About Barb Aidelbaum
Barbara has been a full-time professional skating coach for 40+ years. She has coached both figure skaters and hockey players nationally and internationally and is a Skate Canada triple gold medallist. Her professional coaching career started in Kamloops, BC and then took her around the world with 6 years in Brisbane and Sydney, Australia and then stops in Bosnia, Poland, Austria and the Czech Republic. She now resides in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Barb is the Skating Specialist for individual players and teams in the CJHL, CHL, U Sports, NCAA, AHL, KHL and NHL. During her 40+ year career she has coached close to 1000 NHL players. In addition, she has been part of many training and development camps, trained the Canadian National Mens Alpine Ski Team for on-ice edging and prepared actors for skating roles.
She is nationally certified in hockey as well as figure skating (NCCP Level 3+). She is the first female coach ever to be carded in Canada by a Junior “A” team. She uses her vast knowledge of edges, balance and counter-balancing, and combines it with her many years of off-ice speed and weight training, to create the most explosive and powerful hockey players.
Barb was raised in Vancouver, BC with her 3 hockey playing brothers. Her parents, Hector and Doreen Irving, are founders of The Arbutus Club. It opened in 1964 and today is one of Canada’s premier private clubs. No surprise, the club was formed around the ice rink.
She trained and skated there and later became the Arbutus Club’s Head Figure Skating Pro and Hockey and Skating School Director. She started the Arbutus Club Summer Hockey School which was a huge success. Players attended from many other countries and her NHL players always made themselves available to help out. She also ran the Arbutus Referee School with NHL Officials Brad Lazorowich, Lonnie Cameron and Kelly Sutherland.
After 17 years coaching at the Arbutus Club she left to have more time for her own family and the growing roster of NHL power skating clients. She says that it was a thrill to work alongside her former figure skating coach Pam Greenslade and the CEO at the time, John Furlong. She lists Pam and John as being her Mentors.
She is known for her exceptional error detection and correction skills and uses her wealth of experience to achieve optimal results very quickly. Her passion for skating is evident to everyone she meets.
Barb enjoys snow skiing, water-skiing, pilates, tennis, gardening and watching hockey skating footage. She loves spending time outdoors with her family and has started working on her golf game.
Detroit Red Wings
2017 NHL draft - 1st round (9th overall selection)
Infantry Officer at Canadian Armed Forces
Currently at the University of Michigan
2021 NHL draft - 1st round (5th overall selection)
played 527 NHL games - New York Rangers Player Development
Executive Director - Hockey Education Reaching Out Society (HEROS)
2001 NHL draft 1st round (#12 overall selection) - 2014 Olympic Gold - 1148 NHL games
Director of Sports Medicine and Performance - Golden State Warriors of the NBA
Current NHL Linesman
Florida Panthers - 2014 Draft - 1st round (2nd overall pick)
Played over 450 games to date
991 NHL games - 1998 NHL draft 1st round (#7 overall selection)
Current NHL Referee
1997 NHL draft 1st round (#5 overall selection) - 2002 Olympic Gold and 4 World Gold Medals - 1009 NHL games
CEO Twist Performance Inc
1971 regular season Games (Linesman)
204 playoff Games
3 Stanley Cup finals
530 NHL games - Former NHL player now in Europe
3 Stanley Cups - Chicago Blackhawks Scout
Current NHL Linesman