Ottawa Senators.
Mike turned his focus to teaching after career ending injuries and has now been teaching
goaltending/hockey skills for over a decade and partnered with FMMHA for the last 5 years.
Mike will be working on age-appropriate Goaltending skills with our Goalies. There is room
for Skaters to focus on their shooting as they support the Goaltenders development.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out....

Ryan Arendt
V.P Player Development FMMHA
Fort McMurray Minor Hockey Association