DHA announces new roles within female program and male Midget Prep AC

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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Smythe signs with Portland Winterhawks


DHA is extremely proud and congratulates Kurtis Smythe on signing a Standard Player Agreement with the Portland Winterhawks.

Smythe, a 3 year DHA defenseman who posted 13 points (4-9-13) with the Midget Prep team this season was acquired by the Winterhawks in a trade after being drafted 42nd overall in 2017 by the Saskatoon Blades.

Best of luck Kurtis!  #wildpride

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Alum Ty Taylor named Top Goaltender in BCHL

DHA is extremely proud and congratulates alum Ty Taylor on being named the Top Goaltender in the BCHL.

Taylor attended the Delta Hockey Academy during the 2015-16 season, backstopping the Midget Prep team to a 2016 CSSHL Championship. In 18 regular season games, the Richmond, B.C. product posted a 15-3-0 record with a 1.46 goals-against average, a .943 save-percentage and four shutouts.

The six-foot-three, 200-pounder is currently in his second season with the Vernon Vipers. In 31 games this season, he had a 23-5-3 record with a 1.87 goals-against average, .931 save-percentage and seven shutouts.

Congratulations Ty and best of luck in the playoffs!  #wildpride

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Alum Nick Wicks awarded for hard work with BCHL’s Merritt Centennials

DHA is extremely proud and congratulates Merritt Centennials Nick Wicks on his recent team accolades.  Wicks was presented with this year’s Best +/- Award and the prestigious Joe Tenant Award – Most Dedicated Player Award.

The Centennials veteran, has also been nominated for the BCHL’s Most Sportsmanlike Player.  Wicks has played 54 games this season for the Centennials and posted 12 goals and 32 assists along with just six penalty minutes. #wildpride

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Bantam Prep White emerge President’s Day Champions in Arizona

Congratulations to the Bantam Prep White on bringing home the 2018 President’s Day banner over the weekend.

The team battled back from behind for a 4-3 championship win after an early first period 3-0 deficit against the Arizona Bobcats Gough.

Matthew Ward had 2 goals and 2 helpers in the huge win while Luke Pakulak and Killean McGregor-Bennett added singletons.

Congratulations Tim Preston, Brent Thurston and the Bantam Prep White team!  #wildpride

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DHA Alumni Smith, Comrie, Budy and Stuart on NHL Midterm Rankings

Team West.jpgDHA is extremely proud to announce that four alumni are listed by NHL Central Scouting in the midterm rankings.

Ty Smith, currently plays for the Spokane Chiefs (WHL) and is ranked 14th.
Sean Comrie who currently plays for Spruce Grove (AJHL) is ranked 105th.
Brendan Budy currently play for Langley Rivermen  (BCHL) and is ranked 138th.
Brodi Stuart  who currently plays for Kamloops Blazers (WHL) is ranked 144th.

Budy and Comrie, representing Team West at the recent President’s Cup CJHL Hockey Prospects Game, defeated Team East 5-2 for the win.

Best of luck boys!  #wildpride

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Female Prep Organize Brain Cancer Fundraiser

Delta Hockey Academy Female Prep Brain Cancer Fundraiser game…..

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In November, 2017, we lost our precious 9-year-old niece/cousin, Nora, to a rare and currently incurable childhood brain cancer (DIPG).

In Nora’s memory, our daughter Macy and her Delta Wild, Prep Female hockey team have organized an exhibition game against the Vancouver Comets Midget AAA Female hockey team. The purpose of this game is to raise awareness, and money for Meagan’s Walk which funds brain cancer research, including DIPG, at the Toronto Sick Kids Hospital.

It will be an exciting, action-packed competition. These 14- to 18-year-old ladies will demonstrate how advanced female hockey has become in Canada. The results of their years of hard practice, unwavering focus and excellent coaching will surely amaze you.

There will also be a puck toss and other fundraising activities in which you can engage.

Donations to the Meagan’s Walk Foundation can be made in Nora’s name by clicking on the link below, then clicking on the ‘Donate‘ button and completing the form. Any amount will be appreciated. Income tax receipts will be emailed for donations of $20+. Donations can also be made at the game by completing a pledge form which will also generate a tax receipt.

To donate in Nora’s memory, or for lots more information about Nora, and SickKids Foundation, please go to:  SickKidsDonations

The Game: Please join us at the game to show your support

Date:  Feb 11, 2018

Time:  12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Venue: Great Pacific Forum (GPF), (AKA Planet Ice); 10388 Nordel Court, Delta BC V4G 1J7.

 Directions to GPF:

From Vancouver            From Tsawwassen

Once in Google Maps you can substitute your starting location to get more specific directions.

Come out and help support Nora and the DHA Female Prep hockey team in their quest for a cure for DIPG! #wildpride

 

 

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Alum Ty Smith named Team Orr Captain in Top Prospects game

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DHA is extremely proud and congratulates alum Ty Smith on being appointed captain of Team Orr at the 2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects game.

The 17 year old offensive defenceman, who was drafted first overall in the 2015 WHL Bantam draft, is in his second full year with the Spokane Chiefs and has amassed 77 points in 112 WHL games.

The prospects game is scheduled for January 25th and is hosted by the Guelph Storm in Guelph, Ontario.

Congratulations and best of luck Ty! #wildpride

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DHA raising the bar in the classroom

Congratulations to all those DHA student athletes who worked diligently and conscientiously in striking a balance between the demanding role of hockey and their academic pursuits.

DHA is proud to report that 32 players attained Principal’s List status while 117 players attained Honour Roll accolades for Term 1.  The Principal’s List requires students to attain a 92%  average or higher and an 83% average for Honour Roll in their best 6 of 8 courses.

Wild Pride!  Well done Wild!

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