Coaches

Jon Woodyard

Lead Development Instructor

Jon leads our development program and mentors our coaches from initiation through to our senior "A" teams.

After finishing his career in junior hockey, Jon became a coach and player development specialist. Over the past fifteen years, he has trained players from minor, junior, college, and professional levels.

Jon has impressive hockey skills and specializes in skating and puck skills and has developed a progressive system of enhancing core skills and game skills such as maintaining puck control, evasive maneuvers, situational play, and utilizing peripheral vision.

Jon is truly a kid-focussed coach who takes an individual interest in each player with an understanding that individuals respond differently to different coaching techniques. He has an interest in child psychology and motivation and is committed to continuous learning and improvement. Along with his exceptional hockey skills, he truly represents the style of coaching and demeanor we value at WVMHA.

Initiation and Novice skills development

Led by Joe Saloustros, Inside Edge provides skills training for our Initiation and Novice (U6 - U9) age groups. They are one of the most recognized names in professional hockey training in the Lower Mainland. They have worked closely with our association leadership to create a healthy culture at WVMHA where players are taught respectful behaviour from a very young age in a fun and productive hockey environment.

Joe is a co-founder of Inside Edge. He has extensive hockey and coaching expertise, including a degree in Psychology from Simon Fraser University. He played Junior A hockey for the Kimberley Dynamiters of RMJHL, and he has played at the professional level for the Knoxville Speed of the UHL.

As someone who began playing at 14 years old, Joe understands the unique challenges of starting the sport late, as well as the importance of dedication to practice and training. However, he didn’t let his late start stop him from progressing rapidly through the levels, from Bantam house, to Junior B, to Junior A, to College, and then a brief time in pro hockey. With determination and focus, Joe believes success is within everyone’s reach.

www.insideedge.com

Daniel Szpakowski

U11 A1 Head Coach and U11 A2 Co-coach

Daniel joined WVMHA in his final year as a player with the Port Moody Panthers of the Pacific Junior Hockey League. He brings a high degree of skill and hockey knowledge to our association and is truly a “players coach” who garners a tremendous amount of respect from players and their parents.

In addition to his role as a team coach, Daniel is a dedicated shooting and skills instructor for the Association.

Luke Tully and Luke Kasteel

U13 A1 Co-Coaches

Luke Tully or "Tully" comes to WVMHA after having coached for more than five years at the NSWC. He grew up playing hockey on the North Shore and played Junior hockey with the Richmond Sockeyes and the North Van Wolfpack. Tully is a cerebral coach with a calm and workmanlike demeanour.

Hockey has taken Luke Kasteel across North America where he’s learned from coaches at both the pro and junior levels. Luke played pro in New York, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi. Luke has over eight years of coaching experience on and off the ice with players from U11 to Pro. His skill development work experience includes NSWC, NVMHA, Hockey Performance Centre, Hollyburn Midget AAA, and running his own private programs at Lightsteel Hockey. He enjoys teaching motivated athletes and knows what it takes to make the next level.

Andy Hellweger

U15 A1 Head Coach and U18 A1 Assistant Coach

Andy is a former professional goaltender from Germany who recently ended his playing career. He began coaching in Germany in 2012 while he was still playing professionally and has coached both female and male teams. He moved to Canada in 2018 where he was a varsity and prep coach at the Banff Academy. In 2019 he became the assistant coach of the North West Hawks Minor Midget AAA Zone Team working with Guido Lamberti-Charles. In addition to being a team coach at WVMHA, he is also an Assistant Coach with the Coquitlam Express Junior A team of the BC Hockey League. Andy brings a high level of preparation and professionalism to his work. He is personable and holds himself and his players to the highest standards possible.

Destry Straight

U18 A1 Head Coach

Destry grew up playing with Morgan Reilly at the Hollyburn Country Club. Following a year his the BCHL with the Coquitlam Express, he went on to Boston College (NCAA Div 1) where he won a national championship in his first year. He played four years in the NCAA followed by a year with Rapid City of the ECHL. Destry's high level of skill as a hockey player is augmented by a very likeable personality.

Lubomir Macoun

Lubo brings exceptional technical training to our association with a resume that is matched by few others in the Lower Mainland. He played professional hockey in his native Slovakia and has coached at all levels from U6 to professional. He holds an A+ international coaching license, has a Masters degree with a specialization in hockey skill development, and has published scholarly articles on game situational awareness.

He has an extremely friendly and caring personality and is universally well-liked by players, whom he challenges with highly technical drills and detailed individual instruction.

He has coached for 10 years and led development programs at the one of the most successful hockey programs in Slovakia (HC Slovan Bratislava) and was recently also a skills coach at the West Vancouver Warriors CSSHL Hockey Academy and at the Hockey Performance Centre in North Vancouver.

Pro-Formance Goalie School

Goalie Training

Rob Fuchs and Sean Murray from Pro-Formance provide specialized goaltending coaching to WVMHA goalies. Pro-Formance is the leading goalie training company in the Lower Mainland, working with many of the area’s top athletes.

Their coaches believe that the foundation of everything goalies learn is based on positional mastery. From Novice-aged beginning goalies to Pro caliber athletes, their students are taught to continually work towards improving their positioning skills. Stressing confident positioning is where all goalies start. Once positioning has been understood and demonstrated consistently, students are ready to start learning the mechanics of stance, movement, challenging shooters, rebound control, playing the puck, and directing play in the defensive end.

Their instructors are sticklers for details. Details on stance, positioning, holding your stick and other subtleties can mean the difference between the one that got past you and making the winning save. Students are constantly monitored and assessed for their adherence to practicing exactly as the instructors have explained. This attention to detail makes students more aware of the finer points of their game and aids in developing of mental toughness.

www.progoal.com

HeadstartPro

Sports Psychology Training

Headstartpro provides mental and sports psychology training to our Bantam and Midget level athletes as well as to our Rep coaches. They blend performance-enhancing sports psychology with proven injury-prevention techniques. They offer workshops, online courses, and athlete resources to help teams and players improve focus, awareness, and mindfulness.

WVMHA is one of the very few minor hockey associations to offer mental and sports psychology training to its players and coaches. We believe strongly in our mandate to not only create great hockey players, but also to teach skills that give our players life-long tools that will help them succeed in any endeavor they choose.

www.headstartpro.com

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