Everest Academy


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A unique skills-development focused hockey and goaltending program to help each student-athlete reach new levels of potential. Led by a team of expert skill development coaches including on-ice Director Geoff Schomogyi and expert skills coaches including Dave D’Amizzio, Daniel SiscaDuncan Dalmao and Brian McLaughlin, the Everest hockey and goaltending program enables student-athletes to realize their highest goals, including OHL and/or CHL drafts,  NCAA and ultimately playing as a professional in the NHL.

Based on the principals of the Everest S.E.L.F. platform, hockey at Everest focuses on the fundamental skills that maximize each student-athlete’s potential. Athletes are taught to excel based on their skills prowess, without on-ice violence. Our job at Everest Academy is to provide our enrolled families with the best foundation possible including providing assistance and advice in making the journey through hockey to position our student-athletes for a life that can be the best it can be.  The program also benefits from on and off-ice contributions from NHL-experienced players such as Jim Thomson, who also acts as an overall program advisor,

Our Alumni student-athletes have gone on to OHL teams such as Saginaw Spirit, Peterborough Petes, Ottawa 67’s, QMJH teams such as Quebec Remparts and Halifax Mooseheads and NHL teams such as New York Rangers, Arizona Coyotes, Tampa Bay, Montreal Canadians, Toronto Maple Leafs and San Jose Sharks. Alumni were also featured in the Spring of 2015 where Anthony Duclair shined playing on the first line at the World Junior Championships with Canada taking Gold and more recently Markus Philips participated in the U18 World Championships.

The Program

The Everest Hockey and Goaltending Program helps develop a complete hockey player with instinctive habits and skills versatility. Through an in depth hockey curriculum that includes customized fitness programs, on ice and off-ice assessments, video reviews and more, students learn and practice fundamental hockey skills, develop a love for the game and a willingness to study and master all of its aspects.

Students are faced with a challenging yet nurturing environment which encourages them to strive beyond their personal best. The daily commitment to practice reinforces the Everest core values of dedication, focus, integrity, and hard work. Each student is challenged to focus on their effort and to build confidence and self-esteem through doing, achieving, and triumphing over previous personal thresholds. Our coaches, led by former NHL’er Jim Thomson, lead by example and strive to mentor students to practice sportsmanship which carries over into all aspects of their lives.

The Facility

The Everest hockey program runs out of its sister facility — Everest Ice, also located at 130 Racco Parkway.  Everest Ice features two upgraded NHL-sized rinks, newly renovated dressing rooms, on-site food and snack services, pro-shop, viewing balconies and more (see below for a time-lapse video of Everest logo installed on center ice at the home rink). Senior students will have unique opportunities to obtain part-time jobs at Everest Ice to further learn about hockey operations and sports business management.

Adjacent to Everest Ice is the Everest strength and conditioning facility, state of the art with over 20,000 sq feet of equipment and specialty rooms including a new private high-performance center, equipped just for Everest student-athletes.  Student-athletes train up to 5 times per week during the school day on state-of-the-art equipment and have access to the latest in web-based technology to carry their workouts wherever they go.  The facility is available all year around for those focused on continual development.


Travelling Prep Teams The U16 and U18 travelling prep teams. Students compete extensively in showcase and challenge tournaments throughout the US and Canada, train during the day and experience a customized academic schedule to accommodate team activities. Full details can be found Here.
Primary Varsity A full year (4 term) hockey skills development program with some competitive games and tournaments. Student-athletes are on the ice four (4) times per week and also participate in an intensive dry-land program to help with strength and conditioning. This program is excellent as a way to further develop your skills and to help improve your contributions to an outside competitive team at any level.

Dual Varsity A half year (4 term) hockey program where the student is also involved in a secondary sport (e.g. lacrosse, golf, baseball, soccer, …). The secondary sport can be taken in a separate term or split equally with hockey during the same term (e.g. two times on the ice per week, two sessions per week doing a secondary sport). Pre-prep students have some competitive games and tournaments.

Goaltending The Goaltending Program runs in parallel to the core hockey program. Goaltending students spend both 1 on 1 time with instruction as well as participate in larger goaltending sessions and with the general hockey sessions. Goalies are provided some game opportunities with the Varsity programs and can tryout for the Prep team program.

Coaching Staff

Jim Thomson – Program Advisor and Ambassador
Jim Thomson was born in Edmonton, Alberta and moved to Markham, Ontario at the age of 15 to pursue his dream of playing in the NHL. He played Junior A for the Markham Waxers, and in the OHL for the Toronto Marlboros before he was drafted in 1984 by the Washington Capitals. After 2 years in Washington, Jim went on to play for the Hartford Whalers, the New Jersey Devils, the Ottawa Senators, the L.A. Kings, and the Anaheim Ducks.  Jim was has been the only player in NHL History to be selected in 3 consecutive expansion drafts. During his storied career, he played in the Stanley Cup Final with the LA Kings in 1993 alongside his idol Wayne Gretzky. For the past 25 years, Jim has coached and mentored players from all over the world, helping them to achieve their dream of playing in the NHL. In 2009, he began his campaign “Dreams Do Come True”, inspiring young people to reach their full potential. Jim is currently Everest’s Hockey Director, and a regular guest on TSN’s “Off the Record” with Michael Landsburg.Jim Thompson Fan 590 Interview 20120507 – Play Hockey Without Violence
GeoffS3 Geoff Schomogyi – Hockey Director, On Ice Program
During his playing career, Geoff played with the OPJHL Milton Merchants and earned an NCAA Division 1 hockey scholarship to UMass Lowell, where he played 4 years and earned a degree in psychology. Geoff also brings over 12 years of experience in hockey and sports development coaching to the Everest team, and is a High Performance 1 certified coach. For the past 7 years Geoff has been a head coach with the AAA Mississauga Rebels minor hockey organization, winning 3 All Ontario Championships, 1 OHL Cup, as well as numerous league championships and tournament wins. He also acts as an assistant coach for the OPJHL Georgetown Raiders. Geoff has also worked as a strength and conditioning coach for over 12 years. Many of the players that he has coached on and/or off the ice have gone on to receive scholarships to the NCAA, be drafted to the OHL, and several have been drafted to, or now play in the NHL.At Everest, Geoff’s passion and experience in hockey and coaching will be applied to helping each student-athlete reach his or her goals both on and off the ice.
Dave Damizzio Dave D’Ammizio – Senior Skills Coach
Dave began his coaching and training days at the age of 20 with the Toronto Marlboros. He went on to coach the Vaughan Kings, the Stouffville Spirit, as well as the Junior Canadians minor midget and atom teams. He has enjoyed great team and individual successes, winning GTHL championships and Provincial Championships, and seeing several players go on to win scholarships and become drafted. Coach Dave has also been actively involved in spring and summer hockey coaching. Most recently training some of the NHL’s elite players in the BioSteel hockey camp. Dave has also been the Toronto Bulldogs head coach for the prestigious Edmonton Brick tournament for the past 8 years, winning it 4 times. At Everest, Dave continues to train players of all ages and levels with the mindset of helping each and every player reach their full potential.
 noid1yp1043 John Winstanley – Everest Athletic Director
John brings several years experience in private school education and over ten years experience in hockey and sports development coaching. John has worked with many elite players in all age categories. John has been coaching and running elite skills camps for over 13 years. Known in hockey circles for his high performance puck handling and offensive skills training, John has successfully coached the AAA Toronto Junior Canadiens to both a Silver Stick and GTHL Championship
noid1yp1058 Dave Dolecki – Goaltending
Dave Dolecki has played in the CIAU for Ryerson University, in the OJPHL for the Milton Merchants and the Oakville Blades, as well as in the OHL for the London Knights. Dave also played for 8 years in AAA for the Toronto Red Wings and North York Canadiens. In 1992, Dave started teaching goalies for several goalie schools. In the year 2000, he founded “The Crease Goaltending Academy.” The Crease trains over 150 goalies a week, and works with over 70 teams in the GTHL and OMHA. In the last three years, 11 goalies have been drafted to the OHL and 3 students have NCAA scholarships. Dave has also been a goalie coach for the Georgetown Raiders, the Milton Merchants, as well as Ryerson University. He is also a goalie instructor for Hockey Canada Level 3 coaches. Dave has been in charge of Everest’s Goalie Development program since its inception. During his extensive career as an instructor, Dave has worked with high profile goalies including Scott Wedgewood, who currently plays in the AHL, and Ray Emery of the Philadelphia Flyers.
noid1yp1079 Bujar Amidovski – Goaltending
Bujar Amidovski has played 3 years in the OHL for the Kingston Frontenac’s and the St. Michaels Majors achieving the honours of Goaltender of the Year and Overager of the Year in 97/98. Bujar went on to sign NHL contracts with the Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers playing 7 years of professional hockey. Bujar has 15 years of experience as a Goaltending Instructor and has been a Head Instructor at the Crease Goaltending Academy for the past 10 years. Bujar has trained several goalies that have been drafted to the OHL and have received NCAA scholarships. He is also a goalie instructor for Hockey Canada Level 3 coaches.
 Dalmao D. Duncan Dalmao – Hockey Skills Coach/Defense
Duncan Dalmao enjoyed a lengthy playing career as a professional. 11 years in total, with time spent in North America in the ECHL and AHL, and moving on to 5 years in Europe. During his time in the ECHL he was awarded the ECHL Defenseman of the Year, as well as First Team All-Star. Since his retirement, Duncan has coached at the AAA level for five years, and has trained players of distinct age, and skill levels, more specifically defenseman, his natural position. His goal is to prepare young athletes for success, and to be an integral part of their development, during their time in the Everest Hockey Program.
 Sisca D. Daniel Sisca – Senior Hockey Skills Coach
As a former  player, Daniel Sisca brings a wealth of hockey knowledge, skill, and experience to  the Everest Academy Hockey program. Daniel spent his entire minor hockey career in the GTHL, followed by five years in the OHL, where he spent one year as the captain of the Mississauga Ice Dogs and one year as captain of the Sarnia Sting. His professional hockey career began in the ECHL and extended to the AHL and three years in Europe. During his time in the ECHL, Daniel was awarded to the ECHL All-Rookie Team. Daniel has worked with players of all age groups and various skill levels. He brings his firsthand hockey experience and genuine understanding of the game to help players improve their skills and perform at their highest level. Daniel is dedicated to ensuring that each player involved in the Everest hockey program leaves prepared to take the next step in their hockey career.
 BrianM2 Brian McLaughlin – Hockey Skills Coach
Brian has played hockey at the Junior, College, and Professional levels as a defenseman. He has coached AAA teams in the GTHL for many years and has had the privilege of coaching NHL rookie of the year Jeff Skinner and Stanley Cup Champion Tyler Seguin. Brian has also worked with many top coaches, including Rick Vaive, Bill Bowler, and most recently with Greg Ireland of the OHL, Owen Sound Attack. Brian’s focus is defensive strategies and individual skill development for Everest student-athletes of all ages.
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Power Skating Coach
Everest offers the students of all ages and experience to develop their skating foundations using a variety of elite level power skating specialists to provide styles suitable to each individual student.

Our collective experience at Everest Academy is second to none. We will be able to offer families insights into the OHL Draft, NCAA recruiting, Jr A/B hockey opportunities, CIS hockey, and other great avenues to further players in the game and academics. We will also provide information on how Everest Academy can affordably assist along the way by focusing your resources and time, and also focusing your players athletic and academic output.

Hockey Focused Campus

The hockey and dry land programs take place directly within the Everest campus.  Students have complete access to world-class facilities 7 days a week. Students travel seamlessly from classroom, to change rooms, on to the ice, and to their workouts without stepping off campus. The seamless transitions allow maximum time for training and practicing, less time travelling.

With over 25,000 sq/ft of strength and conditioning equipment, yoga studios, full-size basketball courts, 2 NHL size ice rinks, squash and racket ball courts, 3 outdoor fields, 2 full size salt water based pools, sauna, hot tub, and steam rooms, these facilities make up the unique Everest campus. Students also work closely with our expert health and fitness coaches to ensure that their workout regiment caters to their individual hockey needs.

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Everest Academy is Canada’s leading K to 12 S.E.L.F.™ private school; dedicated to the holistic development of high-achieving students.
Everest Academy is one of Canada’s fastest growing K-12 private schools dedicated to the development of high achieving students. Whether it’s excellence in sports, music, arts or academics, Everest Academy students ‘do what they love, love what they do.’ Built around our unique S.E.L.F.(TM) program model, Everest Academy students experience a fully integrated Skill, Education, Leadership and Fitness platform which is second to none. Combined with an innovative on-line learning platform, Everest Academy students can advance their skill development anywhere, anytime allowing them to “live their dreams”.