NHTC Coaching Staff
Here at NHTC we have only the BEST! Our wide selection of coaches, we are sure to have one that can help you become the very best!
Daina Klassen – Youth Coordinator
Daina has always had a passion for sport. She has participated in recreational Hockey, Field Hockey and elite level Water Polo. She has also been an instructor for skating and learn to play hockey programs for the past 2 years. Daina currently works as a behavioral interventionist and SEA for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and her ambition is to encourage and inspire children to grow through sport.
We are excited to add Matt Keith to our line-up of Private Training Coaches. Matt is a Langley native and was drafted 59th overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. He played in his first NHL game for the Blackhawks in early 2004. Matt was traded to the Ducks in December of 2006 and a couple years later was traded to the Islanders. He appeared in 3 games with the Islanders upon the completion of the 2007-08 season. After playing in Germany for a year, Matt returned to North America signining with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL, scoring 21 goals in 69 games. In 2010 he signed a one-year contract with fellow AHL team, the Abbotsford Heat. Matt moved abroad again, playing short stints in Sweden, Czech Republic, and Austria. In 2014 Matt began playing in the EIHL with the Scottish Braehead Clan (now the Glasgow Clan). He captained the team for 3 seasons before he announced his retirement from professional hockey in 2017. Matt is now back in Langley and is ready to help our local players reach their hockey dreams.
Iris played goalie for Surrey Minor Hockey as a youth and all the way through Midget AAA. This past season he played with multiple teams, including the Kirkland Lake Goldminers and the Virden Oil Capitals, finishing off the season with OCN Storm. Iris has coached for Lynden Sammartino, the goalie coach for the Victoria Royals. He has also been working with Lynden as a player for multiple years, learning valuable tools that will aid him in coaching as well.
Mark is the owner and lead instructor of Maxx Force Professional Hockey Development. Injuries forced him into an early retirement from professional hockey, but his passion and love for the game continues. Hockey has led him down this path to help give back to young hockey athletes looking to achieve their goals through hockey, whether that be making the next rep minor hockey team to Junior A, University or further more to play professional hockey in the NHL or in Europe. Known for his explosive speed and quick release shot, Mark takes pride in teaching and mentoring younger generations of players. Passing down the techniques that were taught to him is important as he comes full circle and is able to give back the gifts that were given to him.
Matthew is a defenseman who grew up playing minor hockey right here in Langley. As a young boy, he used to skate around at NHTC with his Dad and brothers. He played 2 years in the KIJHL winning top Defense-man, followed by 2 years in the BCHL playing for the West Kelowna Warriors. Matthew has spent the last 2 years in the AJHL and won rookie of the year for the Whitecourt Wolverines. He just wrapped up his junior hockey with the Bonnyville Pontiacs. Starting in the Fall of 2019, Matthew will be attending Skidmore College in New York (NCAA Div 3) to play for the Thoroughbreds and further his education. Matthew is a great addition to NHTC for Private Training, especially for those aspiring defensemen.
From a family spanning 4 generations of Hockey Players, Coach Bob is a True Hockey Guy. His Passion and Knowledge for the game comes through in every Development Session. Currently in his 7th year of coaching, Bob is constantly assessing his own coaching style and philosophy. Bob’s coaching style can best be described as Solid Old School work ethic with new age techniques. To date, Bob has directly contributed to the development of; three (3) NHL Draft Picks, four (4) NCAA Scholarships and ten (10) WHL Players.
Bob is an experienced minor and spring hockey coach, who will push the players to their maximum effort. The goal for each player is improvement in a hard working and fun environment.
NHTC Head Instructor
Coach Ryan is the lead instructor and founder of Ryan Carignan Hockey Development. Ryan was also a head coach for Elite Skating for over 4 years and has done private training for BCHL and WHL players. He wrapped up his playing career at Concordia University where he received numerous awards for both the team and the league. While playing for the Thunder, he earned degrees in both Psychology and Teaching. Ryan is now a Grade 5 teacher for the Surrey School District. Ryan is available for Private Training and also leads classes and camps for us throughout the year.
Robin played his minor hockey in the Langley Minor Hockey Association then played in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League for two seasons with Trinity Western University. During hockey season he coaches with the Ridge Meadows Minor Hockey Association as a skills coach with their development program and an assistant coach. Robin is also a respected stickhandling coach with the Turcotte Hockey School.
Colton is a true home town hockey guy who loves the game. He grew up training training right here at NHTC (formerly NTR). He was one of the fortunate ones to play 4 years of Junior Hockey for his hometown team the Langley Chiefs.
Colton went on to play for the University of Alaska, finishing in year four as team captain, all while earning his business degree. Immediately after graduating university, Colton finshed the season with the AHL’s St John’s Ice Caps. He has played the past four seasons as a multi-use forward for the Iowa Wild of the AHL. Colton’s offensive skill was utilized in all situations, including regular shifts, power plays, and penalty kill. He’s the all-time game leader for the team. His success with the Iowa Wild has led him to a contract with the NHL Minnesota Wild. Colton is always welcomed back to NHTC with his immense enthusiasm for hockey and passion to assist young players develop their game.
Chris is a coach and developer with over 10 years of experience, working with players from H1 all the way to the professional level. Over those years Chris has helped build various programs, serving as strength and conditioning coach as well as on ice skill developer. Recently Chris has expanded his dryland training to focus on body maintenance, functionality, and longevity, obtaining his certification from Yoga Alliance as a yoga teacher. Chris prides himself on his ability to communicate and teach the game, allowing him to get the most out of every team and player. Chris’ motivation is to build men and women of character, providing the life skills necessary to be successful far after hockey is over. Chris is available for private lessons and group training at NHTC.
Josh Monk is a proud alumni of the Langley Minor Hockey Association. He played two years of Major Midget with the Valley West Hawks, earning an MML All Star award. Josh then went on to play four years in the BCHL. He was named the 2010 Rookie of the year while playing for the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, also earning BCHL 2nd Team All Star and CJHL All Star honours. Josh recently completed four years studying and playing at Providence College, bringing home an NCAA National Championship in 2015. As team captain, he helped lead the Friars to win the 2016 Hockey East Championship. Josh has been playing the 2017/18 season as a Defender with the Worcester Railers. He is back in Langley this Spring/Summer and is excited and ready to train our local players at NHTC.
Darcy Frederick has had a decorated playing career, including a PIJHL championship and league MVP, to becoming an established coach. Darcy’s teams have always been built on hard work, speed and team play. With 10 years coaching experience ranging from Midget AAA to H2, Darcy’s philosophy is based on strong team play with a heavy focus on fundamental skills and the importance of understanding hockey principles.
Darcy believes that your child’s all around game can improve with a combination of intensity, repetition and instant feed back from the coach. Darcy is the Head Coach of the 2004 AA NWB and coaches for LMHA during the winter.
Cindy is a NCCP level 2 trained coach, with twenty three years of coaching experience. She is currently registered with skate Canada, holds a valid first aid certificate. She has taught all levels and disciplines of skating, from pre-school through to starskate and competitive skate, both with children and adults. She has also had the pleasure of working with children with physical disabilities. Her passion with synchro started in 1997 where, as a skater, she travelled to her first National Synchro Championships in Hamilton.
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