Coaching Staff

Aaron Wilbur

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 McCuaig

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.

Aaron Wilburdirector of hockey

Aaron Wilbur, Director of Hockey at NSWC

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

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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!

Emily Allenhockey programs & events coordinator

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Emily has been a lifelong member at the North Shore Winter Club, and played hockey all the way from Cookie Monsters to Juvenile. Emily graduated from Brock University with a Sports Management Degree and was lucky enough to start working in the NSWC Hockey Department back in July 2016. Emily has a strong passion for sports but is happy her career has started off at the grassroots level of hockey. Through her work at the NSWC, Emily has been an integral part in the creation of numerous hockey related tournaments and events at the club. She is extremely passionate about the NSWC and believes this is the best place to grow up playing hockey in the lower mainland.

Janelle Iglesias

Fabio Walkerdirector of tennis

Fabio Walker was born and raised in North Vancouver.  In the years 1984 to 1988, Fabio reached seven Canadian National Championship finals, winning four times – three singles and one doubles.  From 1986 to 1988, Fabio was the number one ranked junior in the country and represented Canada in many international tennis events including Jr. Wimbledon, the US Open, and the French Open.  He also won a gold medal for British Columbia at the 1989 Canada Games.  In 1988, Fabio received a full tennis scholarship to Texas Tech University, a NCAA Division 1 school located in Lubbock, Texas where he played position one in singles and doubles.  After graduating in 1993, Fabio decided on a career coaching tennis and competed in the local Tennis BC Men’s Open tennis circuit.  Again, he achieved a number one ranking in both singles and doubles.  Fabio worked as an assistant tennis pro at the Nautilus Racket and Fitness Club in Lubbock, Texas (1992 – 1993), at the New Westminster Tennis Club (1994 – 1995), and at the West Vancouver Tennis Club (1996).  Fabio was the Head Tennis Professional at the Richmond Country Club from 1997 to 2012 and has been the NSWC Tennis Director since 2012. Certifications: Tennis, USPTA Elite Professional. Pickleball, USAPA Certified Professional.

Joe Woodassistant tennis director

Growing up in the UK, Joe won the U14, U16, and U18 Yorkshire Championships and competed in the U15 and 18 National Championships.  He ended his junior career as the number eight player in the UK.  At 16 years old, Joe moved to Somerset to play at Milfield School where his team won the National Schools Title in both his years.  In 2007, Joe achieved a junior world ranking in both singles and doubles, earning a scholarship to play at the University of New Mexico.  There, he made two NCAA appearances and won two Mountain West Conferences Championships.  Upon graduating, Joe started coaching at the Lob Performance Tennis Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he focused on high performance players between the age of 12 and 18.  After coaching, he moved back to London to work for the tennis department at IMG and eventually to Canada.  Joe has been with the NSWC since 2014.

Javeed Kassamtennis pro

Javeed Kassam started playing tennis at the tender age of 6. He played national soccer and basketball prior to focusing on tennis during his teenage years. Javeed went to Canadian Nationals in 2016 but got a shoulder injury requiring surgery. He decided to focus on academics from then on and went on to study Neuroscience at the University of Southern California. Javeed captained the USC Club team in his Junior and Senior years where he played #1 singles and doubles. After graduating, Javeed played the Tennis BC tournaments giving him an open ranking of 30 in the country for doubles and 55 for singles.

Tim Portnovtennis pro

Tim was born in Moscow, Russia, and moved to Vancouver when he was 9 years old. As a junior he won the U14 and U16 BC provincial titles and was ranked number one in the province in all junior age categories from U12-U18. He also made it to two National finals when he was 14 years old and was ranked number one in Canada for boys U14 in the summer of 2010. Tim went on to represent Tennis Canada at the Junior Davis Cup in Florida where Canada placed 4th overall. He also represented Canada in some of the biggest international junior tournaments such as Le Petits in France, Orange Bowl in Miami, and Eddie Herr in Bradenton, Florida. Tim had multiple shoulder dislocations and had surgery to fix his shoulder in 2013 before going off to play NCAA Division 1 college tennis for James Madison University in Virginia. Unfortunately his shoulder did not hold up and he was forced to transfer to The University of British Columbia where he finished the last two years of his undergraduate degree, majoring in Political Science.

Chris Shaw

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.

Cole Todd

Cole Todd

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).

Clint Colebourn

Clint began his minor hockey career at the North Shore Winter Club, eventually to graduate in bantam.  Clint was later then drafted by the Kamloops Blazers and later that year represented Team BC U16 at the Canadian Western Branch Cup.  Clint spent his midgets year playing for the BWC E15 academy and then would join the North West Giants the following two years.  During that time in midget Clint would attend the Kamloops Blazer main camps in the summer and would eventually suit up for them and play a few pre-season games.

Unfortunately, Clint ran into some serious injuries and had to put hockey aside and is now attending Capilano University taking his Business Administration Degree.  He will be transferring to Brock University in 2018 in which he will be taking their Sports Management Degree.  Clint is now devoted to help grow young hockey players and to provide any guidance that could possibly need.

Jon Woodyard

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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!

Alexandra Sigouintennis pro

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Alexandra Sigouin and her brother Benjamin started playing tennis at the young age of six.  In her junior career, Alex qualified and played in five Indoor and Outdoor Canadian Nationals, reaching the semifinals in doubles.  She has experience playing in multiple Open and ITF tournaments and has coached across the US.  Alex was recruited to the Whitman College women’s tennis team, where she finished 11-2 in singles, including a 9-0 conference mark and a 5-0 streak to close out the year.  Alex is a certified Tennis Canada Instructor as well as a Tennis Canada Club Professional 1 Coach.  She is very passionate about coaching and loves helping people of all ages and creating relationships with them.

Amy Walkertennis pro

As a junior, Amy Walker was a top ranked player in Texas and was ranked nationally in the US, her highest national ranking being number four in doubles.  Amy earned a full tennis scholarship to Texas Tech University and played on the women’s tennis team for four years.  After graduating with a BBA and MBA, she moved to British Columbia.  Amy played in the local Tennis BC Women’s Open tennis circuit for 10 years, won the Senior BC Doubles Provincials in 2005, and was undefeated in the Division 1 league in 2017.  Amy was the assistant tennis pro at the Nautilus Racquet and Fitness Club in Lubbock, Texas (1993 – 1994), the New Westminster Tennis Club (1994 – 1995), and the Richmond Country Club from (1997 – 2012).  She has been with the NSWC since 2012. Certifications: Tennis, USPTA Professional. Pickleball, USAPA Certified Coach.

Karen Kos

bhk (ubc), ma (queen’s university)

Karen Kos

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).

Chris Steadtennis pro

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Before joining the NSWC as the High Performance Coach, Chris was the Director of Tennis at the West Vancouver Tennis Club for twenty years.  He served as a Tennis BC Provincial Team Coach for more than twenty years and as a Tennis Canada Touring Coach working and travelling with some of Canada’s top junior teams and players.  In 2016, Chris was the recipient of the Tennis Canada Coaching Excellence Award.  He has coached numerous National and Provincial Champions, Jr. ITF Champions, and players on the ATP Challenger and Futures Tours.  Chris is Tennis Canada Coach 3 Certified and the highlight of his career was coaching Fabio Walker to the Gold Medal in the 1989 Canada Games!

Luke Kasteel

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.

Taylor Stefishen

Taylor Stefishen | Peewee A1 Assistant Coach

Taylor Stefishen is a North Vancouver native and a product of the North Shore Winter Club. Taylor was a part of the NSWC teams who won the Quebec Peewee tournament and Western Canadian Bantam Championships. Taylor enjoyed a unique playing career that was highlighted in 2008 when he was selected by the Nashville Predators in the 5th round of the NHL draft. He recently retired from his playing career that included stops in the BCHL, NCAA, WHL, CIS, ECHL, AHL, Serie A (Italy), Magnus Ligue (France), EIHL (U.K.) and Erste Ligue (Hungary).

Taylor brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the NSWC. Throughout his playing career, Taylor took the time to be a student of the game. He learned from great coaches, teammates, and opposing players. Taylor understands from firsthand experience the sacrifice, commitment, and hard work that is necessary to reach your full potential while still having fun.

The NSWC has not only been an integral part of his success, but a place that has been a second home to him and his family for over 30 years. He looks forward to giving back to an organizationthat has given him so much.

Email: tstefishen@gmail.com

Ryan Hollweg

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.

Matt Korchmar

Matt played three years of Jr. A Hockey in Canada where he was awarded team MVP and Playoff MVP.  He finished his career at the Alberta Junior hockey league Championship final.

Matt was forced to give up his opportunity to play NCAA after experiencing a career ending injury.  This has allowed him to bring his experience and passion for development to goaltenders across British Columbia.

With 10 years of goaltending instruction experience, combined with his dedication and love for developing goaltenders at all ages, Matt has quickly established himself as one of the elite goalie coaches in British Columbia.  Matt has worked closely with NHL and WHL goalie coaches, which gives him a wide range of new technical knowledge and a professional mind-set.

Matt is currently the Goaltending Coach for the MML North East Chiefs, he also previously coached for the BCHL Alberni Valley Bulldogs where they won the Island Conference.  Matt also works yearly with the Okanagan Hockey School/Academy.

Matt continues to work on a daily basis with goalies at the Bantam, Major Midget, Junior A, WHL, NCAA and Pro levels.  Matt and Sean Murray work together at the North Shore Winter Club and continue to find yearly success with our goaltenders moving onto the next level.

Jason Lehoux

private lesson rate: $120 per hour

I played my Junior Hockey career in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, which included a total of four years between Rimousky, Rouyn Noranda and Hull.  I signed as a free agent with the New Jersey Devils, played 5 years in the AHL, attended 6 NHL camps, and then retired at the age of 27.  After my playing career was over I decided to pursue coaching and became an assistant coach with Drummondville in the QMJHL for 2 years.  For the last two decades I have had the chance to coach an array of players, ranging from three year olds to young professional adults. I am looking forward to being a part of the NSWC Development team and helping all our NSWC players grow and development.

Guido Lamberti-Charles

private lesson rate: $150 per hour

Guido Lamberti-Charles is the founder and owner of Euro Elite Hockey & Sniper Shooting in Vancouver.

He organizes Hockey Camps in North America & Europe, due to his worldwide network he is experienced in the transatlantic transfer of professional and junior hockey players.

Before he started coaching in Germany, Belgium, Canada and USA, Guido had an extensive 14 year playing career for several teams in Germany. After his active player career, he moved into coaching in 2002. Guido is certified with the following coaching certifications, level “C” (2001) SPR & “B” (2010) DEB/ IIHF and finished 2015 his High Performance1 with Hockey Canada and USA Hockey level 4. In 2005 he graduated as a Sports Team/Manager (level “C”) at the Sportbund Rheinland Academy, Germany.

​​Guido has been coaching for 20+ years at collegiate, junior, minor and professional levels; he understands the game and tactics very well and is an excellent individual skills coach.​

In the last few years, Guido has worked for the following top clubs in North America at University, Major Midget AAA, U18 Prep and Bantam AAA levels:

–          Iowa State University, ACHA Div.1

–          BWC, U18 Prep & Midget AAA

–          North Shore Winter Club, Bantam AAA

–          North West Vancouver Giants, BCMML

–          Valley West Hawks, BCMML

–          North West Vancouver Hawks, BCMML

Since the season 2018/19 he is the Head Coach of the North West Vancouver Minor Midget Team.

Lynden Sammartino

private lesson rate: $175 per hour

For the past 10 years I have had the opportunity to follow my passion of training goaltenders of all ages and skill level. My playing career included Junior A with the Yorkton Terriers of the SJHL, winning a league championship and having the chance to play in the Royal Bank Cup. Following my final season I was approached by Brady Robinson (Philadelphia Flyers Development Goalie Coach) to work as the assistant manager of the BC region for the Goaltender Development Institute, which was owned by Ian Clark (Vancouver Canucks Goalie Coach). After seven years of working with Brady he decided to take on a full-time role with Vaughn and I have since started my own goaltending company, LSGC Goaltending (Lynden Sammartino Goaltending Consulting) and in 2015 I was hired on as the Goaltending Development Coach for the Victoria Royals (WHL) as well as the UBC Men’s Hockey Team in 2018.

Goaltenders need to adapt to a game that has become faster and more dynamic. Players are now more skilled than ever. I recognize that every goaltender is different and I don’t expect them all to play the same style but building a strong foundation is critical. You have to find what their strengths are and build on them while rounding out their weaknesses. I believe that over the past decade goaltenders have become overly robotic in the way they operate. Reads/anticipation (”goalie sense”), and the ability to mentally handle the pressures of consistency have to be key focuses in every goaltenders development. Instincts and athleticism have become secondary. Goaltenders need to achieve a healthy balance of using simplified save processes and proper trajectory tactics/center shifts to allow them to maximize their net presence. If they can combine this with the proper timing/use of athleticism and compete, it’ll allow them to make timely saves. A goalies ability to decide between plan A (simplified save process) or plan B (athleticism) in a split second will give them success in the new age hockey.

Jared Eng

private lesson rate: $135 per hour

Jared grew up on the North Shore playing for the North West Giants (BCMML). He recently finished playing professional ice hockey with the Kunlun Red Star Organization (KHL/VHL). Jared spent time in the BCHL, NCAA DIV 1 and in Sweden before finishing his career in Russia. He also plays for the Team Canada National Roller hockey team.

As a skills coach, Jared works with forwards and defensemen on being innovative and detailed, developing skills that work in games.

He is excited to begin his coaching career and to give back to players at North Shore Winter Club. This will be Jared’s first year coaching and being part of the development team.

Malcolm Gould

private lesson rate: $135 per hour

Malcolm Gould grew up in North Vancouver and spent his minor hockey career at the NSWC. After his time at NSWC, he moved on to play in the BCHL for the Chilliwack Chiefs, from there he received a NCAA Div. 1 scholarship which brought him to Michigan Tech. Malcolm spent four years at Michigan Tech which resulted in league championships, NCAA tournament appearances and being named to all-conference teams on multiple occasions. From there he went on to play three years processional overseas and in NA (France, UK, ECHL). This year Malcolm is coaching the NSWC Atom A3 team as well as the North Van Wolfpack (JR.B). He is very excited to be back at the club back where it all started and to be working with such talented players at the North Shore Winter Club!

Andrea Benac

Growing up in Oakville, Ontario, Andrea attended St. Ignatius of Loyola High School. Andrea played her entire minor hockey from initiation to Junior (PWHL) with the Oakville Hornets. After graduating from junior hockey, Andrea played collegiately in the CIS for the University of Windsor.

Following university, Andrea returned to Oakville and began working on the development team at the Oakville Hockey Academy, running private skills sessions for both girls and boys of all ages. Andrea is currently the head coach of the Female Peewee C1 team at the North Shore Winter Club.

Tyson Mulock

Tyson Mulock is a retired professional hockey player who had a long, successful career playing for the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).  Tyson grew up playing hockey in Langley and Delta, where he won the Western Canadian Championships in his second year of Bantam.  At age 16, he moved on to play for the Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) and the Vancouver Giants, where Tyson scored the first goal in franchise history landing him in the Hockey Hall Of Fame.  Tyson spent some time with the Regina Pats before moving to Germany for fourteen years.

Tyson won five DEL championships, garnering many league awards along the way, including top goal scorer, top forward, and MVP.  He even scored 50 goals in 50 games in two seasons!  During the off season, Tyson helped run various camps that focused on shooting, applying the stick handling theory’s and offensive zone tactics he’s learned over the years.  Tyson is now sharing his wealth of knowledge at the NSWC, where his ability to connect with kids is recognized as a true gift.

“Over the two years I played with Tyson, his dynamic release and shot scored us many goals in big games and won us championships.  Shooting is an under developed skill in the game of hockey and I would highly recommend Tyson Mulock for all areas in the offensive zone, especially shooting.  Become a more confident hockey player and score more goals with Tyson! ” – Jeff Friesen, 15 year NHL player

Kris Lazaruk

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 Huston

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 Murray

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).

George Jecminektennis pro

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Born in the Czech Republic, George began playing tennis at the age of five.  After immigrating to Canada with his family at the age of ten, George was a regular competitor in local Tennis BC junior events.  George was consistently a top 10 junior in Canada through the U12 to U18 categories.  After graduating from high school and attending UBC engineering for two years, George decided to continue pursuing his tennis dreams.  He played on the ATP tour full-time for six years, competing in future and challenger events in places such as Mexico, Thailand, Vietnam, Poland, and the United States.  George reached a career high ranking of 825 on the ATP Singles Ladder.  Additionally, George was ranked first in the Men’s Open Singles Rankings in BC in 2012 and won the Stanley Park Open in 2012 and 2016.  Recently, George won the doubles title at the 2018 Alberta Grassroots Charity Tennis Championships with fellow competitor and good friend Philip Bester.  George continues to compete in local Men’s Open Events and plans to play the occasional professional event in the future.  Currently, George works for a large CPA firm as an accountant and coaches private lessons on weekends.

Nicole McLennantennis pro

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Nicole McLennan is Tennis Canada High Performance Coach 3 Certified and was selected to enter the Tennis Canada High Performance Mentorship Program, which she completed in 2017.  Along with NSWC Coach Sarah Kadi, Nicole created a girl’s group initiative that aims to provide an environment that matches the needs of young girls in sport.  Nicole has also spent time working with the CAC/CAAWS Female Coach Mentorship Program.  Currently, Nicole is working in U14 development at the NSWC and travelling with players as a Tennis Canada U12 National Tour Coach and Tennis BC Provincial Coach.  Nicole was the 2014 Tennis BC High Performance Coach of the Year and has a BA in Psychology from the University of British Columbia.

Jordan Moorehead coach

  1. Favourite stroke: Butterfly and backstroke
  2. Best swimming memories: The first time I won gold at the BCSSA provincials in 100m backstroke at age 13 was a huge highlight. It was my first time medalling at a provincial meet. The first time one of the swimmers I coached made provincials was also a huge highlight. I love the community of summer swimming and how sport has the ability to teach you not only physical skills but life skills (eg. hard work and discipline) as well.
  3. Favourite hobby: Exercise of any kind! Currently I’m addicted to Crossfit but try to do as many activities as I can. I also love reading and have more books than I have shelves for.
  4. Non-coaching life: Right now I’m training for the CanWest Games this July and am finishing some prerequisites for the Bachelor of Education program starting in the fall (my second degree!). I also do personal training on the side when I have the time.

Buzz Mallendercoach

  1. Favourite stroke: Freestyle.
  2. Favourite swimming distance: 200m.
  3. Favourite food/meal: Steak with mashed potatoes.
  4. What do you hope to accomplish with the Marlins: I hope to be a helpful coach who can provide knowledge and good tips for all swimmers.
  5. Best swimming memory: Winning seven gold medals at the 2014 BCSSA Provincial Championships.
  6. If you could have one super power, what would it be and why: Time control.
  7. Favourite quote or saying: “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success.” – Thomas Edison

Niallan Colliercoach

  1. Favourite Stroke: Butterfly
  2. Best Swimming Memories: My highlights were qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Trials and the 2014 European Aquatic Championship with team Ireland
  3. Favourite Hobby: When I’m not coaching and working on deck you will find me in the mountains where I’ll be hiking, biking or climbing to enjoy some of the best views in the area!
  4. Non-Coaching Life: I currently am attending the University of Alberta doing my MSc in Genetics with a thesis looking at how muscles work as we get older and ways to make them work more efficiently. It is very exciting work that has me around rats and other animals for most of the day!

Natasha Cesareocoach

  1. Favourite stroke: Backstroke.
  2. Favourite swimming distance: 100m.
  3. Favourite food/meal: Steak and mashed potatoes.
  4. What do you hope to accomplish with the Marlins: I hope to help create a positive Marlins family environment for every swimmer – An environment where every Marlin has the ability to learn that hard work in and out of the pool can help them achieve their goals and to make memories while doing so.
  5. Best swimming memory: On the first day of the 2014 Provincial Championships in Kamloops, I was told that I didn’t have any swims because my coach gave my spot on the Div. 5 medley relay to my younger sister. Disappointed, I was sitting in Marlinville when all Jenna came running saying that I had to go to marshalling because I had been moved up to the Div. 7 relay!  Since I thought I wasn’t swimming that day, I didn’t have any gear with me… no suit, cap, or goggles!  Everyone in Marlinville rallied together and managed to find me everything I needed.  I put on the gear as quickly as I could and ran with Jenna (walked on the pool deck of course) to behind the blocks.  It was my turn to swim and I remember standing on the blocks watching Laine swim in.  Before I knew it, I was in the pool!  This was my first race at provincials and it is definitely one that I will never forget.
  6. If you could have one super power, what would it be and why: The ability to teleport so I could go anywhere in the world without having to pay or sit in a plane.
  7. Favourite quote or saying: “No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.” – PT Barnum

Ryan Martincoach

  1. Favourite Stroke: Freestyle
  2. Best Swimming Memories: Relay events are always so exciting, although my favourite memories would have to be my finals at 2017 provincials. The competition was great and it made for some fantastic swims from all of us.
  3. Goals for the Season: I wish for the Mini Marlins to have a fun time this summer as well as improve on their swimming skills.
  4. Favourite Hobby: Listening, playing, or writing music.
  5. Non-Coaching Life: I am graduating high school and will be attending university in the fall. I am interested in law and I intend to pursue that in the coming years.

Leah Abbottcoach

Garth Prousedirector of fitness

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Garth is an industry veteran with extensive expertise training private clients, coaching teams, and teaching a variety of fitness classes.  With over twenty years of experience in the fitness industry, he has helped clients of all ages attain their maximum physical potential and overall health goals.  Garth’s approach to strength and conditioning has helped enhance the performance of his varied clientele, not limited to but including professional and junior athletes, children, teenagers, expectant mothers, business professionals, and seniors.

Garth is a former member of Canada’s National Rugby Team, as well as a BC Junior A Hockey alumni.  His time in the BCHL with the New West Outlaws, Surrey Eagles, and Trail Smoke Eaters taught him resilience, discipline, and patience, as did competing amongst some of the fittest in the world as one of the first Canadians to attend the CrossFit Games.  Now retired from competitive sport, Garth carves out time to serve as the head coach of the Capilano Rugby Club.  His experience with high-level athletics lead him to develop a unique training method, focused on proper mechanics, balanced programming, and encouraging clients to reach their desired levels of physical performance through safe and consistent progress.

As the Director of Fitness at the NSWC, Garth oversees all fitness operations, providing leadership for team and group classes as well as personal training.  Garth manages the strength and conditioning for hockey, tennis, and swimming, whilst creating and coaching new class formats and generating a fantastic culture and environment for all fitness users.

Sam Hustonfitness coach

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The primary focus of Sam’s training is assessing and addressing his clients’ strengths and weaknesses in order to find ways to challenge them to get stronger each and every day.  Their goals are his goals, plain and simple!  Sam creates a demanding and engaging training environment and concentrates on areas pertaining to the specific requirements of an athlete and how they relates to sport and life.  This includes balance, foundational strength, functional and dynamic movements, core activation, s.a.q (speed agility quickness), power, flexibility, and body maintenance.

Oisín Reynoldsfitness coach

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Born in Dublin, Ireland, Oisín has followed his passion as a personal trainer and a group exercise leader for over twelve years, specializing in rehabilitation and postural re-alignment.

Wanting to challenge himself both mentally and physically, Oisín joined the Canadian BC Wildfire Service in 2016 and fell in love with Canada.  Oisín found his niche on the North Shore and opened two companies 2017 and 2018.  Currently, Oisín is collaborating with the BC Dental Association to better educate dentists on correct posture, aiming to minimize work related injuries and provide practical solutions for dental professionals.  Oisín is also works with seniors in various senior centers in the Lower Mainland, focusing on minimizing slips, trips, and falls among the elderly demographic.

Oisín believes that through education and awareness, people of all ages and professions can learn to live pain free.  His philosophy emphasizes that physical structure will ultimately dictate its function and with corrective strength training in conjunction to light rehabilitation, results can be outstanding.

Nick Riccardifitness coach

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Nick has been working at the NSWC since 2013, training a variety of clients including those returning from injuries to various groups of dry land hockey players.  He has spent many years rehabbing his own serious injuries and has always come back stronger and smarter.  Because of this, Nick focuses on prevention and maintaining a balanced, focused program tailored specifically to each of his clients.  Nick has played hockey since he was a child, spent many years training in martial arts, teaches self defense, and coaches soccer professionally.  Whatever sport, Nick can help!

Kiana Watsonfitness coach

Kiana started hockey at the age of 4, playing minor hockey at various levels until Midget which she spent all 3 years playing Major Midget with the West Coast Avalanche. Kiana played Junior in the JWHL for Northwood school in Lake Placid, New York where she received various NCAA offers for the following season. Kiana ended up committing to Boston University but wasn’t able to follow through because of multiple concussions, subsequently ending her hockey career. Growing up Kiana participated in various sports, from soccer, inline hockey, gymnastics and field hockey but hockey was her true passion. She is currently working towards her Human Kinetics degree at Capilano University. Kiana is excited to join our team here at the NSWC and looking she’s forward to helping our members achieve their fitness goals!

Alana Tayloryoga instructor

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Alana Taylor is a yoga teacher, musician, and ocean lover.  She has taught yoga for several years and loves seeing people transform, range of motion increasing and energy becoming more calm, focused, and consistent.  Alana is so grateful to be a part of each of her students’ journeys.

In addition to yoga, Alana sings because if feels good and paints because she loves to express herself without talking!  Long hikes in the forest with her dog and husband or a paddle on the ocean are equally as restorative for her.  Alana strives to bring that balance into her life every day in some way.  Breathe in, let go, and lean in.  Namaste!

Joanne Rogpilates instructor

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Joanne is a Certified Stott Pilates Instructor in Matwork, Barrels, Barre, and Reformer.  In order to gain more experience, Joanne attained certifications in Yoga (200 hours) and YIN Yoga and has an in-depth knowledge of equipment, modifications, and props.  Joanne is passionate about teaching and helping clients to become strong, balanced, and flexible.  She’s been teaching since 2006 and has been working with students at YYoga, ICBC, Equinox Integrative Wellness Center, and at the NSWC since she moved to Vancouver eight years ago.  She hopes to see you in one of her classes soon!