Director of Player Development Michael MacDonald, is a life long student of the game; he is a Sports Administration graduate from Laurentian and has spent time as a player, coach and an official. Born and raised in Thunder Bay Ontario, Michael left home at an early age to play in the OHL where he started his career with the London Knights. Later on he was traded to the Sudbury Wolves where he was named the Captain for the 2011-2012 seasons.
During his OHL career, Michael represented the OHL in the Subway Super Series and took part in the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes training camp. After his OHL career, Michael decided to cash in on his OHL scholarship and found himself back in Sudbury as a Laurentian Voyageur in the CIS.
In his final year of University, Michael became the Assistant Coach for the University’s Varsity Men’s hockey team and during this time, Michael played a huge part in the development, implementation and execution of the program’s first Youth Hockey Skills Development Camp which was a big success for the program.
Michael believes that the skills and behavior developed from training at RHP truly go beyond the rink.
Why you should train with Michael: His attitude is positive and enthusiastic – he will inspire you! Michael pushes trainees outside their comfort zones and often to the point of failure. Failure is a huge part of life, and he will teach you how to handle failure, and push to overcome it. To be a good athlete, you need a good coach. There is NO limit on what you can do when you have the positive mindset and are committed to the process, not only the outcome. Training is always hard work, and hard work will ALWAYS pay off!
“My passion is hockey and teaching. I am honored to be a part of the RHP team – a facility full of amazing teachers and leaders. I am excited to pass on my knowledge and experience on the sport in an effort to create good habits, and develop your skills even further. I believe anyone can achieve success with the right attitude and commitment!”