Chad Painchaud played all of his minor and junior hockey in Ontario.   In 2004, he was selected in the 4th round of the NHL entry draft following a successful season with his hometown team, The Mississauga Ice Dogs. During that season, he was invited to the CHL Top Prospects game representing the top 40 ranked players in North America. Chad took the title of fastest skater and finished fourth in puck control. His passion for hockey and dedication to success enabled him to enjoy a ten-year professional career in the AHL and ECHL. 


Chad assisted with the development of the High Performers Program in the Greater Toronto Area.  Following the development of that program, Chad joined John Azzopardi at The Canadian Way Hockey, where they worked closely with dedicated young players to develop their on-ice skills. After three years of running that program, 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.