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“None of us is as smart as all of us.” – Ken Blanchard


I am very happy to let you all know today that I have formed a partnership with my great friends Chris DePiero and Jim Rooney on the personal coaching/mentoring side of my business career.

I just improved as a coach by 200 percent, and as you will see when I introduce these two guys, I am clearly the third smartest person in this trio! However I am smart enough to know nobody accomplishes anything great working alone, and you are the equal of the five people you spend the most time with. So what an upgrade this is for me!

Starting on June 10, Chris, Jim and myself will be TEAMMATES as we look to help coach and mentor more people to be the best as they can be - or as Dipps is so found of saying, BE OUTSTANDING!

The above pic was taken at historic Maple Leaf Gardens – now the Mattamy Athletic Centre operated by Ryerson University – and considering the background the three of us have in hockey (and my personal continuing involvement at Ryerson as a treacher and consultant), we couldn’t have come up with a more appropriate venue.

We would be delighted if you could follow us on Twitter (@TeammatesTrio) and here on our Facebook page (@TeammatesTrio). You can also find us on my Triumph Sports Communications website http://www.rogerlajoie.com/teammates.html.

Starting on June 10, we will be sending out daily messages on Twitter and the FB page to help inspire and keep our community of like-minded thinking people motivated. We will also be posting a weekly blog on various life improvement strategies, and producing a weekly podcast. Our services here are completely free of charge, as this project is our way of giving back for all the things we have been given in our lives and careers. We all have one thing in common – we have been truly blessed in our careers.

CHRIS DEPIERO has been an educator in various forms for the past 26 years, as a teacher and coach. He has been the Director of Athletics at St. Michael’s College School as well as a classroom teacher. He played professional hockey in Italy before becoming an accomplished hockey coach, leading the St. Michael’s Buzzers to back-to-back Ontario titles before moving on to the Ontario Hockey League. Chris was Assistant Coach, Assistant General Manager, Head Coach and General Manager with the Oshawa Generals from 2006-12, and worked as an Amateur Scout for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2012-16. He recently returned to North America after serving as Assistant Coach with Hockey Club Lugano in Switzerland, and is once again working for St. Michael’s College School in an adminstrative role. BE OUTSTANDING!

JIM ROONEY has been a fixture in Guelph sports for decades. He was co-owner, president and governor of the Ontario Hockey League’s Guelph Storm from 1991-2006, and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the OHL from 1995-2001. His Guelph teams won two OHL titles (1998, 2004) and participated in four Memorial Cups, including one as a host city. He later became owner of the Guelph Royals of the Intercounty Baseball League after sevring as the league’s Commissioner from 2001-2009. He was principal at Bishop Macdonell and Our Lady of Lourdes high schools, where many of his Guelph players attended. Jim was also co-chair of the Ontario Winter Games (2002-03), and was Educational Consultant for Team Canada’s first U-18 gold medal winning team in Russia in 2003. He was elected to the Guelph Sports Hall of Fame in 2017 to recognize his outstanding contributions as a builder in Guelph sports over many decades. BEST ALWAYS!

ROGER LAJOIE has been working in the sports media field for close to four decades. He has been a reporter, editor, broadcaster, announcer, author, teacher and hockey executive at various times in his career. He has taught at Ryerson University in the Sports Media program for the past four years and was a teacher at the College of Sports Media from 2008-18. He wrote the biography of Canadian hockey legend Paul Henderson among his three published books, and has done close to 3,500 shows as a radio talk show host on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. He has covered more than 250 major sporting events, including 16 World Series, 14 Stanley Cup Finals, 13 Super Bowls and 11 NBA Finals. He has worked as an executive for the Canadian Hockey League, and was Vice President of both the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors and the Belleville Senators. For eight seasons he has been one of the Official Scorers of the Toronto Blue Jays and has operated Triumph Sports Communications for 30 years and has been personal coaching/mentoring clients for the past several years. LOOK FOR THE GOOD!

Chris, Jim and I are now TEAMMATES and we hope you will join us starting June 10. Please follow us on Twitter, join in and like our Facebook page, and look for our posts on LinkedIn and Instagram as well.

And a note to my current clients – nothing changes with us. We will still have our Belgium Moon sessions on a regular basis!

Thank you all for your support and friendship. Chris, Jim and I look forward to having you as our TEAMMATE!