Develop into a dominant defender with this program designed specifically for defensemen!

On-ice sessions will focus on the key skills of backwards skating (quick starts, crossunders and speed control), pivots, transitions, lateral mobility, evasive maneuvers, keep-ins, quick-release shooting, first-passes, decision-making, shooting` and passing in-motion, and making plays under pressure.

Instruction will be delivered in both small group and full ice settings. High-repetition station work, small area games and end-zone (defensive and offensive) game-situational drills will all be utilized throughout the program.

Drop-in sessions are available for this program! Click on the specific date below to register to drop-in for a session on that day!

The Ottawa Senators Hockey Programs are excited to announce a special OSHP Senators ticket rate for all our fall and winter program participants! By registering for any of our 10, 11 or 12-week programs you’ll have the ability to add either 2 or 4 tickets to an Ottawa Senators home game this fall at our special OSHP rate.

NOTE: Tickets are optional and at an additional cost and will be for tier 4 games from October through until April. Single session drop-in participants are not eligible. For more information on the ticket options, please click here!


Tyler Druce

Tyler was born in the small town of Grenville-sur-la Rouge, Quebec, where he played competitively at the AA and AAA level before transferring over to Ontario to continue to play Tier 2 Junior A and Junior C. After playing competitively for 20 years, he took his on ice experience and reconstructed it into a coaching role with the Ottawa Senators Hockey Programs. Tyler is currently the full-time Head Hockey Instructor and Player Development Specialist at the Sensplex Facilities, where he aids in developing lesson plans and leads sessions starting from the Intro 2 Hockey level all the way up to the most competitive players who attend our programs. Additionally, he will be coaching multiple SSHD AAA teams next spring. While often given a leadership role while playing, Tyler ensures that he takes his skills and tools and translates it into his sessions by creating immersive, hardworking, upbeat and most of all fun practices to maximize the development of his players.

Marcus Quinlan

Marcus, originally from Niagara Falls, Ontario, recently joined the Ottawa Senators Hockey Programs a Head Hockey Instructor for the Ottawa Senators Hockey Programs. As an HP1-certified hockey coach, Marcus had the opportunity to take on a head coaching role with the Southern Tier Admirals AAA Minor Hockey Association, having been in charge of their 2006 age group from 2019-2023. While with the organization, Marcus coached many players who went on to play in the OHL, OJHL, GOJHL, and Prep School in the United States.

Marcus also boasts an impressive playing career. He is a former U-Sports and Royal Military College of Canada athlete with four years of CIS hockey under his belt. Rounding out an outstanding hockey resume, Marcus was also selected by the Windsor Spitfires in the 2007 OHL draft.



All of our hockey programs require full equipment to be provided by the parent/guardian. No child shall participate without: Hockey skates, CSA- approved helmet (with cage), neck guard, shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey pants, jock or jill, shin pads, hockey gloves and a hockey stick. Mouth guards are optional.


Please call 613 599 0222, or email [email protected] for more information regarding schedule. E-mails with scheduling and general information go out one week prior to the start date.

Refund Policy: Read our Refund & Cancellation Policy.

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