Through two businesses that she owns and operates, Lisa Tremblay plays a prominent role in the northeastern Ontario hockey town of Timmins.
The 33-year old Tremblay serves as a skating and conditioning coach for the Timmins Majors of the Great North Midget Hockey League and the Timmins Rock of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.
She performs those duties for the two Timmins hockey teams through Discover Performance and Discover Fitness, the two businesses that the hard-working mom and long-time skating coach operates.
A figure skater herself, from back to when she was a youngster growing up in the tiny town of Dubreuilville, which is located along the Algoma Central Railway on Highway 519, about 25 miles north of Wawa and 30 miles south of White River, Tremblay moved to Timmins about 12 years.
She told Hockey News North that she took to the ice with the White Swan Figure Skating Club in Dubreuilville as a young girl and took regular treks of 150 miles away to Sault Ste. Marie for competition.
Now involved with the major midget and junior A hockey teams in Timmins, Tremblay is a busy young lady who also does work with athletes and individuals — from all walks of life — pertaining to fitness and conditioning.
Brandon Perry, who is the head coach of the Timmins midgets, calls Tremblay an “incredible asset to our organization.
“She is truly there for our hockey team,” Perry told Hockey News North. “She bends over backwards to work around our busy schedule and whatever we need, she’s always accommodating.
“She’s very dedicated to her business and is incredibly smart,” Perry continued. “She has been so great to work with and the relationship we have built with Lisa and her brand has been very beneficial and we look forward to working with her for years to come.”
Corey Beer, who is the head coach of the Timmins juniors, noted that “having Lisa as part of our organization has been great for us. With our group having a focus on off-ice conditioning as well as our on ice-performance, it’s been integral to have someone monitor and push our guys away from the rink. We have that in Lisa.
“Running our spin classes and yoga sessions, we feel that we have an added advantage heading onto the ice in terms of our preparation,” Beer added.
“Also, for myself,” Beer continued, “having another voice that is pushing the players to be better has been very beneficial for us too. Finding ways to improve our players is always challenging but when it comes to strength and conditioning we feel, as a program, that we have one of the best in Lisa Tremblay.”
Back to the Timmins midgets, the father of one of their players also has heady praise for the work that Tremblay does.
Yvan Brazeau, whose son Desmond recently completed his rookie season as a forward with the Majors, said Tremblay “has become part of the building block and foundation for how far my son has grown over the past 12 months of working with her.
“Her drive, her passion and her desire to see her students learn, grow and succeed is the big reason why she has become so important to athletes in Timmins, especially the kids involved in hockey and ringette,” Brazeau told Hockey News North.
“It would not surprise me to see her working 10 to 12 hours a day either on the ice or in her gym with all different teams,” Brazeau pointed out. “When it comes to the Majors and the Rock, the opportunity that she initiated and has had success which has garnered her tremendous respect from the players involved for the love and passion that she shows them for their growth.”
PHOTO: Timmins Majors player Desmond Brazeau with acclaimed skating and conditioning coach Lisa Tremblay.