Who we are:

SDHE was founded in 2013 by Robert Knesaurek. Rob is a family man and lives at home in Toronto with his wife and son. He grew up playing hockey in Toronto where he played in the GTHL and OHL. After the OHL, Rob played semi-professionally for a short time and even attend a few NHL tryouts before taking on a large corporate role overseas. In 2014, Rob brought Ian Mackenzie on board who also grew up in Toronto, playing and later coaching in the GTHL. Ian lives with his girlfriend and their dog and before joining SDHE, worked at a school for elite level athletes.

All SDHE staff are required to undergo background screenings and also must have the following qualifications:

  • University Educated
  • Hockey Educated
  • Hockey Canada / USA Hockey Certified
  • Insured

For more information on our instructors, please see the “Instructors” page.


SDHE offers a variety of programs catering to a wide spectrum of hockey players, coaches and parents alike.

All of our programs are designed specifically for the participants or groups we’re working with to ensure we take the approach most suited for the individual.

1:1 Training = $150+HST / hr + ice cost
Small Group Training/Skating Clinics = Costs Will Vary
Team Training = $150+HST / hr (One Coach). $250+HST / hr (Two Coaches)
Academy Training = Costs Will Vary

For more information on our programs, please see the “Programs” tab.


We believe coaching and mentoring success comes from 3 core beliefs; focus on strengths, becoming brilliant at the basics and connecting with our athletes to ensure development is coupled with fun and satisfaction.

Our core philosophies revolve around engagement with players and building strong relationships. We feel that athletes (kids in particular) should be engaged rather than screamed at to get the most out of them and aim to find a way to connect with our clients on a personal level, which is what seperates us from the competition.

All of our staff are selected for their ability to engage with players and build trust. By creating an environment of mutual respect and learning, our staff get to know players on a deeper level and as a result, elicit greater effort from them while seeing their enjoyment of the game grow. Due to our effort to connect with players on a personal level, SDHE yields a very high percentage of repeat clients. Our consistent track record of improvement in all players we work with is a clear demonstration of the success of the SDHE approach.