Dan’s two-decade hockey career, highlighted by his time in the WHL and leadership as captain of the Grant MacEwan University team, set the stage for his extraordinary coaching journey. Transitioning from a celebrated player to a revered coach, he led numerous successful hockey camps across Alberta and played a key role in the University of Alberta Golden Bears’ National CIS Championship win during his time there. His coaching style is unique, focusing on the mental aspects of the game, teaching stress reduction, centering, and visualization techniques. Dan’s comprehensive approach not only hones physical skills but also instills mental resilience, making him an invaluable mentor for aspiring hockey players. Working with Dan offers a rare chance to learn from a seasoned expert who excels in both strategy and player development.
On Ice Skill Instructor
Kennedy Ganser, a former captain of the University of Alberta Pandas hockey team and a graduate in education, epitomizes leadership in women’s hockey. Her impressive five-season tenure with the Pandas showcased her athletic and academic prowess. Now, as an assistant coach for the team, she passionately dedicates herself to growing the female side of the game. Kennedy’s journey is a testament to how commitment and skill can inspire and empower the next generation of female athletes.
Strength & Conditioning
Joel Jackson, a trainer on the Edmonton Oilers staff and with Competitive Thread brings a rich blend of experience as a former player in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League and ACAC, and as a certified personal trainer. Armed with a degree in Kinesiology and Sport Studies from Augustana University and a Masters (UofA) in the same field, Joel offers a unique perspective on athlete development. At the University of Alberta, he expertly trained both the Bears and Pandas teams, emphasizing the importance of off-ice training in player growth. His approach, deeply rooted in academic achievement and practical experience, focuses on harnessing the off-season for substantial player development, making him an indispensable asset in the realm of sports training.
On Ice Instructor
Greg Doll has been involved as a player and instructor with hockey for the past 18 years. He grew up in Peace River AB, where he played his minor hockey. Greg went on to play for the Bonneville Pontiacs of the AJHL, and then pursued an education while continuing to play hockey at Grant MacEwan University in the ACAC. Greg served as an alternate Captain for his final two seasons on the MacEwan Griffins. Greg has a strong passion for all competitive sport and obtained a degree in Physical Education from the University of Alberta. Currently, Greg is working as a Lead Instructor with Donnan and Vimy Hockey Academy, and has a keen interest in the instructional and developmental aspects of the game.
Power Skating Instructor
Britney Millar is from Kingston, Ontario and played women’s professional hockey while receiving a full scholarship to Mercyhurst University. Since her playing days ended Britney has studied hard to master the art of skating and pass that information on to aspiring young athletes. She currently resides in Edmonton, Alberta where she owns and operates Millar Powerskating where she works with many teams, associations and academies across Central Alberta. Look for Britney at our Sherwood Park Breakfast Clubs and small group Powerskating summer sessions.