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U17 AAA

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Cariboo Cougars

Trevor Sprague, General Manager

7th season

Trevor Sprague will oversee both the Integrated and Female U18 AAA teams in Northern B.C. Sprague has been involved in hockey in the north for over 30 years and has spent the last 15 years working with teams in the BCEHL. He is entering his seventh season as the general manager of the Cariboo Cougars and third as the general manager of the Northern Capitals. Sprague coached in Prince George for over 20 years before moving to the management side of the game.   

During his coaching and management career Sprague has won two provincial titles with the Cariboo Cougars’ U18 AAA team. Sprague is also a key driver behind the annual BC Hockey Winter Classic event that is held in Northern B.C. each winter.

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Cariboo Cougars

Stewart Lambert, Head Coach

4th season

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Stewart Lambert is in his fourth-year coaching in the Cariboo Cougars organization. He is looking forward to continuing growing the hockey program in northern British Columbia and continue to develop athletes and giving back to the game that he loves.

Before he began coaching, Lambert played his youth hockey in Prince George. After he moved on from youth hockey, he played for the Prince George Spruce Kings in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). He is focused on player development and helping the local hockey community.

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Fraser Valley Thunderbirds

Darrin Ponak, Co-General Manager

11th season

Darrin Ponak is entering his 11th season as the general manager of the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds, joining the program in 2012. The Abbotsford native previously held the role of Pee Wee director with Abbotsford Minor Hockey Association for four seasons from 2008-2012. 

Ponak obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education/Geography from Trinity Western University while also playing for their men’s hockey team. He later obtained both his Bachelor of Education and Diploma in Special Education from the University of British Columbia and his Master’s in Administration from San Diego State University. He currently works as a teacher in the Lower Mainland.

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Fraser Valley Thunderbirds

Troy Stordy, Co-General Manager

1st season

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Troy Stordy is entering his first season in the BCEHL. He will split the general manager duties with Darrin Ponak. Stordy has worked as the Vice President of Mission Minor Hockey Association since 2010. He has also served as the development director and a coach in the association since he joined MMHA in 2010.

Stordy, who currently lives in Mission, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Simon Fraser University. Away from the rink Stordy currently works as a Correctional Program Officer.

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Fraser Valley Thunderbirds

Julian Feijo, Head Coach

1st season

Julian Feijo joins the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds’ U17 AAA team this year, marking his first season in the BCEHL. He has spent the last four seasons coaching the White Rock Whalers of the Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL). In addition to his experience coaching junior hockey, he was a coach of the Vancouver Thunderbirds’ U18 A1 in 2017-18, winning a provincial championship. 

Originally from North Delta, and spending all of his minor hockey days playing with North Delta Minor Hockey Association, Feijo holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder. Feijo’s playing career includes a pair of seasons with the North Delta Devils of the PJHL from 2010 to 2012. 

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Greater Vancouver Canadians

Al Wozney, General Manager

11th season

Alain Wozney will oversee both the Greater Vancouver Canadians and the Fraser Valley Rush teams this season. Wozney is entering his 10th season working in the BCEHL and his 9th with the Fraser Valley Rush program, serving as the program’s general manager since the 2014-15 season. He will also take on the role of general manager with the Greater Vancouver Canadians program for his second season. He last oversaw the Canadians in this role during the 2013-14 season. Wozney has over 40 years of experience working and playing in the minor hockey system in B.C.  

Wozney played his minor hockey with Burnaby Winter Club before progressing to Junior A and playing with the Burnaby Bluehawks. He then attended the Memorial University of Newfoundland, studying Psychology and Humanities. He is now self-employed and works in hockey management.

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Greater Vancouver Canadians

Mike Ikeda, Head Coach

1st season

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Mike Ikeda begins his first campaign as a head coach in the BCEHL, leading the bench staff for the Greater Vancouver Canadians’ U17 AAA team. Ikeda has an extensive background of minor hockey coaching, having served as a coach with Richmond Minor Hockey Association for 14 seasons. 

The Calgary product played his minor hockey within Calgary Minor Hockey Association before playing junior hockey in the Alberta Junior Hockey League with the Calgary Canucks. After his junior hockey career concluded, Ikeda moved out west and began his educational journey at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where he obtained a Bachelor of Physical Education. While there, he suited up for the UBC Thunderbirds Men’s hockey team from 1989 to 1993. He later returned to UBC and was an assistant coach with the Men’s hockey team from 2004 to 2008. 

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North Island Silvertips

Lance Vaillancourt, General Manager

1st season

Lance Vaillancourt is entering his first season as general manager of the North Island Silvertips program. Previously, Vaillancourt was the Associate Coach & Hockey Operations Manager for the South Zone Knights U18 Tier 1 team. He has also performed various coaching roles with Penticton Minor Hockey at all levels within the association. Vaillancourt brings over 35 years of experience within minor hockey to the Silvertips.  

In addition to his work within minor hockey in B.C., Vaillancourt was also a linesman within BC Hockey and worked as a linesman in the BCHL. Away from the rink he works as a civil servant with the Federal Government.

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Okanagan Rockets

Steve Smith, General Manager

1st season

Steve Smith is embarking on his first season as a general manager in the BCEHL. Smith also serves as the Executive Director of Kelowna Minor Hockey Association, a role he has held since 2017. Prior to this he was the Division Director for Kelowna Minor Hockey Association from 2010-17, and a coach in the association from 2008-17 as well.  

The Kelowna native has compiled over 17 years of experience working in minor hockey in Kelowna.

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Okanagan Rockets

Mack O'Rourke, Head Coach

2nd season

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After leading the U18 AAA Okanagan Rockets to a league championship and a bronze medal at the TELUS Cup in 2013-14, Mack O’Rourke returns to the BCEHL for his second campaign as a head coach. Now in his third-year coaching in the league, O’Rourke’s other coaching tenures have kept him in the Okanagan area, serving as a coach at Okanagan Hockey Academy for multiple stints, most recently from 2017 to 2022.  

O’Rourke’s post-secondary experience took him to the Lower Mainland where he attended the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). 

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South Island Royals

Jason Leslie, General Manager

1st season

Jason Leslie is entering his first year as the general manager of the South Island Royals program. The Princeton native has previously worked as the dry land coach with Victoria Racquet Club’s U9, U11 and U13 teams.

Leslie completed his Bachelor of Education with a Major in Physical Education at the University of Victoria and is currently completing his Master in High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership at the University of British Columbia. Leslie also coaches multiple baseball teams and is a full time trades teacher at Spectrum Community Secondary School.

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South Island Royals

Jeff Kerr, Head Coach

1st season

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After spending the last 25 years coaching with Victoria Racquet Club, Juan de Fuca Minor Hockey Association and Saanich Minor Hockey Association, Jeff Kerr is entering his first season within the BCEHL, where he will take charge of the South Island Royals’ U17 AAA team. Originally from Gold River, B.C., Kerr was the Manager of BC Hockey’s Best Ever Program for three years and was involved in the program for nine years with both the U16 and U17 teams.  

Kerr is a graduate of the University of Victoria where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Geography. Kerr’s playing career began as a member of Gold River Minor Hockey Association and features a Centennial Cup Championship as a member of the Notre Dame Hounds in 1987-88. That team was later inducted into the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Thompson Blazers

Jan Antons, General Manager

4th season

Jan Antons is embarking on his sixth year working within the BCEHL and fourth year as the Thompson Blazers’ General Manager. Antons has 15 years of experience working in hockey. During that time, he also served as the equipment manager of Team Canada’s Para Hockey team at the 2013 World Championships and the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi.    

Antons earned his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary’s Haskanye School of Business.

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Thompson Blazers

Cole Weber, Head Coach

2nd season

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This will be Cole Weber’s second season behind the bench of the Thompson Blazers’ U17 AAA team and his first as the head coach. Before joining the Thompson Blazers as an assistant coach last season, Weber was most recently an assistant coach with the 100 Mile House Wranglers of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) in 2015-16. 

Originally from Fraser Lake, B.C., Weber attended Thompson Rivers University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration. The Prince George Minor Hockey Association alum’s playing career was highlighted with a four-year stint in the KIJHL, lacing up the skates with the Princeton Posse, the Fernie Ghostriders and the 100 Mile House Wranglers.

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Valley West Giants

Jamie Fiset, General Manager

5th season

Jamie Fiset is entering his fifth year in the BCEHL as general manager with the Valley West Giants and brings an additional eight years of experience working in minor hockey previously. He has been involved with BC Hockey’s Program of Excellence including as the head coach of Team BC at the 2016 WHL Cup.  

Fiset was a board member with Langley Minor Hockey Association from 2010-14. Away from the rink Fiset is a teacher, he completed his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education at the University of British Columbia before earning his Master of Arts at Royal Roads University. 

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Valley West Giants

Dryden Valade, Head Coach

1st season

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Beginning his tenure with the U17 AAA Valley West Giants this season, Dryden Valade assumes the position with two years of minor hockey coaching experience under his belt. The Cloverdale product has been involved with Coquitlam Minor Hockey Association and Langley Minor Hockey Association programs over the past two years and now makes the jump to the BCEHL. He has also been facilitating on-and-off ice skill development sessions for the last two years.  

Valade’s playing career is highlighted by three seasons in the Pacific Junior Hockey League with the Surrey Knights, Grandview Steelers and the Delta Ice Hawks. Outside of hockey, Valade played lacrosse at the Junior A level.  

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Vancouver North East Chiefs

Greg Harding, General Manager

6th season

Greg Harding is entering his sixth season with the Vancouver NE Chiefs program and his fourth as the general manager of the program. The Surrey, B.C. native has been involved in minor hockey for 20 years, previously assuming roles with the Richmond Sockeyes of the Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL) and Langley Minor Hockey Association.  

Harding played his minor hockey at Burnaby Winter Club and Langley Minor Hockey Association before going on to play for the Delta Ice Hawks, Queens Park Pirates and Richmond Sockeyes of the PJHL. Harding also works full-time with BC Hydro.
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Vancouver North East Chiefs

Guido Lamberti-Charles, Head Coach

5th season

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With four seasons of coaching experience with the Vancouver North West Hawks under his belt, Guido Lamberti-Charles takes the reigns of the U17 AAA Chiefs for the upcoming season. Lamberti-Charles’ coaching journey began in Europe, as he spent a decade overseas coaching in Germany, Belgium, Austria and Italy. Lamberti-Charles also spent a pair of seasons as a coach consultant with the Iowa State University Hockey Program. 

Originally from Germany, Lamberti-Charles attended the College of Applied Sciences, Trier, in Germany. His playing career spanned 14 years, which saw him play professionally across various German leagues. 

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Vancouver North West Hawks

Matt Samson, General Manager

1st season

Matt Samson joins the Vancouver NW Hawks with over 10 years of coaching and management experience in minor and junior hockey. He most recently worked as the head coach and general manager of the North Vancouver Wolf Pack of the PJHL from 2018-22. During that time span he also worked as the head coach of the Squamish A1 U13 team.  

The Squamish, B.C. native works in hockey coaching and development full-time. He played for the Buffalo State College men’s hockey team where he also obtained a Bachelor Degree in Communications.
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Vancouver North West Hawks

Delroy Montaque, Head Coach

1st season

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Delroy Montaque assumes the head coaching position for the U17 AAA Vancouver North West Hawks after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach with the Greater Vancouver Comets and the Valley West Giants. Montaque also serves as the Hockey Canada Skills Academy Lead Instructor at Windsor Academy. He has compiled over five years of experience coaching hockey in the province, spending time with the North Shore Avalanche and Burnaby Winter Club, along with his BCEHL experience.  

Originally from Scarborough, Ontario, Montaque attended Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario, working towards a diploma in Early Childhood Education. Away from the rink, he is a personal caregiver.