The Development Team at the North Shore Winter Club is pleased to offer individual skill development programs to players of all ages.
Private and Small Group Lessons
Private and Small Group Lessons provide players with a great opportunity to have specifically tailored instruction to promote rapid development toward individual training goals. Each lesson, or series of lessons, will focus on improving specific player weaknesses while providing a greater understanding of overall game-play and strategies. For lessons with your favourite instructors, please contact them directly. For inquiries or any information regarding private lessons, please contact the NSWC Hockey Faculty.
Aaron Wilburdirector of hockey
Aaron joined the NSWC from the Northwest Giants, where he served as Head Coach for the last season and a half. Aaron’s coaching resume includes a BCHL championship as an Assistant Coach and recruiting coordinator with the Penticton Vees (2008), a Keystone Cup (Western Canadian Championship) as Head Coach of the Richmond Sockeyes (2013), and two years as the Assistant Coach of the UBC Men’s Hockey program. In 2010, Aaron stepped down from UBC to found The Coaches Site, an online resource for hockey coaches and producers of the TeamSnap Hockey Coaches Conference. Aaron has also traveled extensively to China working on the development of grassroots hockey. In 2014, he produced a documentary on the growth of hockey in China in partnership with the Vancouver Canucks and has acted as the Canucks ambassador in China, overseeing hockey schools and development programs in China and Vancouver.
For ten years, Aaron ran a summer defenseman camp through Vancouver Hockey School and has worked with players from amateurs up to professionals. Aaron’s passion is working with defenseman and he has developed a detailed training program that provides defenseman of all levels a solid foundation and tool box to build their game.
Bob McCuaigmanager of hockey administration
Bob has been working at NSWC since February 2015. Having been involved in coaching at every level of minor hockey for the past seventeen years, Bob has experience with teams from Atom through to Major Midget. He coached the Vancouver North East Chiefs, North West Giants, and is currently coaching the Northwest Hawks. Bob has also worked with the BC Hockey High Performance program coaching U15, U16, and U17 programs.
Before joining the NSWC, Bob spent ten years as the Head of Athlete Development at Burnaby 8 Rinks as well as a the Head Coach for the Hockey Canada Skills Academy out of Burnaby North. Through his work as a Skills Coach, Bob has helped to develop players from every level!
Glenn Carnegietechnical advisor
Glenn has been the Skills Coach for the Vancouver Canucks since 2009 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of player development to the NSWC. Prior to joining the Canucks, Glenn was the Strength and Conditioning Coach of the team’s AHL affiliate, the Manitoba Moose. A Winnipeg native, Glenn founded an on and off-ice development company following his playing career in Europe. He was instrumental in the development of several professional players from that area including Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks) and Travis Zajac (New Jersey Devils). In 2011, Glenn was a member of the Canucks coaching staff that led the team to the Stanley Cup finals.
Brad Rihela has coached in the CSSHL, PJHL, BCHL, and PCAHA over the course of the past decade. He spent two years as Head Coach and Assistant General Manager of the Aldergrove Kodiaks, winning a League Championship in 2013 and being awarded PJHL Coach of the Year in 2014. He later spent three years at the Yale Hockey Academy, guiding their Bantam Prep Team to a CSSHL League Championship, a John Reid Memorial Tournament Championship, as well as a Rocky Mountain Classic Tournament Championship. During his short tenure, Brad saw more than thirty players drafted to the WHL as well as two players receiving NCAA Divisions I Scholarships.
As a player, Brad grew up playing in the Aldergrove Minor Hockey Association before playing four years of junior hockey in the PJHL and BCHL. He was list property of the Prince George Cougars for three years during that span.
Currently, Brad is the Director of Player Personnel for the defending National Champion Chilliwack Chiefs as well as the Head Coach of the Inaugural NSWC Bantam Elite Hockey Program. Brad is a HP1 certified coach and is extremely excited for the opportunity to be working at the NSWC.
Born and raised in South Surrey, Chris Shaw played in 168 career BCHL games from 1998 to 2001 for the Victoria Salsa and Burnaby Bulldogs. In his last season with the Bulldogs, he was named team captain, earning him a NCAA Division I scholarship to Niagara University. Through 2003 to 2008, he played professionally in the Central Hockey League (CHL), United Hockey League (UHL), Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL), and in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) with the Victoria Salmon Kings. In total, he appeared in 244 professional regular season games.
In 2009, Chris began his coaching career as an Assistant Coach with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs (BCHL) before moving on to a Head Coach and General Manager position with the Nelson Leafs (KIJHL). After a year as an Assistant Coach and Assistant General Manager with the Vernon Vipers (BCHL) in 2011, he took over the reigns as Head Coach and General Manager of the Ontario Avalanche (WSHL) for four seasons.
Chris spent the last two years as the Associate Head Coach of the Langley Rivermen (BCHL). This is Chris’ first year as Head Coach of the Vancouver Northwest Hawks (BCMML) and as a member of the Development Team at the NSWC.
Growing up in North Vancouver, Cole attended Handsworth Secondary School and is now studying Human Kinetics at Capilano University. Cole played his entire minor hockey career at the NSWC before moving on to the BCMML, when he won back-to-back league championships in 2012 and 2013 for the Northwest Giants. In 2013, he won the prestigious World Invitational Midget Macs Tournament. Cole went on to play three seasons of Junior A hockey for the Prince George Spruce Kings (BCHL) and the Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL).
Cole now dedicates his time to developing young hockey players at the NSWC and is the NSWC Peewee A1 Assistant Coach this season. Cole is also the Lower Mainland Scout for the Prince George Cougars (WHL).
Darcy grew up in a hockey family, playing his minor hockey years in Winnipeg. Later, He captained the Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL) in 2004 and received the Most Dedicated Player Award for both his year years on the team. From 2006 through 2010, Darcy earned a scholarship to the University of North Dakota, playing for the Fighting Sioux and graduating with BSc in Exercise Science with honours.
Zajac’s pro career started in 2010 with the New Jersey Devils affiliated Albany Devils. After two years of hard work, he earned his first NHL contract in 2012. In 2015, Darcy left to play in Europe and continued to play in various leagues overseas. Darcy’s three brothers all currently play hockey: Travis Zajac (New Jersey Devils), Kelly Zajac (South Carolina), and Nolan Zajac (Sweden).
With over fifteen years of experience working with hockey players, Darcy is now the President of Zajac Hockey Development, primarily based out of Winnipeg. He has worked with and for NHL Skills Coach Glenn Carnegie (Vancouver Canucks) and NHL Skating Coach Diane Ness. Knowing the value of good mentorship and guidance at a young age, Darcy looks forward to the season with the NSWC Midget A1 team.
Jason Krog got his start with the Chilliwack Chiefs in the BCJHL before earning a scholarship to the University of New Hampshire, where he won a Honey Baker Award. Jason has eighteen years of professional playing experience and has won multiple championships in top leagues across North America and Europe including the SHL, NLA, KHL, and EBEL. He also boasts over fifteen years of coaching experience, working and running hockey schools for kids ages 5 to 18. Jason was fortunate to play for some of the top coaches in the NHL, AHL, and in Europe including Mike Babcock, Bruce Boudreau, Peter Laviolette, Paul Maclean, Bob Hartley, and Alain Vigneault.
Jason is coaching the NSWC Midget A1 team this season and is excited to share some of the knowledge he has gained over the years with his players. First and foremost, Jason wants players to have fun while still working hard, being disciplined, and having a team first attitude.
After finishing his career in junior hockey, Jon turned his attention to training and has worked in player development for the past fourteen years. He has trained players on and off the ice from minor, junior, college, and professional levels.
In his sessions, Jon looks to find the skill limit in a particular area and push beyond it using drill progressions that get players to reach their next level. Enhancing skating stability and fluidity through assessment and adjustment allows players to increase the speed of game specific movements while maintaining puck control and peripheral vision. He often uses the aid of video to give players visual feedback on what they’re doing and on the changes they’re trying to make.
Jon also specializes in puck skills and has developed a system of enhancing puck feel, puck handling speed, range of motion, as well as step by step instructions of evasive maneuvers and fakes that can be applied and developed for various situations.
Aware that not everyone learns the same way, Jon works to understand what motivates and generates passion for individuals so he can engage players in their own learning process. He sees passion and enthusiasm combined with a player’s understanding of how they learn as key ingredients in the development process. Jon hopes to create an environment where a player has learned how they learn and loves doing it!
bhk (ubc), ma (queen’s university)
For the past 22 years, Karen Kos has owned and operated her own Technical Skating business, overseeing program development and working with players in the minor, junior, collegiate and professional hockey ranks. Karen’s approach to technical power skating is unlike any other skating programs in that she applies her extensive educational background and expertise in the field of biomechanics to develop strong skating technique in her students. Throughout her sessions, players gain understanding as to how to move their body efficiently and effortlessly across the ice, implementing key concepts which maximize overall body movement, foot speed, and power. Specific emphasis is placed on breaking down, rebuilding, and fine tuning players’ skating techniques utilizing core principles of biomechanics. With this scientific approach to skating, these hockey specific sessions ensure players develop superior skills on a much higher level and at a faster pace. Karen’s unique style, quality of instruction, and passion for improving players skating skills brings out the best in all her students in a fun and energetic learning environment.
Karen’s knowledge, reputation, and work ethic has placed her in high demand with many minor hockey associations, hockey academies, and hockey schools in the Lower Mainland. Currently Karen is the High Performance Skating Coach at the NSWC as well as the Power Skating Coach for the Prince George Cougars (WHL), the North Vancouver Wolfpack (PJHL), the Vancouver Northwest Hawks, Greater Vancouver Canadians and Cariboo Cougars (BCMML), as well as BWC’s Elite 15 and U18 Prep Academy teams (CSSHL).
As an offensive skills coach, Luke excels at breaking down complex skills into fundamental pieces to speed up skill acquisition. He has spent countless hours reviewing video to understand the small details that make players successful and how to teach them effectively. Luke specializes in teaching forward and defensemen specific skills, tactics, and techniques that help them create offensive opportunities and put more pucks in the net. This is done by teaching elite stick handling, fakes, and game-specific moves, along with shooting mechanics and control techniques used by NHL players to get shots through and to open up holes in net. Endorsed by three of Vancouver’s best goalie schools, Luke has spent years learning how goalies move, read, and think in order to exploit them.
Luke is a coach who understands how to teach deception in order to control the opposition. He focuses on skills that transfer to the highest levels of hockey in order to condition players with habits that lead to future success. Luke regularly uses NHL video clips as teaching points with his players.
As a player, Luke’s career took him all over North America where he learned from coaches at both the pro and junior levels. Moving into a coaching role since retiring, Luke is in his third year with the NSWC. With over seven years of coaching and skill development experience, Luke’s technical mind and lifelong passion for hockey have allowed him to work with players from Atom to Pro. When he’s not experimenting how to make the perfect cup of coffee, you can find Luke on the ice or in the gym testing out his latest programs and drills on himself. Follow Luke on YouTube and Instagram @lightsteelhockey to see some of his work.
Martin began playing hockey at a club to remain unnamed, somewhere between Vancouver and New Westminster. He played two seasons in Victoria (BCHL) and four seasons at the University of Maine, where he obtained a BA in Mathematics. Martin went on to play ten seasons of professional hockey both for and against teams from the top leagues in various countries around the world.
As a result of head injuries, Martin was forced to retire from hockey in 2012 and underwent extensive rehabilitation. In the last couple years, he has been back on the ice as a volunteer instructor with minor hockey teams and at the IIHSI Hockey Camps in Burnaby. Throughout his career, Martin has dedicated countless hours to volunteer one on one and small group coaching at all levels in all of the countries where he’s played.
In his playing career, Martin came across a wide variety of coaches, trainers, teammates, and medical staff and therefore understands that there are many different ways to play, coach, and train the game of hockey. He also realized that there is a core set of fundamentals that all successful teams and players have in common, no matter where the game is played. While continuing his own learning and development, Martin looks forward to passing on as much of that information to the NSWC and its players as he can.
Ryan Hollweg was born and raised in Downey, California, where he began playing hockey at the early age of three. A product of the Southern California Minor Hockey Association and several select elite travel teams, Ryan moved to Langley, BC at the age of 13 to increase exposure to coaches and scouts and increase his chances of playing professional hockey. The next year, Ryan started his junior hockey career in the PIJHL with the Grandview Steelers and led the team in points as a rookie. The following season, he made his BCHL debut with the Langley Hornets and was named the BCHL Rookie of the Year.
Having excelled early at the junior level, Ryan received overwhelming interest from several NCAA Division I Universities and WHL teams. In 1999, Ryan was selected first overall in the WHL Bantam Draft by the Medicine Hat Tigers, becoming the first-ever American born player to be drafted number one. After weighing his options between the WHL and NCAA, Ryan ultimately felt that playing in Medicine Hat would be the best way for him to achieve his goal of playing in the NHL.
From 1999 to 2004, Ryan played five seasons in Medicine Hat, accumulating 94 goals and 139 assists for 233 points in 233 games played, and captained his team to a WHL Championship and Memorial Cup tournament berth in his final season. During his tenure in the WHL and with the privilege of being a dual-citizen, Ryan was selected to represent his countries at the U17 (USA), U18 (Canada), and U20 World Junior (USA) tournaments.
In 2001, Ryan was drafted by the New York Rangers in the 8th round, 238th overall. With his dream coming to fruition, Ryan’s NHL career consisted of 228 games played with the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Arizona Coyotes. He also played 275 games with the Hartford Wolfpack (AHL), Toronto Marlies, San Antonio Rampage, and Portland Pirates. Ryan brings European professional playing experience having played six seasons for the HC Skoda Plzen in the Czech Extraliga. During his time in Plzen from 2012 to 2018, his team captured one Extraliga Championship and two additional third place finishes.
Through his playing years, Ryan took time to coach and run numerous development camps during the off seasons. Having just recently retired in the summer of 2018, Ryan is excited to start his coaching career at the NSWC. This will be Ryan’s first year as the Assistant Coach of the Vancouver Northwest Hawks and as a member of the Development Team at NSWC.
Victor Kraatz is a hockey-specific skating instructor. He is a level 3 certified coach by the Canadian National Coaching Certification Program, a registered Hockey Canada coach, and a Skate Canada certified CanPowerSkate instructor. Victor teaches advanced stride mechanics with a focus on technique and body composition. His technique is based on over thirty years of international, world, and Olympic success. Victor works with various minor hockey associations in the Lower Mainland and trains players of all ages and levels ranging from developmental levels to high school athletes and players in WHL, NCAA, KHL, and NHL.
Kris Lazarukgoalie coach
Kris Lazaruk played in the WHL for four years with the Kootenay Ice and the Kelowna Rockets. During his junior career, Kris had the privilege of representing his country at the IIHF World U18 Championships in Sweden. He then spent the five years with the University of Calgary Dinos and was a CIS award winning goaltender. Kris recently finished his goaltending career playing professionally with the Colorado Eagles, the proud affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche.
Being a student of the game, Kris understands the fundamentals necessary to excel. With over ten years of coaching experience with minor hockey to junior aged players, Kris recognizes how crucial goaltending development is to become a top prospect at the next level.
Sam Hustongoalie coach
Growing up playing minor hockey at the NSWC, Sam moved on to the BCHL and the WHL, developing not only his goaltending skills, but also his knowledge of the game of hockey. He has now transferred his experience, skills, knowledge, and dedication to the disciplines of coaching and training. Sam specializes in player development, both on and off the ice, and also works as a personal trainer in the NSWC Fitness Centre.
Sean Murraygoalie coach
As the owner of BC’s number one goalie school, Pro-Formance Goalie School, Sean has been coaching goaltending since 1995. He coached in the WHL for many years, including the Memorial Cup winning year with the Vancouver Giants in 2007. Along with being a NSWC goalie coach, Sean is currently the goalie coach for PG Cougars (WHL), the PG Spruce Kings and Langley Rivermen (BCHL), as well as the Northwest Hawks, Greater Vancouver Canadians, and Cariboo Cougars (BCMML).