John ("Coach Z") has 30+ years of playing and coaching experience, having started playing at the age of 3! Growing up, he excelled both as a goaltender and skater and his passion for the sport lead him to begin coaching while in HS. After playing at the collegiate level, Coach Z founded Ztending to create a community of goaltenders that Live. Love. Learn Hockey. Over the course of the last 10 years, Ztending has grown tremendously and with the opening of Ztending Headquarters, Coach Z is now able to provide skill coaching to both goaltenders (Ztenders) and skaters (SniperZ) not only in our area, but throughout the US as well!
Hockey is life for Coach Z, so when he isn't coaching goalies and skaters, you can find him reffing hockey. Coach Z is a Level 4 USA Hockey Official and can frequently be found wearing the bands in higher level games. Coach Z also enjoys playing the guitar and video games or just relaxing to watch a movie.
Coach Z competes in the National Ninja League and hopes to one day make it to American Ninja Warrior. Aside from ninja obstacles , he also enjoys to train as a parkour athlete.
Brie brings 20+ years of hockey exprience to the Ztending community. She started shooting at goalie clinics and camps with Coach Z in 2004 and has been an integral part of the growth and success of Ztending. Currently, she ensures the day-to-day operations at ZHQ are running smoothly, from lesson scheduling to making sure all our Ztenders and SniperZ feel welcome and part of the Ztending community. In addition, Brie oversees all our Athlete and Adult Training programs.
Brie received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree from Temple University in 2017 and currently works as a Physical Therapist at Capital Health Medical Center - Hopewell. Brie is a USA Hockey Level 3 Official and Seminar Instructor, and has had the opportunity to ref USA Hockey Nationals as well as Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) games. Brie also earned her B.S. in Sport Management from Neumann University and Masters in Business Administration from Holy Family University.
Coach Lou has 30 years of playing experience under his belt starting out as a skater and moving to goalie at age 8 where he has played ever since. While in youth hockey he was taught by Coach Z during his early years of coaching. After playing at the junior and collegiate level, Coach Lou has become a goalie coach which has been one of his passions since college. He primarily trains Ztenders in the New Hampshire area, but can be found traveling to Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region to help coach Ztenders in the summer months.
Coaching & Playing Experience
· USA Hockey Level 1 Coach
· Drexel University
· Lakes Region Lakers Goalie Coach
Outside of Ztending
Coach Lou holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from New England College and is a Certified Functional Strength Coach. He works full time for the City of Laconia Fire Department in New Hampshire. Coach Lou is a US Army Veteran with deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Louis Loutrel, MBA, NRP, FP-C, CCP-C, TP-C, CFSC
My name is Trevor Babin, currently starting goalie for the Motor City Rockers of the FPHL. I was raised in Philadelphia. At a young age my parents threw skates on my feet and from that point on, it was meant to be. I started playing foot hockey when I was around 7 or 8 years old. During that time, we had someone mention if I ever played ice hockey. Shortly after, I was fortunate enough to come across the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, a program for inner city kids to get involved in the sport of hockey. From there I met Brie, and Z, and slowly began skating on ice as a goalie and player. My first season was with an in-house team called the Pensauken Firebirds. The season after, the local AA team Bristol Blazers, needed a goalie. With the right place, right time, the opportunity to start playing organized ice hockey, was there. Then on, I played my youth hockey for the Blazers until I was 14. Winning league championships, winning Silver Sticks, and in that time winning goalie competitions. After that, I moved on to play for the New Jersey Titans u16 aaa National Team. After a single season, I played for the Philadelphia Revolution. I played my 2nd year of U16 aaa there, then the following season, moved up to the EHL team, which resulted in winning a championship in 2017. The next year, I got the opportunity to move away from home, and play Jr A hockey in Ontario for the Bradford Rattlers. Once I started there, I was a main stay. Blessed to do my best there, in my first season, I ended up winning the 2018 GMHL Goalie of the Year Runner Up, and becoming a 2018 GMHL All Star. The following season I won the 2019 GMHL Goalie of the Year, became a 2019 GMHL All Star, and the 2019 GMHL MVP. After juniors, the covid season hit, and the professional hockey journey began. I started with the Elmira Enforcers of the FPHL. Being the youngest at 20, and injured, the real opportunity was yet to come. The next season, I signed with the Delaware Thunder. During my 1467 save season with the Thunder, I was able to get called up to the Vermilion Bobcats of the SPHL, and shortly after to the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL. I finished the season in Delaware and with the league expanding, I was Motor City’s first pick in the expansion draft. Coming off a strong rookie season, and with the 2022-23 season starting, I’m currently 2nd among goalies in the league with a 3.02 GAA and a .924 save percentage.