Instructor Profiles

Danielle Gagné, Instructor

Danielle is a graduate from"The Ohio State University" played professionally in Ingolstadt, Germany, and the past 2 years for the Toronto Fury in the CWHL. Previously she played on the Mississauga Jr. Chiefs team that won the All Ontario Gold Medal in 2010. It was her 3rd All Ontario hockey championship as a player. She attended Mayfield high school where she participated in Field and Ice Hockey a well as softball.

In Grade 9 she was selected as the Toronto Star Female “Athlete of the Week,” for her on ice accomplishments. During the 2009-2010 she was named to the High School 2nd Team Tier l All-Star team for the Toronto Star. Dan also played for Team Ontario Blue and Team Ontario Red where she won 2 Silver medals at the 2009 and 2010 Canadian Nationals and in the Canada Winter Games. When on Team Ontario Blue in Vancouver she scored a key goal to tie the game against Team Atlantic that helped them get to the gold medal game on TSN. She participated in the Under 18 Team Canada Evaluation camps as well.

Danielle possesses some “great hands” and possesses a "quick release shot" using the DCH methods taught her and eagerly shares the technical aspect of stickhandling with many of our young hockey players. Danielle is a very enthusiastic, passionate teacher that is always eager to teach and share her experiences with players that often challenges the players to raise their overall game!

 

 

Josh Gagne - Instructor

Josh currently is playing for the Carlton Place Canadians in the CCHL. Before this he skated for the Calgary Canucks in the AJHL. Before Junior Josh attended the Gunnery in Connecticut playing in the highly competitive New England Prep School league. During his second year The Gunnery won the Championship with Josh scoring the winning goal vs Avon in the Semi finals.

Before playing in the U.S Josh was with the Toronto Marlboros 97 team that won several All Ontario Championships and 6 GTHL Cups! During his minor midget draft year he amassed 55 points as a defenceman and was drafted by the Kingston Frontenacs. Josh has been instructing at DCH for the past 7 years and last year took on the role as a regular instructor and Asst. coordinator for programs. His enthusiasm on the ice when teaching and demonstrating is an inspiration for the students. Joshes expertise is his ability to teach and demonstrate Puckhandling and Skating techniques using the Draft Choice techniques taught to him his whole hockey career. When teaching students Josh has high expectations and the students who put forth a committed effort with him are the ones who get the greatest results. He consistently brings out the best in the students.

 

 

Mark Dunning, B.Ed., Instructor

Mark has been with Draft Choice for the past 15 years. He is a Phys. Ed Teacher at Fallingbrook Senior Public School in the Peel Board. He also coaches in the Halton Hurricanes AAA organization . Mark played for the University of Toronto Blues in the OUAA.

As an instructor Mark is excellent with the players and is very enthusiastic in challenging them to be the best they can be. Mark is able to combine his own personal teaching methods and ideas with the Draft Choice Technical teaching methods and be a great teacher of the game. We are very fortunate to have this high level of teaching in our program

 

Lana Norris, B.Ed., Head Instructor

Lana is currently Teaching in the Peel Board in Caledon. She also coaches minor hockey with the Caledon Coyotes association. Lana played 4 years with the OUAA Brock Badgers womens team. Lana attended Draft Choice as a student for 5 years and in her last year before University she helped guide her Brampton Canadette Midget AA team to a Provincial Gold Medal.

Lana has progressed from a student, to a demonstrator, and is now one of our trained professional "Teacher" instructors. Her on ice commitment to the players is exceptional and demands only the best from each one. She is becoming an excellent teacher of the game. Having former students who know the skills and know how to teach the players from previous playing experience is what allows us to help your children achieve their dreams.

 

 

Derek Montgomery, B.Ed., Head Instructor

Derek was the Director of a Physical Education program at a private school in Brampton. For the past few years he has been teaching in the Peel Board. He grew up playing his minor hockey in the Brampton Battalion Organization. He played high school hockey for Notre Dame in Brampton where he was the MVP of the team and led them to the Canadian high school championship in Halifax. He then moved onto the Provincial Junior “A” league playing for the Bramalea Blues and ended his career playing OUAA for York University where he competed in the National Championship. Derek has been with DCH for 15 years.

Derek has developed his teaching skills throughout his years with DCH. Derek is a great example of our DCH staff who is able to demonstrate many of the DCH skills properly and teaches using our consistent DCH language. Derek is a year round instructor in our programs and is very intense when on the ice with the players and pushes the students beyond their comfort zones.

 

 

 

 

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