Barons Hockey

Barons Hockey Academy


Rick Swan

High Performance 1 - NCCP 3 Coach
2 years Hockey Alberta Future Leaders Development Mentor
Hockey Canada Level 1 and 2 Specialty Skills Certified
7 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
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

Advanced 1 - NCCP 3 Coach Level
Head coach Midget AAA 6 yrs
Head coach Midget AA for 2 yrs
Head coach Bantam AAA for 6 yrs
Head coach Bantam AA for 3 yrs
4 years Hockey Alberta Program of Excellence Under 17 Team Pacific experience
1 Year Louis St. Laurent High School Hockey Academy Senior Instructor
2007/08 AMHL Coach of the Year
2006/07 Head Coach REM Midget AAA Minor league champion
2004/05 Head Coach AMHL Provincial champion
2004/05 Head Coach Pacific Regional champion
2004/05 Head Coach Telus Cup Participant

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 13 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 8 years.

During the past 13 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


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


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