Athletic Staff


As the Program Coordinator for The Peak Hockey Program, Pat brings a wealth of teaching knowledge. Past experiences include working with many professional and elite teams, athletes, and coaches. As program coordinator for the Peak Hockey Program, Pat has developed specific on-ice training methods that target specific energy systems, muscle groups, angles, and balance points to enhance skating and hockey skill performance. He continues to develop a strong structural base for the Peak Hockey Program, focusing on skill development, mental, physical, nutritional, and ethical aspects of the game. 

Pat is a Canadian National Player Development Coach certified as part of the High-Performance Stream with Hockey Canada and was the first coach in Hockey Eastern Ontario among the few nationally to be granted this designation. Licensed as a Registered Professional Coach and Learning Facilitator with the Coaches Association of Canada, Pat is active in youth, player, professional, and coach education and development.

Professionally, Pat’s NHL coaching experience includes several seasons as a Development Coach for the Buffalo Sabres in the NHL as well as a consultant in Player Development for the Ottawa Senators organization. At the Major Junior level, Pat is a former Player Development & Performance Coach with the Gatineau Olympiques in the QMJHL.

Pat continues to individually consult some of the best players in the NHL, North America, and Europe including many 1st Round NHL draft picks, established NHL players, captains, and major award winners.

For over 2 decades from Initiation through Junior “A” to the National Hockey League Pat has advanced thousands of players to higher levels of achievement. He is a current GM, Coach, and Alternate Governor in the Central Junior “A” Hockey League.

Through powerful communication, collaboration, and emotional intelligence to create dynamic evidence-based processes Pat is a driver of development and performance.

Brian Bygrave - Strength and Conditioning Instructor/Admin

Born in Toronto, Brian made the move to Kanata in 2009. Even after relocating, his loyalty to the Leafs remains unbreakable to this day. From an early age, he showcased his prowess on the ice, representing the Senators AAA throughout his minor hockey years playing both Forward and Defense positions. His dedication and skillset led him to be drafted by the Kanata Lasers, and together they celebrated the triumph of the first HEO AAA league Championship. Brian's hockey journey didn't end there first representing team HEO at the OHL Gold Cup and was later selected by the Hamilton Bulldogs. He then committed three rigorous years to the Smiths Falls Bears in the CCHL as a Center, beginning at just 16.

In a testament to his versatility, Brian transitioned back to the Defenceman position in the OJHL with the Wellington Dukes. This move, showcasing his adaptability and proficiency in multiple roles on the ice, was further highlighted by his strong physical gameplay. Along with the best fans in Junior hockey, the Dukes embarked on a phenomenal journey, clinching a remarkable 16-game winning streak and securing a 1st place finish for the season. However, as they geared up for what promised to be an enthralling playoff run, the onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic brought unprecedented challenges. The subsequent season was effectively cancelled, marking an unforeseen and premature end to Brian's promising hockey prospects.

Transitioning from the rink to the classroom, Brian embarked on a new chapter at Carleton University, pursuing an honours law degree. As he delved deep into academics, his commitment to community service remained unwavering. He dedicated himself to the CHEO school, an innovative educational facility tailored for kindergarten students with complex physical needs. Here, Brian was part of a team that effortlessly merged education with therapeutic interventions. His passion for education also led him to spend two rewarding summers working at the OCDSB summer learning program, playing a pivotal role in supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Kailey Trodd - Strength and Conditioning Specialist

New to the Peak Centre this year, Kailey will be working with the junior students to help with their physical education portion of the curriculum, as well as teaching the grade 12 Introduction to Kinesiology course. Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Kailey attended Lakehead University where she completed an undergraduate degree in kinesiology, as well as a Master of Science degree in kinesiology, with a focus on sport psychology. Once she completed her schooling, she decided it was time to move, and Ottawa was where she landed. Once settled in the nation’s capital, Kailey attained her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, along with her Certified Personal Trainer certificate from the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. 

She has experience working in fitness settings with children, young adults, varsity athletes, military personnel, general population, as well as specific populations focused on physical rehabilitation. Kailey also worked as a Teaching Assistant during her graduate degree, where she ran kinesiology labs for first year students. Having been a student-athlete herself in the sport of cycling and mountain biking, she understands the demands from both school and sport. 

In her free time, Kailey loves doing anything outside. Paddle boarding, hiking, skiing, and cycling are a few of her favourite activities. Excited for all her experience and schooling to come together at Peak, Kailey strives to be at her best for all the Peak Academy students who give their best every day. 


A native of Ottawa, Alex grew up a lover of all sports but focused mostly on hockey, playing top tier competitive level for all of his minor hockey career. He was drafted into the CCHL, but upon graduation from high school, he decided to give up on the “dream” and left to attend the Sport Management program at Brock University. Alex graduated in 2011 with a Bachelors's Degree in Sport Management and went on to continue an extended internship with a concussion charity in Toronto founded by Keith Primeau - StopConcussions. He was responsible for administering their education and prevention platform through various events and marketing efforts with the goal of raising awareness and funds for concussions and research. 

After about a year of this, Alex returned home to Ottawa and jumped on board with Peak as an on-ice hockey instructor for the first summer, eventually moving up into the office and into his current role as manager, or as most know him – “Jack of All Trades”. He really enjoys interacting with athletes of all different sporting backgrounds both with the Peak Academy and the Peak Centre clientele. Around the same time as coming on board with Peak Alex got back involved in his hockey roots - spending 5 years coaching young minor hockey players in the Nepean Raiders organization.

Athletically, Alex has switched gears from his hockey roots and into the endurance world, taking on the new challenge of becoming an age group athlete in the sport of triathlon. In the past seven years, he has competed in 25+ endurance events ranging from sprint triathlons all the way to his first Ironman in 2018. He really enjoys the challenge of competing against his own times, along with the social aspect of the endurance community… nothing beats a post-ride coffee (or cold pint!) with friends!

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