Our hockey program is a unique individual player/goalie skills based program for boys and girls from grades 5 to 12. Developed on sound scientific and sport specific principles of long term athlete development, our program is second to none and maximizes performance.
We pride ourselves on developing complete hockey players and can do so with our in-depth hockey curriculum. Our team of Sport Scientists and Hockey Coaches have come together to develop the most comprehensive program which allows for a perfect environment to achieve optimal development.
The program is a progressive approach allowing our youngest players to increase in ice time as they mature. Our younger grades will have ice time ranging between 100-120hrs per school year while our older players will be on the ice between 135-150hrs per school year. All of which are under the guidance of our Hockey Director and Buffalo Sabres skills coach – Pat Malloy.
The Peak Centre Academy is located within the Bell Sensplex. Our facilities include 3 NHL size rinks and 1 International size ice pad. With classes on the second floor; students are literally a 30 second walk away from getting ready for ice times.
Also located within our facility is our sister company – Peak Centre for Human Performance which is the only Accredited High Performance Athlete Testing and Training Laboratory in the area. The Sport Scientists working at the Peak Centre are among the most qualified in the world having been responsible for work with over 30 National/Olympic Teams along with various CIS, NCAA hockey programs, Junior Teams and many NHL teams including: the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils, NY Rangers, San Jose Sharks, Buffalo Sabres to name a few.
The Peak Centre for Human Performance includes a full service training centre for our hockey players along with High Performance Testing Lab where all of our players perform various testing to help them achieve their maximum potential. The centre includes; Sport Scientists, Exercise Physiologists, Kinesiologists, Sport Psychologists, Biomechanists, Nutritionists, Coaches and Personal Trainers which all play an integral part in our athletic development.
Extra Curricular Programming
Our Academy students have first priority for any evening skills/skating sessions. These can be 1 week camps during holidays or summer; weekly sessions, private or semi-private sessions etc. These are optional and provide our students with the opportunity to work on specific needs under the supervision of our qualified coaches.
Whether you need help preparing for your Atom tryouts or being scouted by the OHL or NCAA, our team has the experience and knowledge to guide you and help you achieve your goals. Our coaches have an open door policy and are available to speak with any player/families throughout the year. This could be to work on a specific skill set or it could be to get you in touch with various hockey advisors to help you reach the next level.
Our Sport Scientists will also meet with families to explain any testing results so the whole family understand what is needed to achieve the next goal. This could be for on-ice, off-ice, strength training, nutrition etc…
Pat Malloy – Director of Hockey
As the Program Coordinator for The Peak Hockey Program, Pat brings a wealth of teaching knowledge. Past experiences include working with many professional and elite teams, athletes and coaches. As program coordinator for the Peak Hockey Program, Pat has developed specific on-ice training methods that target specific energy systems, muscle groups, angles and balance points to enhance skating and hockey skill performance and conditioning. He continues to develop a strong structural base for the Peak Hockey Program, focusing on skill development, mental, physical, nutritional and ethical aspects of the game. His programs specialize in a Skill Based Approach to learning and development. He is a nationally certified coach and part of the High Performance Stream with Canadian Hockey and a power skating instructor pursuing National Certification. Pat has also served as a professional hockey skills and skating coach for over 10 years and has coached for over a decade from Initiation to Junior “A” throughout Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Valley. He is a former GM, Coach and Director of Player Development in the Central Junior “A” Hockey League and has Tier II Junior “A” playing experience along with “Speak Out” Program Certification with Hockey Canada. Pat is also currently the skills and skating coach for the Buffalo Sabres.
Ben McLeod – Head Coach / Teacher
Ben McLeod returns to PEAK Academy with a rich background of international playing, coaching, and teaching experience. Ben is a native of Ottawa and is a University of Ottawa graduate with an Honours English/Minor History degree (2007), and a Bachelor of Education degree (2011). Ben is entering his sixth year of full time teaching and has experience at the high school level in Ontario at a private school for two years and most recently in Saskatchewan’s public school system at the middle years’ level where he was excited to focus on Physical Education for two years. Ben is also a certified Developmental 1 coach and has coached at the Major Bantam AAA level as well as coaching basketball, track, and volleyball in school. Ben has a passion for skill development and has worked for 9 years as a head instructor with Turcotte Stickhandling, as well as conducting skill clinics wherever he has taught. Prior to his teaching and coaching career, Ben played at the Jr. A level with the Ottawa Jr. Sens before moving on to a successful career at the University of Ottawa, where he was named CIS Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year and finished 2nd in the nation in scoring in 2007. Following his university career, Ben proceeded to pursue a three-year professional career in Kaufbeuren (German Oberliga), Cincinnati (ECHL), and Reading (ECHL). Ben has a passion to inspire student-athletes to maximize their potential in all arenas of life and is excited to be a part of the team at PEAK!
Matt Dopud – Goalie Coach
Josh O'Keefe- Coach
Ken Brunet- Sport Scientist
Ken obtained his exercise science degree at the University of Ottawa and is a Certified Exercise Physiologist with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology. He has worked in the Exercise Science field since 1993 and is currently co-founder and President of the Peak Centre for Human Performance; an Accredited Elite Athlete Testing and Training Centre as well as the Peak Centre Academy. Ken specializes in sport science, training monitoring, training plan development and consulting for many National, Olympic and professional teams, athletes and coaches. While being part of sport science committees for National Sport Organizations, Ken has also taught at the University and College levels and lectures at conferences for various groups such as: physical education teachers, national coaching programs, personal trainers, fitness instructors etc. As a Sport Scientist, Ken has worked with various sports. Teams such as the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadians, Columbus Blue Jackets, San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames as well as Hockey Canada have all seeked Ken's expertise. Ken has also worked closely with other sports and assocations such as: Cycling Canada, Badminton Canada; Squash Canada, Biathlon Canada; Triathlon Canada and many others.
Kevin Wilson- Kinesiologist/Sport Scientist
Kevin obtained his Exercise Science degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa, graduating in 1998. Shortly after obtaining his degree, Kevin teamed up with current business partner, Ken Brunet to open the very first PEAK Centre for Human Performance, located in Kanata, ON. The initial focus of the PEAK Centre was in offering highly specific fitness testing and training solutions for the general population as well as high performance athletics. Today that focus remains, with services now being offered within Canada and specific locations across the US through PEAK Centre Franchises.
Over the years, Kevin has had the opportunity to work with 1000’s of individuals and athletes from numerous sports each seeking to reach their personal best; triathlon, cycling, running, hockey, sailing, gymnastics, and golf. With each sport requiring a specific understanding of it’s physical demands, Kevin has had to research and develop specific testing and training protocols in order to assist athletes in these sports reach their individual peak performances. The results of this research and development can be seen throughout the network of PEAK Centre franchises.
Kevin has taken the lead in several roles with numerous National and Professional Sport Organizations including; sport science advisor, educator, fitness evaluator, and protocol developer. These opportunities have shaped the way in which Kevin and the PEAK Centre as a whole provide a completely evidence based and methodical approach to fitness testing and training.
Brian Kehoe- Strength Coach
Brian completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Limerick (Ireland). As part of his degree requirements, Brian was required to successfully complete an extensive 1-year placement internship at the PEAK Centre in Kanata. Upon graduation, PEAK Centre offered Brian a full-time position as their Strength and Conditioning Coordinator which he has continued to develop. Currently Brian is co-lead trainer for Personal Training (group and individual), team and group training, as well as presenter during the PEAK Centre Seminar Series. As a leader, Brian continually develops his knowledge base to offer clients the most efficient and effective training solutions. Brian’s clients search for his knowledge in the following areas: weight loss, general health and fitness, and sport performance.
Ed McNeely – Sport Scientist
Ed McNeely received his Masters degree in Exercise physiology from the University of Ottawa in 1994 and has been involved in the strength and conditioning industry for 15 years. Ed is a faculty member of the United States Sports Academy and has developed the sports conditioning curriculum for the coaching certification programs of several National Sports Organizations. Ed has been a consultant to 17 Canadian National and professional sports teams. Ed is the author of three books, One Hundred Strength Exercises, Training for Rowing, and Skillful Rowing, and is currently working on a book about integrating strength training into the High School and Middle School PE curriculum. He has published over 100 articles on training and athlete conditioning covering topics such as strength training, plyometrics, making weight, assessing fitness, speed and power development, planning and periodization, and aerobic fitness. He is a frequent resource for other writers, acting as an expert for articles in Muscle & Fitness, Outside Magazine, the Georgia Tech Sports Medicine Newsletter, the Rowing News, the Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen and the Discovery Channel. Ed has an extensive background in performance and occupational research having been involved in studies that analyzed the physical demands of and developed fitness test protocols and standards for emergency medical technicians, prison guards, police officers, park wardens, firefighters, and military personnel, and has helped several high profile companies develop fitness screening programs for their emergency response teams.
Ed is a frequent speaker at National and International Sport and Fitness Conferences, having done over 75 presentations in the past 10 years at conferences such as the NSCA National Convention, the AAHPERD National Convention, the Society of Weight Training Injury Specialists Conference, ECA Sport and Fitness Conference, Coaching Association of Canada Conferences, Rowing Canada Conferences, Ontario Minor Hockey Association Clinics, Joy of Sculling Conferences, and Olympic Solidarity Conferences.