CAC Coaching Staff


CAC would like to introduce the

 Coaching Staff

for the 2022/2023 Season

 

Head Coaches

U17 AAA Greggs Distributors - Tony Orsini

U18 AA Butcher and Packers- Brad Galloway / Brad McCorry

U16 AA - Volvo of Edmonton - Richard Demery 

U15 AAA Volvo of Edmonton - Nick Trudeau

U15 AA Think Green Alberta - Kevin Lentz

U15 AA CAC Imperial Equities - 

U13 AA Cutting Edge Flooring - Rob Smashnuk

U13 AA Sturni - Hueston Engineering - Andrew Hore

 


U13 AA-Cutting Edge Flooring

Rob Smashnuk - Head Coach

Hockey has been an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember. My parents gave me my first stick and puck when I was 3 years old and I was hooked. From early days on the ODR, to small-town rinks, and playing in some of the best barns in Canada - I love this game! After high school, I played in the AJHL for the Bonnyville Pontiacs and the Olds Grizzlies. From there, I played for Mount Royal College in the ACAC where we won 3 National titles in 4 years. I finished my professional career playing for the Odessa Jackelopes. After I was done playing I knew I wanted to stay in the game, which lead me to become a coach with the Whitemud West Hockey Club. I am a student of the game and during my 6 years of coaching I have learned a lot while making lifelong friendships with the players and their families. When I’m not on the ice, you will find me in the Real Estate business. I have been a realtor with Remax Excellence for the past 17 years, finding my clients the perfect home never gets old! I am super excited to be joining the CAC, a top tier organization with a rich history of success in our city. I look forward to working with the players on and off the ice, and help to develop strong habits for them to bring to their careers and day-to-day life. Hockey is my passion. Go Canadians! 

  


U13 AA -  Sturni-Hueston Engineering

Andrew Hore - Head Coach

I grew up playing my minor hockey in Edmonton and had many memorable years right up to U18 AAA. From there I played two seasons in Junior B / CJHL, followed by three amazing years in college with the NAIT OOKS. Thanks to Coach Rob’s Mount Royal Cougars we were not so fortunate to win the ACAC or National championship during my time there but we gave them a good run! After graduation, I founded the Ooks Hockey Alumni Association in 1999 which is still in operation today. The OHAA has contributed close to $500,000 dollars in student athlete recognition scholarships for the Men’s and Women’s Hockey programs at NAIT due to the hard work and passion of the Ooks Alumni. I’ve been volunteer coaching the past 8 x seasons with the Whitemud West. I am passionate about community, hockey development, and building a team culture and environment and am excited to join the CAC family next season! In the daytime, I work as the General Sales Manager for Bell Media Alberta where I oversee the advertising departments and work with some of the best industry people and multiplatforms in media! Look forward to seeing the kids smiling faces at the rink! Let’s go Canadians!

 


U15 AA Think Green Alberta

Kevin Lentz - Head Coach

With over 20 years of coaching experience and 6th 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 honor of being selected the 2018- 2019 CAC Coach of the year. Think Green were 2020 City Champions.

 


U15AA Imperial Equities

 


U15 AAA Volvo of Edmonton

Nick Trudeau - Head Coach

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

He is currently in his 8th season in Elite Minor Hockey Stream and 3rd 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.


U16AA - United Sport and Cycle

Head Coach Richard Demery 

Going into my 7th year Coaching Minor hockey all but 1 year at the Bantam AA level, With the one other year at the U16aa level. I currently live in SW Edmonton working in the Oil and Gas sector.  As a hockey coach, I believe Communication is of the upmost importance if you want to be successful as a team, individual, and as a coach. I believe in making the rink a fun place to be, as learning I feel is a lot more enjoyable and successful when you want to be at the rink and not have to be. At the same time, I believe in hard work and discipline. Over the last 6 years of coaching and learning from my mentors, I feel as though I have found a great balance between fun and discipline.  After coaching against CAC over the last 6 years I look forward to joining them, after hearing about all the work that goes on behind the scenes to make each season successful at CAC I feel very fortunate to be able to join the CAC Team.  

 


U18 AA- Butchers & Packers

Brad Galloway / Brad McCorry

 


U17 AAA- Gregg Distributors

Midget AAA, Tony Orsini, Head Coach

Tony has been coaching for 20+ years locally and 3rd 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 athlete's 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.

Greg Crawford- Assistant Coach

Greg is in his 20th season coaching hockey and 3rd 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 the 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 3rd 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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