Hockey

Coaching Staff

Head Coaches

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 - Voyageurs Midget AAA White


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 - Voyageurs Midget AAA Green and Varsity
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 - Major Bantam AAA/Enrolment Coordinator
 
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.

John Robillard

Head Coach - Midget Prep AAA (CSSHL)
 
Bio coming soon!

Markus Leikkari

Head Coach Midget AA/Guidance Counsellor

Career Highlights:
  • SIJHL (Jr. A) – Thunder Bay K&A Wolverines, Fort Frances Lakers
  • NOJHL (Jr. A) – North Bay Trappers
  • TBJBHL (Jr. B) – Thunder Bay Northern Hawks [3x TBJBHL Champion] (2010-2013)
  • Keystone Cup Western Canada Silver Medalist (2012)
  • Assistant Coach U18 AAA – Ontario Hockey Academy (2018-2019)
  • Assistant Coach U18 AAA – Nepean Raiders (2017-2018)
  • Assistant Coach Minor Midget AAA – Thunder Bay Kings (2014-2016)
  • Assistant Coach Bantam AAA – Thunder Bay Kings (2013-2014)
 
Markus earned a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology from the University of Ottawa in 2018 that has provided him with a unique perspective on coaching and has influenced the way that he teaches athletes. Originally from Thunder Bay, Markus spent 3 years as an assistant coach with the Thunder Bay Kings AAA association and as a lead goalie instructor for local goaltending schools, working with athletes from youth to the OHL, NCAA and NHL. Markus continues his work with goaltenders as a member of Hockey Eastern Ontario’s goaltending instructional team.

Previously, Markus worked with CIH as a mental performance consultant, providing mental skills training to student-athletes and looks forward to continuing with the program this season.

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.

Marie-Pierre Néron B.Sc., CAT(C)

Athletic Therapist 
 
Marie-Pierre graduated with distinction from Concordia University in Montreal QC, with a Bachelor in exercise science and a specialization in Athletic Therapy. She is a certified athletic therapist member of CATA (Canadian Athletic Therapists Association). Marie-Pierre is also a Sport First Responder trained in emergency care. She has had the opportunity to work at University Level among McGill University football team and recently travelled with McGill Men’s Basketball Team to Costa Rica for exhibition games against the United States NCAA Division I. She gained extensive knowledge and experience in hockey working along the Men’s Collegiate AAA Team from Dawson College. 

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.

Sam Batchelor, BSc. HK.

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Sam graduated with Honours from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Science, specializing in Human Kinetics, and has extensive knowledge and experience working with athletes of all ages, sports, and levels,
including the amateur level (CIS, NCAA, OHL, PWHL) and professional level (AHL, NHL), as well as with National (Team Canada) and provincial level gymnasts. Sam is also the head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Ottawa Lady Senators of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League (PWHL), and has extensive experience working alongside physiotherapists, athletic therapists, and sports medicine doctors. Sam has a passion for teaching her athletes and clients to develop and master their athletic, physical, and mental skills in order to achieve their personal and professional goals.
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)