United Hockey was created to provide high quality instruction and coaching for local players.
Each of our instructors has played or coached at a professional level
and several are currently still working at that level.
We recognize that you have choices when it comes to player development and we believe it is important for you to have information about who will be teaching your player
before you sign up for a camp.
Founder & Guest Instructor
Currently the head coach of the WHL’s Vancouver Giants (2019 Western Conference Coach of the Year), Michael is also a former WHL player, scout and director of player development. His playing career included four seasons in the WHL and two seasons of professional hockey in Japan. He has over two decades of coaching experience including Head Coach with the Lethbridge Hurricanes (Eastern Conference Coach of the Year) & Assistant Coach with the Medicine Hat Tigers, Lethbridge Hurricanes, Vancouver Giants and the Kootenay Ice.
Michael is also a well respected coach with Hockey Alberta & Hockey Canada. He most recently won a gold medal with Team Canada at the Men's World Championships in Riga, Latvia. Earlier in 2021 he helped lead Canada to a silver medal at the 2021 IHHF World Juniors in Edmonton. In 2019, he was the Head Coach for the U18 Men's National team at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in the Czech Republic. In 2010 and 2012 he was the Head Coach for Team Pacific at the World U17 Hockey Challenge.
Michael earned 5 provincial titles in 7 years of coaching for LMHA . During the 2017-18 season he earned the "Outstanding Coach" award at the AAA Mac's Midget Tournament and led his AAA Midget team to a bronze medal on the national stage at the Telus Cup.
Michael holds his Hockey Canada HP 1 coaching certification.
Founder & Guest Instructor
Wade is a former player, coach, and general manager. In 1989 he was an SJHL All-Star. In 1990 he was drafted in the NHL and in 1993 he was an NCAA All-Star and still holds the record for 5th all time goals scored and 2nd all time power play goals at the University of Alaska.
In addition to playing, Wade has been the Coach mentor for Team Yukon at the Canada Winter Games (2011), the Head Scout for Team Pacific at the World U17 Hockey Challenge (2012) as well as the Head Scout for Team Alberta at the Canada Winter Games in (2014).
In 2016 Wade won the WHL title with the Brandon Wheat Kings. He also won a gold medal with Team Canada at the U17 Hockey Challenge in 2015. That same year he also won the Scotty Munro Trophy.
Wade is currently a full time scout for the Colorado Avalanche and holds his USA Hockey Level IV, his Hockey Canada HP1 and his Power Edge Pro II.
Off Ice Performance
& Goaltender Instructor
Lead Skills Instructor
In addition to playing fifteen years of professional Hockey in Japan, Joel has also played in three World Championships one of which he was named Captain of the National team.
Joel also played five years in the WHL including a Memorial Cup appearance with the Seattle Thunderbirds. Joel has coached for both LMHA and Hockey Alberta and he is also a certified Power Edge Pro (PEP) Instructor.
Joel is a passionate coach who has a undeniable gift of passing his knowledge of the game and skill development techniques onto young players.
Alex is a sport performance coach with a specialization in sport movements and injury prevention. He brings a wealth of knowledge from personal experiences and science based applications. Alex has had a very extensive junior hockey career playing in the WHL, AJHL, and SJHL. Most recently Alex played at the CIS level for the Pronghorns at the University of Lethbridge where he graduated with a Degree in Kinesiology.