Meet the 2018/2019 Coaching Staff

Jun. 27, 2018

Canadian Athletic Club

Coaching Bios


Peewee AA

Ryan Perry-Head Coach

8 years of Coaching Experience. Ryan believes in overall player development ahead of winning and maintaining an enjoyable environment to play and learn. Ryan focuses on developing players physically, psychologically and socially. Ryan holds his player s to a high ethical standard and expects players to represent themselves and the team with the highest level of sportsmanship. His practices are structured with high tempo leaving no ice to waste. A typical practice is 20% conditioning, 20% system play and 60% skill development.


Matt Davidson-Head Coach

8 years of Coaching experience, Teacher at St. Benedict School and operates the hockey program. Matt also has had a long junior/professional hockey career spanning 14 years. His primary goal as a coach is to foster an atmosphere of skill development in a fun, challenging, and positive atmosphere for all players. His year plan focuses on skill development with a progression towards tactics and systems at appropriate points in the season. Despite being a competitive person, Matt believes winning at all costs is not the primary focus of minor hockey. The role of a coach is to develop the entire group and to instill both hockey and life skills to all.


Terry Paranych-Head Coach

8 year of coaching experience. Over the past 47 years, he has played, coached, mentored and scouted within the hockey world. Terry played elite level hockey for MLAC in bantam and midget. His teams are identified by their willingness to compete and care to represent themselves and organization to the highest level of integrity. Strengths include: a tremendous passion for the game, empowering and holding accountability, high level of organization. He believes in technical details and habit-forming within the game and likes to use systems that involve high tempo and high compete levels.



Bantam AA 

Olivier Baril - Head Coach

Olivier has been coaching for over 15 years. Coaching from Peewee AA to Midget AA in different countries and provinces and the last two he has spent coaching Midget AA. As a player, he played Midget AAA and Junior A in Quebec. Olivier believes in a hockey style based on vision, fitness and skill development. In order to achieve team objectives, he believes in actively developing the skill set of each player to provide optimum hockey growth. He hopes to provide a hockey experience that will be based upon commitment, and both personal and team growth. His strong suits are: motivation, team strategy, team building, and psychology of sport, defensive awareness, shooting, mobility skills, puck pressure and penalty killing.

Francois Boucher - Assistant Coach

Francois has been coaching for 30 years. He has coached players such as Kris Letang and Michael Bournival. He is the co-founder of Camp Performance-Gagnon Boucher in Trois Rivieres. His profession is teaching at Citadelle School in Laval where he is an instructor at the Hockey Academy. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and a Master of Science in Physical Activity. His strong suits are: skating development, skill development offensive awareness/strategies, off ice conditioning.


Bantam AA 

Kevin Lentz Head Coach

Kevin is in his 21st year of coaching and 3rd with CAC. His strengths include building a positive team environment which allows players to grow both individually and as a team. Skill and personal player development and teaching the players to be team focused players are his main focuses.

Justin Lentz- Assistant Coach

Justin is in his 2nd year coaching Bantam AA at CAC. His strengths include being experienced in club hockey (played 5 years) and age, Justin has a great ability of being able to relate and teach players in a hands on style. His main focus this year will be powerplay.

James Williamson- Assistant Coach

James is in his 7th year of coaching and 2nd year with CAC. Strengths include Defensive knowledge and goaltending. Also strong in relating to young players. James brings visible passion to every practice and every game.

Brad McCorry- Assistant Coach

Brad is in his 9th year of coaching and 1st with CAC. Brad has played professionally and at Junior levels and brings that experience to the table. He will be focusing on defence this year as well as the penalty kill.


Bantam AAA Lehigh Cement

Steve Macleod Head Coach

Steve is in his 26th of coaching and 14th year of coaching with CAC. 15 years of experience in AA/AAA. Steve Holds a High Performance 1 accreditation, 2 time coach of the year, coach of the year for REM AA, Bantam AA City Champion as well as a MM AAA Provincial Championship. Steve brings a team first approach to the table and his strengths are in communicating with young players with respect and dignity. Skill development is top of the charts for Steve using Sports psychologist, skills coach, goalie coach, dryland and yoga professionals. He also employs the use of video to give players another level of coaching and feedback.

Marc Ewanishan- Assistant Coach

Marc is an accountant by day and a hockey coach by night. Marc has worked with MLAC organization as a defensive specialist over the past three years at Bantam/Midget AAA level. Marc actually played for Steve and is excited to be back with CAC as a return home for him. He brings an enthusiasm to the rink each day along with a passion for competition and inspiration. Marc believes “all aspiring Bantam AAA players should be ready to realize that one’s success will not be tied to their dream, rather that success is tied to how passionate they are about turning the dream into reality”.

Zachary Hensch- Assistant Coach

Zach is in his 7th year of coaching and 1st with CAC. He grew up on North Edmonton and played out of KC. He has coached a range from Peewee AA to Midget Minor AA. Zach is extremely active with Hockey Alberta and has coached at the Alberta Winter Games earning a bronze medal. He has also been involved in Alberta Cup for the last two seasons. Zach believes “sport is important in passing on life skills and helping young athletes work as a team and overcome obstacles as a unit and as an individual”



Midget Minor AA - Volvo of Edmonton

Morgan Myrick - Coach

Morgan is in his 5th year of coaching and all 5 years are at CAC. 3 year of Assistant Coach at Midget AA and MM AA followed by 2 years of Head Coach at MM AA. His playing experience is 18 years total with his elite stream hockey being played at MLAC and CAC. His number one goal every time he gets to the rink is ensuring that the team develops both technical and mental aspects of the game, while having fun and enjoying their time at hockey. Making sure each and every individual receives feedback on any questions or concerns they have in relation to hockey and other scenarios is very important to Morgan as it “creates a trusting relationship and allows the kids to feel that they are in a welcoming and learning environment.”

Nick McLaren - Coach

Nick is in his 5th year of coaching and all 5 years are at CAC. 3 year of Assistant Coach at Midget AA and MM AA followed by 2 years of Head Coach at MM AA. This will be Nick’s 9th year with the club including his 4 years of playing time at CAC.  He feels starting with development, especially at the Rem AA level it is important for our players to grow and develop together on and off the ice. As staff, he feels his #1 job is to not only help mold our players into the best hockey players they can be but also into the best men they can be while of course keeping a fun upbeat feeling every time we are at the rink. As a staff, they pride themselves on being very open and honest with our players while maintaining a relationship in which they feel confident in communicating any concerns or questions they may have.

David Richer- Assistant Coach

David brings 16 years being involved in hockey both playing elite and recreational. David brings a unique perspective to the coaching ranks coming off a few years of refereeing elite level hockey. David got his first taste of coaching this spring with the Junior AAA Oil kings. This will be his 1st year with CAC. Welcome David!


Midget Minor AAA - United Cycle

Andrew Pirzek Coach

Andrew is in his 7th year of coaching elite stream hockey in Edmonton and Area. 1st with CAC. Andrews experience is very rounded with stints as a Head Coach/Assistant in both St. Albert in Leduc. His aim is to “provide professional instruction to players to help improve their skills and effective habits both on and off the ice.” He is effective at motivating players by clearly communicating expectations and developing a culture conducive for success. Andrews experience in St. Albert AAA bantam program, as well as a Silver medal provincial finish in Leduc MM AAA, will serve him well for the upcoming season. Welcome to CAC Andrew.

Mason Hawkes- Associate Coach

Mason brings 7 years of coaching experience with him and this will be his 1st with CAC. He has coached at various levels from young players, spring teams and last year a very strong year with Bantam AAA at MLAC. He is High Performance 1 certified and currently has a Bachelor of Arts degree while continuing to extend his Education. Mason brings an energy and passion to the game which is extremely unique and contagious.  “I pride myself on knowing that my players improve both on and off the ice being more prepared for their next obstacles at higher levels.” Welcome to CAC Mason.

Ethan Maertens Poole- Assistant Coach

Ethan brings 8 years of coaching experience with him and this will be his 2nd year with CAC after a Bantam Head Coaching stint at MLAC. His resume includes years of experience coaching goaltending and coaching AA elite stream hockey. Ethan brings a strong passion for the game and can relate well to today’s youth. He is wise and experienced beyond his years due to the experience he has been surrounded by the last few years. He is a true student of the game. Welcome to CAC Ethan.


Midget AA - Butchers and Packers

Tom McIntyre  - Head Coach

Tom has 15 years of coaching experience under his belt. This will be his 3rd with CAC and 2nd with Butchers and Packer’s (longest term sponsor at CAC). He is coming off an outstanding season which saw them clinch a city championship. Tom is passionate about hockey and loves the offensive aspects of the game and truly allows players to use creativity. Tom also now serves as a scout for the Golden Rockets of the KIJHL. Away from the rink Tom is married with two teenage boys and can be found hanging around the ball diamond.

Mitch de la Salle- Assistant Coach

Mitch brings 13 years of coaching experience to the table. This will be his 3rd year with CAC. Born and raised in Northeast Edmonton Mitch played his hockey at MLAC. Mitch comes from a hockey entrenched family and remembers attending his first coaching clinics in the late 70’s. Mitch is coming off a strong season helping lead his team to a city championship. Mitch is a dedicated family man and a data analytics professional.

Steven Moore- Assistant Coach

Steven brings 15 years of experience with him to his 1st year with CAC. He is also a student of the game and has learned from some outstanding individuals. He “hopes to bring a positive outlook as well as a passionate work ethic to the culture already in place at CAC.” Away from the rink Steve enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. Welcome to CAC Steven.


Midget AAA Gregs Distributors

Tony Orsini, Head Coach

Tony has been coaching for 20 years locally and 2nd year as Midget AAA Head Coach at CAC. To sum up his coaching experience it ranges from initiation to Jr Level, mixing elite and recreational along with multiple stints donating his time to Hockey Alberta and Hockey Edmonton. He also spends time scouting for the Camrose Kodiaks of the AJHL.

For Tony, skill development is essential at every level and that is the primary focus with all players. To teach players game sense; athletes should understand, read, and react to the game of hockey. He believes long Term Athletic Development is also a key to quality coaching and one must consider the athletes physical, mental, emotional and cognitive stages for success and overall development. He treats each player with respect and remembers that each individual player is unique and learns differently, adapt coaching skills so that every unique player has the same opportunities to reach their potential. His goals, “to instill confidence and character skills in a safe, fun, teaching atmosphere that will have a lifelong impact on each individual athlete.” Tony brings a very high standard in habit-forming and technical aspects of the game.


• Hockey Canada Master Skills Coach

• Hockey Canada High Performance 1

• Hockey Canada Development 1 and 2

• Hockey Canada Checking Skills

• Hockey Canada Coach 2

• Hockey Canada Coach 1


Gordon Yake- Assistant Coach

Gord is in his 8th Season of coaching elite stream hockey in Edmonton and area and 4th season with CAC. Gord is involved heavily in Hockey Alberta and is a trainer for Coach1/2 as well as Checking Skills clinics. He is actively involved in Alberta Cup and overall is a true student and Coach of the game. Gords passion and love of the game are easily apparent watching him coach both at games and at practice. His attention to detail and ability to teach are a valuable asset to CAC.

Greg Crawford- Assistant Coach

Greg is in his 19th season coaching hockey and 2nd year at CAC with Midget AAA. Greg is a skills instructor for Hockey Alberta and is the Development Director for Millwood’s hockey. His video analysis and teaching skills in the defensive end of the ice are second to none. Video sessions for this squad are thoughtful and effective because of tireless work by Greg. He has a true passion for hockey and his goal is to “ensure every athlete he has an opportunity to teach is challenged, motivated and inspired to make HOCKEY FOR LIFE.”

Jared Connell- Goalie Coach

Jared has coached goalies at Bradford’s Goal Academy for 8 years and is going into his 2nd season with Midget AAA at CAC. Jared’s mentors and teachers include Dustin Schwartz, Ian Gordon, and Brent Bradford. Jared brings a positive attitude and a true relate-ability to coaching goaltenders.



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