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Ian Gallagher
Director of DHA

  • Director of the Delta Hockey Academy since its inception in 2004
  • Designed and implemented the South Delta Secondary Hockey Academy Skills program and has added 6 competitive teams all playing in the CSSHL
  • Current Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Delta Wild Academy
  • Vancouver Giants (WHL) Strength and Conditioning Coach 2004 – 2016
  • Bachelor of Education University of Alberta, taught for 15 years in the Edmonton School District
  • 25+ years as a Personal Trainer for numerous amateur and professional players

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Director of Hockey Operations

  • Current: Female Prep Head Coach of Delta Hockey Academy
  • Midget Prep Head/Assistant Coach of Delta Hockey Academy (2013-2018)
  • Director of Business Operations
  • On ice Skills instructor in the SDSS Skills Academy
  • Concluded 8 yrs of Professional Hockey in (2012) playing for such teams as NHL minor league affiliates Milwaukee (Nashville), Iowa (Dallas), Manitoba (Vancouver) and Binghamton (Ottawa)
  • Finished his career in Europe playing in both Germany and Italy
  • Graduated from The Ohio State University on a full scholarship with a degree in Business Operations Management
  • Drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in his sophomore year at OSU
  • Played Jr. Hockey for the Surrey Eagles (BCHL)

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Director of Business Development

  • Current Assistant Coach of Delta Hockey Academy
  • Director of Business Development DHA
  • Graduated, Quinnipiac University, Biomedical Marketing 2012
  • Earned a full NCAA Division 1 Athletic Scholarship to Quinnipiac University, CT
  • Assistant captain 2010-2012 Quinnipiac University
  • Played for Neuberg Highlanders, Austria, DEC League 2012-13
  • Played Team Ontario, Female Prep – 2005, team captain, 2007
  • Played Junior hockey for Oakville Ice and Toronto Aeros

DHA divider 5Owen Pighin
Director of Women’s Hockey

  • Current: Head Coach Female Varsity
  • Coaching Male and Female Players Since 1983
  • 16 Championships
  • Top Coach Award Coca Cola Classic Vernon 2012
  • Head Coach ESSO Nationals Team BC Female 2004
  • Selected to Coach All Star Team for South Coast Female Amateur Hockey League 2004
  • Coach of the Year NSWC 2001 and 2002
  • Quebec International Tournament 2001 and 2002 – NSWC
  • Head skills Instructor Female Hockey NSWC
  • Vice President Female Hockey NSWC
  • Coached 9 NHL Players (Drafted, Played, or Playing)
  • Coached over 30 WHL Players (Drafted, Listed, Played, or Playing)
  • Coached over 50 JrA/JrB Players (Played or Playing)
  • Coached over 40 NCAA Players (Played or Playing)
  • Coached over 15 CIS players (Played or Playing) Over 15 Players
  • Head Instructor/Operator West Coast All Stars Skills Training

DHA divider 5Shawn McBride

  • Current: Assistant Coach Bantam Prep Green
  • Head coach Delta Hockey Academy Midget Varsity 2016-2018
  • Coached Bantam A1 & Midget A1, went to the provincial finals
  • Current Head coach, BC Lightning spring program
  • On and off ice instructor with Impact Hockey
  • Worked with current NHL players such as Brendan Dillon, Ryan Johansen and Shea Theodore & semi pro, Major Jr, Jr. A/B players

DHA divider 5Jennifer Gilligan

  • Current: Assistant Coach Female Varsity
  • Manager/Instructor, Proformance Goalie Schools Fraser Valley
  • Worked for goalie schools/ hockey teams over the last 10 years
  • Graduated, Syracuse University Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology
  • Starting goalie at Syracuse, 2 seasons; 2 consecutive CHA championship games
  • Played at University of New Hampshire, 2 seasons
  • Played for Team BC at the National Championship, Surrey 2009
  • Attended Hockey Canada’s annual conditioning camp

DHA divider 5Spencer Bennett

  • Current: Head Coach Midget Prep
  • Head Coach E15 2017/2018
  • Coached Bantam Varsity White
  • Assistant Coach of Midget Prep Delta Hockey Academy
  • SDSS Skills Academy on ice instructor
  • Played in AHL, Abbotsford Heat & Portland Pirates
  • Played in ECHL Bakersfield Condors, Alaska Aces, Orlando Solar Bears & Gwinnett Gladiators
  • Drafted in the 5th round (141st overall) by the Calgary Flames, 2009 draft
  • Played in WHL, Portland Winterhawks & Vancouver Giants
  • Played Jr. Hockey in BCHL, Burnaby Express & Surrey Eagles

DHA divider 5Harry Dion

  • Current: Assistant Coach E15
  • Coached 30 + years of various levels of Male and Female Hockey
  • NCCP Certified High Performance 1 (HP1) Coach
  • NCCP Level 3 Hockey Theory
  • 1 time Assistant Coach Team BC Female @Canada Winter Games
  • 2 time Assistant Coach BC Best Ever Male Program
  • 4 years coaching for BC High Performance Program
  • 4 Years Assistant Coach Delta Hockey Academy E15
  • 1 year Assistant Coach Delta Hockey Academy Bantam Varsity
  • 7 Years Head & Assistant coaching @ Semiahmoo Minor
  • 3 time Head Coach for Team BC Female @ ESSO Nationals

DHA divider 5Rick Lanz

  • Drafted by Oshawa Generals in the OHL
  • Played in the World Junior Hockey Championships
  • Selected in the 1st round 7th overall in the 1980 NHL entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks
  • Played 12 years NHL with Vancouver Canucks ,Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Black Hawks,Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Played in the World Championships, Bronze medal 1984/85
  • Played Professional Hockey, Division 1 Swiss Elite League
  • Combined 15 years of head Coach/GM in the IHL ,WHL,BCHL
  • Received Coach of the Year Honors in the BCHL
  • 2 Royal Bank Cup Final appearances capturing the Royal Bank Cup in 2006
  • Coached NHL players such as Scott Gomez, Kyle Turris, Milan Lucic, Patrick Weircoich,  Mike and Mark Santorelli, Ryan Hollweg, Brad Hunt
  • Co owner Gateway
  • Hockey.comAmateur Scout 10 years with the Colorado Avalanche
  • Current Amateur Scout for the St. Louis Blues

DHA divider 5Tim Preston

  • Delta Hockey Academy Bantam Varsity Head Coach (2014-2016)
  • Won CSSHL League Championship / Playoff Championship (2014)
  • Specializes in teaching and developing young players as well as the NHL level since 2002
  • Drafted to Buffalo Sabres (1999)
  • 5 yr career with Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
  • Head On ice instructor at Impact Hockey Development (IHD)
  • Owner/Operator of Lightning Spring Hockey Program

DHA divider 5Brent Thurston

  • Playing/coaching for over 30 years
  • Active in the N. Delta Hockey community,  coach/ on ice skills instructor
  • Delta Hockey Academy Varsity Assistant Coach
  • Burnsview and SDSS Hockey Skills Coach
  • Career highlights include; winning the Memorial Cup with the Spokane Chiefs, was selected for the First All Star Team and later drafted by the Vancouver Canucks
  • Played hockey in Sweden, first player to play for both the Canadian National Team for Ice Hockey and Inline Hockey, won two gold and two silver medals.
  • Helped design the National Standards Skills Testing program with Hockey Canada and has traveled throughout Canada to assist Hockey Canada and other organizations with On-Ice Hockey skill evaluations and skill development

DHA divider 5Mike Grant

  • Delta Hockey Academy Elite 15 Asst Coach (2016/2017)
  • 16 years Minor hockey coaching experience Bantam AAA, Pee Wee AAA, Atom AAA
  • 12 years hockey School experience Assistant Instructor/ Head Instructor
  • Owner MKG hockey
  • WHL Scout for Edmonton Oil Kings
  • 12 years of Elite Spring Hockey Coaching

DHA divider 5Nolan Gallagher

  • Coach DHA 2015 to present
  • Played in the SJHL (Estevan Bruins)
  • Played BCHL  (Coquitlam Express)
  • Student athlete DHA 3 years
  • Graduate Vermillion Fire School 2016
  • BC Hockey Development Level 1
  • Certified fire fighter and first responder 2016

DHA divider 5Rob Fuchs
Goalie Coach

  • Goalie Coach for Delta Hockey Academy (2013-2016)
  • Played Four years NCAA (Marian College/Hamline University) 2nd Team All-Conference as a Freshman
  • Graduated from Hamline University with BA in Business Management
  • Goalie Coach of the BCHL Junior A Surrey Eagles (2010-2014), Western Canadian Champs and RBC Semi-Finalists (2012-2013 Season)
  • Goalie Coach SFU (2008 – 2011)
  • Co – Owner/Operator of Pro-Formance Goalie Schools Inc.

DHA divider 5Kris Beech
Mindfulness Coach

  • Current: Male Midget Prep Assistant Coach
  • Founder of AIM Mindfulness
  • Certified Mindfulness Instructor (McLean Meditation Institute 2015)
  • Masters of Science in Sports Managment (Ulster University 2016)
  • Selected by the Washington Capitals, seven overall pick in the 1999 NHL entry draft
  • Played 7 seasons in the NHL and AHL  (Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Nashville Predators, Columbus Blue Jackets, Vancouver Canucks)
  • Played 8 seasons in Europe (Sweden, Finland, Czech Rep., Germany,  Austria, N. Ireland)
  • Played 4 seasons, WHL (Calgary Hitmen, 1996-97 to 2000-01)
  • 1999 WHL Ed Chynoweth Cup champion (Calgary Hitmen)
  • 2006 AHL Calder Cup championship title (Hershey Bears)
  • 2010 Swedish Hockey League championship title (HV71)

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Milan Dragicevic

  • Current: Head Coach of Bantam Prep White

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Tamara Jobke
Teacher Coordinator

  • Strength and Conditioning Instructor with Hockey Skills Academy
  • Teacher Liaison for Hockey Skills 2012-2017
  • Personal Trainer, Superfit 12
  • Designed and Implemented Superfit 11/12, Health Psychology 11, Delta School District
  • PE and Psychology Teacher/Coach in Delta School District
  • Graduated UBC, B.PE, Fitness Management; B.Ed

DHA divider 5Jackie Friesen
Online English/Social Studies Teacher


  • Bachelor of  English and History
  • Bachelor of Education SFU
  • English, Socials, Drama Teacher in Delta School District
  • PR and Box Office Coordinator Equinox Theatre SDSS
  • SDSS Tea Club Host and Sponsorship Teacher
  • Avid Canucks hockey fan ~  Go Canucks Go!

DHA divider 5Kate Prefontaine
Online Socials Studies/Planning Teacher

  • Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University Joint Major in History and Humanities
  • Certificate in Religious Studies, Simon Fraser University
  • Bachelor of Education, Simon Fraser University
  • Stagecraft/Event Technology Degree, Douglas College
  • Social Studies, Aboriginal Studies, Drama/Stagecraft teacher, Delta School District
  • Technical Director, Equinox Theatre
  • Generally awesome

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Lydia Maxwell
Athletic Therapist

  • Certified Athletic Therapist with the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association
  • Athletic Therapist & Medical Coordinator, DHA
  • High-Performance Clinic, Planet Ice Delta
  • Assistant Athletic Therapist Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Super REX, Canada’s top youth female soccer players
  • Graduate, Simon Fraser University, Bachelor of Science double major, Biomedical Physiology/Kinesiology & Psychology; concentration in fitness/active rehabilitation
  • Graduate Mount Royal University, Post Graduate Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy in 2016

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Luca Di Sabatino
Athletic Therapist

  • Bachelor of Human Kinetics from Trinity Western University
  • Advanced Certificate of Athletic Therapy from Mount Royal University
  • Co-owner of Accelerate Sport Therapy
  • Athletic Therapist for BC Soccer Provincial Program
  • Certified First Responder

DHA divider 5Jordan Mackenzie
Strength and Conditioning Coach for DHA

  • Experience
    • 8 years strength and conditioning experience with elite athletes
    • 1 year with the Coquitlam express
    • 6 years as intern and assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Vancouver Canucks
  • Schooling – certificates
    • BPEC degree (Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching) with a specialization in Kinesiology
    • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) currently studying
    • NCCP trained level 1
    • High five certificate
    • BCRPA fitness theory weight training and personal training
    • Current CPR and First Aid

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