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The Advanced Development Program (ADP)

The Advanced Development Program allows elite female hockey players to participate in a highly competitive and favourable learning environment. By participating in the Advanced Development Program, players are exposed to high calibre coaching and training methods designed to better prepare the players to compete against the top teams in the Province, Canada, and the United States.

The Advanced Development Program, is designed to expose participants to the demands of playing at an Elite level. It allows for the long term development of our athletes by pooling our coaching resources and creating individual development programs for our players.

The goals of the program include: to introduce players, families and staff to high performance hockey, the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence and the Provincial Women’s Hockey League; to create a unique and special life and hockey experience for all players and staff involved; and to develop players and staff both on and off the ice.

The Advanced Development Program seeks to provide an elite program with high standards of commitment, leadership and skill development. The program wants to prepare players to play at the highest levels possible such as; University, and possibly Provincial and National levels. It will do this by creating a culture of continuous improvement of the entire team and all players rather than individual statistics and winning all games.

The defining factor in success within this program is the player and their commitment and dedication to achieve these goals. In order to achieve we will make every effort to develop individual skill. The goal is to get players to use their strengths to make the team stronger and instill confidence in the player.


Advanced Development Program Staff

Tony Ricciuti - ADP Director of Operations

Bio coming soon.


Rebecca Leslie

Rebecca is a U18 Hockey Canada World Champion (2014-15) and was recruited by and completed her post-secondary education at Boston University (NCAA Div1) where she was Team Captain in 2018. She was a member of the Canadian National Women’s Team Development Program (2015-18) and played for the Calgary Inferno in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (2018-19). Rebecca also participated in the Canada – USA Rivalry Series in 2019. She is a Clarkson Cup Champion (2019) and was a member of Team Bauer of the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) in 2020.


Bill Courchaine

Bill played post-secondary hockey at the College of Saint Scholastica, winning the NAIA National Championship twice and was a 3-time All-American goaltender. This success led to an invitation to the Minnesota North Stars training camp.  From 2018-2021 Bill was the General Manager of the Ottawa Lady Sens and has over 12 years’ experience coaching at the U15AA, U18AA and U22AA levels.  Bill has been a proud member/employee of the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club for the past 25 years


Brendan Bell

Brendan was drafted to the NHL by the Toronto Maple Leafs and played 13 seasons of professional hockey in the NHL, AHL, KHL and Europe, including one season with our very own Ottawa Senators. Since retiring in 2016, Brendan has been heavily involved with the Ottawa Senators Alumni and coaching minor hockey.


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