Hall of Fame
At PowerSkating Academy, excellence in skating is a passion and a practice. By developing correct technique, we open doors for students of all ages and skill levels to achieve their full potential.
Kosta Likourezos started skating with with PowerSkating Academy since 2003 and is one of the Academy’s highest-level skaters. Working with Kosta for so allowed him to focus on some of the more challenging skating techniques in the figure world. He has worked on mastering his open-hip technique including outside-edge mohawks and spread eagles. His poise during difficult lessons allowed him to improve to the highest level, and is a trait that will continue to reward him in his hockey career. Kosta amassed 119 points in his Jr. career which was spent in the NAHL and the OJHL. He is now playing for the Brock Badgers in the CIS.
“I feel that the Power Skating Academy is a very elite club. We do things that are totally different and bring a whole different level to the game by attributing figure skating to a hockey game. Figure skating brings in the edges and your balance on ice.”
Josh Walt has skated with PowerSkating Academy since his 2002. During his lessons, Josh focused on the length of his stride and matching extension speed with recovery speed. In doing so, Josh became one of the fastest skaters in the Academy. His speed paired with his intelligence earned him a spot with Team Canada U-19, at the Maccabiah Games. Josh scored 6 points during the tournament including a goal in the Gold Medal game to help his team win 3-2 over the United States. Walt has put his hockey career to the side while attending medical school to pursue his Doctorate.
“Dave and Laura have pushed me way beyond my limits and have taught me good work ethic that I will carry for the rest of my life. Recently, I was chosen to play for the U-19 Team Canada Hockey Team in the 2013 Maccabiah Games. Making the team is one of the biggest accomplishments in my life, but helping my team win 3-2 over the United States was something unimaginable. This was a truly an unforgettable experience. I owe a huge thanks to Dave and Laura because there is no way this was possible without them. I consider Powerskating Academy to be my second family!”
Jessa played defence with St. Lawrence University on a full NCAA Division 1 scholarship where she majored in political science. While playing for SLU, she had a goal to play for Team Canada or for the CWHL. After two seasons, she transferred to York University to play for their hockey team. Being in Toronto made it easier for Jessa to continue training. She has now accomplished her goal and is playing for the Brampton Thunder of the CWHL.
ACHA – Rochester College
Miles Levtov has been coaching with PowerSkating Academy since its creation, and is a master of his blade. Even after starting hockey at twelve years of age, he played at the Junior Level and is playing hockey for an American School. His phenomenal skating has allowed him to reach this level in such a short period of time.
“Having been raised in the PSA community, I have had the value of learning how to become the best skater I can be as well as helping others to reach their greatest potential. Hockey has allowed me to travel and train with some of the top coaches in the world and to experience and learn great things. Every skater should be able to learn and have fun at the same time.”
Liam Anderson has been skating with the Academy since he was playing Minor Midget hockey with Toronto Nats. Liam skates in our Elite Classes to focus on his efficiency. His foot speed combined with increasing his stride length has created a skater with great acceleration. His motivation towards improvement even when being pushed by some of the more challenging figure techniques will be evident during his hockey. During his first year of Jr’s, he put up 22 points. Anderson now plays for Welland Jr. Canadians of the OJHL.
Josh Beaton played forward mainly for the Lefroy Wave in the GMHL. He started skating with the PowerSkating Academy when he had been cut from his Jr. C team. Forced to play Juvenile AAA, he worked passionately on his skating ability with PSA so he was able to make a Jr A team the following season. Playing the majority of that season with the Lefroy Wave, Josh buried only nine points. While continuing to work on his strength and stride length with PSA, he went on to accumulate 57 points in his Jr career.
“After being cut from my Jr. C team, I started skating with the PowerSkating Academy. With the help of Dave and the other instructors, I was able to make a Jr. A team the following year and the biggest improvement for me in that year was my skating. The technique I learned from PowerSkating Academy helped me more than any other camp I had ever been to. I owe a large portion of my success and ability to play Jr.A hockey to Dave and PowerSkating Academy.”
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