Eric@SPHEric Calder, Bachelor of Arts and Diploma in Business Administration at Wilfrid Laurier University, NCCP High Performance II with Hockey Canada, NCCP Hockey Canada Certified Skills Coach, Can-Fit-Pro Certified Personal Trainer, First Aid (Trainer 2)

Coaching experience: Eric is a Certified NCCP High Performance 2 Coach with NCCP Level 3 Theory and a Certified Skills Coach from Hockey Canada. As well a Can-Fit-Pro Certified Personal Trainer with First Aid (Trainer 2 certification). He has been one of the most sought-after instructors in the area for many years. His professional coaching includes Canadian University, Junior B, Elite Professional and Junior hockey in Europe, and 20 years with Skills Plus Hockey, along with many years of Minor Hockey Coaching and Training. Eric lectured in the Kinesiology Department on the Theory of Hockey at Wilfrid Laurier University from 2004 – 2015.

Scouting Experience: Eric has worked as an OHL scout with the Kitchener Rangers and as an evaluator at many selection camps.

Playing Experience: 11 years of professional hockey including NHL / AHL and elite professional hockey in Europe. Awards and championships include two-time Club European
Cup Finalist, CIAU All-Canadian, Memorial Cup Champion, and Canadian MVP of World Junior Championships, Completed the Canadian Cross Country Ski Marathon Five Times since 2009 (Gold Level)

Experienced Staff

Skills Plus instructors are highly trained athletes with a wealth of experience. Our staff has a high level of proficiency and is able to demonstrate each skill at an elite level. We use correct technique, giving our students a good visual image of the different skills being taught. To maintain a successful teaching environment, Skills Plus utilizes a balanced player-to-instructor ratio (approximately 4:1).

Goalie Instructors
Doug Black
  • Skills Plus Hockey Goalie Instructor since 2001
  • Waterloo Golf Academy – Owner /Operator (1992- June 2013)
  • Supervised and developed world class golf and teaching facility with Adult and Junior golf schools and Camps
  • BA University of Guelph
  • Roger Nielson Coaches Clinics at University of Windsor 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Coached Kitchener Dutchmen Jr B and Minor Hockey (AAA, AA/A, MD, House League), received 20 year service award from the City of Waterloo in 2004 for dedication in Minor Sports.
  • Hockey Trainers Certification Program – Level Two Trainers
  • National Coaching Certification Program
Robin Cumming
  • Instructor with Skills Plus since 2007
  • Goalie Instructor and on-ice assistance
  • WMHA Coaching Mentor For Goalies
  • AAA/AA/MD Coach since 2009 with Waterloo Minor Hockey
  • Player for 35 years (goalie)
Mason Leite
  • Goalie Instructor with Skills Plus since 2011
  • Economics student at Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Played AA Waterloo hockey; winning Alliance Championships and making OHF’s in Major Bantam
  •  Tryout Evaluator for Minor Hockey
  • Goalie Coach for Waterloo Minor Atom MD team
Zac Prattis
  • Worked at Skills Plus hockey since 2012
  • Goalie instructor
  • 11 years experience as a goaltender
  • Played in Waterloo and Stratford
  • Studying French and communications at Wilfred Laurier University
  • Currently playing Intramural hockey at Laurier
Group Leaders
Ursula Benesch
  • Worked at Skills Plus Hockey as a Group Leader since summer 2001
  • Mother of two boys and a girl who went on to play Junior B Hockey, University Varsity Hockey and Professional Lacrosse
  • Grew-up playing ringette
Mike McIlveen
  •  Skills Plus Hockey Group Leader since 2002 (12 years)
  • Current Coach of the Waterloo Bantam AAA Hockey Team
  • BA, Bachelor of Education
  • Currently an Educator with the Waterloo Catholic District School Board
  • University of Waterloo Varsity Hockey Player for 4 years
  • Professional hockey player with the Columbus Cottonmouths of the SPHL
Jamie Robertson
  • Instructor with Skills Plus since 2005
  • Group leader and on-ice
  • Physical and Health Education Teacher with the Waterloo Region District School Board since 1996
  • Waterloo Minor Hockey Coach from MD to AA since 2004
Kathleen Smith
  • Currently living in Memmingen, Bavaria, Germany, playing in the DFEL women’s ice hockey league (2nd year here)
  • Grew up playing AA boy’s hockey in Waterloo
  • Played for Cambridge Fury girl’s hockey team
  • Played for Team Ontario and won gold at Canada Games
  • Attended Providence College for 4 years scholarship to play women’s ice hockey in
  • NCAA Division I league, a part of the league champions in freshman year
  • All-Rookie Team All-Stars, League All-Star Team 2 times,
  • Providence College Women’s Ice hockey team MVP 2008
  • Working at Skills Plus Hockey since summer 2003
Ryan Lawrence
  • Instructor with Skills Plus since 2011
  • Group leader and on-ice assistance
  • Over ten years of playing experience at the AAA level through Waterloo Minor Hockey
  • Three years of rep coaching experience with Waterloo Minor Hockey
  • Honours Kinesiology degree from WLU
  • Bachelor of Education degree from Western University
  • Teacher with the Waterloo Region District School Board
Erin Normore
  • Skills Plus Hockey Instructor / Group Leader since summer 2004
  • Graduated with Masters degree in guidance and counseling.
  • Spent a season as assistant coach at Hamilton College, a division 3 school in upstate New York
  • Played in Memmingen Germany in the professional womens league, won league scoring title
  • Player with the Providence Friar Normore finished her career atop the all-time games played list with 143 appearances, having played in every game during her stellar four-year career.
  • Broke the 20 point plateau all four seasons and finished her career with 91 points on 66 assists and 25 goals.
  • Team MVP in 2009, Hockey East All-Rookie Team in 2006
  • Participated in the U-22 Camp for Team Canada in 2007
  • Played in the CWHL for the Boston Blades
On-ice Instructors
Jenni Bauer
  • 4 years Division 1 at Niagara University Team
  • MVP 2010 and 2011
  • Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Nominee 2010 and 2011
  • Hockey Humanitarian Award Nominee 2011
  • CHA First Team Goalie 2010 and 2011
  • CHA All Academic Team
  • Certified Special Olympics Coach
  • Skills Plus Instructor since 2009
Tye Calder
  • Skills Plus Hockey Instructor since 2007 (7 years)
  • Current Assistant Coach of the Waterloo Atom AAA Hockey Team
  • Seeking an Electrician Appreticeship
  • Currently plays Jr C with the Paris Mounties
  • Former Waterloo Minor Hockey Rep Player and Waterloo Siskin
Keegan Calder
  • Skills Plus Hockey Instructor since 2008 (6 years)
  • Currently Attending WLU University
  • Currently playing Jr B with the Kitchener Dutchmen
  • Former Player with Waterloo Minor Hockey Rep and Guelph Storm (OHL)
Richard Recchia
  • Instructor with Skills Plus since 2013
  • Over 18 Years Of Hockey Playing Experience
  • Two High School Hockey OFSAA Appearances (2006 and  2007)
  •  High School Hockey Champions 2007
  •  High School OFSAA Award For Best Student Athlete 2009
  • Five Years of Junior Hockey Experience In B and C (2008-2013)
  • 2012-2013 Junior C Schmalz Cup Champions For The Grimsby Peach Kings
  • Second Year Communications Major at Wilfred Laurier University