Our coaching staff is excited to announce the start of the Delta Wild Hockey Group Elementary Skills Program. This will be a weekly program to help develop fundamental skills for players who have the ambition to improve and increase their ability in the hockey world. All ice sessions will be at the Delta Hockey Academy training facility at Planet Ice, Delta. The players will have the opportunity to be coached by the Delta Hockey Group coaches as well as specialty coaches.
Delta Hockey Academy has kicked off their annual pre-season camp to prepare for the upcoming 2018/2019 season. Students are back to school and full-time training on Tuesday, September 4th while games begin on the first weekend in September for several of the teams.
The 1st annual All Heart Pre-Season Pro Camp has begun. Proceeds are going towards the Craig Cunningham All Heart Foundation, a foundation in which Craig is working with top doctors in the world to try to predict and prevent sudden cardiac arrest.
Day 1 of the camp consisted of 32 pro players preparing for their season. Newell Brown, Yogi Svejkovsky and Derek Popke are running the sessions. Midget Prep coaches Spencer Bennett and Kris Beech are assisting in the week camp.
The camp begins again tomorrow at 12:30pm. Spectators are welcome!
Delta B.C. – The Delta Hockey Academy (DHA) are excited to announce new roles within the Hockey Operations team, including a Director of Female Hockey, a new position within their organization, which will be filled by Owen Pighin.
Scott May will take over as the Head Coach of the Female Prep team, Brittany Kirby has joined the coaching staff as an Assistant Coach for the Female Varsity team and Kris Beech has been named an Assistant Coach with the male Midget Prep team.
Pighin has spent the last two seasons as Head Coach of the DHA Female Varsity program and was a key member in the inaugural 2016-17 Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) Championship season.
The Tsawwassen, B.C. product has had a long coaching career of 35-plus years in both the male and female game. He was a key contributor to the start up of the Female Steelers program and was heavily involved in the development and female program at the North Shore Winter Club in the early 2000’s.
Pighn will continue to serve as the Head Coach of the Female Varsity team while overseeing both the Female Varsity and Female Prep student athlete personnel in recruiting and post-secondary opportunities.
“We are fortunate to have someone like Owen guide and support all of our female student-athletes with his enthusiasm, passion and respect for the game and athlete,” said Ian Gallagher, Director of the Delta Hockey Academy.
May, currently Director of Hockey & Business Operations at Delta Hockey Academy will step into the role of Head Coach for the Female Prep team.
May has coached the Male Midget Prep team since DHA’s inaugural 2013-14 season in the CSSHL. Highlighted by a CSSHL Championship in 2015-16, May looks for a new experience and challenge in the Female game.
Before coaching, May had a playing career that took him to The Ohio State University (NCAA) where he was selected in the seventh round, 222nd overall, by the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2002 NHL Draft. After his collegiate career, the White Rock, B.C. product went on to play eight seasons professionally at the AHL, ECHL and European levels.
“I am excited for the new opportunity and the change to work with the female student-athletes in our program,” said May. “I look forward to continue to help grow and strengthen our female program, working alongside our other female coaches.”
Kirby enjoyed a lengthy playing career that was highlighted by her time with the Pacific Steelers from 2003 to 2007 and then moving on to University of Toronto from 2009 to 2014.
Most recently, Kirby has spent time with minor hockey programs in both Toronto and Winnipeg teaching skills development as well as serving as an Assistant Coach with Team Winnipeg in the most recent Manitoba Winter Games.
Beech will join DHA in a full coaching capacity for the 2018-19 season with the Midget Prep team. He was with DHA last season in a mentorship and mental training role, while also assisting on the ice for practices.
The Salmon Arm, B.C. product had an extensive 16-year pro career, after being drafted in the first round, seventh overall, by the Washington Capitals at the 1999 NHL Draft. He played with Washington, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Columbus and Vancouver before playing in Europe for eight years to end his career in 2016.
“We are looking forward to having Kris continue in a larger role within our program,” said Gallagher. “We pride ourselves on having an experienced and professional coaching staff and adding Kris in a full-time position adds to the depth we already have in place.”
Delta, BC – Milan Dragicevic, former AJHL, UBC Men’s, Vancouver Giants & local minor hockey development coach, has been named the Head Coach of the Bantam Prep White team at the Delta Hockey Academy.
Milan has an extensive coaching resume that started in Drayton Valley of the AJHL in 1998. He was named coach of the year in his second year behind the bench and was then offered the first coaching position with the expansion Vancouver Giants.
Dragicevic longest tenure was with UBC Men’s Hockey team, which he spent 12 years (2002-2014) as the bench boss and key figure in building the tradition at UBC.
Milan also has strong ties to the community and minor hockey in the lower mainland, especially in the Richmond area. The last 10 years he has been the Director of Development for the Richmond Ravens Female program and in addition the last 4 years Milan was Director of Hockey for Richmond Minor.
“I am extremely excited to start this new opportunity and continue working to help build the culture around high-performance student-athletes. The tradition created at the Delta Hockey Academy based on strong values and development of people, students, and hockey players, is something that I am looking forward to beinga part of and continuing that tradition.”
Milan is also the owner/operator of Dragicevic Hockey Development and runs the BC Selects spring program for boys.
“We are very fortunate to have Milan come on board with us in a coaching and development position. His extensive coaching career speaks for itself, not to mention his work with UBC and the several minor hockey positions he has had locally. He is a great fit for us and we look forward to what he adds to our staff and brings to our student-athletes. ” Ian Gallagher & Graham Lee – Owners, Delta Wild Hockey Group.