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About The Hockey Group

The Hockey Group has successfully navigated the careers of many hockey players as they have developed from amateur athletes to the professional ranks, helping navigate and guide them upon a successful path. Our commitment to you is simple – to reduce the uncertainty experienced at every level in the hockey world.

“The Hockey Group agency provides the benefits of a large agency with on-time, responsive, individualized, attention & service.”

The Hockey Group has been providing leading edge representation and comprehensive services for players and parents at all levels of hockey worldwide. We provide the benefits of a large hockey agency with on-time, responsive, and individualized attention and service.

“Putting our hearts into our players”

The Hockey Group (THG) provides representation and comprehensive services for players and families at all levels of hockey worldwide. We provide the benefits of a large hockey agency with on-time, responsive, and individualized attention and service. The Hockey Group – hockey agency navigates the careers of many hockey players as they have developed from amateur athletes to the professional athletes, helping navigate and guide them along a successful path. Our commitment to you is simple – to reduce the uncertainty experienced at every level in the hockey world.

The Hockey Group – is a small town agency that was forged from passion of sports and families, with legal expertise and the willingness to go the extra mile.

THG is passionate about the work we do for our clients and we are confident that our clients feel the same way. We offer competitive rates, and our representation is to the standard of agencies in the professional hockey industry. The Hockey Group has working relationships with many teams in various leagues throughout the world, and the mutual respect between all will guarantee the best fit possible when it comes to placing our clients.

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Partners & Directors

"The Hockey Group agency provides the benefits of a large agency with on-time, responsive, individualized, attention & service."


The Hockey Group prides itself on integrity, honesty, and a holistic approach to player management. For over a decade we have been representing and developing elite hockey players worldwide – helping players and their families reach the next level.

Melissa F. Bowen

Melissa F. Bowen

Lawyer | Partner

Melissa is the owner of Bowen Law Office and a Partner in The Hockey Group. Melissa was born and raised in southern Saskatchewan.She obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Calgary in 2005 after completing her last year as a visiting student at the University of Western Ontario. Melissa graduated from the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan in 2009 and was admitted to the Law Society of Saskatchewan as a lawyer in 2010.  In 2011 she returned to Southern Ontario, was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2012 and opened her own practice. Melissa deals with all representation,contractual and legal aspects for all of the Agency’s professional and Minor professional hockey players. Melissa lives in Woodstock with her husband, Jeremy, and their two children.

Kris Walleyn

Kris Walleyn

Partner

Originally from the Norfolk County area in Southern Ontario, Kris played his Junior hockey locally before attending South Kent School in Connecticut. His career took him overseas at a young age were he spent a few years playing semi professional hockey in Europe. Born hearing impaired Kris faced many struggles with sports, hard work and dedication landed him a spot in the Norfolk Sports Hall of Recognition. Kris focused on day to day operations of The Hockey Group and is married with two children.

Cell (519)608.3205

Pat LaCelle

Pat LaCelle

Director of Hockey Operations / Advisor for Quebec & Ottawa Regions

Pat was a former QMJHL scout that knows the behind the scenes portion of the game of hockey, both from a management and business perspective. Pat has developed many great contacts and close personal connections over the years which has become a valuable tool for The Hockey group clients. Pat focuses on the Major Junior Hockey department for The Hockey Group.

Cell (819)269.0904

Melissa F. Bowen

Melissa F. Bowen

Lawyer | Partner

Melissa is the owner of Bowen Law Office and a Partner in The Hockey Group. Melissa was born and raised in southern Saskatchewan.She obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Calgary in 2005 after completing her last year as a visiting student at the University of Western Ontario. Melissa graduated from the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan in 2009 and was admitted to the Law Society of Saskatchewan as a lawyer in 2010.  In 2011 she returned to Southern Ontario, was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2012 and opened her own practice. Melissa deals with all representation,contractual and legal aspects for all of the Agency’s professional and Minor professional hockey players. Melissa lives in Woodstock with her husband, Jeremy, and their two children.

Kris Walleyn

Kris Walleyn

Partner

Originally from the Norfolk County area in Southern Ontario, Kris played his Junior hockey locally before attending South Kent School in Connecticut. His career took him overseas at a young age were he spent a few years playing semi professional hockey in Europe. Born hearing impaired Kris faced many struggles with sports, hard work and dedication landed him a spot in the Norfolk Sports Hall of Recognition. Kris focused on day to day operations of The Hockey Group and is married with two children.

Cell (519)608.3205

Pat LaCelle

Pat LaCelle

Director of Hockey Operations / Advisor for Quebec & Ottawa Regions

Pat was a former QMJHL scout that knows the behind the scenes portion of the game of hockey, both from a management and business perspective. Pat has developed many great contacts and close personal connections over the years which has become a valuable tool for The Hockey group clients. Pat focuses on the Major Junior Hockey department for The Hockey Group.

Cell (819)269.0904

Agent Services

Families should be sure that the agency shares the same values,goals and expectations for the player.The Hockey Group takes pride in putting families first with our smaller, attention to detail approach when guiding players through turbulent times.

The Hockey Group has been providing leading edge representation and comprehensive services for players and parents at all levels of hockey worldwide. We provide the benefits of a large hockey agency with on-time, responsive, and individualized attention and service. The Hockey Group has navigated  many hockey players careers,helping navigate and guide them upon a successful path. Our commitment to you is simple – to reduce the uncertainty experienced at every level in the hockey world.

 

Draft Preparation

019224-green-jelly-icon-symbols-shapes-check-in-boxEvery client is prepared for the draft process whether it is the CHL Import, WHL,OHL,QMJHL or NHL draft. We offer a precise understanding of all components of the draft from interviews to combines. The Hockey Group works extremely hard during clients draft years to maximize and market our clients to the fullest.

Contract Negotiations

082254-green-jelly-icon-business-document4The hockey world is an extremely competitive industry where an athlete’s peak earning potential is achieved in a relatively short time. As an athlete’s income must be fully maximized during the playing career in order to ensure and secure earning potential over the long haul.

Marketing & Endorsements

003223-green-jelly-icon-media-loud-speaker The Hockey Group will assist clients in developing a marketing strategy that will maximize their potential for revenue on and off the ice. Due to todays salary cap era, most players make excess earnings in the endorsement portion of their portfolio.

Insurance

092959-green-jelly-icon-signs-medical-alert1The Hockey Group’s protection policy program is a specialized insurance coverage program that deals with the most ideal insurance groups in the business. The Hockey Group works with teams, leagues, and Player’s Associations to make sure all its clients’ are covered.

Media Relations

099990-green-jelly-icon-social-media-logos-myspace-logoWe offer all of our clients media and public relations training and guidance on handling everything from interviews to special media events. Media relations training can come in handy very early on in a young players career, most media relations start in a players Major Junior career and spans into their professional playing days. Knowing how to handle these type of events maximizes a players character no matter what stage in their career they are at.

Social Media

100029-green-jelly-icon-social-media-logos-twitter-logo-squareThese days athletes and social media go hand and hand, social media is becoming an increasingly large component of the role of a high-level athlete. The Hockey Group realizes the importance of our clients being engaged with social media and we work closely with players to make sure they are mindful of the approach each player takes when using social media platforms.

 

Immigration

082295-green-jelly-icon-business-globe We will ensure that of our players are up to date with current immigration status, rules and regulations. The Hockey Group work provides access to immigration lawyers that deal with athletes needs on a regular basis.

Financial Services

082240-green-jelly-icon-business-currency-dollar-sc35We will ensure that personal, professional and financial aspects are coordinated and fully integrated in a professional career. You can then focus and develop your attention on your conditioning and on-ice duties.

Legal Services

028926-green-jelly-icon-culture-astrology2-scale We will ensure that personal, professional and financial aspects are coordinated and fully integrated in a professional career. You can then focus and develop your attention on your conditioning and on-ice duties.

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Family Advisors

Due to NCAA regulations and eligibility (NCAA Clearinghouse) standards, many families are balancing between the choice of Major Jr hockey and the NCAA. Rules and regulations prohibit any amateur player from using a person to represent them on behalf of the player for contract negotiations.The Hockey Group offers the services of family advisors, of which non of them act or participate in any contract negotiation at any level of hockey. The Hockey Group hockey agency has strategically placed advisors within our operational area. They assist with the guidance, education and direction of The Hockey Group families.

Talented  hockey players face what can be a tough decision at a young age between playing Major Junior hockey in the CHL or NCAA hockey. Both options are not perfect, or don’t truly offer a better way for every player and their family. NCAA advocates feel that their combination of hockey, education and life experience provides the best development path for young players, both as players and as people. From a hockey development perspective, the NCAA has established itself as the fastest growing development path to the NHL. More than 30 per cent of all NHL players are developed in the NCAA. U.S. college hockey produces more NHL players then all of European countries combined. Another element  that benefits the NCAA in terms of development. Prospects typically play NCAA hockey when they are between 19 and 24 years old, as opposed to 16 to 20 for CHL players.

Gerry McKeown

Gerry McKeown

Family Advisor Southern Ontario / Upper State N.Y. Region

Cell (905)325.5866

Jonas Tomiuck

Jonas Tomiuck

Family Advisor Ontario Region / On Ice Skills and Development

Cell (905)401.1871

Warren Nye

Warren Nye

Family Advisor South Western Ontario / Mental Strength Coach

Cell (519)719.6925

Jake Roberts

Jake Roberts

Family Advisor Ontario Region / analytical specialist

CELL(519)854.2815

Dave McLellan

Dave McLellan

Family Advisor British Columbia and California Region
Michael Scott

Michael Scott

Family Advisor Greater Toronto Area

Cell: (905).251.3131

Gerry McKeown

Gerry McKeown

Family Advisor Southern Ontario / Upper State N.Y. Region

Cell (905)325.5866

Jonas Tomiuck

Jonas Tomiuck

Family Advisor Ontario Region / On Ice Skills and Development

Cell (905)401.1871

Warren Nye

Warren Nye

Family Advisor South Western Ontario / Mental Strength Coach

Cell (519)719.6925

Jake Roberts

Jake Roberts

Family Advisor Ontario Region / analytical specialist

CELL(519)854.2815

Dave McLellan

Dave McLellan

Family Advisor British Columbia and California Region
Michael Scott

Michael Scott

Family Advisor Greater Toronto Area

Cell: (905).251.3131

Player Development

Strength and Conditioning

045381-green-jelly-icon-sports-hobbies-weight-lifting2-sc43 Since 2008, Andrew Hopf has been a leader in athletic development and strength and conditioning in the Waterloo Region. Andrew has trained dozens of elite athletes from the CHL, NCAA, National Hockey League Draft picks, and professional ranked athletes. Rather than conducting group-based training sessions, our approach is highly individualized to the needs of each athlete by taking their age, sport, injury history, and abilities into consideration. Along with designing safe and effective training programs, we also strive to create an intense, hard-working training environment where serious athletes can thrive and realize their true potential. Our 3000-square-foot facility is designed with serious athletes in mind. Unlike large commercial gyms, Andrew and NLPT put a premium on open space to perform jumps, sprints and other athletic movements. As for equipment, they have everything you need to develop your athletic abilities.

Mental Toughness Coaching

063475-green-jelly-icon-people-things-brainWarrenThe Hockey Group supplies the access to the services of Mental Strength Coach Warren Nye. With years of experience in sports and business – from coaching a very successful National Championship hockey team and then managing other hockey teams along the way – Warren has seen it all! But there is one thing that we don’t always see. That is the passion! The dreams and full out commitment to raise oneself to the highest level no matter what field you play or work in. We know trying to tap into your full potential takes time and know-how and at Mind Over Sport we show you the right way. With ground breaking programs that center on the individual and using a positive psychology concept, we identify the person’s strengths and there we cultivate it to allow one to rise not only in one area but throughout all areas of one’s life. Click on the “Mind Over Sports” logo for more information.

Skills and Development

045338-green-jelly-icon-sports-hobbies-people-hockeyThe Hockey Group Advisor Jonas Tomiuck assists clients at all levels to improve structure and efficiency through functional on ice training. Jonas specializes and provides individualized on-ice skills and development training in key player growth area’s. Ranging from many different skating techniques,shooting and accuracy drills coupled with passing and agility workouts.

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News Centre

Flemington commits to Nailers

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The Hockey Group client Kyle Flemington  (former London Knight and Memorial Cup winner) has committed to play for the Pittsburgh Penguins ECHL affiliate,Wheeling Nailers. Flemington saw time in the OHL

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CORRIVEAU SIGNS WITH INDY FUEL OF THE ECHL

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The Hockey Group client Raphael Corriveau has signed with the Indy Fuel of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). Corriveau spent his Jr career playing in the QMJHL for Québec Remparts,Cape Breton Screaming

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2016 OHL Priority Selection

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The Hockey Group would like to congratulate all its families and players who where fortunate to be selected on Saturdays draft. For those who were not selected on Saturday, remember

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