Coaches' Corner

 

 

Steve MacLeod 2010) - Coach Director - macleod4@shaw.ca

 

Steve hails from Toronto, ONT and played his minor hockey career there.

 

27 years of coaching experience, with 15 of those being at the AAA/AA club level.  

He has been recognized for many awards including 2015 and 2018 CAC,  ‘Coach Of The Year’, and 2005 MMAA ‘League Coach Of The Year’!

 

Steve has his High Performance 1 Coach NCCP, checking, safety, and has attended numerous Hockey Alberta Coaching Clinics.

 

In 2015 Steve became a Wolfpack board member and assumed the position of ‘Coaching Director.’  This will be Steve's 8th year with the Wolfpack coaching at various levels.

 

“It is a privilege to be able to coach hockey.  I take what I do seriously and do my best to make sure the athlete is coached in a positive environment enabling him/her to improve their potential.”

Norman Dunroe (2009) - ndunroe.wolfpack@gmail.com

Norman was born in Edmonton, but spent his childhood growing up in Calmar, AB.  He was on skates when he was less than a year old and played competitive hockey for 20+ years, last playing Div 1 mens hockey. 

 

He brings a very unique perspective to the game having reffed high levels of hockey including: Midget AA, AAA and Junior hockey.

"Norm" is presently coaching our PeeWee winter PHL team after taking a hiatus to focus on his family.  Previously he was involved as either an A.C, or H.C  with Midget A/AA, in Thorsby; Midget AA in Fort Saskatchewan, as well as Bantam AA for CAC.

Norm has also been a previous Wolfpack Coach, having coached our PW team a few years ago.  His love for the game and coaching has brought him back and is excited to see what he can do after all of his experiences over the years.

"I believe in creating a fun, inclusive environment with focus on skill and personal development."

Travis Vanberg (2009) - chabado@hotmail.com

Travis, an Edmonton native, grew up playing minor hockey here as well as making appearances in Grande Prairie and Pigeon Lake area.

He has over 20 years of playing experience varying from initiation to Juniors and Adult leagues.  As a player he played for the Sherwood Park Crusaders(Jr.A) and received an invite to try out for the Barrie Colts(CHL).

His coaching experience has dawned over 22 years, coaching various levels ranging from initiation-Bantam, and spring AAA.  His most recent being an AC with the Wolfpack since 2019 to present with our PHL PW team. 

From a board perspective he was the President of a Minor Hockey Association and has had a role since 2016.

"I'm a big proponent of development, hard work, and connecting with the players.  Any coach can outline a play on the whiteboard, it's the ones who understand and motivate their players that win."

"The measure of who we are, is what we do, with what we have."-Vince Lombardi

Andrew Link (2010) - wolfpack2010@shaw.ca

Andrew, is Leduc, AB born, where he played the majority of his minor hockey.  

He was the captain of the Alberta Wolfpack for 2yrs, returning with medals in Boston, MA, and championships in Brandon, MB.

 

‘Drew’ played up to Bantam AAA in Leduc before making a change to Spruce Grove for his Midget AAA years.  Andrew skated for the Prince Albert Raiders(WHL) and has skated with multiple Jr. A teams including Fort McMurray Oil Barons(AJHL), Bow Valley Eagles(AJHL), and the Kindersley Klippers(SJHL).  In the last couple of seasons of Junior he played in the CJHL being named to the All-Star team in both years. Drew’s last season of competitive hockey was playing Senior AAA with the Beaumont Warriors in the Chinook League.

 

As a coach Drew has been coaching since 1999 at various levels from Initiation-Midget AA.  He is an Intermediate/Development 1 Level certified coach and is returning for his fifth season as Head Coach of our 2010 team.

 

“I provide a very respectful dressing room in which all coaches, as well as players, are at the same level and all contribute to the success and development of the team.”

Marty Neighbour (2011)- nabors75@hotmail.com

Marty comes from Grande Prairie, AB, but has been living in Edmonton for the 25yrs.  

While he played hockey through Midget, his main sport quickly became football.  After playing for 8 years, including 4 years of junior football with the Edmonton Huskies.  Injuries dictated a move away from the sport.  Hockey has always remained his main passion.  

"I grew up in a rink.  Between myself and my brother, we spent many nights in the arena and every summer at hockey camps. Great memories."

Marty loves to teach, and has coached multiple sports, including football, soccer, baseball, and of course hockey.

Marty has his Hockey Canada Coaching 1, Coaching 2, Checking, and Respect in Sport.

He has spent the last 5 years coaching hockey, including Tier 1, alternate league, and Spring hockey programs.  Also spent last year as a board member with a minor hockey organization.

"My philosophy is you Win or You Learn.  My goal is to ensure each player has fun, works hard, and ends the season a better player than they started."

Dorin Gay (2011) - dorin.a.gay@gmail.com

Dorin is another local,born and raised in Edmonton, AB where he spent his minor hockey and played club hockey with CAC.   His hockey career continued playing with the Grande Prairie Storm(Jr.A), Concordia University(ACAC), before finally ending with Grant MacEwan(ACAC).

 

He is an effective coach, that brings more than 20 years of experience in the development of hockey players and goalies.   

He has been involved in numerous development camps assuming many different roles.  Ranging from Head Instructor at Gold in The Net, to lead Development coach with the Alberta Wolfpack.  Additionally he has run as lead development instructor for skills sessions for minor hockey programs all over Alberta.  

"I'm a strong believer in the mentoring and the development of young athletes, both on and off the ice.  Having played at the Junior and University level; I will leverage this experience to help these young athletes to not only grow their athletic aspirations, but personal goals as well."

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Darryl Rosser, VP Hockey Operations - darryl.wolfpack@gmail.com

 

Darryl comes from Redwater, AB where he played 15yrs of minor hockey between here and Vilna, AB.

During a tryout for the Grant MacEwan Griffins he suffered a knee injury, which promptly ended his playing career.

Awarded  MVP, Most Sportsmanlike, and Coaches Choice Awards.

 

9yrs as a club level coach, Canadian Athletic Club

2016 ‘Coach Of The Year’(CAC)

He has won many tournaments at the club level, including ending a 30yr drought at the Kurucz Memorial Tournament!

Numerous medals coaching at various levels for the Wolfpack, including a silver in the Whistler International Tournament.

Wolfpack Coach for 5yrs and promoted to Board Member in 2016 assuming the role as ‘Coaching Mentor.’  Darryl has recently been given more responsibilities and has been promoted to 'VP of Hockey Operations'.

2018/19 Associate Coach for the Golden Rockets(KIJHL).

Currently Head Coach of MLAC, Bantam AA.

 

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