Our Athlete Ambassadors

Our group of talented and passionate athlete ambassadors who represent our culture and brand message with pride. 

Jeff Gilligan (HES_Hockey)

Excited to announce our newest Athlete Ambassador Jeff Gilligan. (@hes_hockey). We take a lot of pride when it comes to adding a new member to our team, and Jeff clearly fits with our brand message. Jeff grew up playing AAA in Burlington Ontario for the eagles where he was drafted to the OHL by Owen Sound. He played two years before having to retire due to a heart condition. Two years ago he got a contract with the Burlington eagles as a skills trainer and each summer just kept building his brand. Jeff now trains over 1000 kids in and around his area anywhere from minor hockey kids to the OHL to professional players. Jeff embodies the Play To Win mentality and has some incredible skill to match. As of June 2020 he has over 10,000 followers on Instagram with no signs of slowing down. Be sure to check out his instagram here @hes_hockey, and his facility in Burlington called Centre Ice Training Academy. 

http://www.centreicetraining.com/

 

Justin Brazeau

As the Captain of the North Bay Battalion, Justin lead the OHL in scoring with 61 goals in just 68 games for a whopping 113 points. The now massive 6ft6” winger grew up in New Liskeard Ontario where he played only 2 seasons of AAA, before being drafted late in the 13th round to the Battalion. His story of incredible perseverance shows why he’s the definition of what Conquest stands for. His grit and determination took him from a late OHL pick to making the team, but with only 13 points his first year he was far from standing out. Fast forward 3 years and he’s currently been acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs and is attending the Marlies AHL camp this season looking to prove that he has what it takes to solidify his spot. For the 2019-2020 season Justin signed in the ECHL with Newfoundland. Justin’s drastic improvements year by year are a perfect example of why you never quit, and should be a great lesson for any young players aspiring to make it pro.

 

 Matthew Struthers

As the current Assistant Captain of the North Bay Battalion in the OHL, Matt grew up in Milton playing for the Halton Hurricanes from novice to minor midget. In his youth, he and his brothers bonded over roller hockey which they’d play every day in their unfinished basement. In 2015 Matt was drafted to Owen Sound where he played three seasons until he was traded to the Battalion where last year he put up an impressive 81 points in 61 games as a highly skilled playmaking centreman. He most recently played 5 games in the AHL for the Laval Rockets, as well as attending two NHL camps with Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadians. Matthew displays impressive speed and puck moving capabilities and has proven himself as a leader and top ranked player in the OHL. We’re excited to see what’s in store for the future.

Alicia Stead | @never2late2learn.hky

Alicia fell in love with hockey just 3 years ago after trying a beginner shinny and hasn't looked back since! She gets on the ice a few times a week, and is always working to improve her game. She currently plays in a women’s recreational league and is working towards playing in the highest division within the next few years. Alicia has progressed faster than anyone we've ever seen from just starting a few years back. She's an inspiration to many, and shows exactly what hard work every day can really do. Her following on instagram is growing rapidly and currently has close to 18,000 loyal followers. What's really cool is to be able to see a video of her from two years ago, and then compare it to today. The improvements are incredible to see. Be sure to follow her progress and watch in real time how someone can progress from old fashioned practice and hard work.

 

Danny Heath | @Danny_hype 

 

Danny grew up in Glendale Arizona where he played his youth hockey in Phoenix. Moving forward he played Junior in the USHL for the Tri-City Storm and Des Moines Buccaneers, and finished up playing College for the Minnesota State Mavericks. After retiring from the game Danny took his experience and passion for hockey and created @ProjectHockey; which started from the idea that an elite training program should be accessible to every single kid that picks up a hockey stick. Young players need to have a plan on how to improve their skills from home. Project Hockey can provide a plan that can be completed with minimal equipment. All you need to get started is a stick, two pucks and a stick handling ball. The workouts are inclusive, measurable and repeatable to help build a players confidence and skill. Danny has gained a large following on Instagram with over 17,000 followers where his page displays drills and video clips that can help any player progress on and off the ice. If you’re not following Danny and Project Hockey be sure to check them out by clicking the link above.

 

Justin Scott | @Hockey_Sporttest

 

As an International Skills and Power Skating Instructor, Justin is the Owner of Performance Edge Hockey Development where he runs Hockey Camps Internationally in Canada, USA, Australia and China. His goal is to continue to grow the game of hockey internationally with upcoming camps in South Asia and Australia in 2020. He played college hockey in the ACAC before stepping away to become a coach. As a social media influencer his page has almost 15,000 followers with valuable content that we can all use to become better. We're honoured to have a coach like Justin representing the Conquest crest and spreading the Play to Win Movement.