Darren played his minor hockey in his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario. At the age of 16 Darren left Thunder Bay to explore the Junior A ranks in Central Ontario. Darren’s junior career comprised of a full year with the Georgetown Raiders of the OPJHL and 2 full years with the Parry Sound Shamrocks where he was named team captain and awarded the MVP Award and Top Scorer Award is his final season of play. Darren then accepted a hockey scholarship to Ottawa University to play for the Ottawa Gees Gees of the OUA (CIS). After a season ending injury (1998) Darren transferred out West to play for the University of Calgary Dinos. Darren spent 4 full seasons as a part of the varsity Dinos program while obtaining a Major in Economics and a Minor in Marketing. After 4 successful years with the Dinos, Darren pursued his professional hockey career and played with the Miami Manatees (WHA) in 2003 and the Knoxville IceBears (SPHL) in 2004 to 2005 until his professional career came to an unfortunate halt with a career ending injury. After retiring from professional competition Darren has continued to utilize his passion for the game of hockey and has coached the SW Royals Bantam AAA hockey team as well as supported local hockey development at various levels. Darren currently resides in NW Calgary and is actively working as a Mineral Landman in the Oil/Gas industry.
Tim grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario where he developed his early skills in the Thunder Bay Kings (AAA) program. He spent two years (1997-1999) playing for the Portage Terriers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League where he was a First Team All Star and led all MJHL defencemen in scoring during his sophomore season. Tim then accepted a full athletic scholarship to Northern Michigan University (Wildcats-Division I) of the CCHA, where he developed a unique understanding of the responsibilities and dedication to compete at an elite American university. He then went on to complete his BKin. in Pedagogy at the University of Calgary, while being a member of the Dinos Men’s Hockey program. Tim has worked with on and off ice hockey development programs for the last 10 years in and around Calgary (Banff International Hockey School, Dinos Hockey School, Mini-University (U of C) and Torjager Hockey Camps). He is currently a teacher with the Calgary Board of Education and strives to develop strong student athletes of the 21st century. Tim has had the opportunity to coach at develop players in various international settings which include the Czech Republic, Germany, Sweden and Finland. He has experienced coaching at the World Selects Invitational and the Czech Challenge Cup which sees the top players from Czech Republic, Russia, Latvia, Sweden, Finland, USA and Canada compete. He was also named the North American Co-Coach, alongside Jason Nicholetts at the WSI in 2011.
On-Ice Head Instructor
Spartan Hockey is also excited to announce that Jamie Steer has committed to being the Head Coach for the 2002 Coyotes. Jamie is an icon in the Calgary and Area hockey scene. He has competed at the International level for the Canadian National Team and was educated in the NCAA Division 1 ranks as a Huskie with Michigan Tech in the WCHA. He is currently the Director of Hockey Operations within the Okotoks Minor Hockey Association. Over the past 5 Spring seasons Jamie has dedicated his coaching to the Alberta 99′s. The Alberta 99s are considered the best 99s in the Calgary area. Coach Jamie’s goal with these players was to develop them so that they could compete for positions within their Associations Bantam AAA programs. This year 13 of those 17 players made their Bantam AAA teams in their first year. This is a definitive accomplishment which Spartan Hockey is proud to now have associated with their program. Jamie will focus the same efforts to provide our 2002 born players with the same opportunity over the course of the next few years.
On Ice Instructor
Matt, born and raised in Calgary, and as a young hockey player competed for the Properties Organization before moving to Ontario where he played his midget and Junior hockey in the OHA. Matt’s professional carrier extended across the Eastern U.S. all the way to Sweden. Matt laced them up for teams in Norfolk, and Evansville of the EPHL, before jumping on an opportunity to play over seas where he skated for the Jonstorps Tigers Div1 in Sweden. Upon returning to North America he finished with stints in Twin City of the SPHL, and Battle Creek of the AAHL. As a hard nosed defensemen Matt earned the nickname “Fridge” for his ability to make his opponents feel like they were just hit by the large appliance. Matt’s coaching resume includes the NWCAA minor midget AAA Stamps and the Bantam AAA Jr 97 Flames program. Currently Matt is the Head Coach for the Calgary Northstars Hockey Associations minor midget AAA Canucks.
Head Goaltender Instructor
Jacob grew up in Calgary, Alberta and played his minor hockey within the Calgary Buffaloes organization as a goaltender. He carried his team to the Telus Cup final and was named a First Team All Star in the AMHL. He went on to compete at the Major Junior level and had stops in Seattle (WHL), Brandon (WHL) and Saint John (QMJHL). His consistent play between the pipes was rewarded when he was drafted in the 3rd Round by the Philadelphia Flyer in 2008 and attended the NHL Combine Camp. He went on to compete at the Memorial Cup final back to back years (2010 & 2011). In 2011, Jacob won the President’s Cup and Memorial Cup as a member of the Saint John Sea Dogs and was named 1st Star of the Memorial Cup Final. In that same year he was awarded the Jacques Plante trophy for the best GAA in the QMJHL. He was also nominated for the CHL Goaltender of the Year Award. After an extremely successful Junior career, Jacob attended the Phoenix Coyotes development camp which sees the top prospects for the Coyotes skate and compete for positions within the organization. At this time Jacob is currently residing in Calgary and attending the University of Calgary on an academic/athletic scholarship from the CHL. He is the head goaltending instructor for Spartan Hockey and the Calgary Coyotes spring program.
Devin grew up playing minor hockey in Calgary, where he played for the NWCAA from Bantam through Midget. After finishing his minor hockey he moved on to play for the Columbia Valley Rockies in the KIJHL. Following his playing career he moved on to attend the University of Lethbridge where he obtained a BaSC in Kinesiology and Pyschology. While attending school he spent 3 seasons as an Assistant Coach for the Midget AA Hounds which he helped guide to the league finals every season, winning the Championship once. While coaching Midget AA he achieved his development I and II certifications from Hockey Alberta. Windle then moved on to become an Assistant Coach with the Midget AAA Hurricanes where he ran the defence. This past summer he completed Hockey Alberta’s High Performance I Coaching Seminar in Camrose enroute to being named Head Coach of the Bantam AAA Golden Hawks. Devin has recently been awarded a position as a Coach on the Alberta Cup Calgary South team and has a strong philosophy of developing complete players that can compete at Elite levels. He is a welcome addition to the Coyote Hockey family and is excited to work with players within our network.
Jeff grew up and played his minor hockey in Sherwood Park, Alberta and eventually joined the Alberta Chain AAA Midget program.From this experience Jeff was invited to a try-out for the University of Wisconsin as well as the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League. After competing in the try-out camps Jeff was sent to Calgary and played with the Calgary Spurs for a short period of time and decided to retire from hockey and pursue a secondary education full time. Jeff has graduated within the Engineering Design field and is working on completing his Business Management Degree.
Jeff is married and has two boys that are active in the Calgary Minor Hockey system and has focused his passion of the game through coaching his two boys. He is a graduate of the American Coaching Academy and is a Development 1 certified coach and has worked with different power skating and hockey skill development organizations including a mentorship with Wally Kozun (Coach of the Women’s Olympic Gold Medal Team). Most recently Jeff has had the opportunity to coach and develop players to compete throughout North America such as Vancouver, Winnipeg, Anaheim and Minnesota. Jeff is currently coaching at the Pee-Wee and Novice level for the Midnapore Hockey Association.
Jeff brings a commitment to providing an athlete –focused atmosphere within a process that includes competition, dedication, mental and physical preparation, and fun in a safe, positive environment.
Charlie grew up and played his minor hockey in south Calgary and eventually in the Calgary Buffaloes Hockey Association, earning Most Dedicated Player award with the AAA Buffaloes in 1992. Charlie then moved on to play Junior A for the Calgary Royals of the AJHL, serving as an assistant captain in his second year. His play earned him a scholarship to 2012 Frozen Four finalist Union College to play Division 1 hockey for the Skating Dutchmen in the ECAC. During his junior year at Union, Charlie received the Charles N. Morrison award given to the student athlete who participates in extracurricular activities while demonstrating academic achievement. He served as team captain his senior year receiving the Coaches award and graduating with a BSc. in Geology (1998).
Following his college hockey career, Charlie was invited to try out in the American Hockey League with the Providence Bruins. After training camp and two exhibition games he was sent down to Boston’s ECHL affiliate the Greenville Grrrowl. Charlie played one full season in the ECHL before making the decision to retire from hockey and return to Calgary to pursue a Master’s Degree at University of Calgary.
Since 2000, Charlie has coached at different levels including one season with the Southern Alberta Selects and 2 seasons with the NWCAA midget AA Bruins. Most recently, he has focused his coaching efforts on his son & daughter. In 2012 Charlie served as an assistant coach with a 2004 Elite spring team and currently coaches in the Midnapore Hockey Association at the novice level.
Dave Lindberg has been involved in hockey for over 40 years. He played Junior and College hockey in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He then proceeded to get involved in player development from a coaching standpoint and worked with the Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Association for over 20 years. During this time he had the opportunity of coaching teams to the Canada Winter Games in 2002 and 2004. He has also coached and developed players from Novice to Junior (Stony Plain Flyers Junior B) at the developmental and the Elite levels. Dave is an active member of the National Coaching Certification Program and currently resides in Spruce Grove, Alberta. He is currently working with the Atom AA Spruce Grove Saints.
Phoenix Coyotes Power Skating Coach
Mark is the power skating and skills coach for the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes and the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage. Mark has previously been the power skating instructor for the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), Chicago Blackhawks (NHL), Phoenix Roadrunners (IHL), as well as, many professionals including NHL 1st round draft picks and Division I College players. Mark is an accredited USA Hockey Level coach and an outstanding teacher that takes an interest in developing each and every skater to their maximum potential. Mark also brings limitless energy every time he is on the ice teaching. Mark has partnered up with Spartan Hockey Development Inc. to provide the most dynamic on ice skating development Alberta has been exposed to. He will be providing development in the Alberta region in March, August, November and December in 2011.
NHLer and Calgary Flames Alumni
Rhett grew up in Shaunavon and played his minor hockey in Saskatchewan. He continued to grow a mature as a player and joined the Saskatoon Blades (WHL) in 1992-93. Rhett had three strong seasons in the WHL in which he amassed 84 points in 195 games while establishing himself as a defensive powerhouse in the league. This defensive skill set provided him with the opportunity to represent his country at the World Junior Championships on home soil in Red Deer, Alberta where he contributed to winning Canada’s third straight GOLD MEDAL. Warrener then went on to play over 700 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Florida Panthers, Buffalo Sabres and Calgary Flames. He was identified as a smart and reliable defenseman that played a tough and rugged style of hockey. His positional play and ability to kill penalties provided an edge for the Calgary Flames for years and was an integral component during the memorable 2004 Stanley Cup play-off run. Rhett retired in 2009 and is currently residing in Calgary. He is involved in broadcasting with THE FAN 960 and Sportsnet , while also giving back his knowledge and abilities through Defenseman Specific Camps within the Spartan Hockey Family.
On and Off-Ice Instructor
As a dual citizen of Canada and the United States, Mike spent the majority of his minor hockey career in Chicago, Illinois playing for the Chicago Young Americans AAA Hockey Club who competed in the Michigan National Hockey League. At the age of 15, Mike moved back to Canada to attend High School in Wilcox, Saskatchewan and play AAA hockey for the famously known Notre Dame Hounds. He then joined the Junior ranks and played three seasons of Junior A hockey for the Yorkton Terriers (SJHL), Green Bay Gamblers (USHL), and finally finishing his Junior A career as a Team Captain of the Olds Grizzlys (AJHL). Mike went on to play College hockey in the NCAA for the formerly #1 nationally ranked St. Norbert Green Knights of the NCHA for 2 seasons. He then moved to Calgary to finish his Bachelor’s Degree and College hockey career for the Mt. Royal College Cougars of the ACAC. After completing his College career Mike gained playing experience at the professional level by suiting up with the Port Huron Beacons (UHL) and the Knoxville Ice Bears (SPHL) for a portion of the 2004-05 season. Mike continues to be involved in a variety of on-ice and off-ice skill development programs. Mike currently resides in Calgary working as a Physical Education teacher and Physical Therapy Assistant at a private elementary school in Calgary.
Udo Kaufmann has been involved with hockey at the “major midget” and “major junior” levels for twelve years working with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL and the Calgary Buffaloes of the AMHL. Being part of the Buffaloes coaching staff highlighted his hockey experiences with two national midget championships in 2006 and 2008. Most recently, Udo has rededicated his efforts to coaching minor hockey in Calgary at the Novice level as a means of teaching his son and other young athletes about the joy of the game. Udo, who grew up in Calgary, spent his minor hockey there as a goalie and culminated his playing years with the Calgary Buffalo Hockey Association in their AA Midget program. Udo is actively involved in the development and recruiting for Calgary Selects Hockey at the 2001 to 2005 level.
On Ice Instructor
Seiji began playing his hockey in the Banff/Canmore Minor Hockey Association and competed in various AAA hockey programs. He developed his academics and athletics at Caronport High School before signing with the Fort MacMurray Oil Barons of the AJHL. Seiji then played two seasons with the Canmore Eagles and was named to the AJHL Prospects game in 2002-2003. While acquiring his BA in International Relations, Seiji developed his coaching and instructing as an Assistant Coach in the Canmore Minor Hockey Association, as well as, an on-ice instructor with the Banff International Hockey School (2002-2010). Seiji’s hockey developmental skill set and enthusiasm for the game has provided an exceptional learning environment for Elite players of all ages.
On Ice Instructor
Evan grew up in Canmore and Cochrane playing on many different AA/AAA hockey teams. At the age of 14, Evan made the early jump to midget hockey which paved his way to start his junior career as a 16 year old with the Cochrane Generals. Evan went on to play four full years as the Generals goaltender, including capturing the Heritage Junior Hockey League Championship in his final season. At the conclusion of his junior career he was hired as an Assistant Coach with the Generals. He worked behind the bench for three years and won his second HJHL Championship in 2009. Evan is a NCCP certified Development 1 coach and has experience as an on-ice instuctor at various hockey schools, including working with the Hockey Canada Skills Academy. Currently, Evan is the Head Coach of the Bow Valley ‘Midget AA’ Timberwolves.
Tyler grew up in Prince Albert and played his minor hockey in Saskatchewan. He led the Prince Albert Mintos to a Telus Cup Championship and was named top forward at the tournament. He then went on to play 3 seasons in the WHL for the Calgary Hitmen. In the 2009-2010 season, Tyler helped the Hitmen capture the WHL championship and then went onto compete for the Memorial Cup. Following his championship season, he was invited to the Phoenix Coyotes rookie camp. The following season Tyler was named captain of the Calgary Hitmen. After a successful junior career, Tyler decided to chase down an education. He is attending the University of Calgary pursuing a business degree on an academic/athletic scholarship from the CHL. Tyler has been a head instructor for the past 5 years at the hockey school based in his hometown.