"Trainer Dave" poses with two of his most successful Proteges, Jay Mckee (formerly Buffalo Sabres) and Al McCauley (Formerly Toronto Maple Leafs & San Jose Sharks) shortly after they were both picked in the first round of the OHL Draft. Al was drafted FIRST over all by the Ottawa 67's while Jay was picked 10th over all by the Sudbury Wolves. Dave was "Personal Trainer/Promoter" for both Al and Jay from their early teens, helping them with off ice training as well as injury management and teaching them the skills of pre game mental and physical preparation. Jay has just been hired as Head Coach of the OHL Kitchener Rangers for the 2016-2017 season.
SHAWN ALLARD was originally in the former AFE "resident" program in Brockville, ON as a 15 year old playing with the Smith Falls Bears. AFE training and promotion led to Pembroke Lumber Kings to Cobourg Cougars Jr. "A" and eventually to a full Scholarship at St Lawrence University in NY State. While attending St. Lawrence, he was invited to participate in the "Team Canada" evaluation camp where he led the scoring but Scholarship commitments prevented him from proceeding any further. Upon graduation from St. Lawrence, Shawn made his mark in European hockey as a player and then as a coach before getting married and persuing his business career in the Ottawa Valley. Shawn is now the founder and owner of "Perfect Skating" and is a skating instructor and consultant for Pro teams and athletes including the Nashville Preditors.
IAN LAROCQUE was an AFE partcipant who's promotion and training led from Midget "A" to Jr "B" to Jr. "A" and on to college with a full scholarship from Northern Michigan University. Ian went on from there to play Professional Hockey and is now married and still living in Texas. Dave became Ian's "Personal Trainer" and promoter when he was fifteen years of age and continued guiding him right through Junior to College.
RYAN THOMSON became an AFE participant in 1996 as a 16 year old. At that time, Trainer Dave had travelled temporarily to Flagstaff Arizona to help start a new Jr "B" hockey team in the Western States Hockey League. Ryan was the only "local" player selected to sign with the team and from the time Dave started working with him, he began to faithfully follow the "AFE" off ice training and pre-game preparation techniques. The team, led by Ryan's goaltending went all the way to the US National Jr. "B" championships. Ryan graduated from High School with a 4.0 (100%) average at the end of that season and moved to Canada to live with Dave and persue his dream to get college recognition. Following another season of Jr"B" hockey in the North Country, AFE training and promotion led him to a position in NCAA Division lll college hockey with Potsdam University Bears. Eventually, Ryan transferred to New England College where he led the "Pilgrims" to the ECAC East title and their first NCAA berth in 15 years. Although they lost a close game in the finals, Ryan was selected as the "Tournament MVP". at the "Nationals". Despite the demanding hockey schedule, he still managed to graduate with close to a 4.0 (100%) average and was awarded "Top Academic Player" and "Most Defensive" by his team. Ryan played Semi Pro hockey in his favorite state Alaska (He's a Nature Lover!) then entered the business world.
Brockville's JONATHAN CROSS started doing pre game preparation with Trainer Dave when he was 17 years old and in his first year of Jr. "B". His leadership both on and off ice led him to be selected as Team Captain in his second year and he held that position on every team from then on.. Dave promoted Jon and introduced him to Morrisville College in NY State where he received Scholarship Funds. In his "rookie" year, he was selected as Team Captain and led his "Mustangs" to win the US National Championships. Jon graduated from College as a "Certified Personal Trainer" and then came back to spend a couple of years as ASSISTANT COACH with his former team the Brockville Tikis. Jon is married and now operates his own construction business in Brockville.
THERON (Theo) ZACOUR came directly to AFE in Canada as a 16 year old from his home in Oslo Norway to participate in the resident summer program and persue the possibilities of playing Jr. Hockey. He weighed in at a mere 135 lbs upon arrival but gained 10 lbs over a two month period. The "live with Dave" summer program included six other prospects from the US, Canada and France. Theron stayed in residence with Dave along with a couple of the other players mentioned on this page. AFE training and promotion led from Summer Hockey to Jr. "B" to Brockville Braves Jr. "A" to Cobourg Cougars Jr. "A" all in the same season. Theron completed his second season with the Cobourg Cougars before accepting a full scholarship at NCAA Division I Air Force Academy in Colorado. In his first month of college hockey, Theron was named the College Hockey America "Rookie of the Week".
KEVIN BAKER started training with Dave when he was playing "AAA" Bantam hockey in Kingston, ON., going to the gym after school for weight training as well as learning the importance of STRETCHING and pre-game preparation. AFE promotion got him established with Gananoque Islanders Junior "B" and then Dave took him to Trenton for successful tryouts with the Trenton Sting Jr. "A" . Kevin moved on from Trenton to a successful "walk on" career with Belleville Bulls of the OHL and had to make a choice between College hockey and the NHL. He chose the latter and was eventually drafted by Los Angeles Kings. After spending three years in the minors (AHL), he decided to accept a scholarship offer with Adacia University. He sat out a year to meet eligibility requirements and continued to play hockey and go on to graduate at Acadia
MARK CROSS progressed to Jr. "B" starting with the Athens Aeros and then for the Brockville Tikis. Dave was Mark's "Personal Trainer" for hockey, softball and High School Track & Field from the time he was 15 years old. Although Mark was given an opportunity to play U S College hockey, he wanted to persue a career in law enforcement and elected to continue his studies in "Police Services" at St. Lawrence College in Brockville while playing Junior Hockey. Mark now has a successful career in correctional services.
Mark was the one responsible for bringing Dave out to the Track and field program at TISS. "Trainer Dave" stayed with the program after Mark graduated and is still the Trainer for the Pirates.
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