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About Mike Macdonald

Mike Macdonald played junior for the St. Catharines Falcons and Fort Erie Meteors before turning to coaching. Mike brings over 20 years of Hockey Development Experience. In addition he has 16 years of coaching experience including 6 years as a 1st assistant coach with Brock University Men's Hockey. In the 6 years while working on individual development with the Brock players he was also working with several minor hockey teams in the area. He has also completed his certification for the High Performance 1 with Hockey Canada. Mike is currently the Skating and Skills Coach for Brock University Women's Hockey and Head of Hockey Development for GCMHA. He is also working with several organizations in the Niagara Region to help build their foundations for solid development programs.

Mike comes from a hockey family. His brother Matt played pro in North America/Europe and is currently the Assistant Coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins in the AHL. J-T, his youngest brother, finished his pro career in Germany and still remains involved in hockey threw several other avenues.

The goal of True Stride is to bring a hybrid of North American and European coaching styles together to create a fun yet challenging skate while pushing players outside their comfort zones. Players will develop quicker when they enjoy the positive, motivating, environment. They will leave sweating and smiling excited for the next skate.

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