Dawn Braid
ATC Director of Skating Development; Skating Consultant - Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres and their AHL teams

From the Mississauga News 2007
"Through the Leafs, Peca met Power skating instructor Dawn Braid. Peca says he’s a better skater today than at any time in his career. Quite a statement from a two-time Frank Selke Trophy winner as NHL’s best defensive forward. “I’ve improved my skating to the point I’m faster and stronger on my feet,” said Peca. For more than a month, Braid has made a habit of driving down to Buffalo to tutor Peca. “I’ve improved my strength and explosiveness on going to the net, as well as skating forwards, backwards and crossovers.”

Dawn Braid joined the ATC team in 2008 to improve the skating speed, efficiency and technique of our hockey players. Dawn is a professional high performance technical power skating instructor with over 20 years experience training hockey players at the NHL, AHL, OHL, Junior and NCAA levels, Women’s USA National Team Members, Women’s Under 18 National and Ontario Team Members as well as several GTHL AA and AAA teams.

Dawn worked with the Toronto Maple Leafs as their skating instructor from 2005 to the summer of 2008 where she instructed alongside Paul Maurice, Keith Acton, Greg Gilbert, and Dallas Eakins. With the Leafs she ran the skating portion of three Leaf Prospect Camps enhancing player’s skills and preparing them with skating skills required for the NHL. While with the Leafs Dawn ran an on ice skating and conditioning program for various Toronto pro players during the off season and during the season she assisted Strength Coach Matt Nichol in the on ice rehab of the injured players, analyzing, breaking down and rebuilding the player’s stride.

Dawn’s philosophy is to run intensive technical training sessions, stressing proper skating technique, determination and consistency, in order to improve power, speed, quickness and agility. She uses advanced edge work to improve balance and basic techniques. Techniques are used repetitively during training to improve neuromuscular patterns and skating efficiency, therefore creating stronger, faster and more efficient hockey players who reach new levels and attain their goals.

Dawn is at the forefront in using video analysis which is used to enhance and accelerate the correction and development of a player’s skating techniques. Video analysis offers the player a visual aid, making it easier to understand the corrections which they need to make for a more efficient stride, increased foot speed, power and proper balancing. Through the video analysis program you can have different aspects of your skating compared to Pro players and top prospects.

Athletes who have developed their skating working with Dawn Braid:

Buffalo Sabres

Anaheim Ducks

Toronto Maple Leafs

John Tavares N.Y. Islanders
Michael Peca Columbus Blue Jackets
Matt Stajan Toronto Maple Leafs
Carlo Colaiacovo St. Louis Blues
Matt Moulson N.Y. Islanders
Jeremy Williams Toronto Maple Leafs
John Mitchell Toronto Maple Leafs
Nik Antropov Toronto Maple Leafs
Steffan Kronwall Washington Capitals
Alex Steen St. Louis Blues
Luke Schenn Toronto Maple Leafs
Kyle Wellwood Vancouver Canucks
Anders Eriksson Calgary Flames

Ryan O’Marra Springfield
Robbie Earl Toronto Marlies
Darryl Boyce Toronto Marlies
Josh Soares Manitoba Moose
Travis Ramsey Manitoba Moose
Justin Soryal Hartford Wolfpack
Alex Foster Toronto Marlies
Nathan Parrot Toronto Marlies/Russian League
Mark Moro Toronto Marlies

Wes Clark (Johnstown Chiefs)

John Tavares London Knights; 2009 & 2008 World Junior Gold Medalist
Stefan Della Rovere Barrie Colts; 2009 World Junior Gold Medalist
Greg Nemisz Windsor Spitfires; 2008 25th  Calgary Flames
Cameron Gaunce Mississauga Majors; 2008 50th to Colorado Avalanche
John Kurtz Sudbury Wolves
Justin DiBenedetto Sarnia Sting
Ryan Gottschalk Barrie Colts
Ethan Werek Kingston Frontenacs
Ryan Martindale Ottawa 67’s
Michael Scarbossa Barrie Colts
Matt Russo Mississauga Majors
Thomas Middup Niagara Ice Dogs
Josh Shala Guelph Storm
Marc Zanetti Ottawa 67’s

Kerry Weiland USA Women’s National Team
Karen Thatcher USA Women’s National Team
Jori Lehtera Tappara Tampere Finnish Elite League; 2008 65th to St. Louis Blues
Mikael Granlund Karpat Oulu Finnish Jr. League; 2008 Finnish World Junior Team

Cody Goloubef U. of Wisconsin; 2008 37th to Columbus Blue Jackets; 2009 World Junior Gold Medalist
Steven Dennis Miami of Ohio
Brett Robinson Mercyhurst
Brandan Defazio Clarkson
Alyssa Baldin Wayne State; 2007 Ontario U18 Team
Katherine White Cornell; 2007 Canadian National U18 Team
Laura MacIntosh Ohio State; 2007 Canadian U18 Team
Caroline Park Princeton
Patrick McEachern Maine
Domenic Monardo Lake Superior State
Kellan Lain Lake Superior State
Lindsay Sparks U of Michigan
Jeremy Welsh Union
Chris Moulson Cornell
Jeremy Price Colgate

Sally Butler
Thea Imbragno
Victoria Vigilanti
Kathryn Miller
Sasha Nanji
Candice Styles


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