Kevin Noble

Owner/Head Instructor
In his seventh 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. Retains a  Masters of Science in Sport Management from the Unversity of Coventry, England. Kevin has been working and running hockey schools for the past thirteen years.

Brett Ponich

Owner/Head Instructor
Played five seasons 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.

Chris Bruton

Owner/Head Instructor

Played five seasons of professional hockey. Currently working in Sales and Business Development for Allied Technologies LTD. Former member of the New York Islanders Organization 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. Retains his MBA from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

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 12th year of professional hockey playing for the Montreal Canadians Organization of the National Hockey League.

Tryg Strand

Head Instructor

Fourth year Student/Athlete at the University of Guelph, currently working towards a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Marketing and Management.

Nathan Lieuwen

Goalie Coach

Nathan played professional hockey for 5 years from 2012-2017, including playing in the NHL for the Buffalo Sabres. He also played 5 years for the Kootenay Ice of the WHL, winning the Ed Chynoweth Cup and Playoff MVP in 2010-2011.

During his career, Nathan has worked with some of the best goalie coaches in the world including Francios Allaire and Jim Corsi. This gives him a very dynamic and diverse coaching style that fits the needs of any goalie.

Nathan has been an active member of NET360 for the past 4 years. NET360 is a Goalie Development Program that brings in numerous top level/NHL coaches and a group of NHL goaltenders in a “think-tank” environment to provide current and innovative training.

Kiana Strand

Head Instructor

•    Born and raised Invermere, British Columbia and  grew up playing local hockey until Grade 10 where I began to play with a AAA team for the Kootenays.
•    In Grade 12, Kiana moved again to play hockey at the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame.
•    Kiana played with the University of Prince Edward Island, and was named Captain in her fifth year.
•    She graduated in her fourth year with a Bachelor of Business Administration specializing in International Business, and is currently working towards a Certificate of Spanish Fluency.

Josh Makarchuk

Junior Instructor
Josh is coming into his fourth year working with the Columbia Valley Hockey School. Throughout the winters, he acts as a Co-Coach with the Trails West Learn to Skate program and has been doing so for four years as well. Coming out of his fifth year with the Calgary Royals, Josh intends to pursue hockey next year at the Junior A level in Canada.

Mitchell Bracken

Junior Instructor

•    Mitchell is 16 years old and has worked at the Columbia Valley Hockey School for the past two summers.
•    He is currently in his fourth season with the Calgary Royals. Some of his hockey achievements include a Gold medal at the 2012 Alberta Winter Games and an Alberta Cup Championship with team Calgary South in 2015.
•    He aspires to take hockey to the highest possible level that he can.

Garrick Bracken

Junior Instructor

•    Garrick has played for the Calgary Royals for the past four years.
•    He has spent many summers attending the Columbia Valley Hockey School and is currently entering his third year as a coach for CVHS.
•    Garrick is also a provincial Champion road cyclist.