Isles Tavares and DeFazio - Products of 'The Dungeon'
An interesting look at how Tavares' early hockey roots. His parents pushed for him to play against olders players, who'd present more of a challange.
John Tavares has been a hockey problem child since his minor midget days when, as a gifted seven year-old, his parents requested he be moved up an age group to face tougher competition. He had natural talent but needed to be tested in order to improve. (Photo: Islesblogger.com)
Five days before his fourteenth birthday in 2004 he knocked on the door of the Athlete Training Centre (ATC) in Mississagua, ON to begin training in the basement of the local YMCA in a facility known as ‘The Dungeon’ where he would train alongside Matt Moulson, who in 2001 became one of the first clients of the ATC and its’ owner and founder Richard Clark. If Tavares was going to compete against older players, he needed to work on his strength and conditioning.
Tavares, Moulson, Martin, Strome and DeFazio are just a few of the gifted athletes who return to 'The Dungeon' (now a 25,000 square foot state-of-the-art training facility) each off season.