Skill Development (Clarington Zone Hockey)

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Defence Development - Paul Ranger

After retiring from professional hockey in 2015, the Whitby native was looking for ways to give back in a coaching role. Enroled at Ontario Tech as a kinesiology student, Ranger felt the opportunity to work with Ridgebacks program was a great fit. Paul started his junior hockey days in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Oshawa Generals before making the jump to the NHL to play with the Tampa Bay Lightning where he spent five seasons. After a few seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization he played in Switzerland before deciding to step away from the game. In total, the 6’4 defence man played over 300 games in the NHL on top of his time in the American Hockey League (AHL) and National League A (NLA).  Paul has been training up and coming pro prospects ie Jamie Drysdale of the Anaheim Ducks and many more up and coming rep hockey players.

 Forward Development - Ryan Martindale

Ryan Martindale grew up playing minor hockey in Whitby. Considered to be one of the best players in his age group. Ryan was drafted 2nd Round 26th overall by the Ottawa 67’s in the 2007 Ontario Hockey League Draft. He achieved an unbelievable 224 career OHL points. In 2007/2008 he won the U-17 World Champion playing with Team Ontario. He was drafted 3rd Round, 61st overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2010 National Hockey League Draft. Ryan Played 7 years Professionally in both North America and Europe. He was on the 2014/2015 Team Canada Spengler Cup. Ryan is a "Hockey Canada Certified Power Skating and Skills coach". Ryan is a co-owner with Mary Giacalone in Scary Skate where he has been developing young skaters for the past few years. Also helping Ryan is instructor Blaine Down who played 5 years with the Barrie Colts and 17 years in Europe.

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