“I know for me skating has always been number one... from learning edge control, stride and glide. Now as a bigger guy it’s something I still work on non-stop. Cathy has been great working with my son also where she can craft him at a young age and make sure he’s doing things the proper way and making it fun... it’s great when you can see improvement right away and the power hour has been great!”
- BRENT BURNS, San Jose Sharks All-Star Defenseman and Norris Trophy winner
“I think it’s very important to learn the mechanics of good skating early before it’s too late. And one thing I learned that Cathy is very good at it. She is helping my son to learn how to skate the right way.”
- EVGENI NABOKOV, San Jose Sharks Alumni Goalie and San Jose Barracuda Goalie Coach
“I’ve been skating with Cathy since I was 5 years old, starting at Golden State hockey camp. My dad, a professional coach, recognized the value of working with her and how she could improve my game. Her skating training has helped me get to where I am today, playing in the Kontinental Hockey League. Her coaching has been a significant part in my development as a hockey player and I continually review what I have learned from her.” Viktor was selected 28th overall in the 2008 NHL entry draft.
- VIKTOR TIKHONOV, Grandson of the legendary coach Viktor Tikhonov, SKS St. Petersburg
“I met Cathy while we were working the same hockey school and was very impressed with her knowledge and expertise as well as her professionalism on the ice. I firmly believe that the foundation of any great hockey player begins with his or her ability to skate. For this reason, when I started my own school, one of my first priorities was to get Cathy on board and have her teach my athletes power skating. She has a complete understanding of the skating stride, is dedicated to her craft, and is the reason many of my athletes continue to come back.”
- ROB ZETTLER, San Jose Sharks Assistant Coach & San Jose Sharks Alumni Defenseman
“The foundation of hockey, and critical to injury prevention, is mastery of your edges so balance, agility, mobility, and speed can be achieved with proper technique and training. That's what Cathy's Power Hour has been doing in Norcal for over 20 years, and the results speak for themselves. There are hundreds of hockey players, both boys and girls, who have taken their game to the next level because of Cathy's skating techniques and lessons. Cathy's passion and spirit coupled with her ability to teach and connect with her students is second to none.”
- JAMIE BAKER, San Jose Sharks Alumni Forward
"Skating is the most important function in the game of hockey. Cathy has mastered the fundamentals of using edges, maximizing stride and using proper technique. She has proved time and again that her acumen for teaching will better prepare youths for the challenges of hockey.
- ROY SOMMER, Head Coach, San Jose Barracuda
“It’s been great to take Development to a higher level with Cathy Andrade’s teaching and develop specific off-ice and on-ice training programs to help NHL players improve the skill of skating. Your off-ice training should compliment what you do on the ice in the areas of speed, strength, balance, conditioning and coordination. Cathy provides the players that I work with in the off-season with specific drills that improve weaknesses and strength in single leg positions.”
- MIKE POTENZA, Director of San Jose Sharks Strengthening & Conditioning Coach
“In my opinion, it is a critical aspect of hockey to be strong on your skates and ‘heads up’ at all times to help prevent or lessen injuries.”
- RAY TUFTS, San Jose Sharks Head Athletic Trainer