ABOUT:

COURTNEY KING

With 20 years hockey experience, dance training and mindfulness background, Courtney brings a wealth of knowledge and a diverse perspective to every session.

 

A San Pedro native, Courtney fell in love with ice hockey at the age of 9 when she first saw the Los Angeles Kings on TV.  "I'll always remember that game.  We had just gotten cable and it was my first time seeing ice hockey.  The Kings were playing the New York Rangers, Bernie Nichols got a hat trick and Kelly Hrudey got a shut-out.  And then I was hooked."  

 

Courtney spent the next ten years playing SCAHA hockey and playing elite girls' hockey in SoCal.  She trained for five years with Tom Hughes of Tom Hughes Hockey Inc. in power. She has coached with the Bay Harbor Red Wings, Lady Ducks, and Junior Ducks, though her real passion is teaching.  "I specialize in one on one and small group lessons.  I love to dissect technique and and examine how we can make every thing more efficient.  I work to make players understand the mechanics of what they're doing so we can perfect them and excel."  

 

Having also trained as a dancer, Courtney brings a unique point of view and understanding to skating technique. "I had to spend a lot of time in front of a mirror studying movement.  I'm always examining alignment and reach and follow through."

 

She's also recently begun studying mindfulness as it applies to athletes and getting into "the zone."  

 

"I love what I do and I will pour everything I have into helping you reach the next level of your game."  

Featured Staff

Danielle McDonough

MA Sport & Exercise Psychology:
Danielle, a defenseman, has over 30 years of hockey experience; including DI and Professional play.  Born and raised in Anaheim to Canadian parents, Danielle began playing at the age of 5.  She played locally with boys until the age of 18.  Once it was developed, she also played on an all girls select team, Cal Selects, from the ages of 12-18.  She was recruited by over 15 Division I schools and offered full ride scholarships to each.  She chose Providence College in Providence RI and attended for the 2001-2005 seasons.  She captained the team her senior year and helped lead the team to win league championships all of the four years she attended, with an inaugural appearance in the NCAA tournament – two feats that haven’t been repeated at the school since.  Upon graduating she moved up to Oakville, Ontario, Canada and played in the CWHL for two years for the Oakville Ice, assistant captaining her second season.  From there she moved overseas to Lugano, Switzerland and played professionally there for an additional two years before officially retiring from competitive play.  In the spring of 2009 she returned home to Southern CA (where she still plays to this day) to pursue a Masters Degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology.  She has been helping athletes reach the next level in their sport through her Mental Performance Coaching business since 2010; and she has 20+ years of coaching experience – both on and off the ice."  Contact her at 714-315-5456  to schedule a session.

Hockey Staff

Naomi Brooks

Naomi grew up in Washington, DC playing for Montgomery Youth Hockey Association and The Washington Pride. She moved to Southern California in 2012  to study Mathematics at the Claremont Colleges. Instead of ice hockey, Brooks captained the women's rugby team and led them to their first National Tournament in 15 years. She now coaches with The Rinks in-house and Junior Ducks teams.  Contact her at 202-631-2665 for lessons.

Brian Cooke

Brian is a product of Southern California, and has over 28 years of hockey experience. His experience includes Jr.Kings Tier 1 AAA, Eastern Junior Hockey League All Star while playing for the Bridgewater Bandits (MA), NCAA Div 1 athlete at Wayne State University, and a brief professional experience in the ECHL and AAHL. In recent years, Brian has been able to expand his brand internationally, coaching young players in Scotland, Canada, and teams from Korea and China. Brian has a unique teaching ability that creates a fun environment and accelerated learning curve. He welcomes challenges with open arms and is always looking for new ways to innovate the game.  Check him out on Instagram @cookeelitehockey.

Taylor Love

Taylor Love is a driven, hardworking individual and hockey player. Taylor Love played five years of professional hockey in north america from ECHL to FHL where he recently won a championship with the Carolina Thunderbirds. Prior to his pro career, Taylor attended Elmira College where he played NCAA hockey and graduated with a Bachelors degree in International Business with a concentration in Marketing and Management. Prior to that he played two years in the British Columbia Hockey League after graduating from Northwood High School in Irvine, CA. Taylor is an advocate for ensuring the success of young athletes on and more importantly off the ice.   Follow him on Instagram @tlove77 .

Angel Sarkisova

Angel Sarkisova is a figure skating and hockey coach who specializes in skating skill fundamentals, technique, and power, focusing on training skaters to reach their full potential in speed, efficiency, and edge control. As a nationally ranked competitive figure skater for 12+ years, Angel was trained and mentored by World and Olympic level coaches. Retiring from competition to begin her own coaching career, Angel started with the Rinks organization in 2014, working with all ages and levels from programs such as “Learn To Play”, Hockey Initiation, Lady Ducks, Junior Ducks, Local High school teams and adults. Angel is heavily involved in youth and adult hockey development at the Rinks, leading the “Learn To Skate” hockey program and working privately with skaters to develop, strengthen and maintain skating skills.  Contact her at 310-987-0105 for lessons.

Teen Staff

Reily McGrath

Kyle Pennington

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