Meet Our Coaches
Our certified hockey, power skating, and figure skating coaches are experienced in PSA’s proven coaching method, and have experience as competitive figure skaters, professional hockey players, team captains, school teachers, and more.
Co-founder, Director, Head Coach, and International Musician
International skating coach Dave Levtov has worked throughout North America and Europe with players of all ages and skill levels. Dave perfected his skating methodology through training with elite coaches in both the figure skating and hockey worlds. Through his mentorship in figure skating, Dave has been able to incorporate elite figure skating technique into the hockey world.
Dave developed PSA’s powerful slow and perfect approach to athletic training and has created a system that guarantees great skating for hockey. Having worked as a professional freelance musician and music teacher at Humber College – playing on hundreds of television shows and commercials – Dave understands that practice, focus, time and dedication are required to excel at an elite level.
Dave’s main focus has been long-term development with players in the Toronto area. Opportunities to help players from other parts of the world are always welcome. He has worked with several players in the KHL, junior and minor and pro leagues, as well as a vast number of minor hockey superstars.
Co-founder, Director, and Head Coach
Laura has more than 30 years of competitive coaching experience, NCCP Level 3 certification, and is a well-respected coach in the Canadian Figure Skating world. Prior to co-founding PowerSkating Academy with Dave in 2008, she founded funSKATE in 1993. A passionate athlete, Laura is also a multiple marathon runner, fitness enthusiast, world traveler, and has climbed Mount Everest twice.
“I believe that every child has the ability to reach his or her full potential, and I am passionate about inspiring them with the love of skating that will drive them to reach their potential, both on the ice and in all areas of life!”
Director, Head Coach
A triple-gold medalist in figure skating, Joscelyn was the last gold medalist in figures in Canada – a skill very few have or will have in the world. Joscelyn has worked with PowerSkating Academy since its inception, helping develop one-of-a-kind program, and training all of our Hall of Fame students. She is truly a gift to all hockey players searching to become their best. In a world that requires you to stand out, Joscelyn makes that happen. PowerSkating Academy is honoured to have her as part of our team.
NHL Shooting Coach
An NHL skills and shooting coach since 2001, Tim recently completed a 6 year stretch with the Montreal Canadiens and is currently working with the Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Philadelphia Flyers. His coaching specialties include puck skills, shooting, puck protection, puck battling, and body contact (impact and pinning) both offensively and defensively. Tim’s approach to teaching puck skills is in line with PowerSkating Academy’s philosophy of slow and perfect – “perfect practice makes perfect”.
Three time national champion, two time Olympic qualifier, and world competitor Emanuel Sandhu brings a vast array of experience to PowerSkating Academy. A graduate of the National Ballet School of Canada, Sandhu has an extensive background in both figure skating and dance. In 2009, Sandhu made the top 20 on So You Think You Can Dance Canada, finishing in the top 6. A simple Google search provides in-depth lists detailing all of Sandhu’s various accomplishments in both dance and figure skating. Emanuel’s talent and experience is invaluable all PowerSkating Academy students.
Dynamic Skills Training Coach
Bryan Deasley is a 20 year hockey professional with a focus on athletic development. Not only a clinic specialist and player advisor with an extensive background in both coaching and playing, Bryan has also managed skill development for over 100 NHL players. Bryan has played for the University of Michigan, was a first round NHL draft pick, member of Team Canada for gold and silver medals, and is a former pro hockey player. Bryan is an advocate of PowerSkating Academy’s exclusive skating system and combines hockey specific movements to further advance elite player development. His PowerSkating Academy students greatly benefit from all Bryan has to offer.
A world junior champion in ice dance, Gennady Kaskov brings his extensive technical skating expertise to PowerSkating Academy. Gennady has coached for over 20 years and is a certified International Technical Specialist for Canada. Accomplished both on and off the ice, Gennady is also a Skate America bronze medalist, a 1991 Winter Universiade champion, a coach consultant for Skate Canada, and holds a degree in Sports Psychology from Odessa University. Gennady’s coaching approach perfectly aligns with PowerSkating Academy’s technically driven lessons.
Game Specific Hockey Skills Coach and Clinic Specialist
A Belleville native, the 1990 OHL Rookie of the Year with the Peterborough Petes, and third round NHL draft pick of the Washington Capitals, Chris is currently serving as the Bulls’ lead hockey development instructor. Longo enjoyed an 11 year minor pro career including stops in Baltimore, Portland, Springfield, Cleveland, Jackson, Toledo and Italy. Chris Longo shares PowerSkating Academy’s passion and vision of changing the face of hockey starting at the grassroots level.
Assistant Program Director, Head Coach
Miles Levtov has been coaching with PowerSkating Academy since its creation, and is one of PSA’s highest level skating students. After only 7 years of playing hockey, Miles is currently playing at the Junior level, with the goal of making a European team in the next two years. 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.”
As a former member of the Canadian World Figure Skating Team, triple gold medalist, and Novice Canadian Dance Champion, Patricia brings a lifetime of experience at the highest levels of skating to PowerSkating Academy. As an ice dance champion with 30 years coaching experience, her understanding of edges is greatly sought after in the hockey world. Patricia’s demand for excellence is a welcomed asset to the PowerSkating team.
Cindy’s approach effectively combines her experiences as a high school teacher and her 24 years of competitive figure skating. She joined PowerSkating Academy in 2008 and has brought her Level 1 coaching certificate and many years of teaching experience to our team.
“I believe in coaching the whole person—how to skate, how to overcome mental blocks, how to maneuver as efficiently as possible, and most importantly how to enjoy being on the ice even while working hard. I coach because I believe that by sharing our talents we can improve one another. It allows me to give back to a sport that gave me so much.”
funSKATE Director, Power Skating Coach
Jurell has over 22 years of skating experience, first stepping onto the ice at the age of 3. Jurell is a former competitive figure skater and was coached by some of the best figure skating instructors in the world, including Olympic coaches and national/world Champions. PowerSkating Academy students greatly benefit from Jurell’s extensive coaching and competitive skating experience.
“I am believe in constant improvement and even though I don’t compete I always try and improve my own skating skills. I try and pass on the same beliefs to my students so that they can reach there own skating goals.”
Power Skating Coach
A former Junior A and college varsity hockey player, Chris has coached with PowerSkating Academy since 2012. Chris has played in two national championships and has coached a number of teams to their own championship wins. He has his Coaching Development 1 certification from Hockey Canada and continues to study with PowerSkating Academy in order to expand his knowledge and skills.
“Skating and hockey has always been a passion of mine. Helping kids and adults feel the sense of accomplishment and joy is very rewarding. I especially love to see a parent wanting to learn to skate so that they can enjoy the sport with their child.”
Power Skating Coach
Konstantine started skating with PowerSkating Academy at the age of 15. His dedication and commitment to excellence has made him a member of our elite skating team and our coaching staff in just 3 years. Konstantine is currently sourcing out a Junior A position after only 5 years on the ice. He is a true testament to how desire combined with our technical skating system creates a great skater.
“Through coaching I have improved my own skating as well. Analyzing and correcting the technique of others is a powerful learning tool.”
Power Skating Coach
Former NCAA Division 1 scholarship award winner, Jessa brings a special understanding of girls hockey to our team. Jessa is both a coach and student with PowerSkating Academy. Already achieving a hockey scholarship for university, her next goal is to represent Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Power Skating Coach
A student of PowerSkating Academy since the age of 9, Josh recently made the U-19 Team Canada Hockey Team for the 2013 Maccabiah Games (third largest sporting event in the world). Josh scored six points in five games helping his team become the only Junior Canadian team to win gold at this sporting event.
“My goal is to see growth in other players’ skating ability and to inspire them to achieve more than they knew they could. I enjoy sharing my knowledge with other hockey players so they can learn to skate with a strong technical background. Hands-on teaching is the most important element in fixing key details in one’s skating.”
Power Skating Coach
Matthew has captained many hockey teams, and now coaches for the Vaughan Rangers. Matthew has numerous NCCP certifications as well as High 5 certification.
“Hockey has given me so much, and taught me a lot about myself, and as a coach I can help others achieve these same benefits. My coaches were my role models. It’s gratifying to do the same for my players, helping them to become better athletes and people.”
Questions? Get in touch with us at (416) 406-0550