Hockey Coaching Staff

Meet our Specialized Coaching Staff

Willie Desjardins - Program Director


  • NHL Coach - Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Dallas Stars
  • WHL, CHL, and AHL Coach of the year
  • Two Western Hockey League Championships with the Medicine Hat Tigers
  • Gold and silver medals with Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships
  • American Hockey League Championship with the Texas Stars
  • Bronze medal at the 2018 Olympics with the Canadian Men’s National Hockey Team
  • Bachelor of Education - University of Saskatoon
  • Masters of Social Work - University of Calgary
Darren MacMillan - Academy Program Development Coordinator Email:
  • Masters of Education in Coaching Studies - University of Victoria
  • Hockey Canada Coaching Certification
    • Coach 1 - Intro to Hockey Coach
    • Coach 2 - Coach Level
  • Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts - University of Lethbridge
  • 23 years teaching experience 
  • 7 years minor hockey coaching experience
  • 11 years as hockey school instructor at Canadian Professional Hockey School and Find Your Stride Hockey School
  • NCCP Theory Levels I, II and III
  • Played Junior A for Nipawin Hawks and Olds Grizzlys
Ken Dzikowski - Academy Teacher and Instructor Email:
  • Bachelor of Education - University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Played four years at Minnesota Duluth (NCAA)
  • Played six seasons in Germany’s 2nd Bundesliga with REV Bremerhaven and Heilbronn Falcons
  • Owner of Find Your Stride Hockey School
  • 12 years teaching experience
Lorne Toews - Academy Teacher and Instructor Email:
  • Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education
  • Played four seasons with the Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
  • Played eight seasons of professional hockey (ECHL, AHL, IHL, WPHL, WCHL, Germany’s 2nd Bundesliga)
  • Over 16 years as instructor with Find Your Stride Hockey School, Medicine Hat College Summer Hockey Camp, Medicine Hat Tigers Hockey School and Fire on Ice
Ben Thomson - Academy Instructor Email:
  • Played five seasons with the Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
  • Played three seasons with the University of Alberta Golden Bears (CWUAA)  
    • 2003-04 University of Alberta Hockey Alumni Trophy as the CIS (West) Most Outstanding Freshman
    • 2004-05 Major W.J. 'Danny' McLeod Award as the CIS University Cup Most Valuable Player
  • Played one season with the Houston Aeros (AHL) and Texas Wildcats (ECHL)
  • Played five seasons with the Ravensburg Towerstars in Germany’s 2nd Bundesliga
Brayden Desjardins - Academy Instructor Email:
  • Hockey Canada Development 1
  • Hockey Canada High Performance 1
  • Assistant Coach HC Dalen, D1 Sweden
  • 6 years Medicine Hat Minor Hockey Association Coach
  • Minnesota Hockey Camps Branerd Coach for elite players
  • Played Dallas stars T1 elite
Jarred Sauer - Academy Instructor Email:
  • Kinesiologist
  • Physical Preparation Coach
  • Played five seasons in WHL with the Swift Current Broncos and Medicine Hat Tigers
  • Played three seasons at the University of Calgary (CWUAA)
  • Spent two seasons as assistant coach of Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
Steven Kuhn - Academy Instructor Email:
  • Played for Old Grizzlies (AJHL)
  • Played four seasons with the Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
  • Played four years with St Francis Xavier University (AUS)
  • Played two seasons of professional hockey in France and Australia
  • Business degree with a major in accounting
Brant Becker - Academy Instructor Email:
  • Played SJHL with Lebret Eagles
  • Played ACAC with SAIT and Red Deer College
  • Played three seasons of professional hockey (UHL, EPL, Germany’s Oberliga)
Matt Wong - Academy Goalie Coach Email:
  • Medicine Hat Tigers Goaltending Coach
  • Seven seasons as Goaltending Coach in AJHL with Drumheller Dragons and Brooks Bandits
  • Owner of King of the Crease Goaltending
  • Minor Hockey Goaltending Coach in Medicine Hat
  • Played two seasons in the AJHL with the Olds Grizzlys and two seasons in the BCHL with the Victoria Grizzlies and Alberni Valley Bulldogs
Emerson Etem - Academy Instructor and Skills Coach Email:
  • 2010 NHL first round draft pick, Anaheim Ducks
  • 173 NHL games (Ducks, Rangers, Canucks)
  • 2009-2012 Medicine Hat Tigers, WHL
  • 2011 & 2012 World Junior Championships, Team USA
  • Worked with industry leaders Adam Oates and Darryl Belfry
Stefan Meyer - Academy Instructor Email:
  • Academy Instructor
  • 2003 NHL second round draft pick, Florida Panthers
  • 20 NHL games (Panthers, Flames)
  • 2000-2005 Medicine Hat Tigers, WHL
  • 11 years of professional hockey (NHL, AHL, SEL, DEL2, EIHL)
  • Certified Power Skating Instructor
  • Worked with industry leader Tomas Pacina