All Quantum Speed instructors have played elite levels of hockey or ringette and have participated in our signature Q3 program several times as players. Our instructors are trained experts at detecting movement inefficiencies and implementing strategies to form a lasting change.


Quantum Speed™ is taught by a certified crew specifically trained to detect movement inefficiencies and implement corrective strategies to form lasting, game relevant change. The crew is led by Steffany Hanlen and Vanessa Hettinger, the only 2 Certified Master Skating Instructors ever recognized by Hockey Canada.

Steffany Hanlen


Steffany Hanlen has spent her lifetime supporting athletes to achieve their dreams. Steffany is a world-class speaker, seminar leader and mental performance expert. Her career highlights include two Olympic appearances and numerous world class events in the capacity of mental performance coach. In addition to this, Steffany spent 16 years as power skating instructor and strength and conditioning coach for the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers and St. Louis Blues. She is the Co-developer of Skate Canada’s CanPowerSkate program and, along with business partner Vanessa Hettinger, is one of only two recognized Master Skating Coaches through Hockey Canada. Building on her experience, and on the proprietary methodologies she developed for training world class athletes, Steffany founded the Quantum Speed System™ that can transform any player, regardless of age or experience, into a stronger, faster and more imposing force
on ice.

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Vanessa Hettinger

Master Instructor

Vanessa has built her career on helping skaters find their edge. Hettinger has had success working at all levels, and knows how to win. Her career highlights include working with thousands of athletes from novice to pro, and winning 3 WHL championships and a Memorial Cup Championship as Skating Coach with 3 WHL organizations (Edmonton Oil Kings 2007 2014, Tri-City Americans 2007-2014, and Swift Current Broncos 2017-2018). She is the first and only female skating coach awarded a Memorial Cup Ring (Edmonton Oil Kings in 2013). Vanessa is one of only two recognized Master Skating Coaches with Hockey Canada (along with her business partner Steffany Hanlen), and is currently a leading Facilitator for Skate Canada’s “CanPowerSkate” program. Vanessa is responsible for the training of Quantum Speed instructors and for the implementation of the Quantum Speed System™, ensuring every skater receives the individual attention, coaching, correction and feedback needed to accelerate their results in record time.

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Every Quantum Speed™ instructor is a champion in their own right with proven playing and coaching experience in a professional league.
Unlike other schools or programs, a player’s reputation on the ice is not enough to qualify them to be a Quantum Speed™ instructor. To maintain our strict code of excellence, each prospective instructor is required to complete a rigorous QS Apprenticeship Program which includes over 200 hours of on-ice training along with comprehensive off-ice instruction and detailed written assignments before they can apply to be certified.


Daniel Starosta

SPSA Director, Lead Instructor

"I am constantly being challenged to learn new skills and stretched in ways that I didn't think were possible."
Danny “Demo” has been skating with Quantum Speed since he was 8 years old. With a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Alberta, a graduate of the CanPowerSkate Coaching Course, and the experience as both a forward and defenceman, Daniel brings a keen eye and a specific set of skills to the program. The recipient of the 2007 Players Choice Award, Danny has extensive CAC Midget AAA, AJHL and ACAC experience.

Melanie Thomas

Lead Instructor

"I love working with like-minded, high performance colleagues to support skaters in whatever they need to be their best."
With a Masters of Science in Athletic Administration, and a 6 year stint as a Physical Education Instructor and Athletic Director, “Diablo” has a special knack for setting souls on fire. A 2012 1st Line Allstar, Mel has played Ringette for Team Canada and Team USA as well as SM League Finland. She has won gold in the 2012 Canadian Ringette Championships and has coaching experience in both hockey and ringette.

Ivan Allan Nelson

Lead Instructor

"I love to be challenged daily, to work with an amazing team, and help our clients reach their goals on a daily basis."
Winner of the coveted SPKAC Ken Hitchcock Coach of the Year Award, and making multiple appearances in various All-Star games, Ivan brings considerable competition experience to Quantum Speed. Ivan has two Alberta Cup Gold championships under his belt and is a Certified Advance Level Coach by the NCCP, a Hockey Alberta Certified Course Facilitator, and a Respect in Sport Activity Leader.

Alexa McMillan

Assistant Instructor

"I love being able to share my passion for hockey and skating, while having the opportunity to make a difference in players’ lives."
An instructor with Quantum Speed for over 14 years, Lex brings an impressive background of performance and coaching. She is a two-time winner of the CSSHL Student Athlete of the Year as well as the USports Academic All Canadian in 2018 and 2019. In addition to her many athletic achievements, she also speaks three languages and is currently completing dual degrees in Commerce and Psychology.

James Hamblin

Assistant Instructor

"Working for Quantum Speed gives me the opportunity to give back to a community that has given me so much."
Currently playing in the AHL for the Bakersfield Condors in the Edmonton Oilers system, James is the former Captain of the Medicine Hat Tigers, the U16 Team Alberta and the U17 Team Canada White, the
“Hammer” was awarded the Unsung Hero Award, Hardest Worker and Top Defensive Forward, Most Points Most Goals Leadership Award, and has won multiple MVP Awards among others. He is a Canada Winter Games Silver Medalist and won Gold the at the U17 World Hockey Championships.

Koletrane Wilson

Assistant Instructor

"Physical doesn’t matter if you don’t have the mental."
Willy is known for giving back to both the game and people who helped develop him into the person and player he is today. With 4 years of coaching experience under his belt for Quantum Speed, Koletrane has been recognized by the AMHL as their Defenseman of the Year, and Community Player of the Month for the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL. Currently playing in the Calgary Flames system, Kole continue to work towards his goal of playing in the NHL.

Carter Luo

Assistant Instructor

"If you want to turn your vision into reality, you have to give 100% and never stop
believing in your dream."

An 8 year veteran with Quantum Speed, Carts is best known for creating memorable experiences for kids on the ice. Winner of the CAC Player’s Choice Award, he rose through ranks from Peewee AA to Midget AA playing both forward and defense. Currently enrolled at the University of Alberta, Carter is fluent in both Cantonese and Mandarin.

Ross Encarnacao

Assistant Instructor

"I enjoy being the middle man between the lead instructor and the players."
Rossy BB has spent over 13 years with Quantum Speed as a skater, demonstrator, and junior instructor. He has an uncanny ability to connect with each skater personally as he provides 1 on 1 feedback on their performance. He is a recipient of the SSAC Bantam Sportsmanship and Excellence Award, and earned 3 different scholarships in 2019.


At Quantum Speed, we’re proud to have trained some of the best in the business!
  • Blayze Bruyer
  • Tina Caron
  • Tammy Coley
  • Marius Grandahl
  • Sandy Harding-Cooney
  • Riley Kieser
  • George Koehler
  • Blake Leask
  • Michael Majnarich
  • Britney Millar
  • Ramona Muni
  • Drew Nichol
  • Montanna Noyes
  • Michele Pacholka
  • Zach Paterson
  • Dan Peacocke
  • David Pelletier
  • Craig Priestley
  • Colby Sissons
  • Sean Skinner
  • Tara Swanson
  • Barb Underhill
  • Chris Verdon
  • Ryan Wilkinson
  • Madison Willan
  • Klarc Wilson
  • Leah Wygiera


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