My son and I first happened to see Jim Emmett a few years back. All we knew at the time was
that the trainer on the ice was wearing a Pro Tech hockey jacket. He was training another older
player at an early morning session. We were both fixated and impressed with the approach,
and how the trainer’s (Jim’s) knowledge of skating and game techniques was evident even to us
as spectators. My son had played hockey and participated in many instructional settings to learn the sport. It was clear that this was something unique.
We decided then and there to seek out Pro Tech hockey, and found Jim. My son was eager to
demonstrate his interest and willingness to become a better hockey player. Jim made it a team
effort from the start, noting that if the player had the effort to put forth, results would be
achieved. He had always attended group sessions in the past. These were helpful, but never produced the detailed input that we had seen Jim give his player early that morning in the rink.
From the outset, we were incredibly pleased with the results. Improvements are evident within
each session. Erik has returned for multiple sessions over a number of years to elevate his
hockey abilities, skills and compete level to a higher standard. Jim’s emphasizes proper skating
techniques, and his drills help the player build confidence to apply those techniques in game
situations. He gets the player to think about what they are doing with each drill and how it will
help them and their team on the ice. It has given a boost to my son’s confidence and made a big
difference in his skating effectiveness. Return sessions for tuning and continued improvement,
always amaze my son – he achieves additional output from the same degree of input. Agility,
quickness, power – all get better. His smile and attitude after a hard working session says it all.
Apart from his ability to teach, Jim’s approach is encouraging and supportive. Jim is an excellent
trainer/instructor who inspires young hockey players to want to excel, never give up, and to
always keep working. He is patient, and creates a positive atmosphere giving my son better
tools to use both on and off the ice. Jim corrects mistakes by teaching, but also explains and
demonstrates why things have to be done a certain way. In the end, my son has become a
better skater and all-around hockey player as a result of a highly skilled coach who really cares
about his players.
Erik looks forward to each session, knowing he is getting the guidance, the tools, the support
and the push to excel to the best of his abilities.