Based on the current situation with covid-19, we want to assure you that we will be diligently following the advice of public health resources to navigate any updates required and ensure the utmost health and safety of our athletes. In this case, we have revised our program offering to include at home workouts, until it is safe to resume in person. Given the unique circumstances, we have significantly reduced our program costs and increased our offerings from 16 to 18 weeks with additional yoga sessions and individualized consultation for the specific needs of each athlete. By kicking off our program one month early, our goal is to offer further support, certainty and a sense of community to our athletes and their families, when they need us most.
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.