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COACHES

Program Director and Head Coach 2007 Team Barzal

Rob Ward’s hockey roots run deep. Currently a Professional Scout for the New York Islanders covering Western North America, Rob has been with the Islanders for 6 years. For 3 years he primarily scouted Amateur, covering the WHL and BCHL, but has now spent the past 3 years covering the NHL and also working with the team’s young players in a mentorship capacity. Prior to his time with the Islanders he served as an advisor with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Founder of the Burnaby Junior Islanders program in 2017 in conjunction with the New York Islanders Youth Development Program, he serves as Program Director and is the Head Coach for the 2007 Team Barzal.

Having been raised in Calgary, and then moving to Vancouver Island at a young age with his family, he played Minor Hockey in Parksville and Victoria, British Columbia. He was a listed player to the WHL and played his first game in the (then) BCJHL at the young age of 15.

Rob’s full time job is as Senior Vice President of Operations for Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited, Canada’s largest and most diverse gaming and Entertainment Company.

Rob also serves as the President of the Burnaby Winter Club, on one of Western Canada’s most prestigious and storied Hockey Associations. He currently resides with his wife and son in Coquitlam, British Columbia.

“Scigs” is a professional teacher, receiving his Education Degree from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor’s Degree from Simon Fraser University, while playing hockey for the team.  Angelo is an NCCP/ Hockey Canada High Performance Coach and currently coaches PeeWee at the prestigious Burnaby Winter Club.

He has developed a standard of running high quality and intense team practices while constantly motivating and pushing his players to this standard. He also works with Burnaby Winter Club alumni and NHL prospects during the summer as they prepare for their respective camps.

Former Seattle Thunderbird and Current UBC thunderbird, Jerret brings a wealth of knowledge to the coaching staff. Jerret is currently the Captain of the UBC Thunderbirds studying business. He previously served as Captain of Seattle Thunderbirds of WHL where he led them to finals of the WHL championship. He brings a winning attitude and demonstrates true leadership. His focus is on the development and attention to details, and excels in bringing out the best in the young hockey players both on and off the ice.

Adam Nugent-Hopkins trains athletes from atom to professional. His main goal is to promote athleticism and improve speed, strength and power. Adam has 10 years of training experience and continues to stay up to date on the most proficient sports science available.

Using the Triphasic philosophy allows Adam to maximize an athletes training whether it is in-season or off-season.

Never afraid to think outside the box to give an athlete an advantage, Adam pushes himself to be the best in order to make others exceed their potential.

Lyle Wingert’s hockey experience includes minor and junior hockey as a player. Since that time he has coached and taught all level of players.

He has been involved with Excellent Ice for the last 18 years and has played an active roles in the development of young skaters to hockey players. Lyle has also been an amateur scout for the Colorado Avalanche for the last 4 years.

Frank is a teacher, receiving his Bachelor’s and Professional Education Degrees from Simon Fraser University. Frank has been coaching at the renowned Burnaby Winter Club for the past four seasons. Frank uses positive reinforcement with players to create confidence, which in his mind is paramount

Former Kootenay Ice and current UBC Thunderbird, Austin Vetterl brings valuable hockey and coaching experience. Austin is currently playing RW for the Thunderbirds and is currently attending the Sauder School of Business. He focuses on the little details involved within the game, work ethic, and preaches thinking the game at a high level. He also brings experience of coaching bantam and peewee teams in past springs/summers. He looks to offer his past experiences in order to develop and give his players the best chance to succeed.