LEADing the way in premium, athletic training by offering an all encompassing, customized approach to development at every level, in every aspect.
WHY LEAD SPORTS
From strength + conditioning (dry-land and on-ice) to hockey camps, power-skating to skills development, wellness + nutrition to industry specific mentorship — we offer everything you need, through lead.
All Athletes gain exposure to an elite level of knowledge and a pro-perspective of the industry.
We promise to amp up your character growth and give you an edge in your development, as both a person and a player.
We are relentlessly committed to offering excellence for all players who are striving to get to the next level.
WHAT WE STAND FOR
Changing the standard for how things are done in the development world means leadership is rooted at the core of everything we do. From bringing on staff that are recognized as leaders in the industry, to our customized approach for program development, to inspiring athletes to become leaders in their community. Beyond the tools that we offer our players, our true goal is to make them better people. Leadership means ensuring that every LEAD coach, instructor, and athlete have the right habits, skill set, and commitment to create a positive impact on the world around us.
At LEAD, excellence refers to our unwavering, premium standard in every aspect of the company. Our products, services and team make-up are designed to meet the needs of both our players and their families. We are involved in development at every stage and are advocating for our players at every opportunity. Our team is entrenched in the sports community and will never stop working for the needs of our clients to ensure success at every level of sport.
Accountability is a fundamental principle that guides our philosophy and approach to development. As an organization, we are accountable to one another and to our clients to operate with honesty and integrity while continually striving to expand our industry knowledge and expertise. We are accountable to bring leading experience, techniques and skills in every element of our offering. Similarly, our players are accountable to bring their enthusiasm for growth in sport and in character, along with respect for those around them.
Discipline is a focused attitude of internal self-control that drives our athletes to achieve positive, consistent results. It’s about being responsible for ourselves and situations by exercising patience to appreciate intermediate results in getting to where we want to be from our efforts. The LEAD development program ensures that discipline is exercised both mentally and physically to create balance in the lessons learned while elevating an athlete’s character and ability to hone in on their craft.
MEET OUR TEAM
Our team members are entrenched in the hockey community. From players, to coaches, to skills and development, scouts and GM’s — our instructors have professional experience in all levels of the industry and are committed to sharing their knowledge and expertise with all LEAD athletes.
“From playing professionally across the globe to becoming a trainer and a coach, I owe it all to the game. I know what it takes to get to the next level and I feel it’s important to share that with up and coming athletes. Through LEAD, it is my mission to help players achieve their dreams.”
Shawn started his hockey career locally before ascending to the WHL as a 1st round draft pick. Shawn would soon thereafter become a 1st round NHL draft pick of the St. Louis Blues in 2003. Before turning professional Shawn represented Team Canada on numerous occasions including two appearances in the World Junior U-20 Tournament where he collected a Gold and Silver medal. Shawn’s professional career lasted 10 years where he had the opportunity to play in the NHL, AHL and two of the top professional leagues in Europe. He managed to represent Canada on multiple occasions as a professional before deciding to step away from the game due to lingering injuries sustained over his career.
During the 2015-16 season Shawn was hired as the Assistant coach of the Sherwood Park Crusaders in the AJHL. After just one season in the coaching ranks he was offered the opportunity to be the Assistant coach at one of the top College programs in Canada the Nait Ooks. Shawn has since taken on the role of head coach at OHA Edmonton.
During Shawn’s celebrated Junior and Professional career he had the opportunity to work, play and train alongside some of hockey’s most well-known coaches, strength coaches and players. As Shawn’s career was winding down he took every opportunity to educate himself alongside the vast amount of contacts and resources at his disposal to properly prepare himself for player development. This was to ensure he could provide a platform for young hockey players to learn a combination of every piece of information he was able to soak in during his career.
During his playing career Shawn had the ability to see some of the best programs around the world and how they accommodate every aspect of training and on ice performance in one package with one team of coaches. Knowing this is the best way for an athlete to reach their potential he teamed up with top industry professionals to form LEAD Sports Corp.
“I am still an athlete myself, so I know what it takes in the off-season to reap the rewards of the game. My goal is to motivate athletes in their fitness so they can reach their full potential as a player.”
Meg LeBlanc has played hockey for 16 years. She always has been a key offensive player who could ‘put pucks in the net’. Over the course of her midget years she played midget AAA and Junior Women’s in Saskatchewan.
Hockey led her to find her passion for fitness which landed her at NAIT to achieve a Personal Fitness Training Diploma and become a NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist. During this time she played 3 years in the ACAC for the NAIT Ooks Women’s Hockey Team where she won a bronze, silver, and silver or gold (we will never know due to Covid19). Meg was an impact player over the 3 years earning ACAC Rookie of the Year, 1st team all conference honours, Academic All Canadian, NAIT MVP, and ACAC Top League Scorer award. Meg will play out the rest of her post-secondary eligibility in the U-SPORT league with the University of Alberta Pandas.
Meg joined the LEAD team in 2019 as an athletic trainer. LEAD is something she wished she had available to her when in minor hockey. Meg fully believes in the strategies and reasoning behind the LEAD training model. She aims to help every athlete improve their fitness off the ice while having a good time doing so.
“How you train outside of your sport translates into how you perform in your sport.”
An athlete for life, Lisa has been involved in a wide variety of sports and fitness activities at a competitive level. This passion led Lisa to attain her certification in group and personal fitness training. Lisa is constantly seeking new and innovative ways for all LEAD athletes to improve on both their strength and mobility.
Lisa has been an athletic trainer with LEAD sports since 2018. She brings a dynamic perspective to training that helps our athletes build the right habits to achieve positive, consistent results in their craft. Her core focus is to help all athletes achieve success in their sport, as well as in their future fitness journeys.
James has been actively involved in a coaching capacity for several years in the Edmonton area at all levels. Having completed the Hockey Canada HP1 certification and coached through the Hockey Alberta U17 Program of Excellence, Jr A and most recently at Midget AAA, James has an excellent understanding of player development and has worked with former professional players in a variety of capacities. With excellent communication skills and understanding the importance of keeping kids active while on the ice while maintaining a fun yet focused effort to having players improve.
Jordan played minor hockey in the Fort Saskatchewan area for 11 years. In 2017 he was the head video coach for the Sherwood Park Crusaders along with being an on-ice practice coach. He also coached summer hockey camps with the Crusaders.
After Sherwood Park Jordan was assistant coach for the Fort Saskatchewan Midget AAA Rangers, where he was involved with 1 on 1 skill development and team skill development.
For the past year he has coached and preformed skill development with Kirby Dach who was drafted 1st round, 3rd overall to the Chicago Blackhawks. Jordan also worked with Colton Dach on skill development and coached him in Midget AAA, Colton was drafted by the Saskatoon Blades. He worked with Eric Florchuk who plays for the Saskatoon Blades and was drafted by the Washington Capitals. Jordan has worked with several other WHL prospects.
Currently Jordan is the assistant skills development coach for the Sherwood Park Midget AAA kings.
INSPIRING ALL ATHLETES TO STRIVE FOR NOTHING SHORT OF EXCELLENCE — BOTH IN SPORT AND IN LIFE.
STRENGTH + CONDITIONING PROGRAM
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WHAT OUR PLAYERS SAY
My experience with Lead Sports training over the past 2 summers has been nothing short of top notch. Between the off-ice and on ice services they offer the summer program is truly elite and has prepared me exceptionally for the hockey season. The environment they create at the gym is awesome and I know everyone enjoys showing up each day to be a part of it. I’ve really seen a great growth in the program since I’ve started and it’s exciting to see Evolve becoming a high end off season program in the city.
(North Michigan NCAA)