Coaching Staff

At CIH Academy, all of our head coaches have considerable experience playing and coaching hockey. From minor hockey to the pros, our coaches have learned to nurture and grow their athletes. CIH Academy's Head Coaches are all High Performance 1 certified. For a more in-depth look at each of our head coaches experience, view their profiles below.

Andre Savage

Hockey Director 

Head Coach 

Career Highlights 
  • NHL – Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers (66 games)
  • AHL – Providence Bruins, Manitoba Moose, Philadelphia Phantoms, Hershey Bears, San Antonio Rampage (412 games)
  • DEL (Germany Professional Hockey League) – Nuremberg Ice Tigers (193 games)
  • Swedish Elite League – Malmo Red Hawks (39 games)
  • NCAA – Michigan Tech University (149 games)
  • Calder Cup Champion (AHL) - Providence Bruins, 1999

With extensive experience in the NHL, AHL, NCAA, DEL Germany, and Swedish Elite league, André brings a wealth of practical knowledge to the CIHA coaching staff. André joined CIHA in 2012 and is currently the Hockey Director and Head Coach for the Voyageurs Midget AAA White team. He brings a winning attitude and demonstrates true leadership. His focus on the development and attention to details brings out the best in the young hockey players both on and off the ice.

Alain Raymond

Head Coach 
Head Instructor - CIHA Summer Hockey Camps

Career Highlights
  • Drafted by the Vancouver Canucks, 10th round, 200th overall in 1982
  • Dutch National Team – World Champions, 1999
  • Holland Division I - Assen, Nijmegen, Heerenveen, Geleen (630 games)
  • Elite League Finland – Saipa Lappeerranta, SM Liiga 
  • OJHL – Whitby Lawmen (38 games)
  • OHL – Niagara Falls Flyers, North Bay Centennials, Windsor Spitfires (192 games)
  • Hull Olympiques Assistant Coach (QMJHL) - 2001-2002
  • Team Quebec U17 Assistant Coach, 2001-2002
  • Program Director at Vikings Youth Hockey Organiztion (Illinois) 2006-2010

Alain Raymond continues to build on his impressive resume as a hockey educator. Prior to joining CIH Academy, Alain worked with the Hull Olympiques and the Team Quebec U-17 Program who finished 4th at the 2001 World Championships. Alain also spent time as the Program Director and Head Coach of a successful Major Midget organization in Chicago. Alain’s playing career has taken him from the CJHL and OHL where he was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in 1982 to a lengthy career in Europe where he earned accolades such as capturing a World Championship for the Dutch National Team in 1999.

Ryan Lauzon

Head Coach 
Career Highlights
  • Drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes, 4th Round, 116th Overall in 1999
  • AHL - Springfield Falcons (44 games)
  • ECHL - Mississippi Sea Wolves, Augusta Lynx (123 games)
  • CIS - St. Mary's University (56 games)
  • QMJHL - Hull Olympiques (35 games)
  • Memorial Cup Champion (CHL) - Hull Olympiques, 1997
  • Presidents Cup Champion (QMJHL) - Hull Olympiques, 1997
  • Ottawa University Men's Hockey Assistant Coach - 2016-2017

Prior to joining CIHA, Ryan was an Assistant Coach for Ottawa University Men's Hockey Team, a scout for 2 years for the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL and 2 years with Top Draft Sports Management in Ottawa. 
Ryan brings a wealth of knowledge and a unique perspective on the game due to his scouting background. His experience will allow him to develop our student-athletes and pinpoint exactly what it takes to make it to the next level.
I loved my time at CIH Academy and am very grateful for the coaches and hard work ethic I learned there. The development and time spent working on my individual skills has allowed me to reach my goals. 

- Jasper Weatherby
   (CIHA Alum)

Francis Wathier

Head Coach - U15 AAA

Career Highlights
  • Drafted by the Dallas Stars, 6th round 185th overall in 2003
  • NHL - Dalls Stars (10 games)
  • AHL - Iowa Stars, Texas Stars, Milwaukee Admirals, Portland Pirates (577 games)
  • ECHL - Idaho Steelheads (17 games)
  • QMJHL - Hull/Gatineau Olympiques (253 games)
  • Presidents Cup Champion (QMJHL) - Gatineau Olympiques, 2003 and 2004
  • Kelly Cup Champion (ECHL) - Idaho Steelheads, 2007
  • Gatineau Olympiques Assistant Coach (QMJHL) - 2017-2018
  • Ottawa Jr. Senators Assistant Coach (CCHL) - 2016-2017
  • Program Leader for Skating and Skills Sessions (Ottawa and Texas) - 2007-Present
Francis Wathier is a recently retired professional hockey player. He comes to the academy after a productive hockey career that led him from the QMJHL to the AHL and NHL. As the U15 AAA Head Coach, Francis will be teaching all the academy players the attention to detail and work ethic to take the next steps in their hockey development. He has honed his skills as a coach over the past eight years of running a skills and skating academy for local athletes from the age of 4 to junior age players. With an open door policy, Frank is excited to for the opportunity to connect with CIHA students. 

Andrew Mercer

Head Goalie Coach

Andrew Mercer has over 20 years of experience coaching goalies at all levels, from beginners to pros. Through his own goaltending school, Andrew Mercer Hockey Development (AMHD), he has shared his expertise and infectious passion with generations of goalies from Nova Scotia to Ottawa, and through the rest of Canada, parts of the U.S. and in Europe.
In 2006, he was invited to join the Goaltending Consultant Group, which is comprised of select top goalie coaches from Canada and the U.S. Together; they work with elite goaltenders, including NCAA, Major Junior, Pro and NHL. Never satisfied with status quo, AMHD expanded its operations to Europe to study the European style of goaltending and run goalie camps in Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Andrew is proud to have guided the development and experienced the success of some of his own students reaching top pro ranks in the NHL, AHL, ECHL and KHL. Andrew is also the current goalie coach for Clarkson University.

Jason Zhang B.Sc., CAT(C)

Jason is a Certified Athletic Therapist and Sports First Responder. His love of sports and fitness was what inspired him to pursue his current career path. Throughout his career, he has worked with athletes and clients from all walks of life, from the gridiron to the weekend warriors. His passion is studying movement patterns and bridging the gap between how you move and how you want to move. This coupled with manual therapy and an individualized exercise program will elevate your game and quality of life to wherever your finish line is. 
   "I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate CIH Academy and the coaching staff for their hard work and success in developing River for the past two years. The results of him being selected (Top 30 Aboriginal Skaters) shows the professionalism of the CIH Academy development program."

Sam Gull, Parent  

Alex Vaduva, B.Sc., CSCS

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Alex graduated with Honours from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Science and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). With extensive knowledge and experience working in sports performance and rehabilitation, Alex has had the opportunity to work with amateur athletes (CIS, NCAA, CHL) and professional athletes (NHL, AHL). He has worked with the Volleyball Canada Center of Excellence (Ottawa location), and the Dalhousie University Men’s Volleyball Team.