Fine Line - Conditioning and Athletic Academy

Our Team

Meet all of our Hockey Instructors and Fitness Trainors below:



Hockey

FineLine's team of Skills and Skating instructors are the best in Ontario.

Led by our Director of Hockey Operations, Kory Cooper, the team brings together many years of playing, coaching and educating players on the latest techniques for the development of skating and hockey skills. Focused on correction, development and repetition our team accelerates the development of young talented players. Staying current, involved and connected with Hockey Canada, the OHL and other associations gives our clients the best opportunity to achieve their goals. This years OHL (2015) draft is a prime example of how they have helped many local players reach their potential.

Kory Cooper

Director of FineLine Hockey Operations
Goalie Consultant Mississauga Steelheads
Goalie Consultant Brampton Beast

Kory, a native of Winsloe, PEI, moved to Ontario to play in the OHL with the Belleville Bulls from 1994-97, where he was an OHL All Star. Kory was invited to both the New Jersey Devils and Chicago Blackhawks training camps, and eventually signed with Chicago's affiliate team, the Indianapolis Ice (IHL). He went on to play 8 seasons as a professional hockey player in the AHL, IHL and ECHL. Upon completion of his playing career he became the Director of Hockey Operations for the Kingston Voyageurs (OJHL) as well as the goalie coach of the Kingston Frontenacs (OHL).

As a member of the OHL Goalie Advisory Board, he has input in all goalie development trends and teaching guidelines for Ontario and is recognized by Hockey Canada as a Certified Goalie Coach. He is currently the goalie consultant for the Mississauga Steelheads (OHL), Queens Golden Gaels (CIS) and Brampton Beast (ECHL). He also assists Rick Wamsley, the goalie consultant with the Ottawa Senators (NHL), with their development camp.

Kory has been running goalie camps across eastern Canada for over 15 years and has worked alongside some of the most recognized goalie coaches in the world; he has worked with FineLine hockey for 5 years. He has helped goalies advance their careers to all levels from minor hockey to the NHL. Kory's passion, drive and knowledge for the game translates exceptionally well in his coaching, allowing his clients to achieve great success.

Kory has been a resident of Kingston since 2006. He married a Kingston girl, Valerie, in 2012 and has two daughters, Genevieve and Natalie.

In Kory's role as director of Hockey operations at FineLine, he is responsible for the development of all hockey programing. He coordinates our amazing team of FineLine Hockey instructors, to ensure we deliver the highest quality of programs and the most current techniques and skills. With Kory's involvement in Hockey Canada and the OHL, FineLine's clients receive hockey training that is built on progressing the players to the next level and a reputable connection to other organizations such as the NCAA, OHL, AHL and NHL.

Mike Laughlin

Skating and Skills Instructor

Mike is one of the original skills and skating instructors at FineLine was drafted by the Kingston Frontenacs in 1997 and played 5 years with the Kingston Voyageurs and was the teams captain in his final 2 years. Mike also played 5 years of semi pro in the EOSHL. Currently a Kingston firefighter, Mike has been instrumental in developing FineLine's programs.

The key to Mike's success is how he relates to players on ice. Stemming from his leadership roles in hockey Mike is able to motivate players of all levels to dig deeper while maintaining their love for the game. Mike was instrumental in the development of FineLine's semi private small group skill sessions and it's teaching philosophy that first you teach the skating technique, then the skill and follow-up with where and how you bring that skill back into each player's game. In addition, Mike was a driving force behind FineLine's 3 on 3 Pond Hockey program. Seeing young players develop their skills while enjoying hockey like being out on the pond, is Mike's way of bringing the fun and creativity back to the game.

Jeff Bateman

Skating and Skills Instructor

Jeff Bateman was born and raised in Belleville, Ontario and grew up playing minor hockey for the Quinte Red Devils AAA system. At the age of 16, Jeff played Tier II for the Wellington Dukes where he was a league All-Star. Jeff was then drafted in the third round, 41st overall, in the 1998 OHL Priority Selection by the Brampton Battalion. During his time in the OHL, Jeff was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the fourth round, 126th overall, of the 1999 NHL Priority Selection. After completing three seasons with Brampton, Jeff signed a three year entry level contract with the Stars. He played three professional seasons varying from the AHL, ECHL, and CHL, having won an ECHL championship in 2004 with the Idaho Steelheads. After completing his NHL contract, Jeff was fortunate to have Canadian university eligibility and was offered an athletic scholarship to St. Thomas University (AUS) in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Jeff competed in the AUS for three years where he completed an undergraduate Bachelors Degree in Criminology. As noted by his hockey resume, Jeff is well versed in aspects of the game, including the educational side of hockey.

For the past several years, Jeff has played an important role with FineLine as one of our professional skills and skating instructors. Jeff's knowledge, passion, and dedication to hockey provide the students of the game with the most modern teaching techniques, providing each player with the fundamentals to achieve immediate and incessant success.

Jamie McKinven

Skating and Skills Instructor

Jamie is a major advocate of the "Mind, Body and Soul" approach to developing hockey players, consisting of physical skills, emotional attitudes and mental acuity. This approach to developing hockey players not only prepares young athletes for peak performance in competition, it also prepares them to become successful individuals in all aspects of life.

His biggest regret as a player was not being prepared mentally or physically for the difficult transitions faced at each new level. His goal is to help the next generation of hockey hopefuls reach their dreams by developing the tools required to handle any and all challenges they may encounter in their hockey journey.

Jamie is a former professional hockey player with experience at the NCAA, ECHL, Central Hockey League and European levels. He served as an Assistant Coach and Player Development Coordinator with the Kingston Voyageurs Jr. A Hockey Club for 4 seasons. Jamie has been involved in skill development for the past 11 years, specializing in power skating techniques and individual skill enhancement.

Accomplishments:

  • BSc. Business & Technology Management, Clarkson University (NCAA Division 1)
  • Published Author: "So You Want Your Kid to Play Pro Hockey?" and, "Tales from the Bus Leagues"
  • Blog Site: glassandout.com, "Hockey and Everything in Between"
  • Spokesperson for the "Mental Toughness Trainer" (a Seattle-based company)

Jamie has been the main architect of FineLine's power skating programs for several years. He has invested in continually being ahead of the latest techniques and trends in skating for the benefit of our FineLine's clients. Jamie also brings his wealth of experience in skills to our players of all ages. Helping players get to the next level while keeping the fun in the game is one of the many attributes he brings to our clients.

Casey Torres

Skating and Skills Instructor

Casey Torres is the currently OHL Eastern Conference Scout with the Peterborough Petes and is once again coaching the Greater Kingston AAA Minor Midget Program in 2015-16. Casey coached the Minor Midget's in 2013-14, where he led them to their most successful year in the age group's history and had five players drafted in the 2014 OHL Draft, with one of those players verbally agreeing on an NCAA Division 1 Scholarship to Princeton. Prior to coaching with Greater Kingston, Torres spent two seasons as the Head Video Coach with the OHL's Kingston Frontenacs and spent nine seasons with the Kingston Voyageurs as an Assistant General Manager, Assistant Coach and Video Coach. He was an Assistant Coach on the 2009 Central Canadian Championship Vees team, which finished third in Canada at the Royal Bank Cup.

Casey joined FineLine in 2012 as skills and bench coach for our spring programs. Since then Casey has expanded his roll to include private, semi private skills and one of our lead instructors in our small group power skating programs. For FineLine clients Casey offers his vast hockey skills, knowledge of the game of hockey and his ability to help players get to the next level.

Jason Nobli

Associate Coach and Assistant GM - Mississauga Steelheads OHL
Skills Instructor - FineLine Hockey

Prior to returning to the OHL, Jason was the Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel of the Toronto Junior'A' Canadiens from 2010-2012. In 2009-10, Jason Nobili lead the Oakville Blades, of the Ontario Junior A Hockey League, to an OJHL League Championship, Buckland Cup (Ontario Championship), Dudley Hewitt (Central Canada Championship and an appearance at the Royal Bank Cup (National Junior A Championships), in Dauphin, Manitoba. Before joining the Oakville Blades, he coached within the Toronto Maple Leafs system as Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations for the Reading Royals in the ECHL. Prior to joining the Royals as head coach he spent four seasons coaching within the Carolina Hurricanes system as the Associate Coach for the Florida Everblades in the ECHL (also affiliated with the NHL's Florida Panthers). He also served as the teams' interim-head coach during parts of the 2006-08 seasons. During his time with the Royals and Everblades, he has helped them achieve an overall regular season record of 182-110-24 and a winning percentage of .613%. In 2004-05, as Associate Coach of the Florida Everblades he helped lead them to an appearance in the Kelly Cup Finals as the American Conference Champions. In 2005-06, he once again helped lead the Florida Everblades to another appearance in the Kelly Cup playoffs after a successful regular season which saw the team reach the 100-point plateau for just the second time in franchise history. In 2006-07, the Everblades completed the regular season first overall in the American Conference, appeared in the Kelly Cup playoffs and reached the Kelly Cup Conference finals losing out in a decisive seventh game. In 2007-08, the Everblades set a new franchise record for most wins at home in a season as they once again qualified for the Kelly Cup playoffs to make it their tenth consecutive appearance in the post-season - the longest active streak in the ECHL. Nobili began his coaching career as the Head Coach & Assistant GM of the Ajax Axemen of the Ontario Provincial Junior 'A' Hockey League for two years (1998-2000). Prior to joining the Florida Everblades, Jason spent four seasons (2000-2004) as the Assistant Coach of the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League. In 2002, Nobili was named Assistant Coach for Under-17 Team Ontario. In 2003, the team competed at Canada Winter Games; he helped guide them to bronze medal. In 2004, the team competed at the World Under-17 Championships, where he helped them capture Ontario's first gold medal in ten years. In 2011, Nobili once again was selected by Hockey Canada to the be part of the coaching staff for Team Canada World Junior A Challenge in Langley, B.C. where there they earned the Silver Medals.

Jason is a graduate of York University in Toronto, where he earned his B.A. and also Niagara University (US), where he graduated from the Bachelor of Education Program. Jason is a Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT) and also a certified Hockey Canada - Advanced Level 4 Coach.

Jason is part of FineLine's summer Prospect and Chowder Cup program. His stellar background in skills and skating development will provide FineLine clients with the highest level of instruction and commitment.

John Goodwin

Assistant Coach Kingston Frontenacs
Skills Instructor FineLine Hockey

Goodwin, a native of Toronto, has substantial experience in OHL hockey, first as player then as a coach. He joins FineLine after a season as Assistant Coach with the Frontenacs and previously with Stan Butler in North Bay. He previously served as Assistant Coach to Butler in Oshawa in 1995-96 and became Head Coach of the Generals in 1997.

Goodwin played three OHL seasons with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, from 1978-79 through 1980-81, scoring 133 goals and earning 256 assists for 389 points in 201 games. In his final OHL season in 1980-81, he was the league's leading scorer with 56 goals and 110 assists for 166 points.

John's specialty is skills development for players heading to the OHL and beyond. He has been instrumental in the advancement of many players at all levels. John will be working with FineLine's summer Junior and Pro skate program as well as several of our prospect and skill camps.

Marc Carriere

Skills Instructor

Marc brings 20 years of coaching experience to the FineLine Team. He has coached and developed skills at all levels. His background of being a teacher fits FineLine's philosophy of education, correction and repetition.

Marc has been an OHL scout for 5 years including OHL teams in Mississauga and Niagara. He also holds many levels of coaching accreditation.

FineLine is delighted to have Marc join the team as we evolve our programs and processes to provide our clients more information about their player's progress, areas of opportunity and future direction.

Jim Hulton

Jim Hulton

On Ice Skill Instructor

Full biography coming soon.





Fitness

Drew Barkman

BA, NSCA-CPT, XPS, FMS I
Director of Performance

Drew is the Director of Performance at Fineline Conditioning where he oversees all of the athletic performance groups and is a movement performance specialist. Drew has a diverse background within the sports performance field working with NHL, AHL, OHL, NCAA, CFL, Track and Field, Military, Tactical Police and Firefighters. Drew recently earned his Exos Performance Specialist Certification and has completed all levels of the Exos Mentorship Phases at their facility headquarters in Phoenix. Exos is world renown for their expertise in athletic performance and training of elite athletes from all professional sports. Drew believes in being proactive with health and wellness and to deliver world class training to help his clients achieve higher levels of success.

Dylan De Jong

Certified Personal Trainer

Dylan was born and raised in Chesterville, Ontario. A graduate of North Dundas District High School, Dylan was active in soccer and volleyball but was most passionate about track and field. He earned the title of 2010 East Regional Champion in 110m hurdles. He was also awarded the Top 8 OFSAA 2010 and Top 11 World Junior Trials 2010, both in 110m hurdles. His success as a young athlete made Dylan chose a career in the fitness industry. He moved to Kingston in September 2010 to attend St Lawrence College where he earned a diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion. Dylan is a certified personal trainer through CSEP and also holds his PTS, FIS and Nutrition and Wellness certifications through Can-Fit-Pro.

He spent the next three years working as a Personal Trainer in a local gym. Dylan also designed and led Group Fitness programs for seniors through the City of Kingston. These experiences made him realize that his approach to his clients was better suited to a small, private facility and less to that of a big box gym. Dylan's main focus is Adult Fitness and he has a passion for helping people reach their goals whether competing in their first 10km run or half marathon or simply those interested in looking and feeling better. His clients have experienced great success in both weight loss and injury recovery and his gentle yet thorough approach to his clients has kept them committed and on track.

Tyler Armstrong

FineLine Trainer

Full biography coming soon.





Sports Psychology

Dean

Sports Psychologist

Dean, a "Blue Noser" born and raised in Halifax, completed his Clinical Heath Psychology PhD at Dalhousie University (Canada). Dean has held clinical teaching and faculty positions at Saint Mary's University, Dalhousie University, and Acadia University, before moving to join Queen's in 2001. Currently, Dean is an Associate Professor in the Queen's Departments of Psychology, Anesthesiology and Urology, with a special appointment to Queen's Athletics.

Dean is an internationally renowned researcher and teacher. Dean has a longstanding research and clinical practice in the Psychology of Sport and factors predictive of successful outcomes for High Performance athletes. Dean has consulted with varsity, competitive, athletes from sports including rowing (varsity, national), martial arts (competitive, national), basketball (varsity), sailing (national), and hockey (competitive, QJMHL, OHL) associated with adjustment within patient populations. His primary focus with athletes consists of group and individualized work that considers "Athletic self-efficacy and what that buys you?", "Stress Inoculation Training: The must have tool for high performance athletes", and "Building routines that Boost performance not hinder".

Dean has joined FineLine as a Sports Psychology Consultant. He will be focus on preparing athletes from the psychological perspective of their game. Every athletes needs to balance, physical (athletic, skills and nutrition) with the mental aspect of the game.,

Selected Publications:

  • Tripp DA, Stanish WD, Ebel-Lam A, Brewer B, Birchard J. (2007). Predicting return to sport activity at one-year ACL post-op for amateur athletes. Rehabilitation Psychology, 52(1) 74-81.
  • Tripp DA, Stanish W, Coady C, Reardon G. (2004). The subjective pain experience of athletes following anterior cruciate ligament surgery. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 5, 339-354.
  • Tripp DA, Stanish WD, Reardon G, Coady C, Sullivan MJL. (2003). Comparing postoperative pain experience of the adolescent and adult athlete following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery. Journal of Athletic Training, 38(2), 154-157.
  • Sullivan MJL, Tripp DA, Rogers W, Stanish W. (2000). Catastrophizing and pain perception in sports participants. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 12, 151-167.
  • Brewer B & Tripp DA. (2005). Psychological applications in the prevention and rehabilitation of sport injuries. In Hackfort, D., Duda, J.L., & Lidor, R. (Eds.), International Handbook of Applied Sport Psychology, (pp. 134-142). Fitness Information Technology, West Virginia.
  • Stanish WD, Tripp DA, Coady C & Biddulph M. (2001). Injury and Pain in the Adolescent Athlete. In Findlay GA and McGrath PJ (Eds.), Acute and Procedure Pain in Infants and Children, Progress in Pain Research and Management, (pp. 41-57). IASP Press, Seattle.




Physio Therapy

Joy Benn

Physiotherapist (BSc P.T.)

Joy is a co-owner of K-TOWN Physiotherapy as well as the head therapist at FineLine Conditioning. Joy is a graduate of Queen's University School of Rehabilitation Therapy with over 14 years of experience in the field of orthopaedic and sports physiotherapy. She has extensive post-graduate training and experience in advanced manual therapy, acupuncture, dry needling (IMS) and advanced gait analysis for fitting of foot orthotics.

Joy provides on-field sports physiotherapy coverage for St. Lawrence College Vikings Varsity Athletics as well as Kingston and area high school football and rugby. She is also a term adjunct lecturer at Queen's University for the Master's in Physical Therapy program.