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Nathaniel Brooks joined Ryerson for the 2014-15 varsity season as an assistant coach and now enters his fifth season with the Rams.
He started his junior hockey playing career with the Markham Waxers in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) where he played two seasons. After being drafted by the United States Hockey League's (USHL) Chicago Steel in 2004 as their 101st overall selection, Brooks played a season with the Steel before returning to Canada to play with the Ontario Hockey League's (OHL) Oshawa Generals in 2005-06. The following season, he split time between the Generals, Aurora Tigers and Vaughan Vipers.
Following his junior career, Brooks joined the York University Lions where he majored in English. He played three sesaons from 2007-10, playing in all 28 games each season and totalling 80 points. An assistant captain for the Lions, he made the OUA West all-rookie team in his first season.
Brooks has also coached in the Forest Hill Minor Hockey Association for the past 6 seasons, winning the pro hockey life cup this year with the Atom AA team. Next season he will coach the Don Mills Flyer Minor Pewee AAA team. He has also been an on - ice instructor for the past 14 years, training many players that have gone on to the junior, collegiate, and professional level.
Nathaniel Brooks joined Universal Hockey as Director of Player Development in 2019.
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A Toronto based Sport Psychology & Performance Consultant, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Certified Sports Vision Trainer, Brenley Shapiro has become highly respected among sporting communities throughout the North American landscape. Shapiro is currently the Mental Performance Consultant for the Arizona Coyotes (NHL) and the Mental Performance Coach for the Peteborough Petes (OHL). Her innovative and in depth program development combines theories of cognition and behaviours into mental skills training, along with scientific strategies using state of the art technologies to strengthen neurocogntive processing. Brenley’s rare and unique skill set blended together covers all aspects of the ‘mental game’ and fundamentally guides clients to master their mind for ultimate performance enhancement.
Brenley has been in practice for over 18 years working with athletes, teams, individuals, and organizations and is the founder of the company Heads Up High Performance. Brenley has extensive experience and a specialized focus in work with hockey teams and players at every level from minor hockey, through to the OHL, WHL, KHL, AHL & NHL. Brenley has also been involved in the OHL Combine, U15 Program of Excellence, and sits on the expert panel for the Coaches Association of Ontario. She is a published author, powerful keynote speaker, and Ambassador with Lululemon.
With an exceptional ability to teach, motivate, inspire, and connect with all those she works with, Brenley has dedicated her life’s work to helping people push the boundaries of achievement and facilitate a pathway towards success. Her transformative program and style, along with her vast degree of knowledge and training spanning every aspect of the mental game, is what separates her from the rest. Provoking excitement, engagement and the transformation of the power of the mind, Brenley is able to foster a true culture of excellence within those she works with.
Liza grew up in Moscow, Russia and started to train in figure skating at the legendary Red Army Club when she was 4 years of age.
At 18yrs of age her coach moved to the United States and she came along to train at the Olympic Centre in Lake Placid, New York.
Over the next six years Liza competed at the 1994 and 1998 Olympic Winter Games , as well as 5 World Championships in Ice Dance with partner Dmitry Kazarlyga.
Liza was a feature skater with in two instructional videos narrated by Natalia Dubova, renowned international dance coach.
Liza has also been awarded Master of International Sport from the Russian Skating Federation in 1990.
After retiring from competitive life, she began coaching both figure skating and edge work for hockey. Liza has over 20 years of professional figure skating coaching experience and 8 years of concentrated power skating /edge control and agility coaching for hockey.