Barons Hockey

Barons Hockey Academy

Senior Hockey Academy Coordinator

Jaret Peel BED/BPED

Louis St. Laurent School Teacher for 10 years
Senior Hockey Academy Coordinator for 5 years
Varsity Men's Volleyball/Badminton Coach
SMASH Tournament Chair
Athletic Director


Head Coach

Blair Becker

Louis St. Laurent Hockey Academy Head Coach 2012-Present
Hockey Alberta 2012 Under 16 Western Challenge Cup – Head Coach
Team Pacific, 2011 Under 17 World Championships – Assistant Coach
Hockey Alberta 2009 Under 16 Western Challenge Cup – Assistant Coach
Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL) – Assistant Coach, 2008 - Present
Fort Saskatchewan 'AAA' Rangers (AMHL) Head Coach 2006-2007
Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) - Assistant Coach, 2005-2006
St Albert Midget 'AAA' Raiders (AMHL) – Head Coach, 2003-2005
St Albert Bantam 'AAA' Sabres (AMBHL) – Head Coach, 2002-2003
St Albert Bantam 'AA' Blues (EMHA 'AA') – Head Coach, 2001-2002
Hockey Alberta Under 16 Program
2001 Albert Cup – Assistant Coach
2002, 2003, 2010 Alberta Cup – Head Coach
2005, 2009, 2012 Under 16 Provincial Camp, Camrose
Hockey Alberta Under 17 Program Northern Camp
2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
Hockey Alberta Under 17 Provincial Camp
2007, 2008, 2011

Hockey Alberta Cup Coach Mentor - 2012
Hockey Alberta Future Leaders Development Mentor - 2011
Advantage Leadership Program, University of Alberta 2008
High Performance 1 Certified, 2008
Team Building Workshop by Focus Management, 2007
1 on 1 Leadership Training with Focus Management, 2007 - 2009
NCCP Theory 3 Certified, 2007
NCCP Theory 2, Certified 1993
Owner of Puck Masters Edmonton 2003 – 2005
Core Hockey Training – Owner, 2012 to Present


Rick Swan

Assistant General Manager/ Associate Coach of Bonnyville Pontiacs
2011 Team Alberta Under 16 Assistant Coach – Gold Medal Western Canada Challenge Cup
2011 Chinese Coach Exchange Program with the Chinese Ice Hockey Federation – Harbin, China
Louis St. Laurent Hockey Academy Head Coach 2010 - Present
High Performance 1 - NCCP 3 Coach
2 years Hockey Alberta Future Leaders Development Mentor
Hockey Canada Level 1 and 2 Specialty Skills Certified
8 years Midget AAA coach experience
2 years AJHL coach experience
4 years Hockey Alberta Program of Excellence Under 17 Team Pacific experience
3 years Alberta Cup Program of Excellence
3 years Hockey Alberta Future Leaders Development Program - Under 15
Former Vice Chairman Hockey Alberta Game Conduct and Management Committee
2008/09 AMHL Coach of the Year
2007/08 REM Midget AAA Minor Coach of the Year
2006/07 SPKAC Coach of the Year
2005/06 SPKAC Coach of the Year
2002/03 SPMHA Coach of the Year
Former player with University of Alberta Golden Bears, Lake Forest NCAA, and professional Essen Germany

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Larry Draper

Coaching Experience and Training
  • 23 years of coaching “Rep.Hockey” – including 9 years Midget AAA,  6 years Bantam AAA
  • 2012-13 Head Coach KC Pats Midget AAA.
  • 2012-13 Assistant Coach Spruce Grove Saints / Video / Individual Structure and Habits Coach.
  • 2011-12 Assistant Coach Spruce Grove Saints / Video / Individual Structure and Habits Coach.
  • 2011-12 Enerflex Cup Champions / Team Played in Doyle Cup.
  • 2010-11 Assistant Coach Spruce Grove Saints / Video / Individual Structure and Habits Coach.
  • 2012 Hockey Coaches Conference, Burnaby. BC / Presentations by Ken Hitchcock and many more.
  • 2008-13 Coach - KC PATS Midget AAA.
    • 2009 – 2013 Louis St. Laurent High School Hockey Academy Senior Instructor 
  • Instructor with Hockey Alberta’s Under 17 Team Pacific Program 2006 - 2009
  • Team Pacific Scout 2007 – 2008
    • Instructor at  High Performance Junior Preparation hockey camp every summer (June, July and August 2010-13).
    Specific Accomplishments
  • AMHL Midget AAA North Finals twice in the past 7 years
  • Progressed to Midget AAA Telus Cup Nationals 2005
  • Midget AAA AMHL Champions 2005
  • Midget AAA Pacific Regional Champions 2005
  • Midget 15 AAA R.E.M. League Champions 2007
  • AMHL Coach of the year - Fort Saskatchewan Rangers  in 2007-08 season
  • Certification & Education
  • Hockey Canada NCCP Advanced I and NCCP Level 3 Certification
    • Specialty Skills Level 1 and 2 Certified
    • 2009-13 Coach Mentorship with Billy Moores (Edmonton Oilers), Jason McKee (Spruce Grove Saints),and John Glen (Vancouver Giants).

    Associate Coach

    Dan Waschuck

    Dan has played hockey for over 20 years and in that time he has had four successful seasons in the WHL and captained the Grant MacEwan Men’s University Hockey Team. He participated in the Memorial Cup, played on the ACAC all star team and has been a Molson Three Star recipient and won awards as top goal scorer and points leader during his time with the Regina Pats. Over the last five years his focus has shifted from playing to coaching and he has run a number of successful development camps across Alberta with his company Competitive Thread. He is currently in his second full season as an associate coach with the University of Alberta Golden Bears while pursuing a PhD in Sport Psychology.


    Strength and Conditioning Coach

    Barry Butt BPE, CEP, MES, CSCS

    1. BPE (University of Alberta)
    2. CEP (Certified Exercise Physiologist)
    3. MES (Medical Exercise Specialist)
    4. CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist)

    I have been a Strength & Conditioning Coach training elite athletes for 15 years.  With a focus on training Elite Hockey Players.
    I have been working as Medical Exercise Specialist, helping people recover from injury, surgery and illness for 10 years.

    During the past 15 years I have worked at Grant MacEwan Collage as a Strength & Conditioning Coach/ Fitness Consultant. I have gained valuable experience working with a wide variety of clientele from elite athletes to clients with disabilities.
    About 10 years ago I created my own company Premier Strength & Conditioning Inc.  The focus of this company is on providing training programs for professional and elite hockey players.
    I am a Strength & Conditioning Consultant with Hockey Canada (National Women’s Program)
    I was Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Chilliwack Bruins for 3 years.

    My ideal client would be someone who has set goals for themselves and are driven to meet those goals.
    Elite Athletes - I specialize in training elite level athletes.  Particularly those who participate in speed and power sports such as hockey, football, volleyball etc,
    Post-Rehab - I specialize in working with adults who are recovering from an injury / accident.
    Fitness Testing – I specialize in administering a variety of reliable and accurate fitness tests/assessments.  Measuring body composition, aerobic fitness, strength, speed, agility, functional movement etc.
    I have had the privilege of training many professional/Armature athletes. 
    Current professional players include: Jason Chimera, Blair Betts, Brian Sutherby, Johnny Boychuck, Mark Letestu, Brendon Mikkelson, Josh Green, Vern Fiddler, Scottie Upshall, Steve Goertzen, Nick Holden, Grant McNeill Current WHL Players Include: Levko Koper, Brennan Yadlowski, Rhett Rachinski, Troy Rutkowski, Ryan Button, Travis Toomey, Steele Boomer, Jordan Rowley, Charles Wells, Aaron Borejko, Jesse Hilton


    Sport Psychologist and Registered Provisional Psychologist

    Nicolas Allen MA, BPE

    Nicolas is a Provisional Registered Psychologist (#734p) and Sport Psychologist with River Valley Counseling Services, the counseling arm of River Valley Health Sports Therapy and Injury Rehabilitation. His areas of special interest and expertise include, Sport and Exercise Psychology, Eating Disorders, Chronic Pain, and Depression.

    In addition to counseling, Nic has over a decade of athletic coaching and training experience and was a five-time member of the Canadian National Fencing Team. During his athletic career, Nic competed internationally at events including the World Fencing Championships, World University Games, and the Jr. Pan-American Fencing Championships.

    With a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education majoring in Sport Psychology, followed by a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from City University of Seattle, Nic has worked with athletes of all levels, including professional and amateur athletes. 

     Nicolas' energy and enthusiasm for sport and fitness are contagious, and his fun, integrated and positive approach to counseling and rehabilitation ensures our clients are motivated and encouraged to achieve their goals.

    Nicolas Allen, MA, BPE, MES
    Provisional Registered Psychologist
    River Valley Counseling Services


    Goalie Coaches:

    Dave Rathjen

    Dave grew up playing AAA hockey in Penticton , B.C. before going on to a successful junior career playing for the Penticton Panthers (BCHL), the Vernon Vipers (BCHL), and TriCity Americans (WHL). After junior, he attended the University of Alberta and played for the Golden Bears Hockey Program winning the national university championships in 2005. In 2005-2006, he signed a professional contract with the United Hockey League's Muskegon Fury and attended their training and exhibition camp. Dave has been instructing goalies for the past 13 years and has gained experience as the Head Goaltending Instructor for the Okanagan Hockey School, the University of Alberta Golden Bears Goalie School, and Edmonton Oilers Hockey School. Dave also runs goalie development camps, coaching clinics, and various evaluations for Hockey Alberta. Dave currently is the goalie coach for the Drumheller Dragons of the AJHL.

    Dave Rathjen
    (P) 780-686-3483
    (F) 780-637-9093

    Goalie Coaches:

    Jamie McCaig

    Jamie grew up playing AAA hockey in Prince George , B.C. before going on to a successful junior hockey career with the Prince George Spruce Kings (BCHL), Regina Pats (WHL), Penticton Panthers (BCHL) and the Merritt Centennials (BCHL). After concluding his junior career, Jamie went on to play for Brandon University Bobcats (CIS) and the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns (CIS). After completing his Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Lethbridge, Jamie went on to play for the Anchorage Aces (WCHL), Victoria Salmon Kings (ECHL) and the Bakersfield Condors (ECHL). Jamie has been instructing goaltenders for the past 10 years where he worked for the Goaltender Development Institute, OHS Hockey Schools and the University of Lethbridge Hockey School. Recently, Jamie was hired to be the goalie coach for the Chinese Women's National Ice Hockey Team. Jamie helped the team qualify for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Jamie has been working with the Grande Prairie Storm (AJHL) for the past 2 seasons where last season they won the 2009 AJHL league championship

    Jamie McCaig

    (P) 780-289-5450
    (F) 780-637-9093

    Goalie Coaches:

    Jesse Kallechy

    Jesse grew up in Sherwood Park , AB where he played for the Kings Athletic Club all the way through Midget AAA. Jesse has followed up his successful minor hockey career with an impressive start into the junior hockey world. Jesse played for the Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL), Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) and the Golden Rockets (KIJHL) in 2008-2009, Jesse was a unanimous all star selection while playing for Golden. In 2009-10 Jesse suited up for the Ft McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL). Jesse took the Oil Barons all the way to Game 7 of the League Championship series, along the way he was a finalist for goalie of the year, named to the All Rookie team, he was voted as an alternate all star selection as well as finishing in the top 5 for all statistical categories in the regular season. Jesse has been working for ATC Goaltending for the past 3 years; his superior technical skills allow him to be a great full gear demo goalie at all our summer camps.

    Goalie Coaches:

    Chad Carder

    Coaching Experience

    2005-2006 – Hockey Alberta Coaching and Leadership certification
    2006-2009 – Okanagan Hockey School Goalie Coach
    2008-2009 – World Pro Goaltending Instructor (Summer Camps and 1on1 sessions)
    2008-2009 – Hockey Alberta Goalie Skills Development Instructor
    2009-2010 – Goalie coach for 3 PeeWee teams in Grande Prairie, AB
    2010 - Current – ATC Goaltending Head On Ice Instructor

    Playing Highlights

    2006-2007 – Named to AJHL Prospect All Star Game
    2006-2007 – AJHL Prospect All Star Game MVP
    2007-2008 – Named to AJHL All Star Game
    2007-2008 – AJHL All Star Game MVP
    2008-2009 – AJHL Goalie of the Year
    2008-2009 – Top Goaltender (Team Stats) Winner
    2008-2009 – AJHL League Champion (Grande Prairie Storm)
    2009-2010 – Named to AJHL All Star Game

    Sports Biomechanics Consultant
    Making Stridz Athlete Development

    Brian Shackel

    Making Stridz Athlete Development is a sports consulting business which is dedicated to the growth and development of athletes of all ages and skill levels. Through the use of Dartfish Video Analysis Software athletes are able to use visual feedback as a method of improving their technique. Making Stridz Athlete Development is a strong believer of the importance of sport science and specifically Biomechanics on athlete development and performance improvement.

    Making Stridz Athlete Development was founded by Brian Shackel. Brian is a graduate from the University of Manitoba with a Masters Degree in Sports Biomechanics and a Bachelors Degree in Exercise and Sports Science. He has been working in the field of Sports Biomechanics for five years as a research assistant at the University of Manitoba and with Making Stridz Athlete Development. His area of expertise is on the mechanics of skating, but he has worked with athletes of all ages and skill levels in over 30 different sports skills.  Brian’s own sports background includes participating at the provincial level in hockey, baseball, golf and curling.  He has worked with athletes at both the grassroots level and the elite level and feels that all athletes can benefit from video analysis.

    Brian was born and raised on a farm in southern Manitoba. He takes pride on the importance of hard work and determination in reaching your goals. As a small business owner, he is dedicated to providing quality feedback to athletes and coaches in order to improve their athletic development and help athletes reach their goals, no matter how small or big these goals might be.

    Making Stridz Athlete Development

    Brian Shackel
    M. Sc. Sports Biomechanics, B.E.S.S.
    Sports Biomechanics Consultant

    Office:  (780) 932-2903