Michael Agrette (Owner/GM, On-ice Instructor)
Michael is the founder of 99Hockey and Niagara Jr. Knights. He has been involved with youth hockey for the
past 10 years in the Niagara Region. He has instructed Learn to Skate programs for many years with 99Hockey
as well as non-structured fun games. He has also hosted fun tournaments with teams from the Niagara region. Michael has been part of Pool C and the IIHF program since 1993. Michael last coached at the 2007 World Ice
Hockey Championships in Ireland. Michael also served as the co-chairman of the Clarkson Cup in 2012.
He has a passion to provide a well rounded development model hockey program to create well rounded and confident hockey players on and off the ice. As founder of 99Hockey, he manages both 99Hockey and Niagara Jr. Knights and serves as an on-ice instructor with 99Hockey.
Marko Ferlez (On-ice Instructor and Coach )
Marko is a hockey coach who comes from small hockey country Slovenia located in Central Europe. Marko played minor hockey for his hometown and the capital of Slovenia, Hockey Club Olimpija, Ljubljana. In 2002 he continued his career in Czech Republic where he played junior hockey for three years. Being one of the best players in his age group, Marko also participated on World Championships in Categories U18 and U20 for Slovenian National Team, where he had the chance to play with Los Angeles King star Anze Kopitar. In his nine year professional ice hockey career, Marko played for three different teams in Slovenia, starting in 2005. He signed his first professional contract with HC Olimpija, then played for HC Slavija and finished his career in HC Maribor. In Maribor he also started coaching youth hockey players, from Initiation to Midget hockey. Marko coached on many ice hockey camps around Europe like Hockey Talent Academy Camp in Italy and Planet Hockey Camp. Marko also had the honour to coach the Slovenian National Team (year of birth 2001) from 2011 to 2014. Marko currently instructs our Knights during weekly skills sessions. He is known for his fast paced drills and power skating technique.
Andrew Attema (On-ice Instructor and Coach)
Andrew is a life long Niagara Resident, who is passionate about sports, coaching, child development and being a positive role model for children. He served the Niagara region for 23 years, through his wholesale produce company, before trading it in to be a full time foster parent.
Married to Sophia for 24 years, and sharing the responsibility of raising 3 active, sports loving daughters, aged, 23, 20 & 19; has given him a variety of coaching experience in hockey, ringette, baseball and soccer. Two of his daughters currently play Varsity Rugby, with a past of also participating in wrestling, running clubs, figure skating, dance, gymnastics, field hockey, basketball and volleyball.
Andrew has a balanced understanding of coaching both male and female athletes, with over 25 years of competitive and recreational coaching experience. As a head coach, winning a Bronze medal at the Ontario Ringette A Championships and most recently Gold and Silver medals, as an assistant coach for the OMHA AAA Championships, have been coaching highlights. Growing up as a child he competed in various sports from an early age and appreciated the life lessons of self-discipline, personal achievement, hard work and collaboration. Andrew’s personal values of team camaraderie, positive coaching and skills development, aligns well with the philosophy that 99 Hockey represents.
Andrew instructs all our teams on the ice and served at our Bantam coach during the 2018-2019 season. He is known for his animated instruction and demands excellence from all our players.
Matt Gillard (On-ice Instructor)
Matt Gillard played with the Niagara Ice Dogs in the Ontario Hockey League. Unfortunately, his OHL career was cut short due to a C6 vertebrae facture(broken neck).
This change in career birthed his own business with Gillard Elite Hockey.
Matt is the head coach for the 2003 Major Bantam Harrow Spring Hockey team and assistant coach for the Major Bantam Southern Tier Admirals AAA.
This youngster has a lot of passion for the game and relate well to young hockey players.
Matt will be instructing on-ice for selected 99Hockey programs and instructs weekly on-ice skills sessions. He also coaches both the Atom and Peewee Knights teams. He is known for his highly skilled and fast paced drills and for getting the most of every player without having to shout or degrade the player.
Todd Clayton (On-ice instructor and Coach)
Todd comes with 24 years of Coaching experience including:
05-06 Dunnville JRC Head Coach
06-07 Dunnville JRC Head Coach & GM
07-08 Chippawa JRC Head Coach
08-09 Welland JRB Head Coach
09-10 Welland JRB Head Coach
10-11 Wheatfield JRB Asst Coach
11-12 Wheatfield JRB Head Coach & GM
12-13 Thorold JRB Asst Coach
13-14 Welland Senior AAA
14-15 Welland Senior AAA
16-17 Ft.Erie JRB Head Coach.
Conducted many hockey skills camps, focus on puck management, proper face off techniques, skill development with & without the puck. He focusses on defensive angling and proper positioning. Todd participates in the weekly skills instruction for Knights Rep Hockey teams and serves as a coach for both Atom and Peewee Knights teams. He is known for his pre-game talks and for preparing players to battle during the game.
Brian(Bubby) Stapleton (Player Advisor and Team Chaplain)
Coach Bubby joined our Knights program as a board member prior to the 2017-2018 season. The following season(2018-2019) he joined our coaching staff as an on-ice instructor and assistant coach to our Bantam team. After sustaining a knee injury, Coach Bubby was appointed advisor to Knights players and team Chaplain. Bubby has experience playing in the NCAA league at Browns University, the IHL with the Dayton Gems and played right wing for the Washington Capitals in the NHL.
He enjoys working with the Bantam aged players and is known for "teaching me how to put the puck in the net". He serves as an advisor and pastor to all our teams.
Michelle Edgar (On-ice Instructor)
A Niagara Falls native, Michelle Edgar has been playing competitive sports for the majority of her life. She obtained an academic/athletic scholarship from Brock University for both ice hockey and soccer. She furthered her career playing semi-professional soccer for Hamilton and professional hockey in Europe for the Maribor Lisjaki team. She also obtained a gold medal playing for team Canada in the ball hockey World Championship. Recently her AA Senior ice hockey team the St Catharines Jets have brought home their second provincial gold medal. Michelle has been instructing many 99Hockey programs and serves as a Novice Team coach with Niagara Jr. Knights. While coaching she enjoys passing on the many skills, talents and love of the game she has acquired throughout her career.
John Di Lorenzo came up through the Welland Tigers & Southern Tier Admirals AAA programs. After his Minor Midget season, he was drafted in the third round of the OHL draft by the London Knights and completed a five-year junior hockey career at the Junior A and B levels.
John DiLorenzo (On-ice instructor)
John Di Lorenzo came up through the Welland Tigers and Southern Tier Admirals AAA program. After his
Minor Midget season, he was drafted in the third round of the OHL draft by the London Knights and completed a five year junior hockey career at the Junior A and B levels.
Following his playing career, John moved behind the bench and coached one season of Major Bantam AAA,
and one season of Minor Midget AAA in the Southern Tier Admirals organization. John then joined the
St. Catharines Falcons Jr. B organization as an assistant coach focusing on the defensemen.
While coaching, John completed his Bachelors of Business Administration degree at Brock University.
We are excited to have Coach John will assist as an on-ice instructor and coach for
all our teams for the 2021-2022 season!
Following his playing career, John moveJd behind the bench and coached one season of Major Bantam AAA, and one season of Minor Midget AAA in the Southern Tier Admirals organization. John then joined the St. Catharines Falcons Jr B. organization as an assistant coach focusing on the defencemen. While coaching John completed his Bachelors of Business Administration degree at Brock UniversityJohn Di Lorenzo came up through the Welland Tigers & Southern Tier Admirals AAA programs. After his Minor Midget season, he was drafted in the third round of the OHL draft by the London Knights and completed a five-year junior hockey career at the Junior A and B levels.
Following his playing career, John moved behind the bench and coached one season of Major Bantam AAA, and one season of Minor Midget AAA in the Southern Tier Admirals organization. John then joined the St. Catharines Falcons Jr B. organization as an assistant coach focusing on the defencemen. While coaching John completed his Bachelors of Business Administration degree at Brock University