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Technical Director Message - Ryan Allen

I would like to thank the Grande Peace Athletic Club for the opportunity to be the Technical Director for the 2019-2020 season. 

Prior to coming here as the Technical Director it was clear that there was a strong foundation already in place for GPAC and this has helped immensely with the transition.

It has been a good first five months with everyone involved with GPAC helping to build not only the brand of our club but also create a smooth transition for my family as well.  Our coaching staff have been especially receptive to the new philosophies and the new culture we want to instill every day. 

Our players have had a positive experience and have completed numerous team-building activities and community involvement activities, which have included raising money for the homeless as well as cooking thanksgiving dinners for the less fortunate.  On top of all this our teams have been competitive so far this season and we are only looking to see this further develop off and on the ice.

We have a lot of goals we are looking to achieve this year that will help with the overall growth for the future of GPAC and this could not have been done without our board of directors providing endless support to ensure that our players and coaches have the tools they need to get this done, whether it be extra ice, video software or equipment.

Lastly, I just wanted to add that we have had a great amount of community support for GPAC including another successful annual GPAC Day.

Strength & Conditioning Coach - Jordan McTaggart

Jordan played for every GPAC Team and went on to play three years for the Grande Prairie Storm. The next three years were spent at Red Deer College playing for the RDC Kings and receiving a Diploma in Kinesiology: Coaching & Sports Performance. The next two years he completed his Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Kinesiology at the University of Alberta-Augustana while playing for the Vikings. Jordan has owned and operated TAGS Athletic Gym for four years in the spring and summers but is beyond excited to take his ventures full time this fall. Jordan is extremely passionate about bringing the best possible training environment and facility to the Peace Country for athletes to develop. 

Power Skating Instruction - Tanya Chomyc

Tanya Chomyc is the Owner/Operator of Power Plus Hockey Skating in Grande Prairie. Tanya grew up in Wembley, Alberta just outside of Grande Prairie on her family’s Elk Ranch. Tanya played Minor Hockey in Wembley and then joined the Grande Prairie Minor Hockey system in Bantam and Midget to play with the ‘AAA’ female program. Following her Minor Hockey career Tanya moved her Hockey and Educational pursuits to Calgary to join the University of Calgary Women’s Hockey Team. In her time at U of C Tanya won an ACAC Championship, a Canada West Gold Medal, a National Championship, Team Captain Honours, and received the Educational & Athletic Award of being named Academic All Canadian.  Upon completing her University Hockey career and her Degree in a Bachelor of Kinesiology in Mind Sciences (BKin, MNSC) she moved back to Grande Prairie to pursue her business goals. In 2014 following nearly a decade of working at the company Tanya purchased Power Plus Hockey Skating.  Since purchasing the company, Tanya has had the opportunity to work with hundreds of athletes all over Canada and provides a variety of services including dryland training, private lessons, team-specialized sessions, power skating technique-based programs, and conditioning and skills camps. The Peace Country has always been home for Tanya, and she loves the people, the area, and the opportunity this region brings.  In their spare time Tanya and her Husband Matt, along with their Son Porter love enjoying the outdoors, spending time with family & friends, and running & biking with their Dog Harlee. Tanya continues to look forward to the opportunity to work with local Coaches, Parents, and Athletes, and is extremely proud of the talent in the Grande Peace region.

Goalie Development Coach - Kurtis Mucha

Kurtis grew up in Sherwood Park and played for the SPKAC before being drafted into the Western Hockey League and moving into a 5-year career there.  He split his time between the Portland Winter Hawks and the Kamloops Blazers.  During his time in the WHL, he attended 2 NHL camps; the Phoenix Coyotes in 2008, and the Edmonton Oilers in 2009. He chose to take advantage of the WHL Scholarship package and attend the University of Alberta to earn his Science Degree while playing for the Golden Bears. During his time with the Bears, the team won the Canada West League 4 out of 5 seasons as well as National Championships in his last two years.  Currently, Kurtis is in his 6th season with the Edmonton Oil Kings as Goalie Development Coach.  He also coaches with the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the AJHL, as well as consulting for many Edmonton and area AAA teams.  Kurtis is very excited to join the exceptional program that GPAC has developed and looks forward to developing excellent goaltenders and, more importantly, excellent people. 

 

Mental Preparation - Matthew Bain

Matt has held multiple roles in the field of human performance. With a combination of high-performance sport experience, academic study, and professional practice, Matt has worked to improve performance at levels of development through to Professional and Olympic. Knowing the steps to develop success is key in the mental and emotional realms of sport. Mental training is a growth area. Matt’s education includes master’s degrees in education & Sport and Exercise Psychology, and currently doing his PhD in Sport Psychology. Currently practicing as a Registered Provisional Psychologist and a Mental Performance Consultant allows Matt to reach all facets of the mental side of sport and performance. 

 

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