Owners and Head instructors

Chris Bruton

Owner/Head Instructor

Played five years of professional hockey in North America and Britain. Former New York Islanders contracted player and Captain of Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League. Lead Spokane Chiefs to a Memorial Cup Championship in the 2008 playoffs. Acadia University Graduate. Completed his MBA at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

Brett Ponich

Owner/Head Instructor

Played five years of professional hockey in the American Hockey League and ECHL. Currently playing for the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings. Former Captain of the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. Drafted by the St Louis Blues 48th overall in 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Kevin Noble

Owner/Head Instructor

In his sixth professional hockey season currently playing for the Coventry Blaze in the EIHL. Kevin played for the Edmonton Oilers farm team in the ECHL and AHL for three seasons. Mercyhurst University Graduate and former NCAA Division 1 Captain. Currently working on his MBA at the Unversity of Coventry, England. Kevin has been working and running hockey schools for the past ten years.

Adam Cracknell

Head Instructor

Former Kootenay Ice player of the Western Hockey League. Drafted in the 9th round by the Calgary Flames in the 2004 NHL Draft. Currently in his 11th year of professional hockey playing for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League.

Dan Gendur

Head Instructor

Drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in 2007, played 5 seasons professionally between the AHL, ECHL, and CHL, retiring in 2013. Played 4 years between the Prince George Cougars and the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League. Dan’s passion is coaching, currently he is the Head Coach of the CFR Chemicals Midget AAA Bisons based out of Airdrie, Alberta.

Nolan Kent

Goalie Coach

Nolan was raised in Chestermere, Alberta and played Midget AAA for the Leduc Oil Kings before joining the Spruce Grove Saints of the AJHL with the hopes of earning a NCAA scholarship. Recently attended the selection camp for WJAC Team Canada West. Nolan has past experience coaching goaltending at World Pro Goaltending Summer Camps.

Copper Point Stay Packages

Register for any of the Columbia Valley Hockey School sessions: July 24th, July 31st or August 7h and receive an exclusive Sunday – Thursday rates at Copper Point Resort for your entire family. Weekly rates quoted above are exclusive to check-in on Sunday with check-out on Friday only. Accommodation Offer expires June 15, 2017.

  •  1 Bedroom Suite – single or double occupancy: $799 + tax Sunday – Thursday
  • 2 Bedroom Suite – single or double occupancy: $1250 + tax Sunday – Thursday

Contact Info

Welcome to Columbia Valley Hockey School!

Columbia Valley Hockey School was founded in the summer of 2014 by Chris Bruton, Kevin Noble, and Brett Ponich. CVHS offers camps for motivated athletes ages 5-17 and all skill levels. Having been created by 3 current professional players, CVHS is designed to focus on what professional players wish they had focused on in their years of development. All three instructors bring multiple years of experience at the professional level and share a passion for passing on their craft to the upcoming generations.

Having instructed multiple camps over the course of the past decade, our instructors know what it takes to get the most out of young athletes. From skating mechanics, shooting, and stick handling, to off-ice training, mental training and current NHL guest instructors, Columbia Valley Hockey School will bring your game to next level.

Being based in the beautiful Invermere, B.C, we offer an opportunity for parents to relax and enjoy themselves with the local attractions while trusting our head instructors to maintain a focused and fun camp for their young athlete.

Our goal is to create an opportunity for the up and coming generation to use each off-season so that they are best prepared for not only the start of next season, but also making the transition to higher levels.