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Meet our team
 
 

Mr.
Billy
Wilms

Academy Director / Educator (Sports Medicine & History)

Phone: 604 217 6509
Email: billy.wilms [at] abbyschools.ca

Mr. Wilms has been teaching in Abbotsford for over 20 years, and playing hockey for over 20 years. He is the Academy Coordinator for the Yale Hockey Academy.  He graduated from Trinity Western University with a Bachelor’s of Human Kinetics (BHK 2000), a Bachelor of Education from U.B.C. (B.Ed. 2001) and most recently, Masters of Educational Practice (M.Ed 2011) at Simon Fraser University (2011).

He has coached minor hockey at the ‘AAA’ level, (Pacific Coast Champions) as well as organized instructional hockey schools in the lower mainland. He is also the regional lower-mainland scout for the WHL Spokane Chiefs.  Mr. Wilms brings experience, knowledge as well as tremendous passion to this program. He considers himself fortunate to work with student athletes as his dream is to see sport academy students experience academic, and athletic excellence through the sport of hockey. Ultimately, winning at life (Life Champions) is his goal for all kids in the sport academy. 

Billy has worked with the academy since its inception in 2004.

 
 

Brad
Bowen

Director of Hockey Operations / U15 Prep Head Coach

Division: CSSHL U15 Prep
Phone: 604 996 4347
Email: boknowshockey [at] me.com

The Yale Hockey Academy is proud to have Brad Bowen on board with the program. Brad brings over 20 years of instructional experience with him as well as experience scouting at the major junior level (Portland Winterhawks) and NHL level (New York Islanders). Brad graduated from TWU with a Bachelor's of Human Kinetics. In addition to running the Vancouver Selects Program, Brad has coached within the Abbotsford Minor Hockey Association for many years.

Students are very fortunate to have Brad Bowen leading their program. Brad currently is head coach of the Yale U15 Prep Hockey Team.  

Brad has worked with the academy since 2006.

 
 

Erin
Thornton

Director of YHA Camps / U15 Prep Asst. Coach

Division: CSSHL U15 Prep
Phone: 604 615 0080
Email: thornton4 [at] telus.net

Erin brings extensive hockey and sport administration skills to our academy.  He held the position of Associate Director for BC Hockey from 2001-2008 where he was responsible for the Male High Performance Program, Coaching Program and several other development programs.  Erin holds a BA degree in Sport and Recreation Management from the University of Victoria.  He has played hockey at the WHL level (Seattle Thunderbirds) and has been a scout in both the WHL and BCHL.  Erin presently provides oversight to our Summer Hockey Schools program (YSA Development) and as an assistant coach on our U15 Prep Team.    

Erin has worked with the academy since 2013.

 
 

Andy
Neilsen

Goaltending Coach

Division: Goaltending Coach for U15 / U15 Prep / U17 Prep & U18 Prep
Phone: 604 217 1033
Email: andy [at] nextlevelgoaltending.com

Andy Neilsen has been developing goaltenders in Western Canada for over 20 years. He has an extensive background in Goaltending. His playing career includes Junior A, Major Junior and playing professionally.  Next Level Goaltending Development Inc. also consults for several minor hockey associations throughout the lower mainland.  Andy is a CAHA certified coach and has coached with Yale for the past 3 seasons in addition to  Abbotsford Minor Hockey Association for the past 10 years. He is well known in the hockey circles throughout the lower mainland for helping develop elite athletes. Throughout his coaching career he has helped athletes reach their goals ranging from AAA minor hockey, Junior, NCAA College, and the professional ranks. For information on Andy's goaltending schools / camps, please contact him at andy [at] nextlevelgoaltending.com

Andy has worked with the academy since 2007.

 
 

Doneau
Menard

Head Coach U15

Division: CSSHL U15
Email: hardcorehockey [at] telus.net

Doneau Menard joined the Yale Hockey Academy in 2018 as the Head Coach of our innaugural U15 team back in 2018. "Donzi" has a tremendous level  of experience at the elite level as both player, and coach.  4 seasons in the WHL with the New Westminster Bruins and Victoria Cougars as well as 2 years in the BCHL with the Chilliwack Chiefs and New Westminster Royals.  Menard moved on to coaching in the BCHL with both the New West Royals and Chilliwack Chiefs during the early 90s.  

 

 
 

Derry
Menard

Head Coach U17 Prep

Division: CSSHL U17 Prep Head Coach
Email: derrynards [at] hotmail.com

Derry is the head coach of our U17 Prep team, and has been in our program now for over 5 years.   Derry brings a wealth of experience to Yale as both a player and coach.  Derry played 4 years in the BCHL, before going on and playing professional hockey with the Johnstown Chiefs and Oklahoma City Blazers.  

 
 

Mark
Holick

Head Coach U18 Prep

Division: CSSHL U18 Prep
Phone: 236 888 3884
Email: markholick [at] gmail.com

Mark Holick brings over 20 years of coaching experience to the Yale Hockey Academy. His background includes six years behind the bench in the Western Hockey League as head coach of the Kootenay Ice (2007-10) and Prince George Cougars (2013-16). He was awarded the Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy as WHL Coach of the Year in 2010.  He has also coached professionally in the American Hockey League for the Syracuse Crunch (2010-12), and most recently, as head coach of HC Pustertal Wolfe in the Alps Hockey League.  Prior to coaching, Holick played professionally in the AHL, East Coast Hockey League and Central Hockey League.

 
 

Vik
Gill

Speed & Agility Coach

As part of our overall off-ice fitness & conditioning program, we also offer SAQP (Speed, Agility, Quickness & Power) classes for our student-athletes.  Vik is world-class in his delivery of key training points of how to maximize quickness and power which translates to on-ice exposiveness.  As part of the Athlete Development Institute, Vik brings our program to a whole other level with his expertise in this realm.  

 
 

Kim
Hawker

Sports Therapist / Rehabilitation

Kim Hawker brings a vast amount of care, knowledge & passion to our therapy and rehabilitation program.  Between working games for our teams, she also works alongside Mr. Wilms in our Sports Medicine 11 & 12 courses as lead Taping Instructor.  She is also ownser of MovementPR

List of qualifications:

- CAT© Certified Athletic Therapist (Canada) / ATC Certified Athletic Trainer (USA)

- NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

- EMR-FR and Canadian Red Cross Sports First Responder Certified

 
 

Antonio
Domingo

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Email: coachadomingo [at] gmail.com

Antonio Domingo is the head off-ice strength & conditioning coach for the Yale Hockey Academy.  He is a Coach / Mentor to many athletes in the Abbotsford community.  Domingo is certified in many areas and brings a truly multi-sport and multi-dimensional aspect to athlete training.  

NASM Certified Personal Trainer
CFES Certified Personal Trainier
BCPTI Personal Trainer Graduate
BCRPA Group Fitness Certified
Certified Indoor Spin Instructor
Strength And Conditioning Specialist
TRX Certified
Agatsu Kettlebell Certified
Certified Fascial Mobility And Recover Techniques
Trigger Point Certified