The GRIT Hockey program
recognizes the various stages that youth athletes progress
through to obtain their full potential. Our clinics have been developed to advance a player’s individual skill, while also improving player’s game sense and compete level. This is accomplished through on-ice drills, off-ice training, and game play. We will run clinics year round and will also have elite spring and summer teams. We have clinics for players of all ages and all skill levels. We want our program to compliment minor hockey as well as other hockey programs. We will strive to work with them, not against them.
GRIT Hockey will teach
young athletes how to work hard in a fun and competitive
environment. Athletes will see that hard work really does pay off in life, and
in order to be successful you have to work at it.
Owner - Grit Hockey
Instructor and Coach
Phone: 506 738-1985
After playing hockey and many other sports for 19 years, Mike McCluskey began coaching hockey. While playing for UNBSJ, he began coaching a PeeWee A team in 1991 and has never looked back. Mike has coached at all levels, from IP to Junior. Anyone that knows Mike is aware that he is very passionate about coaching. He believes that hard work pays off at anything a person does in life. Mike’s coaching and teaching style is geared toward helping shape our youth to be leaders and high achievers through commitment and hard work.
During the 2001 hockey season, Mike took a team of 15 year olds from Atlantic Canada to Europe for 12 days of hockey. Recently, in April of 2013, he returned to Europe (Finland) to watch his 12 year old son play in the World Select Hockey Tournament for a US Team.
Mike has the following courses through Hockey Canada: Speak Out, Intro to Coaching, Theory 1, Theory 2, Development 1, Intermediate, and the High Performnce Coaching Certification 1 Program. He has been an instructor for many hockey schools over the years.
Living in Grand Bay - Westfield, NB, Mike is the owner of local business as well as the owner of GRIT Hockey. He has a Business Degree from the University of New Brunswick.
GRIT Director of Player Development
Matt is a Saint John native who grew up with a passion for sports, mainly hockey, baseball & ball hockey. Although hockey is his main passion, Matt played baseball at an elite level making it to 6 national events (federation and little league) along the way & obtained numerous awards.
Matt was drafted into the Q in 2010 3rd round (42nd overall) by the Shawinigan Cataractes (2010-11) but played most of his Q career with the Charlottetown Islanders (2011-13) before being traded to the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in his last season (2013-2014)
Matt played his rookie junior season (2010-11) with the Miramichi Timberwolves & than suited up with the Woodstock Slammers for his final junior year (2014-15) as Asst Captain finishing the year with the following awards: Leading Scorer, Top Forward and Team MVP. During the hockey off-season Matt played in the Saint John Metro Ball Hockey league.
Matt has completed the High Performance 1 Coaching course and is currently Coach of the Bantam AAA Sea Dogs where he played growing up and was named top scorer with most points in the 2008-09 season.
GRIT Director of Coaching Development
Darrell has an impressive Hockey Pedigree. Some of his highlights are: former GM of the Saint John Seadogs Major Junior Hockey Team; Darrell has been an NHL Scout for over 25 years - working with the Washington Capitals; Nashville Predators; Tampa Bay Lightning; and the Vancouver Canucks.
While with the Lightning they won the President’s Trophy, Prince of Whales Trophy & the 2004 Stanley Cup. Since joining the Canucks the team has won 5 Division titles and advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011. Darrell was also the Head coach of Dalhousie University for 13 years and is one of the most winning coach’s in Canadian Intercollegiate history.
Darrell was selected to lead Team Canada at the World University Hockey Championships, where Canada won gold. Darrell has served as a guest coach with the Canadian National Team prior to the Albertville, France Olympics and the Lillehammer, Norway Olympics.
Darrell may also from time to time bring in other local coaches/players as well as coaches/players from other regions across Canada to assist with the program.
Instructor and Coach
Dave has been involved in youth sports for over 20 years, and he has a Level 2 coaching certificate from Hockey Canada. He has coached Novice, Atom A, Atom AA, PeeWee A, PeeWee AA, and High School Hockey, as well as coaching many youth baseball teams. He is passionate about the kids giving their best while also enjoying their time playing.
Dave attended Brigham Young University and UNB, receiving his degree in Business Administration. He has been in the Financial Industry for over 15 years and is presently an Investment Advisor with BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc.
Luke is the current D coach & Assistant coach for the KV Bantam AAA Kings. Luke coached with the Midget AAA Warriors during the 2012-2013 Hockey season and has coached with the Bantam Major AAA KIngs for the past 4 seasons.While still playing in the Centennial League, Luke spends 100's of hours per year working with some of the best D men in Southern N.B. Luke has also played at the Midget AAA & Bantam AAA Level.
GRIT Goalie Instructor
Lucas grew up in Grand Bay and participated in organized sports most of his life. At age seven, he started playing hockey as a goaltender and it became his passion, although he enjoyed many other sports. In the final year of middle school, he received the Male Athlete of the Year for excelling at several sports. These were in addition to playing Peewee AAA hockey on the best team in the province.
In High School, Lucas continued to play various school sports, however competitive hockey was always his primary focus. Lucas continued to play AAA hockey, and was selected as the league's best goalie while playing Midget AAA hockey for the Saint John Phantoms. He then graduated to Major Midget, and played for the Saint John Major Midget Vito’s during the 2010-2011 and the 2011-2012 seasons, receiving the Team Playoff MVP award both years. The Woodstock Slammers drafted Lucas, one of the best Junior ‘A’ hockey teams in Canada.
Lucas is presently enrolled in UNB as a full time Business Administration