Meet the CAC Coaching Staff for the 2020/2021 Season


Jun. 19, 2020


CAC would like to introduce the

 Coaching Staff

for the 2020/2021 Season

 

Head Coaches

U18 AAA Greggs Distributors - Toni Orsini

U18 AA Butcher and Packers- Steve Mcleod

U16 AAA United Cycle - Tim Tymchuck

U16 AA Volvo of Edmonton- Andre Poitras

U15 AAA Lehigh Cement- Lee Zalasky

U15 AA Think Green Alberta - Kevin Lentz

U15 AA CAC Alumni - Zachary Hensch

U13 AA Mercedes Benz West Edmonton - Trevor Boe

U13 AA Cutting Edge Flooring - Derek Damery

U13 AA Sturni - Hueston Engineering - Kimberly Murrell

 


 

U13 AA- Sturni-Hueston Engineering

Kimberly Murrell - Hebert- Head Coach

I am beyond excited to be part of the longstanding tradition at CAC. My love for hockey started in a small town in Saskatchewan at age 5. I started playing with the boys in the 80s and attended shinny at every opportunity.  Gretzky and Kurri were my favourite players and the Oilers are still my team. I played hockey off and on facing many obstacles due to my rural location, so I played ringette until I moved to Edmonton in 1994. I have continued to play with NAFHA to present day and am still very competitive.  I was an inaugural U of A Panda under the coaching of Howie Draper.  We won the CIAU Western Conference that year but were defeated at Nationals in Montreal. I then graduated from U of A with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. My passion for coaching started with the Lynnwood Canucks at the initiation level. I was head coach for tier 2 Atom and received “Coach of the Year” with Whitemud West Hockey Association. Most of the years have been spent as an assistant with WMW.  I have coached in ScotiaBank Girls Fest and the Lil Oilers Program. I also have coached baseball for 5 years and ringette for one year. My coaching philosophies are based on how I play the game: hard work, high level of competitiveness and sportsmanship. My plan for the U 13 players this year is to continue to work on the fundamentals, incorporating a higher level of game play and building confidence to play in all situations. The other element I want to bring to this season is for the kids to have fun, practice to improve and accomplish the goals we will set out to achieve as a team. Hockey has created a lifetime of memories; life skills and valued friendships and I want this season to do the same for my players.

U13 AA - Cutting Edge Flooring

Derek Damery - Head Coach 

Joining a prestigious club like CAC that has time-honoured traditions and a rich history of success is exciting for me. I started playing hockey when I was 2 years old; it’s been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. The highlight of my playing career was the time I spent as a mobile defenseman with the NAIT Ooks. I now have the unique opportunity to voluntarily share my knowledge and experience with kids and parents alike. Over the past 9 years, I have been fortunate to build development centric and high-performance programs within the Whitemud West Hockey Association. My teams work hard, pay meticulous attention to detail, institutionalize good habits, play for each other, and deliver results. The past four programs in which I’ve carried a leadership role have produced either gold or silver medals in 7 of 8 EMHA marquee events. Beyond my day job as a senior executive running international IT operations for TELUS Corporation, I’m also the founder of d2 Hockey Development and Edmonton HC (hockey club). I’m confident my passion for development and experiences cultivating elite talent will provide an excellent foundation for me to further my growth as a leader within the CAC organization. These uncertain times have fortified my gratitude for the game and my role within in it, I look forward to the season ahead.

U13 AA -Mercedes of West Edmonton

 Trevor Boe - Head Coach 

Trevor grew up playing all his minor hockey in Hudson Bay, SK. Shortly after attending the University of Saskatchewan he moved to Fort McMurray where he found his lifelong passion-kids sports. Trevor has been involved in youth sports for over 25 years holding several positions including Assistant Coach, Head Coach, Director, and Vice President among many others. While in Fort McMurray he was the Mayor and Council’s Toast of Champions award winner for his involvement and contribution to several youth sporting organizations.

His coaching philosophy is quite simple; providing a positive environment that encourages kids to learn and develop on and off the ice.  It is not a sprint when coaching young kids but a marathon-most coaches will not see the results of their teachings until these kids are adults.

This season the emphasis will be on Focus-Effort-Attitude and Habits not only in the hockey environment but at home, school, and elsewhere!


 

U15 AA Think Green Alberta

Kevin Lentz - Head Coach

With over 20 years of coaching experience and 5th with CAC. Kevin is committed to building a positive environment in which players can grow to their full potential. Kevin’s teams are disciplined and finish the right way seemingly on a yearly basis. Kevin has been credited with the honour of being selected the 2018- 2019 CAC Coach of the year. Think Green were 2020 City Champions.

James Williamson - Assistant Coach

James is entering 7th season coaching. 5th year in the elite stream and 4th with CAC. Development 1 coach qualified with Hockey Canada. James is a promoter of a positive reinforcement environment in which relationships with players are valued and built throughout the season. He played elite stream of minor hockey with KC. Minor junior hockey experiences.


 

U15AA Alumni

Zachary Hensch - Head Coach

Zach is an experienced mentor and coach who understands the struggles of hockey and life. He has worked with a variety of athletes through different sports from all over the world. You want communication and with Zachs coaching style you will get it. He is an athlete-centered development-minded coach, he believes that each athlete should be allowed to try and fail in order to grow. Zach will use his past experiences to help each athlete realize and stride towards their individual and team goals.

Zach is Alberta Built, he grew up playing in Edmonton within the KC Rep program and has been coaching since 2011. He prides himself on being involved as a coach in multiple sports, this allows for his style of coaching to develop and extend past the arena. Zach has participated in the Hockey Alberta - Winter Games and Prospects Cup program over the last 3 years, his goal is to have you get comfortable with being uncomfortable. “Everything worth doing should scare you a little bit.”

His accomplishments in sports are not solely his own, he was runner up for the REMHL Coach of the Year in 2019-2020 season,  he coached and medaled with the National Alberta team for ll Hockey, he has been apart of teams that have medaled in provincials, playoffs and tournaments in both hockey and ball hockey. Zach is excited to be apart of the CAC Program because in life you want to surround yourself with people who will challenge you to be the best version of yourself. So, remember “Everybody has the same amount of time in the day, you can either spend it or invest it.”

Riley Kirton - Assistant Coach

Riley is returning for his second year of coaching. He is an athlete focused coach, that previously played for Zach in the U16 AA League. His athletic focus has been on his competitions with the Canadian Ball Hockey Association Team Canada program. Riley is a World Champion with the U16 Team Canada in 2018, he was also selected for the U18 Team Canada to compete in the ISBHF Junior World Championship in Switzerland. His successes also include several appearances at Nationals, Westerns and Provincials for Team Alberta. His experience also includes 7 years of officiating Ball Hockey in Edmonton.

 Danny Woo - Assistant Coach

Danny has played hockey for 40 years, started in a Northern Alberta U7 league and went on to Senior A in the NPHL. Most recently Danny was helping coach the PAC U16AA team, he also brings 10 years of experience coaching from U7 to U16 teams. He prides himself as being a student of the game and has attended many Hockey Alberta Coaching clinics. He believes in the concept of playing away from the puck allows for greater offensive and defensive opportunities. His goal is to make hockey fun and exciting to watch and play for all the athletes, fans, parents, and guardians. Danny has also played and coached Baseball. In the spring / summer you will usually find him on the golf course.  

 Kyle Nelson - Goalie Coach

Kyle is an experienced goalie that is currently competing in the CapJHL, he previous has played U15 AAA and U16 AAA. Returning for his second season as a goalie coach, he understands the struggles of the position which is a great asset to our goalies and coaching staff. He believes in continually working on his own game and has helped with positioning and mental aspects of the position with younger goalies. Kyle also has been selected to represent the U18 Team Canada in the ISBHF Junior World Championship in Switzerland. His out-of-hockey successes also includes several appearances at Nationals, Westerns and Provincials for Team Alberta.


 

U15 AAA Lehigh Cement

Lee Zalasky - Head Coach

Lee Lives with wife, Kate, one-year old daughter, Eliza, and golden retriever, Reggie. He is a teacher at St. Albert Public Schools. Lee completed a  Bachelor of Education at University of Alberta.

He has 9+ years in Elite Minor Hockey Stream. Has participated in multiple Alberta Cups both as Head and Assistant Coach. Completed two and half seasons with University of Alberta Golden Bears as Assistant Coach (won National Championship in 2015).

Lee retired from competitive hockey in 2011, finishing in Minor Pro, 5 years for the University of Alberta Golden Bears including 2 National Championships, 4 years in the WHL (2005 Calgary Hitmen Humanitarian of the Year).

Nick Trudeau - Assistant Coach

Nick currently resides in Fort Saskatchewan where he works in the Agriculture industry.

He is currently in his 7th season in Elite Minor Hockey Stream and second with CAC. Four seasons split as Associate and Head coach of Fort Sask. Junior B. Captured Bantam AAA Provincial Championship and Western Canadian Bronze Medal in 2017. Has participated in multiple Alberta Cups both as Head and Assistant Coach as well as Alberta U16 summer camp. Nick played elite stream minor hockey in Fort Saskatchewan, Fort Saskatchewan Junior B.

Warren Toews - Assistant Coach

Warren lives with wife Pam and two-year old son, Dash. Self-employed - Agriculture. Completed Bachelor of Education at University of Alberta.

Warren is entering 8th season in Elite Minor Hockey Stream and second with the CAC. Alberta Cup experience and involvement with numerous hockey schools. Warren played 3+ Seasons of Minor Pro, 5 years for the University of Alberta Golden Bears (CIS) 2 National Championships, played junior in the AJHL (1998 AJHL Defencemen of the Year).

Connor Middleton - Assistant Coach

Connor is a Student at Concordia University and is a Psychology Major.

Connor is entering his 4th season in Elite Minor Hockey Stream with the coaching staff. Connor’s goal with every player he coaches is to build relationships, encourage positivity, help develop a winning attitude, develop player’s skills, and help the player build life skills that go beyond the scope of hockey. He played elite stream minor hockey in Fort Saskatchewan. Played in 2013 Alberta Cup. Junior experience but career was cut short due to injury.


 

U16AA - Volvo of Edmonton

Andre Poitras - Head Coach

Andre holds a Communications degree and is currently working for a not-for-profit organization.

It is Andre’s 10th year of coaching and first with the CAC. He will be primarily be working with the Defence. He strongly believes in coming to the arena each day with a strong work ethic, positive attitude and willingness to become a better hockey player. He emphasizes the importance of playing well on both sides of the puck in all three zones.

Andre played his minor hockey in St. Albert where he grew up.

Alex Kelly - Assistant Coach

Alex holds an accounting degree and is currently obtaining an after degree in urban planning at the UofA.

This is his 5th year of coaching and first with the CAC. He played two years of CAC in midget, before playing minor junior hockey for 4 years.

Alex primarily works with the forwards and believes in hard work and accountability in doing the “small things” on the ice. He believes everything starts with a positive attitude and belief system.


 

U16 AAA - United Cycle

Tim Tymchuk-Head Coach

Tim is married for 33 years to wife Sheila, has 3 boys (Tyler Bret,Troy) who all played elite level hockey. Tim has also had the honour of coaching with all 3 at various points in his coaching career. Tim currently work in the customer service and construction industry. Tim began coaching career in 1981 and have never looked back. He has coached from Mini Mites, Spring/Summer teams(U8-U14) HA/HE Elite (BAA,BAAA,MMAAA,MAAA) Jr A and HA U16 evaluation camp. Along with coaching he has been a Head Instructor for St Ab Ice Dogs, Cunny’s Camp and SKILLS hockey development camps. However, the main reason for coaching for Tim and staff is the excitement of being teachers. They stress team and individual development, life skills, accountability, team first concept and a family environment. Tim played elite hockey up until Jr where he unfortunately had to retire due to a serious injury. His energy and love for the game was so strong he took up coaching to remain part of the game

Bret Tymchuk-Assistant Coach

Bret Lives with Fiancé Sarah and two dogs. Yorkshire Terrier, Louis and Shiba Inu, Chaz. He is a Commercial glazier salesman for the last 10 years. He is entering his 8th season coaching in Elite Minor hockey. 3rd year coaching at CAC. Coached Bantam AAA, Midget Minor AAA and Midget Major AAA.  Playing History: Goaltender in elite minor hockey growing up. Played hockey up until Junior.

Troy Tymchuk-Assistant Coach

Troy is an employee at Barcol Doors. Commercial sales for overhead doors. Graduated from St. Francis Xavier High School (attended 3 years of hockey program) Troy is in his 3rd season coaching Elite Minor hockey with the coaching staff. Troy believes in a strong work ethic both on and off the ice as well as respect. Help players grow new skillset as well as refine important skillsets. Develop a team first concept and winning attitude. Troy Played 5 years’ elite level minor hockey with the Maple leafs Athletic club. 4 years of Junior with Beverly warriors of the CJHL (2015-2016 Most Valuable player)


 

U18 AA- Butchers & Packers

Steve MacLeod-Head Coach

Head Coach - 25 years , 15 years at elite stream .
Head Coach - Alberta Wolfpack Spring Hockey Club - 6 years
Head Coach - Canada Bears Europe Team - 3 Years .
Attended many Hockey Alberta Coaching clinics
Provincial Champion MMAAA 2014

City Champion Midget AA 2020

Michael Pasemko-Assistant Coach

Michael lives with his fiancé Lacey, and their Labradoodle, Briggs. Michael currently owns and works at Pasemko Demolition. Completed a degree in Economics from MacEwan University.

Coaching History: Entering his third season in Elite Minor Hockey Stream; specifically, at the midget age level.

Playing history: CAC alumni and past Greg Ash Memorial Trophy winner. Played junior hockey in his later career.

 Jackson Dudley-Assistant Coach

Recent graduate of American International College (AIC) in Massachusetts with a major in accounting and minor in finance. Currently working with PCL as Junior Corporate Risk Manager

Coaching history: third coaching spring AAA Bantam hockey, involved in multiple different summer coaching and summer hockey skates

Playing History: 4 years playing Division 1 hockey with AIC (NCAA). Prior to that played 3 years with Bonnyville in the AJHL. CAC alumni and past CAC Jim Mcadie award winner (Most valuable CAC player)


 

U18 AAA- Gregg Distributors

Midget AAA, 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 to each individual athlete.” Tony brings a very high standard in habit-forming and technical aspects of the game.

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.

 

Duncan Milroy-Assistant Coach

I have had 3 years of Head coaching experience at the Junior B level as well as an Assistant Coach at the Alberta Winter Games. I played professional hockey for 10 years in both North America (NHL, AHL) and Europe(DEL, GET, ELH). My junior hockey was played in the WHL and was fortunate enough to win the Memorial Cup with the Kootenay Ice in 2002.  I look forward to the upcoming season and I am thankful to the coaching staff for bringing me on board.  I will bring my experience, competitive drive and knowledge to the team in hopes of contributing to a successful season.

 

 

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