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About Gillard Elite Hockey

Gillard Elite Hockey started in 2017 after a career ending injury kept Matt Gillard from returning to the game he's known and loved his whole life. Matt wanted to be able to teach what he knew about hockey to kids who were also dedicated to the game. Gillard Elite Hockey combines a blend of power skating, edge work, stick handling, passing and shooting skill development to help create complete hockey players. Gillard Elite Hockey offers a variety of different skates, including private sessions, group training, team practices and other events.

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Meet The Team

Where the Passion Begins


Matt Gillard

General Manager and Hockey Trainer

Matt is a graduate of the Welland Tigers and Southern Tier Admirals AAA minor hockey programs from Novice-Minor Midget where he was drafted in the 4th round by the Niagara Ice Dogs. Matt spent one season in Jr.B with the Welland Jr. Canadians before making the jump to the OHL with the Niagara Ice Dogs. Matt enjoyed a 3 year career with Niagara before breaking his C6 vertebrae during a game, ending his playing career. After a long recovery, Matt decided to continued with his passion of hockey in a different direction starting Gillard Elite Hockey in May 2017.


Colby Ambrosio

Hockey Trainer

Colby is one of Gillard Elite Hockeys on-ice instructors during the summer training seasons. Colby was drafted by the Avalanche in the fourth round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft and has since played at Boston College. Colby continues to thrive on the ice during the hockey season - scoring a career high 21 points for his team this past season. Look out for any opportunities to skate with Colby this summer.

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Gillard Elite Hockey Programs

Summer Skates 2023

U/11 - U/13

Summer 2023

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U/14 - U/16

Summer 2023

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