DHA Page Banner FinalIan 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

DHA divider 5Scott May
Director of Hockey Operations
Midget Prep Assistant Coach


  • U18 Head Coach of Delta Hockey Academy (2013)
  • 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)

DHA divider 5Matt Erhart
Midget Prep Coach


  • Extensive coaching resume of all levels of minor hockey to WHL
  • Full time Head Coach of Bantam Varsity 02 team as well as assistant to the Midget E15 and U18 teams
  • Head Coach and Assistant Coach with the Vancouver Giants for past 3 years
  • Head Coach of the BCHL Junior A Surrey Eagles for 3 seasons
  • Coached Surrey Eagles to National Championship RBC Cup in 2012-2013
  • Voted Coach of the Year 2012-2013
  • Guided Surrey Eagles to a Western Canada Cup Championship
  • Earned a NCAA Division 1 Scholarship to Quinnipiac University
  • Remains one of the highest scoring defensemen in QU history

DHA divider 5Dominique Di Rocco
Female Prep Coach


  • Assistant Coach with the UBC Thunderbirds Women’s Hockey Program – Canada West (CWUAA) CIS 2015-Present
  • Head Coach BCFMML 2013-2015
  • Assistant Coach U18 Team BC 2015 & 2017 National Championships
  • Associate Coach U18 Team BC 2015 Canada Winter Games
  • Played for UBC Thunderbirds (CIS) 2008-2011 & Red Deer College Queens (ACAC) 2006-2008
  • Owner of Rock Hockey Training
  • Certified High Performance 1 (HP1) Coach
  • NCCP Level 3 Hockey
  • Bachelor of Science from UBC Faculty of Forestry

DHA divider 5Kate Wheeler
Female Prep
Assistant Coach


  • Director of Continuous Improvement DHA
  • Graduated, Quinnipiac University, Biomedical Marketing 2012
  • Assistant captain 2010-2012 Quinnipiac University
  • Played for Neuberg Highlanders, Austria, DEC League 2012-13
  • Played Team Ontario, U18 – 2005, team captain, 2007
  • Played Junior hockey for Oakville Ice and Toronto Aeros

DHA divider 5Shawn McBride
Midget Varsity Coach


  • Head coach Delta Hockey Academy Midget Varsity
  • Spent the past 5 seasons coaching Bantam A1 and Midget A1 where he took his team to the provincial finals
  • Current Head coach in the BC Lightning spring program
  • On and off ice instructor with Impact Hockey for the past 10 years
  • Has worked with current NHL players such as Brendan Dillon, Ryan Johansen and Shea Theodore as well as countless seminar pro, major junior, junior A and junior B players

DHA divider 5Owen Pighin
Female Varsity Coach

  • 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 5Jennifer Gilligan
Female Varsity
Assistant Coachimage-coming-soon

  • 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
Elite 15 Coach


  • Coach Bantam Varsity White 2016
  • Assistant Coach of U18 Prep Delta Hockey Academy 2016
  • SDSS Skills Academy on ice instructor
  • Played in the American Hockey League (AHL) for Abbotsford Heat and Portland Pirates
  • Played professional hockey with NHL minor league teams including Bakersfield Condors, Alaska Aces, Orlando Solar Bears and Gwinnett Gladiators
  • Drafted in the 5th round (141st overall) by the Calgary Flames in the 2009 NHL draft
  • Played in WHL with Portland Winterhawks and Vancouver Giants
  • Played Jr. Hockey in BCHL with Burnaby Express and Surrey Eagles

DHA divider 5Shane Kuss
Player Recruitment
Bantam Prep Green Coach


  • E15 Coach for the Delta Hockey Academy
  • On ice Skills instructor for SDSS Skills Academy
  • Head Coach Surrey Eagles (BCHL 2007-2010; BCHL All-Star Coach ’09 & ’10)
  • Head Coach Delta Ice Hawks (PIJHL 2000-2007; Coach of the Year PIJHL ’02 & ’03)
  • PIJHL League, Playoff, Provincial Champions 2005/2006
  • Coached players Brent Seabrook (Chicago Blackhawks) Milan Lucic (Boston Bruins) Troy Brouwer (Chicago • Blackhawks) Brandon McMillan (Anaheim Ducks) Brad Thiessen (Pittsburg Penguins) Keith Seabrook (Florida Panthers)
  • All-Time Leading Scorer BCHL (418 Points) – 1993-1997; All-Time Leading Assists BCHL (282 Assists) – 1993-1997
  • President/Owner SK HOCKEY and BC Blackhawks Spring Program

DHA divider 5Rick Lanz
Bantam Prep Green
Assistant Coach


  • 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 winning a Bronze medal 1984/85
  • Played Professional Hockey in the 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
Bantam Prep White Coach

DHA Tim Border

  • 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
Bantam Prep White
Assistant Coach


  • Has been playing and coaching for over 30 years
  • Active in the N. Delta Hockey community as both a coach and 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 and was the first player to play for both the Canadian National Team for Ice Hockey and Inline Hockey, where he 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
Bantam Varsity Coach


  • 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
Bantam Varsity
Assistant Coach


  • 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

DHA Rob Border

  • 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


  • 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 in the 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)

DHA divider 5Tamara Jobke
Teacher Coordinator


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

DHA divider 5Jackie Friesenimage-coming-soon
Online English/Social Studies Teacher


  • Bachelor of  English and History
  • Bachelor of Education SFU
  • 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 from Simon Fraser University
  • Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University
  • Stagecraft/Event Technology Degree from Douglas College
  • Social Studies, Aboriginal Studies, Drama/Stagecraft teacher in the Delta School Distirict
  • Technical Director for Equinox Theatre
  • Generally awesome

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  1. Hello,
    My son is currently playing for VMHA PeeWee A1 but very interested in trying out for your Bantam Prep/Varsity teams in April. Is it possible to schedule a program visit and meet some coaches to learn more?


    1. Hello, ice and training times for the evaluation and selection process will be posted on the Delta Hockey Academy Website shortly. The dates will be April 1 -3. Keep checking back on the Delta Wild Hockey Academy website for the selection times at Planet Ice.


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