Our People

Who we are and who we work with is as important as what we do. We identify with people whose professional and ethical choices we admire. We have a team of instructors who are genuinely committed to developing the individual hockey player. Our team consists of three detail oriented instructors who share similar values, and similar professional experiences in their chosen sport. Each instructor applies a different focus of instruction -- together, these focus areas complement each other and provide building blocks to overall progress and future learning.

 
 
Claudia Steinke directs The Skating Company and has specialized in skating analysis and technique training for hockey players since 1992. She has coached all levels from novice to pro, and alongside some of the leading technical skating instructors in North America. She is a Skate Canada triple gold medalist, nationally certified (NCCP) in both hockey and figure skating, CanPowerSkate certified, and skated professionally on the international circuit with Hermanos Fuentes Gasca and Feld Entertainment’s Disney on Ice.

CLAUDIA STEINKE

R.N., B.Sc., M.Mgt., Ph.D 

Focus: Analysis and deconstruction of skating skills
 Breaking down of skating skills to their most simplest form

Claudia Steinke directs The Skating Company and has specialized in skating analysis and technique training for hockey players since 1992. She has coached all levels from novice to pro, and alongside some of the leading technical skating instructors in North America. She is a Skate Canada triple gold medalist, nationally certified (NCCP) in both hockey and figure skating, CanPowerSkate certified, and skated professionally on the international circuit with Hermanos Fuentes Gasca and Feld Entertainment’s Disney on Ice. 

 
Travis Hillier was a national level competitive skater and is a Skate Canada quadruple gold medalist. After his competitive career, Travis skated professionally on the international circuit with Feld Entertainment’s Disney on Ice. He currently serves as co-founder and figure skating coach with Southern Alberta Skating Academy and a hockey skating instructor with The Skating Company. Travis is a Certified Provincial Coach and CanPowerSkate certified.

TRAVIS HILLIER

Focus: Analysis and reconstruction of skating skills
Rebuilding of skating skills to a more efficient form

Travis Hillier serves as a skating skills instructor with The Skating Company. He was a national level competitive skater and is a Skate Canada quadruple gold medalist. After his competitive career, Travis skated professionally on the international circuit with Feld Entertainment’s Disney on Ice. He currently serves as co-founder and figure skating coach with Southern Alberta Skating Academy and a hockey skating instructor with The Skating Company. Travis is a Certified Provincial Coach and CanPowerSkate certified. 

 
Sean Gillam is a former third round draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings, who has been involved in hockey since 1992 with over 1000 games of experience playing and coaching at the professional level (AHL, IHL, ECHL, CHL, and SPHL). Sean has also coached at the amateur levels of USport and the LMHA and is currently Assistant Coach of the AAA Midget Hurricanes and the defensive skills instructor for The Skating Company.

SEAN GILLAM

Focus: Application of reconstructed skating skills to game like situations

Sean Gillam serves as a hockey skills instructor with The Skating Company. He is a former third round draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings, who has been involved in hockey since 1992 with over 1000 games of experience playing and coaching at the professional level (AHL, IHL, ECHL, CHL, and SPHL). Sean has also coached at the amateur levels of USport and the LMHA. During the 2018-2019 season, Sean served as head coach of the Val Matteotti Bantam AAA Golden Hawks coaching together with Billy Katelnikoff and Jason Ruff. This season (2019-2020) the trio will take the helm of the Lethbridge Midget AAA Hurricanes.