Instructors

Kris Mallette

Kris is entering his 5th season as an Assistant Coach with the Kelowna Rockets and has been behind the bench for the last 10 years at all levels.  Kris is a former Kelowna Rocket defenseman and was a 3rd round draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers.  He played 9 years of pro hockey before pursuing a coaching career.  During his time with the Rockets he has worked with Madison Bowey, Josh Morrisey, Lucas Johansen, Devante Stephens and Cal Foote.  All signed to NHL contracts under his tutelage.

 

Ryan Jorde

Ryan is a born and raised Kelowna Minor Hockey product who was drafted in both the WHL and NHL.  He made his junior debut at 15 for the Tri-Cities Americans and went on to play 5 years in the league.  After that he joined the Rochester Americans of the AHL.  He played 10 years of professional hockey before coming back to Kelowna to get into coaching.  He coached at the Pursuit of Excellence before moving on to the Hockey Canada Skills Academy and Dynamic Edge power skating and skills.

 

Jessica McCullough

Jessica grew up playing hockey with her 3 brothers.  She played Midget AAA and then was asked to play on the first ever Women’s Junior-level team in Calgary.  She went on to play for St. Francis Xavier University.  During her four years the team was AUS champions, CIS bronze medalists and CIS Silver medalists twice.  She had the pleasure of playing against team Canada players during this time.  In her fourth year she was recognized by her team and received the Irene McFarland award for Dedication and Leadership.

 

Cody Keus

Cody has been coaching youth hockey since 2011.  As a goalie himself, he has provided specialized instruction for goaltenders as well as being head coach with Castlegar Minor Hockey since 2012.  Privately, he has worked with all levels of goaltenders from novice to college.  He has spent time working with many goalie coaches including NHL goalie coach Pasco Valana learning many valuable techniques on training all levels of goaltenders.

 

Elli Naderi

Elli has been in and out of rinks working, playing, coaching and skating her whole life.  She has a background coaching through USA Hockey for beginner to intermediate levels and joined with the City of Kelowna and District of West Kelowna as an instructor for Learn to Play/Skate programs when she moved here 6 years ago.  She has a combined 10 years coaching experience and a lifetime of skating experience with a specific interest in power skating and technical development.  Elli’s work with children has extended throughout her life and she strongly believes in the role of team sports and positive, encouraging environments for a child’s growth and development in all aspects of life.

 

Quintin Laing

Quintin is going into his third year as Head Coach for Kelowna Minor Hockey.  He was a forward for the Kelowna Rockets for 4 years and in his final season with the Rockets he was the teams leading scorer.  He was drafted in the 4th round to the Detroit Redwings and would go on to have a 15 year career playing professional hockey.  Some of his career highlights include playing in the NHL for the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals.  During his time with the Capitals he was honored with being the team’s nominee for the Bill Masterton Award which is awarded to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.