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The Explosive team has a proven track record of success in teaching and training female hockey players in the lower mainland.
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PERFORMANCE COACH Marcie Munro

Marcie Munro comes to the ‘Explosive Female Hockey Development Organization’ as a seasoned Figure Skater who has lived ‘on the edge’ since she was 6 years old.  Marcie specializes in sharing and coaching Edge, Power & Stride techniques to hockey and ringette players as well as figure skaters of all levels and ages. 

Coupled together with Conflict Management skills to assist with the process of limiting the negative aspects of team sports, while increasing positive expression, Marcie believes in enhanced learning through more of a long term player development approach.

Communication between players and coaches is crucial to adopt a ‘player centered model’ in coaching; thus, augmenting learning and group outcomes in an organizational setting through performance enhancement and by managing teams on and off the ice. 

Competitive by nature, Marcie is sought after not only for her expertise in team building and her personal leadership style, she is also well known for her solid negotiation and motivational strengths.  A definitive multi tasker, Marcie is results driven and takes pride in her strong people oriented and communication skills.

Marcie holds a Master of Arts Degree in Conflict Analysis and Management from Royal 
Roads University, Victoria, B.C.  Marcie’s key strengths include: Coaching, Leadership, Team Building, Communication, Negotiation, Conflict Analysis.

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PERFORMANCE COACH Gwen Lemieux

Gwen Lemieux represented B.C. 7 times at the Canadian women’s Senior Nationals. Best result was a 4th place finish.  Gwen has been coaching ice hockey for over 30 years at every level and attained her Hockey Canada High Performance (HP) coaching certification in 1998.

2007-2011 Gwen was BC Hockey Lower Mainland High Performance Coordinator for U18 and U16 females. Gwen coached at the Canada Winter Games and as a (HP) coach and General Manager in Ball Hockey, led Team Canada to Gold (2015) Team USA Silver (2017, 2019) at the World Ball Hockey Championships.

Gwen’s strengths are in the area of preparing teams for short term competition and mental training. Gwen believes that the best athletes make the best hockey players. Her experience and knowledge encompass an athlete centered training focus in following the (LTADM) Long Term Athlete Development model. There are many components to becoming a successful athlete and Gwen will help guide you in the areas that you need to enhance, whether it’s in the area of fitness, nutrition, and your mental training program.

Gwen is a hockey scout and knows what the recruiters are looking for.  She can help you get to where you want to be while developing the skills required to learn this fun game of hockey.  Gwen has a degree in Conflict Analysis and Management, Royal Roads and is currently in her 37th year of policing.

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PERFORMANCE COACH Kelsey Firkus

Kelsey Firkus played NCAA hockey for the University of Wisconsin- Superior, played for Team BC as an alternate captain and played for the Fraser Valley Major Midget team where she finished as team captain.

Kelsey grew up playing boys hockey where she played rep at the Bantam level until she switched over to girl’s hockey at the midget level.

Kelsey holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Superior.  Kelsey has been coaching for over 14 years, coached summer camps, pro-d-day camps, Learn to Skate, Parent and Tot, Hockey Fundamentals, Powerskating, Edge Power Stride, Adult learn to skate, Adult Learn to Play, and high-performance regional team practices among many others.  Kelsey has run the on-ice portion of different team try outs and has worked with skaters, hockey players and ringette players, in many different associations.

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PERFORMANCE COACH Aimie Wallace

Aimie Wallace grew up in North Delta, B.C. and began playing hockey at the age of 7.  She played ‘boys hockey’ because at the time, there were no girls teams.  Aimie developed her strong skating and hockey skills from being enrolled in various male oriented power skating programs and playing in organizations with boys her age. 

At age 15, Aimie was playing Sr. AAA women’s hockey.   

Her parents took the roles of coach and female hockey development advisor, which later helped to create possibilities for girls to play on female hockey teams. 

Aimie’s Mom, Karen Wallace, played a pivotal role when it came to promoting and growing Female Hockey in BC.  Karen represented BC Female Hockey Development, which was not only recognized in British Columbia but all of Canada.   

In 2019, Karen Wallace was inducted into ‘TheBC Hockey Hall of Fame.   

Due to Karen’s dedication and tireless efforts, she was the catalyst to effect change in girls hockey’ and the reason why girls in Canada are able to lace up their skates and participate in the sport of hockey with equal opportunity. 

Aimie played at a National level for over 15 years, taught power skating, learn to skate programs, ‘trialled’ for Canadian Women’s World Hockey, and coached Junior Girls.  Aimie’s dream was to play a sport that she loved and be paid for it; however, hockey was not a sport that women were paid to do.  Aimie then transitioned into playing golf.  Within 3 years of playing, she became a CPGA Golf Professional and pursued her career in the industry for 8 years as a teacher and player. 

Aimie’s passion is wholeheartedly in playing sports along with coaching nutrition.  She continues to play golf and hockey at a recreational level and is passionate about her business, ‘AIM Wellness’; whereby, she is dedicated on focusing on balancing individual needs based on their personal specifics.  Some of which include: nutritional teaching and coaching, functional nutrition, bodyweight training, and recovery programs.  One of Aimie’s many strengths is her devotion to ‘giving back’ serving women in health, athletic development and personalized sport performance. 

 

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PERFORMANCE COACH Agnes Pau

Agnes Pau, has been involved in minor hockey at the grass roots level for over 20 years. Agnes is a student of the game and loves coaching female athletes of all ages and levels.

She started coaching in 1997 with the Tri-Cities Female Ice Hockey Association (TCFIHA) in its formative years. She coached 10 seasons in the Port Coquitlam Minor Hockey Association (PCMHA) and was recognized in 2001 as PCMHA Initiation Instructor of the Year.

Agnes is a certified Hockey Canada Development 1 coach. She is currently in her 8th season coaching with TCFIHA. In 2013 she was awarded Coach of the Year with TCFIHA. She is the Coach Coordinator on the TCFIHA Board of Directors and is part of the Association’s Coaching Committee.

Agnes has been involved in various BC Hockey Female Program of Excellence camps both as an evaluator and on-ice help.

In 2013 Agnes was one of 20 nominees in the Pacific Region in Kraft’s Hockey Goes On Contest. In 2015 she was honored to be chosen one of Kraft Canada’s Top 100 Unsung Hockey Heros.  

Agnes strongly believes that “if she can see it, she can be it!” In 2017 she organized Champ Camp with US Olympian Michelle Picard. She also organized a Predators Skills Clinic with NWHL All-Star Kaleigh Fratkin of the Boston Pride. 
 

She believes teamwork, dedication, sportsmanship is best learned through sport and as a coach she is not just teaching hockey skills but also life skills.

Photos by Phillip MacCallum / HHOF-IIHF Images.

ADVISORY DIRECTOR Nancy Wilson

Nancy Wilson is well known in the Hockey circle having been involved in coaching for over 30 years. Nancy coached both on the male and female side of the game at the club, provincial and national level. In 2007 she was head coach of our Women’s Junior National team and in 2008 the assistant coach for our Women’s Senior National team. Nancy joined the IIHF Ambassador program in 2010 as a mentor to team Kazakhstan leading to the 2014 Olympic Games. 

Nancy was the BC Hockey Provincial Coach responsible for overseeing the development of high performance athletes who had been identified by the National program from 2005-2008 after which she was appointed Head Coach of the Women’s UBC Thunderbirds team from 2008-2011. 

Nancy was head coach of the Vancouver Griffins, National Women’s Hockey League, which was the first ever women’s professional league. When travel across Canada proved to be too expensive for this newly formed league, Nancy shared In organizing the Western Women’s  Hockey league acting as Governor and Head Coach of the BC Breakers. She was nominated Secretary and later Vice President of the League. 

Nancy was recognized for her work in hockey in 2013 when she was  inducted into the the BC Hockey Hall of Fame

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PERFORMANCE COACH Jeff McCaughan

Jeff McCaughan, lead performance coach for Explosive Hockey Development (male division).

His passion for the sport, coupled with his desire to coach youth hockey provided him the fuel to begin a new program aimed at delivering a world class program that is based on high energy game like situations and scenarios while elevating all elements of the participants skill level.  

Jeff believes in value and the ability to produce a positive development experience that will create this value for each player during each program.  Jeff believes that there is a need for female hockey development within the lower mainland – hence why we created the program, to provide a hockey development option for female players of all ages.

Jeff is a certified skating coach and has been formally trained on stride analysis (biomechanics) and Power Edge Pro hockey systems.

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