Meet the RHA Staff
Ron played hockey for 15 years up to Midget Triple AAA and has coached various teams for 10 years. In 2015 Ron founded JR Riggers as a spring hockey program to supplement the minor hockey winter program. After a few successful spring seasons and a high interest in the program, Ron decided to expand the academy to year-round programming and joined the Hockey Super League (HSL) for the 2019-20 winter season. In 2020, the JR Riggers was rebranded to become Riggers Hockey Academy (RHA). Ron hopes to develop high level hockey players not restricted by boundaries and he strives to meet the developmental goals of families looking for more than what minor hockey offers. His passion for the game extends to RHA and fostering success in the next generation of hockey players.
Development & Recruitment Director
2013 Major Head Coach
Dan has played hockey for 23 years in Canada, as well as overseas in Germany & the UK. He has 16 years of extensive coaching experience and has his High Performance 1 coaching certification from Hockey Canada. Dan was an assistant coach for the Lloydminster Bobcats in the AJHL with the team ranking 6th in Canada. He also coached the 2004 Western Canada Selects to the 2017 World Championships in France. Dan has coached several draft prospects including: Matthew Savoie (drafted by Buffalo Sabres 8th overall in 2022), Rieger Lorenz (drafted by Minnesota Wild 56th overall in 2022), Josh Davies (drafted by Florida Panthers 186th overall in 2022), Bowden Singleton (Okotoks Oilers; committed to North Dakota), Nolan Flamand (Kelowna Rockets) & Daniel Hauser (Winnipeg Ice).
Dan has worked alongside NHL shooting coach Tim Turk for 7 years. As an affiliate of Tim Turk Hockey, Dan is the owner of DNA Hockey Development where he specializes in shooting, passing, puck control & technical strategies. Dan is also an instructor at Pro Stride Hockey in Edmonton.
As a non-parent coach, Dan is committed to supporting the development of our RHA players this season and helping our athletes achieve their true potential.
Nathan brings a deep understanding of the goaltending position to our program. Having played just under 20 years as a goalie, including 4 years of Junior A and 2 years at NAIT, Nathan has pivoted to coaching over the last 4 years.
Having founded True North Goaltending, Nathan focuses on breaking down the position so that goalies understand the why behind what they are doing and can build a solid foundation for consistent and efficient goaltending.
2011 Major Head Coach
Hockey has been a part of Tim's life since he was a kid. After playing competitive hockey for many years and at many levels- AAA, Junior, and Pro- he never really considered coaching until he was asked to coach at the Bantam level. This is when he realized he had a passion for it. Tim enjoys helping the kids learn and develop, while teaching them the many components of hockey. The fantastic coaching he received at all the levels has given him a strong foundation to build from. Building character, helping kids develop their hockey skills, and making sure their hockey experience will grow friendships for life is his main focus as a coach.
2011 Minor Head Coach
Aaron began his coaching career seven years ago and has worked with initiation aged players up to and including U11 players. He uses his previous coaching experiences, as well as drawing on his days playing competitively at the Junior level, to leverage his knowledge and experience of the game when working with players and coaches on and off the ice. Aaron's goals include but are not limited to create and maintain a positive atmosphere, improve player skills, and provide the tools needed for athletes to see, understand, and better appreciate the nuances of the game. He strives to help athletes learn and grow from one practice or game to the next, allowing them to improve and reach their maximum potential.
2012 Minor Head Coach
As a Development 1 Certified Coach, Stacy is heading into his 13th season of coaching. His experience ranges from initiation to U18, most recently as assistant coach with Spartan Major HSL. Stacy's coaching philosophy is "Confidence Builds Champions". His goal is to develop players into better hockey players and to teach the value of "TEAM".
2013 Minor Head Coach
Ian has 34 years of extensive coaching experience at various ages and skill levels in Canada & Japan. He has coached Midget AAA, Junior B, Junior A camps & WHL camps. Ian was the youngest certified Level 4 coach in Western Canada and has won provincials 7 times during his coaching career. Several of Ian’s previous players have transitioned into pro hockey over the years. Ian also led the Riggers Hockey Academy’s HSL 2010 Minor Team to become the division champions for the 2021-22 season. In addition to hockey, Ian has coached lacrosse and is the founding member of several lacrosse & hockey clubs across Western Canada. Ian is committed to helping our 2013 players develop individually and as a team, have fun and ignite their passion for hockey!
Development Team Head Coach
Kyle played minor hockey in Killam up to Midget level before playing in the WHL for the Prince George Cougars and Regina Pats. In 1997, Kyle was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 3rd round of the NHL draft. In 1999, he was signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay Lightning. Kyle coached Junior B hockey for over 4 years. He is a sports enthusiast who is looking forward to sharing his previous player background to help develop the next generation of well-rounded hockey players.
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