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About the Founder


Jake Flegel is the founder and creator of Embody Hockey, a premier coaching and mentorship program based in Nashville, Tennessee. With a passion for hockey and lacrosse that developed during his childhood in a town outside of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Jake's love for sports led him on a remarkable journey.


As a former professional hockey player, Jake's dream was to play in the NHL, a dream shared by many Canadians. He dedicated himself to the sport, playing at a high level during his younger years and professionally for six years until an unfortunate injury forced him to retire. Undeterred by this setback, Jake seamlessly transitioned into coaching, utilizing his extensive knowledge and experience to guide and inspire young athletes.


During his playing career, Jake Flegel embarked on an impressive journey through various hockey leagues. He began in the OJHL, donning the captain's role for the Cobourg Cougars. Seeking new challenges, Jake transitioned to the GOJHL, joining the Chatham Maroons. His exceptional skills and dedication caught the attention of scouts, earning him a coveted scholarship to the number one ranked NCAA Division III school, Adrian College.


At Adrian College, Jake excelled both on and off the ice. Studying business and music, he demonstrated his academic prowess by earning a place on the NCAA All-Academic team and the dean's list. However, driven by his passion for the game, Jake made the difficult decision to leave college early to pursue a professional hockey career.


Unwavered by the challenges that lay ahead, Jake seized an opportunity during an open tryout with the Knoxville Ice Bears in the SPHL. His determination paid off, as he secured a spot on the roster for his rookie season. For the next two seasons, he proudly represented the Ice Bears, showcasing his skills and leadership qualities. In recognition of his exceptional leadership abilities, Jake was named Captain for the 2017-18 season.


Continuing his upward trajectory, Jake went on to play in the ECHL and played pre – season games with Wilke-Barre Scranton Penguins in the AHL. Over the following years, he wore the jerseys of esteemed teams such as the Cincinnati Cyclones, Atlanta Gladiators, and Wheeling Nailers. Not only did Jake excel on the ice, but he also embraced a pivotal role during the challenging times of the pandemic. Serving as an executive member of the Professional Hockey Players Association, he played a crucial part in facilitating the safe resumption of hockey activities, making the ECHL and players association the first professional hockey league to resume play during the pandemic.


One unique aspect of Jake's life is his diagnosis of type one diabetes. Initially, managing his blood sugars while pursuing a professional hockey career proved to be a significant challenge. However, Jake's determination and resilience enabled him to skillfully navigate his condition, ultimately becoming a spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Inspired by his own experiences, he established multiple mentorship programs in the cities where he played hockey, extending support to families struggling to manage their children's or their own diabetes.


Jake's coaching journey began at the young age of 15 when he joined Train Like A Pro in Whitby, Ontario. There, he assisted as a group trainer and development coach during summer camps, gaining valuable experience in guiding aspiring athletes. Additionally, Jake's passion for learning extended to studying goalie systems and working at goalie schools to enhance his knowledge and skills.


Later, Jake relocated to Prince Edward Island, where he assumed the role of as a head development coach at Andrews Hockey, one of the Canada's most prominent and esteemed development schools. This experience allowed him to further refine his coaching abilities and provide impactful guidance to young players.


Throughout his playing career, Jake also served as an online mentor, offering valuable insights and support to aspiring athletes remotely. In addition, he conducted group and private sessions, utilizing his expertise to help players reach their potential. His dedication and expertise have led him to train individuals who have gone on to play games in the CHL (Canadian Hockey League) and even the NHL, a testament to his coaching prowess and ability to develop talent.


Now residing in Nashville with his wife, Caroline, and their rescue dog, Walter, Jake has embarked on a new chapter of his career. He is currently on a full scholarship, earning a BS degree in leadership.  Through Embody Hockey, he aims to empower athletes, helping them unlock their true potential and navigate a unique path towards success. Jake's unwavering commitment to mentorship and his profound understanding of the challenges athletes face sets him apart as an exceptional coach and role model.


Join Jake and the Embody Hockey community to embark on an extraordinary journey of growth, resilience, and unwavering determination. Together, they strive to make a lasting impact both on and off the ice, empowering athletes to embody their true potential.

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