The Brooks Bandits are proud to announce the hiring of Kevin Yellowaga
as the hockey club’s Skill Development Coach. Kevin comes to the
Bandits with a lengthy playing and coaching resume. Most recently he
has been involved with the Bandits in a scouting role along with working
with their Calgary based players in the off season.
Kevin currently operates his own business, Puck Smart Inc. where he
offers Coach Mentoring, Team Training, 1 on 1 Training, Motivational
Speaking and Coach Certification Clinics. Kevin’s passion for teaching
skills began as a school teacher in 2000 where he started one of the
first Hockey Canada Skills Academies in Pincher Creek, Alberta. Kevin
has also worked with both the National Sport Academy and National Sport
Development where he held positions of Head Instructor and Senior
Director of Player Development respectively.
On the ice Kevin played in the Western Hockey League from 1986-1989
with the Brandon Wheat Kings, Moose Jaw Warriors and Saskatoon Blades
before joining the University of Lethbridge from 1990-1994. He then
moved on to play professionally in the Netherlands before starting his
coaching career back in Canada.
Head Coach/GM Ryan Papaioannou, “Kevin is tremendous with young people
and will provide something to our players our current staff could not.
He fits in well with our culture having an extreme attention to detail
and teaches innovative techniques that will develop our players
individual skill sets. This is another move to further the experience
of playing for the Brooks Bandits along with giving us the opportunity
to develop our players at a more efficient rate. Kevin’s addition to
our staff completes one of our big off season goals.”
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)