Chad Levitt is the President and CEO of Cutting Edge Management. Chad has been deeply involved in the game of hockey for many years – having played and having advised young players at various levels.
During his youth, Chad played hockey at the Bantam AA and Midget AA level for the Montreal Maroons before moving to Ottawa at the age of 19 to pursue both his academic career at the University of Ottawa, as well as his athletic career in Junior Hockey. At the Junior Hockey level, Chad played four seasons for the Gloucester Rangers, the South Ottawa Canadians, the Kemptville 73’s and the Perth Blue Wings. The fact that Chad has lived and experienced the same journey, and has faced some of the same tough decisions as the players whom he advises, provides CEM’s players with the personal insight and knowledge required to give them the “edge” that they need to succeed.
During his Junior Hockey career in Ontario, Chad earned a law degree, a Licence in Law (LL.L), from the University of Ottawa. He furthered his legal education by taking additional legal courses at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and then went on to earn his second law degree, a Juris Doctor (J.D) from the University of Montreal. Over the course of this time, Chad began to utilize his entrepreneurial and interpersonal skills to create an impressive network of trustworthy contacts in the amateur and professional hockey communities, which he continues to build to this day.
For the past four years, Chad has devoted himself to helping young hockey players further their careers. He has set up an innovative and highly revered summer training camp, where players perform both on-ice and off-ice training in a variety of disciplines by coaches and trainers of the highest level.
Every year, Chad travels abroad in search of CEM’s new young prospects and to help promote and support his current prospects at various tournaments and other events. Chad has attended the BCHL Showcase, the Road to College, the Beantown Summer Classic, the Quebec Junior AAA League Sherwood Challenge, the QJMHL/CSR Combine and Entry Draft, the CCHL Fall Showcase, to name a few. Through this experience, Chad has worked with players and has developed contacts with coaches in all areas of hockey including the Prep School, Major Junior and Collegiate levels. He is an excellent and proven negotiator, a skilled advocate for his players, and he takes great pride in the results that his team of young players has enjoyed both on and off the ice.
Chad is firm believer that results speak for themselves. Since CEM’s inception, 24 of its players have been drafted to the Quebec Major Junior Hokcey League (QMJHL) and another 15 of its players have been accepted to elite hockey programs at some of the highest-ranking prep schools in the American Northeast region. In addition, not only has Chad secured 3 players with Division 1 Scholarships at Boston University, Harvard University, and St. Lawrence University, and several other players with Scholarships at several Division 3 Universities, but he has also negotiated and secured some of the most lucrative contracts that the QMJHL has witnessed in the last three years.
For the past two years, Chad has attended both the NHL Combine and Entry Drafts with his players in New Jersey and Philadelphia. During this time, CEM has enjoyed tremendous success – with one player being proudly selected in the 2nd round by the San Jose Sharks and another having been invited to participate in the Montreal Canadiens’ Development and Rookie camp.
More, recently, Chad attended the 2013-2014 U-17 World Hockey Challenge in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and also had the privilege of travelling to Bratislava, Slovakia this past summer for Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament, where one of CEM’s own played in the world-renowned U-18 tournament. Chad’s presence and involvement in such events has enabled him to rub shoulders with some of the most well known general managers and scouting directors of the NHL and of various professional European leagues, which has translated into some new and exciting opportunities for his players at the professional level.