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About the Coaches
Mike was the founder of SpeedSkills Hockey (SSH). SpeedSkills Hockey (SSH) was founded on Coach Mike Radja's core principle that confidence is everything. The bulk of the SSH curriculum is centered around teaching the fundamentals of skating and puck control. Coach Mike exposes players to a wide range of diverse techniques when practiced with purpose, focus and correction will lead to advanced skill acquisitions. This is achieved by structuring skates as "the player vs the drill" and also relaying to the players the when and the why of how to apply the skill in a game. Being a well versed skater creates the time and space to utilize the skills they practice day in and out.
Mike's background and expertise extends from his expansive playing career from youth to pro. As a standout player at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) he garnered NCAA 1st Team All-American Status his senior season. This set the table for him to play 9 years of professional hockey in the AHL, ECHL and overseas in Finland, Germany, Japan, Korea, and the United Kingdom.
"First and foremost my job is to be that of a mentor to the kids. Every kid is different. It is my job to get to know them as players and more importantly as individuals and figure out how I can accelerate their growth and development as hockey players and as people. Hockey shaped my life for the better, I want to pass that experience, knowledge and passion on to all the kids I work with." - Coach Mike
Since returning to his alma mater, Lefevre has been instrumental in training the Raider goalies. He played a key role in the development of two-time ECAC Hockey honoree and a First-Team Lowes SENIOR CLASS All-American selection Mark Dekanich (’08), who re-wrote the Colgate record book relative to establishing new single-season and career records. Drafted by the Nashville Predators in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Dekanich now plays for Medvešcak Zagreb in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).
Prior to his return to Hamilton, Lefevre worked as an assistant coach at Utica College during the 2005-06 season. He helped recruit one of the top freshman classes in Pioneer history that helped Utica rise to a top-10 national ranking during the 2006-07 campaign.
Before his stint at Utica, Lefevre worked at the Salisbury School in Salisbury, Conn., for three years where he taught English and coached boy's hockey. Lefevre helped recruit members of the Salisbury team that won the New England Prep championship the year after his departure.
In addition to working with the Colgate netminders, Lefevre continues to coach goaltenders of all ages in the Syracuse area. He founded a goalie school at Colgate during the summer of 2007 that attracted more than 30 goaltenders between the ages of seven and 17 from all points of Upstate New York.
Lefevre earned four letters as a Raider, including one during the 1999-00 season when Colgate competed in the NCAA tournament. He boasts the 10th-best career goals against average in school history, 3.28, including a 2.58 goals against average as a freshman, which ranks eighth all-time. His.904 save percentage during the 1998-99 campaign ranks 10th in the Raider annals.