Meet The Team

GET TO KNOW A LITTLE MORE ABOUT US... ADVANCED HOCKEY DAY TRAINING INSTRUCTORS.

Michael Vlajkov- Athletic Director at Blyth Academy

Michael is a former OHL defensemen drafted 25th overall to the Ottawa 67’s in 2011. Having his career ended early due to injury Michael transitioned into player development and coaching right after he finished his career.

He is a Certified Hockey Canada Skill Development as well as assistant coach of the Blyth Bruins U16 and U18 teams. Michael is very passionate and bring a wealth of knowledge to the Blyth Program as his goal is to help every athlete reach their next steps in their hockey career.

He has a keen eye for seeing what each player needs to work on and can break down drills to help the player understand why we do the drill and how they can translate the skill into a game.

Nick Rotondi- President of Wave Hockey & N’Ice Stix Hockey/ Head Coach of Blyth Prep 

Nick has been teaching hockey players of all ages around Southern Ontario for over a decade, from young beginners to Elite AAA, OHL, University, Senior AAA and even the National Hockey Leaguers.

Nick’s coaching experience with several teams and organizations across Ontario makes him a well-rounded instructor with vast knowledge and expertise, and as such he continues to provide a highly sought-after, unique approach to hockey development theories. 

Nick is currently President of Wave Sports Inc and is General Manger of Blyth Academy Prep U14-U16-U18, while Head Coaching the U16s & U18’s.  

Nick’s passion is player development in the power skating and puck skills department, with emphasis on spatial awareness and deception!

Jarret Reid- Head Instructor at Wave Hockey

Jarret Reid is our head instructor at Wave Hockey with over 20 years of being an on ice instructor and working with thousands of athletes from the NHL, Jr.A and minor hockey levels.

Jarret brings tons of knowledge and experience to our Blyth program and is able to break down a players skating stride or stickhandling in an elite way. Jarret is First round pick of Sault Greyhounds in 1990 with 3 OHL Championships and 3 Memorial Cup appearances.

With one Memorial Cup win in 1993 and having a 50 goal season in 1992. Jarret holds Sault Greyhound record with 19 goals in 1993 playoffs

Spencer Ridgewell- Blyth Academy/ Wave Hockey Skills Coach and Shooting Coach

Spencer’s ability to connect with minor hockey players is what separates him and other coaches. His energy is contagious and his stick handling and shooting techniques are elite, efficient and translate well into game play. 

Spencer has played 2 World Championships with U19 and 2 World Championships with Men’s Team Canada Floorball (teammates with world famous Pavel Barber).

Spencer worked directly under NHL shooting Coach Tim Turk at Coast to Coast Hockey Academy, and now is the Blyth Academy Skills Coach, along with Skating and Shooting coach at Wave Sports Inc.

Adrian Meli- Head Coach U10 (2012)

Adrian played in the GTHL from Major Atom all the way to Minor midget. After he finished playing minor hockey, he received offers to play division 1 NCAA Hockey and a chance to play overseas. However Adrian decided to open up his own company and stay close to his family.

He has been a minor hockey coach and has coached many elite spring teams for the past 7 years. He has a great passion working and connecting with the players he coaches. He believes in building a strong relationship with his players to get the maximum result out of them.

Todd Hennings- Head Coach U11(2011) 

Todd Hennings grew up playing AAA hockey and then Junior B with Stoney Creek.  His passion for the game has shifted towards coaching, mentoring and fostering environments that groom his players love for hockey.  

Todd been has been coaching hockey for a number of years with Stoney Creek and has been a skills coach for N’Ice Stix Hockey for the past 4 years.  Todd’s coaching philosophy heavy into player development, having fun, and always be the best version of oneself on and off the ice. 

Mark Mascioli- Head Coach U12 (2010)

Mark’s coaching philosophy is quite basic, Mark coaches because he has passion for the game and likes to see others succeed. He strives to create an environment that will encourage our players to learn and develop both on and off the ice. He hopes to mold the players and look forward to both winning and losing as a team and individuals.

The players will learn to respect themselves, their coaches, opponents and parents. Mark will teach each player sportsmanship and how to have fun while learning to play the game. Mark is very competitive by nature and strive for the best in everything. Not only on the ice, but in life (career) as well. Our players will be pushed to be competitive, but respectful. The goals for the players are to have fun and gain experience, learn to play, and be confident in knowing by season end they have become a better hockey player and person

Charles Difrancesco- Head Coach U13 (2009)

Charles grew up playing AAA hockey in Hamilton. After minor hockey he went on to play 4 years of Jr B and Jr C for Brantford Golden Eagles and Caledonia Corvairs. Charles has coached minor hockey for the past 7 years for the Hamilton Huskies and Stoney Creek Warriors.

In the spring he is also a head coach for N’Ice Stix Hockey AA spring teams. He has a passion for coaching and skill development. He was also a power skating coach for Velenosi Hockey for 3 years and has been an instructor for N’Ice Stix hockey for the past 4 years. Coaching and skill development is what Charles loves to do, he enjoys connecting with his players and building strong relationships and most of all making sure his players have fun doing it.

Trevor Kett- Head Coach U14 (2008)

Trevor has been on the ice from an early age of 4 years old. He grew up playing minor hockey in Cayuga then onto Welland AAA. Trevor started his junior career at the age of 15. After playing competitively Trevor moved on to coaching.

He has been coaching for 18 years now, from IP programs to AAA both boys and girls. Trevor knows what it takes to compete at a higher level and will strive to get the most out of his students. Trevor is very passionate about hockey and his love for the game shines through as he coaches.  

Kyle Allen- Head Coach U15 (2007)

Kyle has been coaching, teaching and developing players in the Golden Horseshoe area for over 12 years. He’s coached a variety of age and skill levels including high school, Elite AAA all the way down to the youngsters in the IP age group.

Kyle’s uses an innovative new school way of connecting and applying technical and tactical development applications to his practices, development skates and off ice film sessions. Kyle is a master at connecting with the players he works with, always getting maximum effort, efficiency and results while keeping the moral and passion at an all-time high on and off the ice. Kyle is also a Skills Coach at Wave Sports Inc.