Through the Saints Pro Hockey Academy's vertical integration, we are extremely fortunate to have one of the best development staffs created for young athletes in the area who are looking to improve their skills both on and off the ice. This group is second to none and will take your athlete, skater or goalie to the next level in their hockey careers.
Steven Goertzen - SPHA Head Skills Coach
Steven Goertzen grew up in Stony Plain, Alberta and played in the Western Hockey League for the Seattle Thunderbirds. He was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft and has over 10 years of experience playing professional hockey at all levels. His NHL experience included time with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Phoenix Coyotes and Carolina Hurricanes under head coaches Gerard Gallant, Paul Maurice, and Wayne Gretzky. Steven also played internationally in the Czech Elite League and British Elite League. Steven has 13 years of experience in the growth and development of hockey players of all ages and talent levels. He is currently the Director of Player Development for the WHL Seattle Thunderbirds, AJHL Spruce Grove Saints, and Saints Pro Hockey Academy
Tyler Wowk - SPHA Skills Coach
Tyler grew up in St. Paul, Alberta and has over 12 years of professional skill development instructing experience where he has worked with athletes of all ages including many NHL and professional players. He was a head skating and skills instructor with a renowned hockey school in Edmonton for over 7 years prior to joining the Silent Ice team. He has many years of experience coaching Spring Hockey and Minor Hockey at multiple youth levels. Tyler’s knowledge extends beyond the North American game as he has also done extensive training in various locations all over Europe including Finland and Sweden. His expertise and detail in his edgework and body control techniques, combined with his excellent communication skills, provides athletes with game transferrable skills. Tyler is currently a skills development coach for the Spruce Grove Saints Junior A Hockey Club and has been with the organization for the past 3 seasons which includes an AJHL Championship in 2017-2018
Ian Gordon - SPHA Head Goalie Coach
Ian is currently the goalie coach of the Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) and Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) with time spent in the Hockey Canada system as the goalie coach of the Team Canada U17 program. The highlight of his coaching career coming as a member of the coaching staff of the 2017 WHL champion Seattle Thunderbirds who participated in the Memorial Cup as WHL champions.
With 18 years of professional goaltending experience in both North America and Europe, Ian Gordon has seen the constant changes in goaltending throughout his long career both in the crease and as a coach. Ian has experienced NHL, AHL and WHL training camps and understands the pressure every goalie feels on a game to game basis.