Brodie Barrick - Sarah McGilvray - Becki Bowering
Alyssa Connolly - Brianna Bowman - Claire Michalicka
Find an in-depth bio of all our staff members below!
Brodie is currently a scout for the Kitchener Rangers (OHL) and a former OHL, CCHL, MHL and U-Sports Goalie.
Prior to his time with the Kitchener Rangers, Brodie spent 3 years playing for the Ryerson Rams (U-Sports). Before Ryerson, Brodie played 4 years of Junior Hockey. He was drafted in the Ontario Hockey League draft in 2010 by the Sarnia Sting (7th Round, 126th Overall). After playing a year of Junior A for the Carleton Place Canadians in the CCHL (Central Canadian Hockey League), Brodie played two seasons for the Sarnia Sting in the OHL, playing against players such as Connor McDavid, Mitch Marner, Connor Brown, and many more. Brodie spent his final year of Junior Hockey playing in Prince Edward Island for the Summerside Western Capitals in the MHL (Maritime Hockey League) before committing to attend and play for Ryerson University.
Brodie began working with the BLADE Treadmill in the summer of 2015 when he began working part-time for Ryerson Skate Training. Brodie spent two years working under the direction of Vanessa Stratton as a treadmill training employee. Brodie not only learned how to work and teach on the treadmill, but also learned more about the techniques of a hockey stride. From there, Brodie became eager to learn more and enjoyed working with the clients on the treadmill. Now working under Jessica Hartwick, Brodie was hired as a full-time staff member in April 2017 and worked in this role until the closure of Ryerson Skate Training in September 2017.
Brodie came with Jessica as she started her brand new Hart & Stride Hockey Development. He works treadmill sessions, on-ice sessions, and also specializes in goalie specific training, both on the treadmill and on-ice.
Brodie has spent many summers working at various summer camps, including Ryerson Skate Training and Can/Am Hockey (Guelph/St. Catharines) and has learned the ways of coaching alongside many great coaches who have coached at the NHL, AHL, ECHL, NCAA and U-Sports (formerly CIS) levels. Brodie has a passion to learn from these coaches to further develop the skills and traits necessary to be an elite level coach. Not only has Brodie developed the skills to be a great coach, he also has the ability to run individual and group goalie sessions, either on the treadmill or on the ice, but is not limited to just the goalie position!
Sarah is a recent graduate from Ryerson University and spent four years playing with the Ryerson Rams Varsity Women's Hockey Team. Sarah was a part of the 2017-2018 team that broke program records and had the best season in program history. She was appointed assistant captain in the 2017-2018 season and was recognized for her commitment to community service events including taking on a lead role in the DIFD initiative, a mental health awareness organization. Sarah was awarded a Blue "R" and also obtained Academic All-Canadian.
Sarah has spent the last seven years as a hockey instructor working at Fierce Hockey organization, where she was a part of teaching team training, and semi and private training sessions for individuals aged 5-18 years old. Sarah worked alongside various other staff instructors to conduct off-ice activities and on-ice sessions in order to improve athletes in areas including both hockey skills and personal skills to develop the athlete as a whole.
Sarah was also a volunteer coach for the u16 Team Ontario women's hockey organization in 2017. She volunteered alongside elite level Team Canada and Team Ontario coaches and scouts.
Sarah has the ability to run individual or group sessions with her past experience as a hockey instructor and working alongside respected coaches and is always excited about learning more.
Sarah also grew up playing soccer at an elite level and spent her time giving back to the sport and the community. In the year of 2015, Sarah volunteered as a Program Assistant for the Newmarket Soccer Special Needs Club where she worked one-on-one with an individual to improve on both soccer skills and personal skills. With Sarah's background in the Social Work program she has multiple experiences working with individuals with disabilities and vulnerable individuals of all ages. She is looking to obtain her Masters of Social Work in the near future in hopes to continue to improve the lives of individuals while assisting them to reach their potential as a human being in all aspects of life.
Becki recently graduated from the University of Toronto where she spent five years playing on the University of Toronto Varsity Blues Women's Hockey Team. She was an assistant captain in her 3rd & 4th year, and was named the team's captain in her 5th season. Prior to U of T, Becki spent two years playing in the PWHL for the Burlington Barracudas and the Durham West Lightning. She spent her minor hockey playing for the Scarborough Sharks, Leaside Wildcats and the Vaughan Flames.
Becki has both coaching and treadmill experience. She has worked at numerous hockey camps, including at the Vicky Sunohara Hockey Camp, Jayna Hefford & Tara McKay Hockey Camp, the University of Toronto Development League Head Coach, and the Hockey Fundamentals Camp. Becki also has treadmill experience, skating on one as a client when she was playing for the Scarborough Sharks and the Leaside Wildcats.
Becki graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Kinesiology. Prior to attending U of T, she completed her high school at Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate in Scarborough. Becki also has her Coaching Certification Level 1 & 2 and is fully trained in First Aid and CPR Level C.
Alyssa graduated from Ryerson University where she spent 4 years playing on the Ryerson Rams Varsity Women's Hockey Team. While at Ryerson, along with Jess & Sarah, she was a part of the 2017-2018 team that broke program records and was the best season in program history. Alyssa was awarded a Blue "R" for Exceptional Contribution to the program. Alyssa also played in the Europe Women's Hockey League (EWHL) as a Canadian Import for Aisulu Almaty in 2018.
Alyssa has coaching experience in both hockey and soccer. She has been working hockey camps with Fierce Hockey since 2014 and also also runs private skills session for individuals or groups. Here she teaches the basic grass root skills and fundamental game understandings, and the ability to develop their game. Alyssa has also worked as a camp supervisor at Royal City Soccer Camp.
Alyssa graduated from Ryerson University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and earned minors in both French and Human Resource Management. She currently works as a Team Sports/Sports Marketing employee with Under Armour Canada Corporate. Alyssa grew up playing soccer at an elite level. She has a passion for off-ice training and is looking to obtain sport specific personal training.
Brianna currently plays for the Whitby Junior Wolves in the PWHL. The 2019/2020 season will be her second year playing with Whitby in the PWHL. Prior to playing in the PWHL, she played four years with the Scarborough Sharks Association, capturing a bronze at both the Provincials and LLFHL Final Four weekend. Prior to playing for the Sharks, Brianna played three years of rep hockey in the GTHL, with the East Ender Ti-cats and Scarborough Young Bruins.
Brianna is going into her last year of high school at Birchmount Park C.I. She is enrolled in the Birchmount Exceptional Athlete Program (BEAP) and is completing the Wellness SHSM certification. Brianna is an honour roll student, who works hard and takes pride in her academic achievements. Brianna is hoping to pursue Hockey while studying Nursing in University.
Brianna first started off as a client at Hart & Stride where she came in and worked on her stride to better her game. After completing numerous treadmill sessions as a client, Jessica approached her with the potential of her working at the treadmill. Brianna helps run skates and try-outs and has completed her volunteer hours at Hart & Stride. Brianna has been working for Hart & Stride since March 2019 and has a passion for helping kids train to be better athletes.
Claire currently plays for the Barrie Jr. Sharks in the PWHL. The 2019/2020 season will be her first full year playing with Barrie in the PWHL after playing 10 games as a call up in 2018/2019. Prior to playing in the PWHL, Claire played her minor hockey for the Durham West Lightning, including her Midget AA season as the team’s captain. Claire led her team in Games Played, Goals, Assists, Total Points, and Plus-Minus. Claire is also an elite-level soccer player, competing as a Mid Fielder for the Unionville Milliken Soccer Club on the U21 Provincial Team.
Claire just completed high school, where she graduated from St. Mary Catholic High School with Four Year Honours with Distinction of 90% average. She received the Cardinal Carter with Distinction Award and was awarded Junior Female Athlete of the Year in 2017. Claire was also awarded the Brian English Memorial Award in 2018/2019, the Anne Mahoney Award in 2018/2018, along with Hockey MVP & Soccer MVP.
Claire first started skating on the treadmill as a client when it was formerly at Ryerson Skate Training under Jessica’s management. Claire reached out to Jessica when she wanted to get more involved in coaching and it was a great fit to have her begin to work for Hart & Stride. Claire also has experience as an Instructor and Camp Counsellor with Hockey Extreme and as a Tyke Development Instructor with Durham West.