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Trevor Gardner

Born and raised in Markham, Trevor has been coaching hockey teams in the GTA for over 15 years. He has coached successful clubs at both the minor and junior levels as both an assistant and head coach. He has his Intermediate Coaching Certificate from Hockey Canada.

Trevor brings an extremely targeted and professional approach to the game on a daily basis and gradually gets more and more out of his players from workout to practice to game. Trevor is driven by a passion to help players evolve into the best players and people they can be. He is renowned for his unmatched work ethic and ability to connect with students of all backgrounds – turning good players into great ones. Trevor takes a uniquely scientific approach to instruction; incorporating biomechanics, physics, and philosophy into his teachings.

In August 2012, Trevor completed his Level I Certification with Dr. Smushkin's Canadian Ice Skating Institute. Dr. Smushkin's system is based on a scientific algorithm and the laws of nature. It is a program which uses "Gym on Ice" as a pillar and progresses to advanced skating techniques, rhythmical stickhandling, shooting, and scoring. These programs provide the necessary preparatory and supportive skills students need to become elite level players.

Over the last 46 years Doctor Smushkin has taught thousands of players and sent hundreds of them onto "pay for play" careers. He is a hockey scientist and a hockey creator. "I consider myself very fortunate Doctor has entrusted me with his knowledge and teaching methodology to be able to pass onto my students". Doctor never played hockey himself but has very successfully applied his background as a gymnast and figure skater to the game of hockey. Never having a career as a professional hockey player, Trevor continues to do everything he can to learn about the way body works most rationally, economically, and effectively on skates. He has huge admiration for golf instructor Sean Foley and uses him as his inspiration. Sean himself never had a professional golf career but has worked hard at his craft and now teaches some of the best players in the game including Tiger Woods.

Trevor's approach to the game gives players an early introduction to what is involved with being an elite hockey player at the junior, college and professional levels.

He started as an Assistant Coach with the Bramalea Blues Jr.A. team. He coached there on two different occasions. Members of Gardner's Blues teams included notables Nathan Marsters (R.P.I.), Matt Craig (Yale), Andrew Martin (UMASS Lowell), John-Scott Dickson (Rochester Americans), Mike Nagi (Clarkson), Rob Kapuscinski (Brown), Jesse Adair (Buffalo State), Michael Vernace (Tampa Bay), Brett Robinson (Mercyhurst), Graham McNabb (UPEI), Sean Cryer (Neumann College), Matt Moulson (New York Islanders).

From Bramalea Trevor moved on to the Vaughan organization coaching with both the Vaughan Kings AAA teams and the Vaughan Vipers Jr. A teams. Trevor coached the 2000-01 Kings Bantam AAA team which was a finalist at the Sudbury, and Sault Ste. Marie tournaments. The Jr. A. Vipers were the next stop for Gardner. During his time in Vaughan the Vipers made the playoffs each year and won the prestigious Newmarket Hurricane Showcase tournament in 2005. In his final year with Vaughan the Vipers finished the season with a 52 and 4 record. Members of Gardner's Vaughan teams include Mike Angeledis (Norfolk Admirals), Carlo DiRienzo (Kitchener Rangers), Paul Rodrigues (Oswego), Trevor Wadell (Plymouth Whalers), Danko Mironovic (Fort Wayne), Vince Bruni (Alabama-Huntsville), Brendan Sanders (Elmira), Nathaniel Brooks (York U.), Matt Martello (Lake Superior), Martin Lee (Elmira), Jake LaPlante (Peterborough), Victor Terreri (Barrie), Jamie Devane (Plymouth), Robyn Sertic (Erie), Anthony Metallo (U of T), Mark Cundari (Peoria), and Frankie DeAngelis (Fort Wayne).

Other stops along the way for Trevor include the 2002-03 Aurora Tigers Jr.A. team with current Niagara Ice Dogs coach Marty Williamson. The team finished with a 46 and 3 record. Notable members of that team include Matt Christie (Portland), Jordan Brenner (Waterloo), Rob Godfrey (Holy Cross), Steve Downie (Colorado Avalanche), Simon Barg (U of T), Jeff Gilbert (Robert Morris), Corey Gault (Peterborough), Brent Franklin (Holy Cross), Alex Eaton (Sudbury), and Chris Whitley (Lakehead).

Since moving to Barrie Trevor has spent time behind the bench with the 2009-10 Barrie Colt Minor Bantam team which won a Bronze Medal at the OHMA Championships. That team included Chris Bigras (Owen Sound), and Zach Nastasiuk (Owen Sound). Other regular students include Josh Leivo (Toronto Marlies), Adam Chapman (Gatineau), Josh Chapman (Sarnia), Danny Logan (Liberty University), James Mense-Dietrich (Kitchener). He also helped out the Penetang Kings Jr.C. team with their playoff runs in the 2010-11, and 2011-12 playoff seasons.

Over the past couple of years Trevor had a spring team of 1997 born players which included Graham Knott (Niagara), Sam Harding (Oshawa Generals) Maurizzio Colella (Belleville), Connor Walters (Owen Sound), Rocky Kaura (Barrie), Aaron Luchuk (Windsor), Tyler Boston (Guelph), Johnny Corneil (Niagara), Mitchell Duggan (Mississauga), Josh Leblanc (Belleville), Stephen Mariani (Belleville), Tyler Richardson (Owen Sound), Brandon Savoy (Peterborough), Quinn Eden (Barrie), Christian DeDonato (Belleville), and Matt Busby (Windsor).

Trevor continues his coaching tutelage under Hill Academy Hockey Director Lindsay Hofford whose experience includes head coaching stints of the Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) and the London Knights (OHL). Trevor also spends time on the ice with Greg Ireland, head coach of the Owen Sound Attack.

Trevor resides in Barrie with his wife Becky and sons Drake and Nyland. He owns and operates Shoot The Puck Hockey Training Centre.tre.

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