“Growing up in the Withrow area has made me who I am today, and if there is any community I am happy to give back to, it is Withrow Park. This summer camp will give the local kids a chance to play ball hockey all summer long, and grow the Withrow dynasty to an even greater level. It gives me great honour to be apart of this program and I look forward to watching the outcome.”
Years of Ball Hockey Experience: 10+ Current Club Team: Toronto Rage International Experience: 2013 Hong Kong, 2015 Hong Kong, 2017 Hong Kong
Ball Hockey Expertise: Defence
Stephen Alvo (Stevie)
A lifelong Withrow Park player, Stevie has experienced ball hockey all over the world. He has played on team Canada at the junior level, team Greece at the Men's level, and has also played professionally for SHC Belpa 1107 in the Swiss NLA. He also served as an assistant coach for the U19 Withrow Park Knights, winning the 2017 Junior Nationals.
"The Academy provides us with an amazing platform to teach the next generation of local ball hockey players. I cannot wait to see the growth of our program in the next few years."
Years of Ball Hockey Experience: 10+ Current Club Team: Toronto Rage International Experience: 2012 U16 Canada, 2014 U18 Canada, 2015 Greece, 2016 U20 Canada, 2017 Greece, 2019 Greece
Ball Hockey Expertise: Shooting
Brendan is known as one of the top defensemen in Ontario, having played at the highest level. In 2014 and 2016, he represented team Canada at the World Junior Championships. He has also represented the Withrow Park Knights at numerous provincial and national championships.
Years of Ball Hockey Experience: 10+ Current Club Team: Toronto Rage International Experience: 2014 U18 Canada, 2016 U20 Canada
Ball Hockey Expertise: Winning battles and passing
Brandon "Pavel" Barber
Most famously known for his ‘Pavel Barber’ YouTube channel and his 400K followers on Instagram, Brandon has become a local hero amongst the Withrow community. Brandon has always had a silky set of hands, but what really made them emerge was his experience on Canada’s Indoor Hockey Team, Canada’s Field Hockey Team, and Canada's Floor Ball Team. With a life attributed to hockey, you will not find a better stickhandling coach then Brandon Barber himself.
Years of Ball Hockey Experience: 10+
Ball Hockey Expertise: Stick Handling
Annie comes from a family of experienced ball hockey players. This could explain her dying love for the sport and her tenacity to always play. As a power forward and play-making specialist, Annie thrives on getting her team the win.
Years of Ball Hockey Experience: 10+ Current Club Team: Withrow Park Knights
Ball Hockey Expertise: Play Making
Mac is most well-known for his big body presence on the floor. If you have ever gone into a corner with him, the odds of you coming out with the ball are highly unlikely. Mac’s knowledge for the game comes from his lifelong experience of playing ball hockey.
Years of Ball Hockey Experience: 10+ Current Club Team: Toronto Rage