MIKE PILON, President
Mike is a native of Munster, Ontario – having graduated from Brock University with an Honours degree in Physical Education. Mike has vast experience in player development, advising, and consultation – having attained his Master Level Coach certification from USA Hockey. He has multiple coaching symposium experiences, along with a variety of high profile media events including the inaugural season of CBC’s “Making the Cut”, Powerade & Nike’s “Powerdome Camp”, APTN’s hit television series “Hit The Ice”, and iPlayHockey.ca’s “Video Development Program”. Mike has also participated in the “Right To Play” program, traveling all over Canada into communities helping promote sport as a positive lifestyle initiative. Mike is also the former Director of Coach & Player Development for the Gloucester Rangers Minor Hockey Club. & the Casper Amateur Hockey Club.
Passionate about his work, he is a strong & honest communicator with international instructional experience in the UK, Italy, Holland, and Slovenia. Mike has worked with hundreds of NCAA/USport/ACHA/Junior/Prep/AAA athletes and dozens of current NHL players – possessing a strong network within the game.
His coaching experience has seen him previously work ten years as an assistant coach at the Jr. A level (Chicago Freeze-NAHL; Wyoming Outlaws-AFHL); a Regional Scout for the USNTDP; the State of Wyoming Coaching Coordinator for USA Hockey; Midget (LA Jr. Kings U18AAA; Team Wyoming AA); as well as CIS hockey with the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees. He currently also participates as an evaluator at both the Carolina & Mid-Am USA Hockey District Player Selection camps. Mike is also the former Director of Coach & Player Development for the Gloucester Rangers Minor Hockey Club. & the Casper Amateur Hockey Club. His consultation work has seen him work with several NCAA programs, as well as numerous Professional Clubs in Europe. His resume also includes work as a manager with Fox Valley Ice Arena, Huron Hockey Schools, and other sports organizations prior to launching ESG. Mike played five years of Jr. hockey in Ontario (Pembroke Lumber Kings, Massena Americans, Thorold Blackhawks, Goulbourn Royals), and two seasons of Sr. A hockey for the Jackson Hole Moose.
TAUREAN WHITE – Director of Hockey Ops, JOG Rep
Taurean is an Ottawa native who played his minor hockey with the Nepean Raiders and South West Storm organizations. A versatile player, who played both forward and defense during his hockey career. His collegiate career saw him play with Northland College (NCAA), Adrian College (NCAA) and Ottawa University (USports). Following his playing career, Taurean transitioned into coaching. Taurean’s coaching and general manager background has included successful stops with numerous leagues including the BCHL, CCHL, OJHL, MJHL, SJHL. Taurean has had success at every level he has coached at. Making a Telus Cup final, winning the Bogart Cup (CCHL), numerous Junior A teams ranking in the Top 20 in Canada. His extensive experience in coaching and management across Canada has allowed him to network and build relationships with Junior, NCAA and USports programs throughout North America.
Taurean has an excellent ability to relate to the players. He takes great pride in the number of former players that have moved on to the next level in their hockey career, whether it is major junior, NCAA, USports or Professional, including a number of current NHL players.
Taurean’s family have been heavily involved in the game of hockey. His brother Jaren Burke played his collegiate hockey with RPI (NCAA Div. 1) and Queens’ University (USports). Jaren is an Ontario scout for the San Jose Sharks and was previously in a management position with the Toronto Maple Leafs. His sister Jada Burke played 4 years at Lindenwood University (NCAA Div. 1) on a full scholarship and won numerous NCAA awards. Jada then completed her fifth season playing hockey with the University of Calgary (USports).
SAMI HOLMES, Director of Female Development, JOG Rep
After ten years of playing competitive boys hockey, she started playing girls hockey in the Ottawa area at the AA level. She then attended Tilton Preparatory School in Tilton, New Hampshire. While studying there for 2 years, Sami played soccer, softball, and excelled on the ice. This led to her acceptance to Utica College in the fall of 2007. While majoring in health studies, Sami played 4 years of NCAA hockey with the Utica College Pioneers. She obtained the “Blue Collar Award” her junior and senior years, as well as filled the alternative captain position. Sami also played NCAA soccer in her senior year. While attending Utica, Sami spent her summers instructing hockey in Lake Placid, NY. She now leads Endeavour Sports Groups mentoring/advising program on the girl’s side of the game.
Shane Hiley is an Ottawa native that graduated from Lake Forest Academy outside of Chicago in 2012. After two years as a forward on the prep hockey team at LFA, Shane returned to the Ottawa area and played four years of junior hockey. In 2020, he received his Advanced Diploma in Business Administration – Marketing from Algonquin College. Shane was a client of ESG during his minor hockey career and he now strives to help young players develop and excel in the same way his mentors through ESG have helped him in the past. Shane is also responsible for directing the JOG Athletics sales & service for ESG.
ALLAN CHARBONNEAU – Mentor, Instructor
From Cornwall, Ontario, Allan is a graduate of the Seaway Valley Minor Hockey Association. During his days as General Manager of Huron Hockey School, Mike Pilon got to know Allan, as he worked as one of his head counselors for a couple of summers. Allan would move on to play a year of Junior B hockey with the Akwesasne Wolves before joining the Gloucester Rangers of the CJHL. After two seasons in Gloucester, he would go on to finish his junior career as a defenseman for the Brockville Braves. Upon completion of his junior career, Allan was offered an academic scholarship to Geneseo State University and skated with the varsity hockey team competing in the SUNYAC Conference at the NCAA Division III level. He successfully earned a degree in Business Administration in May of 2011 and most recently, a Master’s in Human Kinetics (MHK) with a concentration in Sports Management from the University of Ottawa in 2019. His coaching background includes seasons serving as an Assistant Coach at both the Junior B level with the Alexandria Glens and the Junior A level with the CCHL’s Nepean Raiders. He specializes in Defence specific on-ice training and mentoring given his experience playing the position. He is proud of the work he has done with past clients in helping them reach the next level whether that is Junior A, Major Junior (OHL, QMJHL), or Collegiate (NCAA and USports). He is also eager to continue building his network within the hockey community. He is especially interested in sharing his experience, knowledge, and insight with the many young and talented players who are presently developing their skills both on and off the ice. Just as he benefited from having many dedicated individuals guide his career, he wants to give back to those who share the same passion for the game.
ANDREW COBHAM – Goalie Coach, Mentor
Andrew grew up in New Brunswick where his passion for hockey began. He developed his skills while living in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and continued his hockey career when he moved to the Ottawa area in 1986. When Andrew’s playing career ended, he decided to keep his love of goaltending alive by becoming a goalie coach. He has over 20 years of experience training goalies in all levels, including AA, AAA, and up to Junior A.
Andrew loves to get involved and push his players to be the best that they can be. He polishes the skills and styles already developed by his goalies. Andrew believes that if you put effort into what you are doing, you WILL see results.
Andrew, aka Cobsy, will always have a smile on his face, but don’t let this fool you! He is also a very intense individual with real passion and drive to make his goalies succeed at their highest potential.
COSMO CLARKE – Mentor, Instructor
Currently Cosmo is the Director of Athletic Development at Valley View (Dallas, TX) as well as the Assistant Coach/Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Jesuit Varsity Hockey Program(Dallas, TX).
Cosmo comes to us with an extensive background in the hockey and fitness field. Cosmo has an extensive background in training athletes of all ages and in all sports. He has trained athletes at the amateur and professional levels. Cosmo spent some time working in the private fitness field, corporate fitness field, as well as private prep schools.
Cosmo enjoyed playing 4 years of collegiate hockey at Brock University, 5 years of professional hockey (1995 to 2000), and also spent some time being an assistant coach at the professional level. Cosmo coached for 8 years with the Alliance Youth Hockey Association. He has a Level 5 coaching certificate and is also a certified physical fitness instructor. Cosmo has also spent over 20 years developing, instructing, and directing hockey schools across North America and Europe.
In addition to leading hockey teams overseas to compete and win in European Tournaments, Cosmo led the Alliance Midget Major AA team to the Texoma championship for 2003-2004, as well as the Tier II State Championship in 2003-2004. In 2004-2005, he led his Midget Major AA Team to the Tier II State Championship, and to the USA Hockey Rocky Mountain District Finals in Phoenix, Arizona.
Cosmo coached 4 years at Plano West Varsity High School Hockey Team(04-08), and led this high school team to numerous advanced playoffs, in addition to winning the 2005 Texas State Championship. Cosmo was also the strength and conditioning coach at St. Mark’s School of Texas (00-05) where he coached JV Lacrosse and led the JV Hockey Team to a City Championship in 2002.
Cosmo is a native of Ottawa, Ontario, and has been living in Dallas since 1997. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from Brock University, Ontario, and has been a strength and conditioning coach for 20yrs.
MARC ROBITAILLE – Goalie Coach
Marc is a graduate of the Gloucester Rangers program, having grown up in the area and played his minor/junior hockey here. He followed this by attending Northeastern University on a hockey scholarship where he earned All-American honors and a free agent contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. After two seasons with the Leaf’s organization, Marc returned to Ottawa to pursue his Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Ottawa. Since that time, he has also earned his Certified Financial Planner Professional Designation. He is CHA Level One certified and has participated in the SPEAK OUT program, as well as Huron Hockey School, EHK Sports, and Louis Riel High School. With a strong presence and a unique ability to communicate effectively with goalies, Marc has been a valuable addition to the staff. Marc has international coaching experience, having worked with pro teams in Italy and the Slovenian National Team. Marc has also worked in a consultation position with several NCAA programs, having mentored one All-American at the DIII level.
PETER AMBROZIAK – Mentor, Instructor
Peter Ambroziak spent four seasons playing for the Ottawa 67’s in the OHL, before being drafted in the fourth round (72nd overall) in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres. Ambroziak played 12 games for the Sabres during the 1994-95 NHL season. He also spent parts of seven seasons (1991-98) in the AHL with the Rochester Americans, Albany River Rats, Cornwall Aces, and Hershey Bears. Peter then spent 6 seasons with the New Mexico Scorpions of the Central Hockey League as a player and assistant coach before retiring in 2005. Since retiring from playing Peter has coached at the professional level as well as several seasons as a General Manager and Head Coach with the New Mexico Renegades (WSHL), Ottawa Junior Senators (CCHL), and Kemptville 73’s (CCHL). After spending 3 years as the Head of Hockey Development for the Ottawa Senators, overseeing the in-season development programs and the hockey camps held annually, Peter has joined Endeavour Sports Group.
DR. SHAYNE BAYLIS – Mentor, Instructor
Dr. Shayne Baylis grew up playing minor hockey in the St.Catharines area and in the MTHL (Metro Toronto Hockey League) for the Mississauga senators and Toronto Red Wings. He received a B.Sc. in Biology from Niagara University. He later graduated with Suma Cum Lata from New York Chiropractic College.
Shayne was drafted in 2000 to the Ottawa 67’s but opted to accept a scholarship to NCAA Division I Niagara University where he played from 2001 to 2005 and won a CHA Championship – and a birth to the NCAA tournament. After graduating he spent 3 years at Chiropractic School and afterward was invited to try out for the American Hockey League (AHL) Syracuse Crunch. He most recently played professionally in 2009 with the Columbus Cottonmouths in the SPHL before starting his career as a chiropractor in Ottawa.
Shayne (Doc Hockey) is a Chiropractor at Orleans Chiropractic Clinic. Shayne’s interest and background in hockey have led him to specialize in prevention, recovery, and treatment for hockey players. He has certifications in various Sports therapies namely Active Release Technique, Graston, Kinesiotaping, KT1, KT2, KT3, and is also certified in explosive power strength and conditioning training for athletes from Primordial Strength Systems.
Currently, Shayne has been an athletic trainer for Region 5 Ontario Soccer Association and writes the Doc Hockey Column for the Ottawa Sports page. A complete player skill development program of mental and physical: prevention, performance, and recovery is his purpose.
TODD MARCELLUS – Mentor, Instructor
Todd grew up in the Ottawa area and played Jr.B/Jr. A in the CCHL/EOJBHL. He went on to play for 4 years at McGill University and graduated with a B. ED, majoring in Physical Education. Upon completing his degree, Todd went on to play 10 years of professional hockey in various leagues in France, Italy, and Germany – as well as WPHL and CHL. The 3 final years of his career were spent as a Player-Coach for the Tulsa Oilers of the CHL.
Todd has enjoyed instructing hockey for the past 20+ years and is excited to continue to teach for ESG.
ANTHONY SCALA – Mentor
Anthony is a Detroit native who spent time playing junior hockey in the New Jersey Titans organization and was a former client of ESG before moving on to play at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He has since moved on to the coaching ranks, helping direct the Divine Child High School Falcons program as an assistant coach. Before joining ESG, he had also been very busy working as a regional scout for several NAHL, EHL, and USPHL clubs.
DOMINIC SCALA – Mentor
Dominic Scala grew up playing travel and AAA hockey in Metro Detroit before playing for Detroit Catholic Central High School. From there, he played for Adrian College’s first ACHA Division 1 team while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. After college, he joined Dearborn Divine Child’s staff as an assistant coach for four years before taking over as head coach for the next five years. In that time, he earned his Master of Arts in Teaching with an additional teaching major in English Language Arts from the University of Michigan – Dearborn and subsequently began teaching at Divine Child a year after he was named head coach.
In 2017 while at Divine Child, Dominic co-founded the high school’s esports team – one of the first official programs in the state. In 2020, this experience led him to his current job at Concordia University Ann Arbor as their Director of Esports where he oversees 10 different teams and multiple coaches while also scouting for the university’s Division 1 ACHA team and teaching occasional courses as an adjunct professor.
Dominic currently lives in his hometown of Dearborn, Michigan with his wife Kelly and their son Vincenzo.
TRAVIS HILL – Mentor
Travis Hill, a native from Davison, MI comes to us having multiple years of playing experience at the AAA, Junior A, Collegiate, and Professional levels. Travis played for 2 years in the NAHL/USHL and 1 year in the OJHL. Travis attended Lake Forest College along the north shore of Chicago where he played 4 years of NCAA Div. 3 hockey and graduated with a double major in business & psychology. Following his collegiate career, Travis played his professional hockey for the Knoxville Ice Bears in the SPHL. Travis now lives with his wife Morgan in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he works as a Technical Sales Engineer within the Aerospace industry.
CONOR ROLLAND – Mentor, Scout, Development Consultant
Conor Rolland is a native of Ottawa who graduated from Carleton University in 2017 where he received a Bachelor of International Business, specializing in Marketing & Trade. After playing his entire minor hockey career locally in Kanata, he played junior hockey while going to university, making stops with the Almonte Thunder, Perth Blue Wings, and Metcalfe Jets in the EOJHL/CCHL2. Conor was a client of ESG during his minor hockey career. He brings a wealth of experience from his time working with the Ottawa Senators Sports & Entertainment group, where he was a coach and instructor for elite level players for nearly 7 years. Conor is now looking to further his interest in working in the sports industry by helping young players to develop their own skills and by being a mentor to help them understand the importance of balancing sports & academics.
NIC MUCCI – Mentor, Scout
Nic Mucci grew up playing hockey in the GTHL where he played 2 seasons for the Mississauga Senators and 6 for the Toronto Jr. Canadiens. Following his minor hockey career, he played for the Carleton Place Canadians in the CCHL where he won a CCHL, and Fred Page Cup Championship. The following year he was traded to the Wellington Dukes in the OJHL, where he played for a year and a half. During his time in the OJHL, he represented Team Canada East at the World Jr. A. Challenge and won a Silver Medal. That same year, he received a full scholarship to attend Niagara University, where he graduated after three years with a B.S in sports management. Currently, Nic works full-time as a financial advisor, but his love for the game cannot be ignored. He enters his second season as an assistant coach for the U18 Toronto Jr. Canadiens, and a U18 scout for the Toronto Jr. Canadiens in the OJHL.
J-R GOULET – Administration
J-R was born and raised in Carlsbad Springs, ON, just southeast of Ottawa. J-R has a college background in Accounting and Business Administration. He also graduated from Algonquin College in the Sports Business Management program. He represented Canada in January 2012 at the World Floorball Championship Qualifiers in Los Angeles, CA as a Goalkeeper. J-R is a diligent administrator who oversees much of ESG’s day-to-day operations.
ARIANNE BÉRUBÉ-LAVOIE – Mental Performance Consultant
Arianne has a Master’s degree in Human Kinetics with a concentration in Intervention and Consultation to bridge the gap between physical and mental training. Arianne’s passion for helping others, along with her love for sport and performance inspired her to pursue a career as a Mental Performance Consultant. She has experience working with recreational through international level athletes of all ages and disciplines. She helps high-performance athletes develop self-awareness and build essential cognitive skills in their sport, transferable to the everyday lives of the athletes. Through a holistic and client-centered approach, Arianne’s objective is to enhance the athletic performance and personal growth of all her athletes.
Arianne is also a personal trainer and has obtained her certification through the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP). Given her diverse background and former experience as a competitive athlete, she is able to understand the many dimensions of high-performance athletes.
MIKE CLANCY – UK Hockey Director
Mike has an extensive playing and coaching resume in the UK, and currently is Endeavour’s main liaison in charge of directing all of the company’s camp efforts in the UK. He has multiple coach education experience through EIHA/IHUK, having grown up playing through the Deeside juniors – before several stops tending goal at the Senior level. His coaching experience includes his current role as Head Coach of the Great Britain U16 squad and several seasons as Head Coach of the Championship Widnes Wild squad. He also has extensive experience with the England National program & Conference teams. He also is the founder of the highly successful Clancy’s Goalie Clinic (January 2019).
ANDY DAINTITH, Hull Jets Head Coach
DAVE CAPPS, EIHA Team England
ERIC BALLARD, Hockey Director, Jackson Hole
GARY SHAW, EIHA Deeside Dragons
GUY PERRON, Maine Jr. Black Bears
JAMIE DUMONT, NCAA Bowdoin College Men’s Head Coach
JIM WARD, NCAA Connecticut College Men’s Head Coach
JOHN CHABOT, Hit The Ice TV
J.R. GOULET, Business Consultant
MIKE KADAR, Former NHL Strength & Conditioning Coach (NJ, Detroit, Pittsburgh, LA)
SEAN WALSH, SNHU Men’s Head Coach