The Northwest Chargers Hockey Organization is excited to announce we are offering programming for beginners (minimum age 3) who want to learn how to skate and transition into a hockey player. Boys and girls will be evaluated and placed into appropriate skating groups (Learn To Skate or Pre-Hockey), and then our professional skating and hockey staff, led by Futures Director Mark Roy, will guide your child along the road map that leads to HOCKEY. All lessons will be held at the Mount Prospect Ice Arena, and players receive a Chargers jersey with their registration!
We welcome Coach Mark Roy to our Chargers organization this season. Mark is charged with creating a beginner hockey program that will be fondly known as The Future Chargers. The Future Chargers are a program that will introduce the game of hockey to our young pre-mites and teach the basic skills to become future travel hockey players. Currently the Director of Team and Player Services at 200x85 LLC, Mark comes to us most recently from the Chicago Mission. Mark has a very extensive background focusing mostly on player development which spans from his high school years, through camps, coaching, player development both at home and abroad. With too many accolades to note, we are thrilled to add him to the Chargers family.
Born and raised in Chicago, I started skating at 8 years old. I grew up playing all sports, hockey and football in the winter and baseball and swimming in the summer. I started playing at McFetridge Sports Center throughout my youth and went on to play High School Hockey at Niles West.
I have been coaching for many years and turned my focus to hockey 8 years ago. I’ve coached Mites thru Bantam and am currently coaching the Northwest Chargers. I was also the Hockey coordinator for the Mount Prospect Bolts, Little Blackhawks Program, and Hockey Tots (learn to skate).
My goal as a coach is to see skill development, personal growth and fun throughout my practices. With that goal in mind I have done private skates and small group trainings to be able to teach kids of all ages and skill levels. As a coach, I’ve found that there is no greater reward than to see my players develop and love the game even more.
Outside of the rink, I have spent that last 10 years as a Youth Minister. This has given me the opportunity to show my love for God and to show people what loving others truly looks like. I’ve even been able to combine my passions for God and hockey by coaching for Hockey Ministries International (HMI), Youth Bible camps, and more.
God, my family, and hockey are my passions in my life.
Lindsay has been a skating instructor for over 25 years! She started teaching in group settings through her rink's "Learn to Skate" program -- teaching progressive skating skills to both early figure and hockey skaters. In private lesson settings, she has also trained students across various skill sets, ranging from marching and stopping, to double and triple jumps. On the ice since the age of 2, Lindsay trained competitively for 18 years, reaching her Senior-level of Freeskate and earning her gold medal in 'Moves in the Field' (a series of tests for advanced-level footwork and edgework patterns). Nowadays, you will find her at the rink both before and after school with her daughters, who are following in their mom's footsteps!
Lindsay also has 20 years of experience working on skating technique with hockey players, from beginners to AAA, in group and private instructional settings. Skating skills are crucial to a player's overall performance. Proper skating technique will promote balance, agility, intricate edgework, speed and confidence--all of which will enhance players' overall performance in hockey. Lindsay's not only at the rink a great deal to teach skating, but also to watch her son, who has been with the Northwest Chargers for six seasons (and, of course, she taught him how to skate, too!).
Outside of the rink, Lindsay teaches Advanced Placement Psychology at Buffalo Grove High School. She also sits on the board of directors for the Northwest Chargers.
Since she could walk, Lindsay has had a passion for the ice....the rink has always been her second home, and she's excited to instill her love of skating in today's beginners and tomorrow's accomplished hockey players. Welcome to #ChargerNation!