Our Approach

Here at Around The Net (ATN) Hockey, we provide players of all levels and ages the opportunity to challenge themselves to improve their skills and maximize their game. We seek to provide players with the knowledge and tools to reach their full potential. We do it in a fun and challenging way that pushes them outside of their comfort zone. We are a mobile hockey school servicing the Greater Toronto Area and Durham Region.

We believe in small groups and private lessons, so the player gets the most out of the session. We teach and develop stick handling, puck protection techniques, passing, back hand and forehand skills. We also work on shooting techniques for slap shots, snap shots, wrist shots, backhands, quick release, and balancing while shooting. We also teach players how to be confident and patient around the net.

Our off-ice coaching philosophy is working with hockey players to help them achieve their goals, overcome limitations, and provide strategies for personal development.

Our Story

ATN Hockey was inspired by director Scotty Howes. Howes is a recently retired professional hockey player and current head coach for two teams in the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL). Howes is passionate about staying involved in the game he loves and working with players to take their game to the next level.

Meet the Team


Scotty Howes


Scotty Howes, Certified Coach Practitioner, is the director of ATN Hockey. Howes is a retired professional ice hockey player, playing 8 years professional up until the end of the 2015/2016 season.  Howes started playing hockey at 3 years old on a house league team in Toronto. Howes played Junior A for the Wexford Raiders in Toronto. Howes was not drafted to the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) but instead was recruited by the Quebec Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) for the Drummondville Voltigeurs and later traded to the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL).

Coming out of junior, Howes signed a two-year contract with the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League (AHL) and Victoria Salmon Kings with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). Howes also attended the rookie camp for the Vancouver Canucks (NHL) his first pro year. Howes has played on various teams and levels of hockey. Majority of his professional career Howes played in the AHL and the ECHL, winning two championships and a playoff MVP. Howes also spent time in Europe before returning home for his final year.

Howes made the TSN news during his second year pro for the Victoria Salmon Kings, which aired as a highlight reel goal. This goal is known as the “greatest goal ever” with over 1 million hits on youtube. See video below.

Scotty Howes Stats: http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=15633