To provide each athlete with the opportunity to reach their full potential by:
Creating a platform for our athletes to learn and perform at their best.
Constantly encouraging and pushing our players , with maximum feedback.
Providing players with on and off-ice knowledge that will help them advance to the next level.
At Top Speed Hockey, we are constantly learning and striving for success, just like our athletes are. It is the unpredictability that makes the game of hockey so fun and challenging. Our vision during skills sessions is to prepare players in a way so that they have the skill set to achieve obstacles in a game. We design our practices to overload players motor skills, by challenging them with 3-4 task that apply the same pressure as a game.
Meet The Team
Lucas Frey: President of Top Speed Hockey
Player Development Coach
European Head Scout
Lucas was born in New Bedford Massachusetts, and grew up playing hockey around the Boston area. He played 4 years of high school hockey then at the age of 17 moved into the junior hockey league. Lucas played his first professional hockey game at the age of 20 when he joined Louisiana Ice Gators. Throughout his career he played in several different cities and countries, including New Zealand and Sweden. After a career ending injury, Lucas made the switch from player to coach, being part of 3 clubs in Sweden. His passion for the game lead him into player development and his focus on individual skill training.
Lucas created Top Speed Hockey in 2016 and since has become an international skills company, working with players in Sweden, players in Europe and USA. The philosophy of Lucas' training is to create game like situations, as unpredictable as he can. It is the unpredictability of the game that makes it so fun. You can practice until nearly perfect, but you never know what the game will throw at you. During skill training with Top Speed Hockey, we break down specific movements into the details. What edge of you blade you should use, how the placement of your hands affect the movements of the puck, shoulder rotations, and so forth. The goal is to target every individual players needs, give them the education and tools they need to be successful and excel!
Top Speed Hockey builds training on ice by using skill tracks; skating and edge focused, stick-handling focus, etc. We also break down drills into zones, making game like situations by creating defensive, offensive and neutral situations. Giving 3-4 task so that the player is overloaded with motor skills, the hands, the feet, and the brain work under extreme pressure, and this stimulates what the player may feel during a game. Our promise to players is to keep the groups on ice small, to give the maximum feedback. Each player learns differently, each players needs a different focus, it is our job as coaches to find the details in each individual that needs to be looked at.
Off the ice, Lucas works as a player advisor. Top Speed Hockey values player first mindset, trust and communication between the advisor and player. We provide off-ice training programs, nutrition advice, mental coaching, goal- setting, and help guide players into the career path they wish to strive for.
Kaitlyn Tougas: Vice President And Sport Director
Kaitlyn grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where she joined the Thunder Bay AAA Queens for 5 seasons, winning the Esso Cup Nationals in 2010 and a silver in 2012.
Kaitlyn went on to play college hockey in the NCAA, for the Bemidji State Beavers in the WCHA. She was part of the All-Academic team and graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Majoring in Exercise Science and double minoring in Fitness and Leadership Promotion, and Medical Fitness.
After graduating in 2016, Kaitlyn continued her playing career as a professional, being drafted into the CWHL to the Brampton Thunder. After 1 season, Kaitlyn made the jump overseas to Sweden, and since has played 4 seasons in the SDHL and 1 season in Russia. This season 22-23, Kaitlyn has signed with KRS Vanke Rays in the Women’s Russian League.
Kirk Golden: TSH Selects Coach
Kirk Golden brings plenty of experience and knowledge to our coaching staff. Kirk is currently the Head Coach and General Manager of the Austin Ice Bats in the NA3HL. He is also the Regional Scout for Corpus Christi Ice Rays in the NAHL. From 2021 to 2023 Kirk served as Head Coach and General Manager for the Butte Cobras in the NA3HL. Kirk has also worked with the Maine Nordiques of the NAHL as a Regional Scout in 2021-2023 and served as the associate Coach and assistant GM of the Great Falls Americans during the 2020-2021 season.
On top of Kirk's resume of coaching he also has a passion for skill development. Kirk played professional overseas for 7 seasons.
Derek Scanlon: North American Scout, TSH Selects Coach
Coach Scanlon is a former semi-professional hockey player from the years 2011-2014 and continued his passion for hockey after playing by becoming level 4 certified with USA Hockey. Scanlon became the Assistant coach of the Roughriders AAA U18 and AAA U16 from 2014-2016 in CO, where he also facilitated off ice training to develop both male and female players, helping to achieve there personal goals and objectives on and off the ice. Over the past 2 years, Scanlon has been working with Cape Cod Hockey Player Development Programs, educating multiple age groups during on ice skills.
Scanlon is currently a Head Coach for South Shore Kings U18AAA and Assistant Coach for U16 AAA out of Foxboro, MA. Scanlon continues to be dedicated to growing hockey players in a competitive environment and using positives techniques to bring enjoyable experiences. It is his ambition to help give back what he has learned with his years of playing.
Christopher Panic: Scout, Sweden.
Christopher grew up playing hockey in Sweden up until the age of 18, when he then made the switch into coaching.
For the past 10 years, Christopher has coached in different clubs and ages around Gothenburg, Sweden.
Christopher's dedication to help players to grow and develop to achieve their goals is his ultimate focus. His passion for hockey and the trust he builds with players to become the best and to guide them is an important factor we at TSH strive for in our team.
Christopher wants to create winners and he believes that to become a winner you need a special mindset. Christopher goes beyond the surface of being a good hockey player and builds the foundation of how to become somebody great and proud of who they are mentally, physically and also in the aspect of performing in the sport.
Throughout Christopher's coaching career he has built the experience of scouting roles for different clubs in Sweden.
Top Speed Hockey is excited to have Christopher on our team, as he brings the tools of experience to continue to grow and expand our company and also provide TSH with a reliable coach to our players, continuously striving to grow and learn for himself to give the best to the team and players.
Christopher is currently the Head Coach for Härryda J20, in Sweden.
Phil Caron: TSH Selects Coach and Scout, Canada.
Phil was born in Timmins, Ontario, Canada. Growing up Phil played in Northern Ontario until his last season of minor hockey, when he left home at the age of 15 to play in the GTHL for the Vaughan Kings. After his first season away from home, Phil started his Junior Career at the age of 16. He played in the NOJHL for the Iroquois Falls Eskis and after a strong rookie season, Phil made the OHL’s Soo Greyhounds as a Free Agent. Throughout his junior career he has played for the Soo Greyhounds and Sudbury Wolves in the OHL. Phil spent some time in the QMJHL with the Gatineau Olympiques and the NOJHL with his hometown team, the Timmins Rock. Phil then made the step to Professional hockey where he currently plays in Sweden. Phil has had a unique path to the next level and continues to strive to move up tiers in the world of Professional hockey.
As a Coach, Phil started his own Personal Training & Mentorship business called Deliberate Athletics. Founded in 2018, Phil has since been coaching athletes on and off the ice. Phil has a Holistic approach when it comes to player development, focusing on helping players improve every aspect of their game. Teaching daily habits that help them strive to get better every day. He is passionate about giving back and giving his players the resources needed to reach their goals. Phil is a positive person, full of energy and determination to get the best out of his players. Phil is confident in his knowledge and has proven to help players get to the next level of their hockey careers. We are confident and excited to have Phil be part of the TSH family, where he will be scouting players to attend high level tournaments to showcase talents and work to get players into the next level of their hockey journey's.
Andreas Lissmats: Scout, Sweden.
Andreas grew up and played hockey in Sweden where he played in various clubs and continued playing until the age of 43 in Division 3. Andreas first coaching experience was 10 years ago for Nora HC´s U-16 team, where he then became the Head Coach for Nora HC´s Senior team in Div 3 becoming the first coach to reach the playoffs in that organization.
In the season of 21-22 Andreas was head coach for Lindlövens IF U-16 and is now coaching Guldsmedshytte SK J-20 (U-21).
Andreas' coaching philosophy is pushing for his players to be hard working and a team toughness to thrive to win every battle within the game. Andreas sets goals each season with his team to have a clear path as to what they need to accomplish. We at TSH are excited to have the experience of Andreas to help shape the way we want our TSH Selects teams to be built upon.
Ash Glover: North American Scout
Ash currently serves as a scout for Medicine Hat of the WHL and also runs his own Video Coaching and Mentorship company called Hockey Hub Video Coaching.
Ash, an Australian by birth, has slowly worked his way up the hockey ladder and and has well and truly seen his fair share of roles. From Hockey development in Australia, advising, being a Player of Personnel Director in the USPHL and now to plying his trade in the Western Hockey League, there aren't as many as passionate and dedicated as Ash.
Ash wants to nothing but the best for the players he crosses paths with, and ultimately has the tools to provide such successes. His attention to detail and perfectionist type approach to evaluating and training players is very much an asset to TSH. Ash has a great scouting and hockey eye, and no doubt his ability to identify and help grow talent within our program will bare fruit for TSH.
Greaeme Strukoff: TSH Selects Coach
Graeme Strukoff is from Chilliwack, BC, Canada. He played in the BCHL for the Trail Smoke Eaters and Victoria Grizzlies, and then played NCAA Division 1 hockey at the University of Alabama-Huntsville where he earned a degree in Business Management. After University, he played Minor League Hockey in North Carolina, Slovakia, and Australia. He has been coaching U15 for the past 5 seasons.
Graeme is the U15A1 head coach in Chilliwack, where he is also apart of the Associations development team. He also helps run the Hockey Academy at one of the local high schools, and is a skills coach with the Jr B Chilliwack Jets. He has also worked with the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds program..
He knows that hockey is all about speed and skill, and his coaching style reflects that. He encourages creativity, and focuses on skill development, while also putting an emphasis on defense.
We are confident that TSH will utilize Graemes passion for coaching, and his commitment to help the next generation experience the many life lessons and rewards that hockey has given to him.