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Atom A1 – Shawn McQuistin
Shawn returns as the coach of the Atom A1 team. During his seven years of coaching, he has coached at various ages from Hockey 1 to Bantam at both the rep and recreational level as well as spring hockey for the past five years with the BC Kodiaks program.
Shawn grew up in Richmond and has been part of hockey from a young age. His approach to coaching is to create a family-like environment that allows my players to come to the rink and have fun while developing their hockey skills.
“Making hockey fun, in my opinion,” says Shawn, “is the key to getting the most out of your players and is what gives them the best opportunity to succeed.”
Atom A2 – Jim Seto
This will be Jim’s 16th year of coaching. He has coached Atom Rep – Midget Rep as well as several levels of spring hockey. Jim’s philosophy is about keeping it simple for the players. His priority is having fun while bringing structure and organization to game play.
Winning is not everything but rather developing and making the right decisions with and without the puck. Hockey is a team sport that he loves to participate in.
Peewee A1 – Steve Robinson
Steve Robinson returns to minor hockey as the head coach of the Peewee A1 team. Steve’s recent accomplishments include PCAHA Coach of the Year in 2018/2019, Provincial and Western Canada Bantam Championships, and PJHL league and playoff Championship with the Delta Ice Hawks for 2018/2019 season.
There are few things he enjoys more than coaching and building a team. Steve believes that no two players and no two teams are the same, and the formula for success never really changes. It must be inclusive, it must be fun, and it must be all about the team. When the team succeeds, everyone benefits.
Ultimately, his passion is rooted in the game, working with kids and team building. He hopes to provide all young players confidence, self-belief, and a road map to be an effective player and team member.
Bantam A1 – Mike Ikeda
Mike returns to coaching minor hockey in Richmond. He is a graduate of UBC and played hockey there for five years as well as junior hockey with AJHL. Mike has coached rep teams from Peewee to Midget, assistant coach with UBC, and was a scout for the Vancouver Giants. He brings his extensive experience to the Bantam A1 players to support and continue to teach them the game of hockey.
Midget A1 – Derek Chichak
Derek has been coaching hockey in Richmond since 1994, where he began coaching as an “Introduction to Hockey” coach with Seafair Minor Hockey. He has coached at every level of hockey from Intro to Junior B hockey since 1994, including four seasons as Bantam A1 coach with Seafair and seven seasons as Midget A1 coach with Seafair and Richmond, as well as four years as Juvenile A1 coach with Seafair and South Delta and two seasons with Delta Ice Hawks in the PJHL.
His approach to coaching is four-fold. First and foremost is to be organized. Lay out a strategy for the year and present those expectations to the coaches and players, both individually and globally.
The second is communication. Give ongoing feedback to players, coaches, parents, and the overall team. You must give them the good news but also the bad, while providing details on how to improve.
Thirdly, implement and repeatedly practice skills and systems that are critical to the success of the individual player and the team.
“Finally, have fun,” Derek says. “After all, it is just a sport. Keep it loose for everyone involved and enjoy the moment. Work hard to achieve your goals and have fun to enjoy your success.”