OUR STAFF
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PHE Teacher & Hockey Program Coordinator

TANNER
MURRAY

On ice training, fitness training and credited course instruction will be conducted under the supervision of EMS Teacher, Tanner Murray. Tanner holds a Degree in Education from the U of A and an Associate Diploma in Kinesiology. He has worked in the Surrey School District as a Physical Education Teacher and LST for over 10 years. Tanner played college level hockey and coached at the Midget AAA level in Alberta. This will be his 6th year coordinating the Hockey Academy at EMS.

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Skills Coach

DAVE
NEWSON

Dave is both a skills coach and the head of curricular programming for the on-ice skill development portion of the HPHSA at EMS. Outside of the Academy, Dave works with a dedicated board of community leaders to enhance the minor hockey experience for the members of SEMI Hockey. He brings leadership and resources to a great group of coaches who provide a positive growth experience for players in their hockey development.

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Skills Instructor

SHANE
KUSS

Shane played junior hockey with the Surrey Eagles, the team that would eventually retire his jersey at the South Surrey Arena. Shane attended the Canucks training camp in 2000 before heading overseas to play professionally. He ultimately returned home to start a career in developing and coaching players. Shane was head coach of the Delta Ice Hawks for 9 years, twice winning the provincial championship and was also the Head Coach and GM of the Surrey Eagles from 2007-2010.

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Skills Instructor

MATT
ERHART

Matt played junior hockey with the Surrey Eagles and won the 1998 Royal Bank Cup and played Div. 1 hockey in Quinnipiac. He graduated as the second leading scoring defensemen in school history. Matt has been involved in coaching for 14 years from minor hockey to major junior. Matt was the head coach of the Surrey Eagles from 2010-2016. He led the Eagles to BCHL Championship was named the coach of the year in 2012. Matt most recently coached the Delta Hockey Academy from 2015-2018.

Goalie Instructor

ANGELO
MAGGIO

Angelo is Magic Goalie Development’s head goaltending consultant and recently named Goaltending Coach for the Portland Winterhawks. Results speak for themselves, as many of his goaltending students have achieved elite status in both Canada and the US.  Angelo’s 34+ years of high-level training and playing provide him with the knowledge and understanding that is so crucial in the skill and character development of up-and-coming goaltenders.

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Skills & Fitness Coach

CHRIS
RENGERT

Chris has proven himself to be an excellent Head Coach with SEMI Hockey. His impressive hockey background (including Jr. A and NCAA) and his experience as a  professional trainer, give him the tools necessary to help prepare our Academy players for the rigors of what it will take to play at their best next season. His ability to relate with the players, while maintaining high expectations of character, make him a great instructor and role model both on and off the ice.

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Fitness Coach

Skills Instructor

JOE
SCALI

Joe is a professional fitness coach at the Semiahmoo Athletic Club in White Rock.  In addition to his expertise in training athletes, he brings an impressive hockey background to the Academy. Joe played Jr. A in BC and then NCAA Div. 1 hockey at Cornell University. After graduation, he continued his career playing two seasons of pro hockey in Texas. Joe’s passion for fitness and hockey give him the perfect balance to both motivate and inspire our student athletes.

TOPHER
PLONKA

Topher received a scholarship and played college hockey at Lindenwood University, a Division 1 school located in St. Louis, MO that plays in the American College Hockey Association (ACHA) and graduated with a BA in International Business in 2007.  Topher was the head power skating instructor with the Edge of Excellence Skating School in Kelowna.  His most recent coaching experience was with BWC as the associate Head Coach of the 2018-19 Elite 15s.  He has 5 years of Head Coaching experience at the Pursuit of Excellence Bantam Varsity team and the Edge of Excellence Spring PeeWee teams.  Topher also has experience at the Junior level as he was the Assistant Coach/Assistant GM for 4 seasons with the Castlegar Rebels of the KIJHL and helped lead them to a conference championship in the 2010-11 season.