The realization of a dream, Dskate Hockey is equal part passion, drive and desire. Melting the elements of hockey and diabetes education together to create a unique “hockey+diabetes” program, Dskate is a family-friendly education and exercise platform designed to improve puck skills, life skills and, most of all, create connections and build confidence.
Uniting elite-level professionals on and off the ice, Dskate offers a vast array of education sessions on diabetes management for players and parents. On the other side of the puck, the Dskate coaching staff brings a unique approach to the ice in utilizing T1D management skills to bring out the best in their hockey players. When combined, the end result is a program that delivers an impactful balance of diabetes education, hockey skill development, and fun; leaving all who experience Dskate with a smile on their face.
Inspired to improve quality of life, the Dskate Hockey Program focuses on helping players and parents recognize the value of nutrition and exercise and the harmony that can be achieved through proper balance. Through an invaluable combination of elite staffs independently focused on hockey and diabetes, Dskate achieves the true “team” goal of making everyone a part of the action while leaving no one out.
To create, develop and implement an integrated “hockey+diabetes” sports-education program for individuals living with diabetes and to create, develop and facilitate the growth of the diabetic hockey community. Uniting the various components involved in diabetes management to support exercise and nutritional programming as essential means of improving daily quality of life for people living with diabetes.
An intelligent and passionate young leader, Olivier Huot, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 11. Through remarkable perseverance, a wonderful family and a strong commitment to take care of himself, Olivier went on to become a 1st round selection in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) before deciding he wanted to devote his life to helping others.
Currently in his 4th year studying Kinesiology at the University of Ottawa and working as a strength conditioning coach for Optimum Performance Athletique, Olivier now serves as Assistant Program Director for Dskate Hockey, taking on a leadership role in helping manage the many staffs and players we have at Dskate.
It takes a special kind of coach to manage the world's largest group of Type 1 Hockey players, which is why Dskate is proud to have Michel Vallière as our Head Coach. A goaltender by trade, having played 16 seasons professionally in Europe, Michel participated in 5 World Hockey Championships and back-stopped Team France at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer.
As a player turned coach, Michel has spent the last 15 seasons as an assistant coach to the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL as well as Founding École de Hockey Michel Vallière and, most recently, running the Hockey Program for École Polyvalentes-des-Monts, a specialized sports-education program, in Ste-Agathe, Quebec.
His infinite on-ice wisdom and years of hockey and world experience have provided Michel with an energetic and optimistic outlook on life, which is clearly expressed by his passion for teaching and love of the game.
A skill-set and smile that can't be beat, Steve Woodburn is a coach with a thirst for offense that cannot be quenched.
A former teammate of Mario Lemieux and Pat Lafontaine and draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers, Steve enjoyed a storied 18 year career played mostly in Europe (Rouen, France) - including 5 French Champion Titles. No stranger to the big stage, Steve has played in 10 World Hockey Championships and 3 Olympic Games (Calgary 1988, Albertville 1992, LilleHammer 1994) as a defender with a flair for offense.
Bringing intimate knowledge of what it takes to play on both sides of the puck and a desire to push players to be their best, Dskate Assistant Coach, Steven Woodburn, is a valuable addition to our staff and an innovative coach your player will love to learn from.
Gifted stickhandlers aren't simply born with the talent to weave magic on the ice, but must work hard to perfect a skill that few can master. Dskate Stickhandling Technician, David Bastien, is one of those few players that have successfully mastered the art.
With an ability to handle the puck like the best the game has ever seen, David is one of the best young teachers in hockey. With the experience of a 7-year career as a point-per-game offensive player in Europe (Lyon/Amiens, France), players benefit from incredible demonstrations and one-on-one instruction they won't find anywhere else but Dskate.
Currently skating for the Laval Predateurs of the LNAH and teaching with Michel Vallière at Polyvaltentes-des-Monts, David is eager to take on the challenge of bringing your T1D hockey player to the next leve.
Boasting a thorough and knowledgeable understanding of the game is expected from wise, veteran coaches, not always young ones. The exception is made in the case of Dskate Hockey IQ Technician, Frank Desrosiers.
A defensive-forward who spent 4 seasons in the QMJHL split between the Val d'Or Foreurs and the Gatineau Olympiques, Frank turned to a career in coaching at a young age. With a diverse background, including experience as a Boxer, you won't find a coach who can bring out the fight in a player quite like Frank.
With a determined focus to build an understanding of all in-game elements as well as what kind of confidence and belief-in-self it takes to push yourself to succeed, Frank Desrosiers also boasts a comprehensive understanding of the challenges facing each player. His compassion extends far beyond the ice as does his teaching skill, one of the many reasons Dskate and your T1D players are lucky to have him as a coach.
Encouraging T1D hockey players to chase their dreams is one of the biggest fundementals of Dskate. No one embodies that more than Dskate Goaltending Technician, Louis-Philip Guindon.
Currently the starting netminder for McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, while pursuing his Masters, Louis-Philip is a former winner of the President's Cup as a member of the Rimouski Océanic of the QMJHL.
In his quest to achieve his Masters while maintaining his dream of reaching the NHL, Louis-Philip is the ideal goaltending coach to bring an understanding of what it takes to make it at the Junior-elite level. If our Dskate goaltenders are to find their way to the top, they will need to understand exactly what it takes. Louis-Philip provides Dskate a comprehensive level of coaching that can provide your goalie with the tools and knowledge to succeed.