John Azzopardi was a multi-sport athlete in hockey, roller hockey and distance running.  Following his competing days, John pursed a career in health and fitness. After some early success as a coach/trainer, John followed his heart and built a hockey academy called The Canadian Way.  For over 10 years he served as Head Trainer and Director of Player Development at The Canadian Way, he worked closely with a wide mix of players including players from the GTHL, OMHA, OHL and NCAA.  John also assisted in the development of the High Performers Program in the Greater Toronto Area.  


In 2020, Chad and John were introduced to Adam Oates.  It became quickly apparent to Adam that they believed strongly in his core teaching principles and philosophy and that they had excellent communication and teaching skills  which would enable them to be highly effective mentors for young hockey players.  Based on that assessment, Oates Sports Group hired Chad and John to work with young amateur players in the GTA.