2020-21 YSE Return To Hockey Phase 2 - Skills Instructors, News (York-Simcoe Express)

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2020-21 YSE Return To Hockey Phase 2 - Skills Instructors
Submitted By Kelly Jones on Wednesday, March 3, 2021
With a varied program for YSE's Phase 2 of Return to Hockey in March and April, balanced between both team and individual skill development, YSE is pleased to introduce the following skills instructors who will be assisting with programming for Phase 2 and providing skill training for all positions for our players.


Ciro Naso, a York Simcoe Express alumnus as both a player and coach, developed a passion for teaching both on the ice and in the classroom after playing major junior hockey and semi-professionally. While obtaining his Master’s degree in education, Ciro worked as head instructor at Sk8on Hockey School where the European-style hockey instruction experience helped establish him as one of the Greater Toronto Area’s elite hockey instructors. Ciro went on to develop his own independent hockey school, Powerstridez Hockey School, where he trains players at both the amateur and professional levels (NHL, OHL, NCAA, NWHL) to develop their skills. His work at the Minor Hockey level includes many YSE alumni and he looks forward to the opportunity to train YSE’s current players to help them achieve personal and team success. 


Justin Peca is a former NCAA player who also enjoyed a twenty-year professional career in Germany and Italy where he was twice named the most valuable defenceman. During his playing career as a standout defenceman, he also played for both the Canadian and Italian National teams. In his fifteen-year coaching career in the OHL, ECHL and OJHL, including as a head coach, assistant coach and player development coach, Justin has demonstrated a passionate approach to coaching and skill development, especially in the area of defence training, that inspires confidence and success in his players. As founder of New Age Hockey Development, Justin has specialized in training players in power/efficiency skating, puck control, power shooting, agility movement, positional play and defenceman skating systems since 2006. In his player development work, Justin has worked with players at all levels (OJHL, ECHL, NCAA, AHL and NHL) including Darnell Nurse of the Edmonton Oilers, Travis Dermott of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Mike Vernace of the Tampa Bay Lightning. 



As one of the top high performance skating coaches in the Greater Toronto Area, Tara McKay brings 15 years of extensive experience teaching players at all levels from youth to professional, including serving as the Power Skating Coach for Gary Roberts’ High Performance Training and his off-season training program for elite level and professional players. In speaking to Tara’s work, Roberts says, “I’ve added the best technical skating instructor I know to compliment the work I do with my players in the gym…someone who understands the game, the mechanics as well as the human body.”  In addition to her elite level work with Roberts, Tara runs several youth programs including Weekly Programs, Summer Camps and In-Season Team Training programs. Tara is known for her effective teaching style, excellent demonstrations, ability to identify players’ improvement needs, and her effective skating drills.


Tom Lawson played AAA Minor Hockey in Whitby and Jr. A for the Markham Waxers before earning a NCAA D1 Full scholarship to Bowling Green State University. Tom turned professional with the Knoxville Speed of the United Hockey League and made his American Hockey League debut with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks. Tom backstopped the Fort Wayne Komets to a UHL Championship while being selected as the league's MVP, best goaltender award, playoff MVP and earning a place in the UHL First-All-Star Team.

Lawson was signed to an NHL contract by the Colorado Avalanche and would go on to play for the Avalanche’s AHL affiliate teams (Hershey, Lowell and San Diego) for the next three seasons before moving to Europe with Lukko Rauma in the Finnish SM-liiga and then CSKA Moscow (the "Red Army") of the Russian Superleague where he became the first North American to play for the “Red Army”. Lawson led the RSL in wins, shutouts and games played and was awarded team MVP. Lawson signed a 2-year deal with Novosibirsk in the KHL. Tom Lawson finished his professional career in Sweden with Leksands IF. Lawson retired from his 10-year professional hockey career in 2010 and has been the head goalie coach of the St. Andrews College Varsity team for the past 10 years. Tom’s playing experience, passion, attention to detail, and ability to connect with young goalies is what makes him unique.
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