CAC Coaching Staff 2019/2020 Season

Apr. 26, 2019

CAC would like to introduce the

 Coaching Staff

for the 2019/2020 Season


Head Coaches

MAA Butcher and Packers- Steve Mcleod

MMAAA United Cycle - Tim Tymchuck

REM AA Volvo of Edmonton- Gary Leighton

Bantam AAA Lehigh Cement- Lee Zalasky

Bantam AA Think Green Alberta - Kevin Lentz

Bantam AA Red Arrow - Ryan Large

Peewee AA Mercedes Benz West Edmonton - Terry Paranych

Peewee AA Cutting Edge Flooring - Jason Chimera

Peewee AA Sturni - Hueston Engineering - Rob Wright



BAA Lehigh Cement

Head Coach - Lee Zalasky

• Lives with wife, Kate, one-year old daughter, Eliza, and golden retriever, Reggie. Teacher at St. Albert Public Schools. Completed Bachelor of Education at the University of Alberta.

Coaching History: 8+ 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).

Playing History: 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).

Assistant Coach - Warren Toews

• Lives with Pam and two-year old son, Dash. Self-employed - Agriculture. Completed Bachelor of Education at the University of Alberta.

Coaching History:  Entering 7th season in Elite Minor Hockey Stream.  Alberta Cup experience and involvement with numerous hockey schools.

Playing History: 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).

Assistant Coach - Connor Middleton

• Student at Concordia University. Psychology Major.

Coaching History: 3rd 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.

Playing History: Played elite stream minor hockey in Fort Saskatchewan. Played in 2013 Alberta Cup. Junior experience but career was cut short due to injury.


Bantam AA Think Green

Head Coach - Kevin Lentz

With over 20 years of coaching experience and 4th with CAC. Kevin is committed to building a positive environment in which players can grow to their full potential. Credited with the honor of being selected the 2018- 2019 CAC Coach of the year.

Assistant Coach - James Williamson

James is entering 7th season coaching. 5th year in the elite stream and 3rd with CAC. Development 1 coach qualified with Hockey Canada. Promoter of a positive reinforcement environment in which relationships with players are valued and built throughout the season. Played elite stream of minor hockey with KC. Minor junior hockey experiences.

Assistant Coach - Justin Lentz 

Justin is in his third year of coaching and third year with CAC at the Bantam AA level. Playing club hockey for 5 years, he can relate to the players through his own experiences. Justin’s strengths are offense and powerplay as he mainly works with the forwards.

Bantam AA Red Arrow

Head Coach - Ryan Large

Ryan is currently studying commerce at MacEwan University. This will be my fourth season coaching at the Bantam AA level. He brings a dedicated passion to the game and is a true student of the game. He grew up playing minor hockey in NWZ. 

Assistant Coach - Luc Vandale

This will be Luc's second season coaching Bantam AA. Luc played his minor hockey out of KC. He went on to join the Camrose Kodiaks of the AJHL for four seasons. After his Junior time was up, Luc went on to play at NAIT and in the ACHW.

Assistant Coach - Tyler Large

This will be Tyler's second season coaching Bantam AA. Tyler Grew up playing his minor hockey for CAC.


Midget Minor AAA United Cycle

Head Coach - Tim Tymchuk

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

Assistant Coach - Bret Tymchuk

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.

Assistant Coach - Troy Tymchuk

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)

Assistant Coach - Taylor Paniccia

Taylor is a former Radio and Television Broadcasting, Journalism and Marketing student. He is in his 2nd season in the elite minor hockey stream as an assistant coach/video coach with the Tymchuk staff. Taylor's goal as a coach is to build relationships that all players can relate to, emphasize the importance of the mental aspect of the game, develop players to be champion minded, and improve on-ice skills, as well as life skills, that go beyond the game of hockey. Taylor Elite level rep player throughout minor hockey for KC and MLAC. Played four seasons with the Beverly Warriors Junior Hockey Organization, where Taylor won multiple team awards throughout his junior career and participated in the 2016/2017 CJHL All-Star Game. 2017/2018 CJHL silver medalist and 2017/2018 Alberta Junior B Provincial Bronze Medalist.


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