Meet the Coaches: Jen Trach

2021-22 Team: U9 Coaching History: 3 years with VFIHA (U7 and U9) What was your coaching pathway? As a kid I started figure skating, but I wanted to play hockey like my older sister. My parents told me I had to keep figure skating to be a better skater. I ended up loving both sports…

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Meet the Coaches: Ashley Tam

2021-22 Team: U18 C Coaching History: 2 years with VFIHA (U18 C) Where did you play minor hockey? I started playing hockey when I was seven. I played on a Vancouver Minor boy’s team for two years and then went on to play with the Richmond Ravens. Once I reached U18, I was playing with VFIHA.…

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Meet the Coaches: Liz Montroy

2021-22 Team: U18 C Coaching History: 8 years with VFIHA (U18 C) What was your coaching pathway? I played minor hockey with VFIHA, and shortly after my last U18 season, my coach asked myself and one of my teammates if we would be interested in returning to the team the following season as assistant coaches.…

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Meet the Coaches: Katie Gaskin

2021-22 Team: U18 A Coaching History: 2 years with VFIHA (U18 A), former U15 AAA coach in Toronto What was your coaching pathway? I started my coaching journey at age 17 as a powerskating and skills development coach in Toronto. My own powerskating coach, who I’d worked with since I was 12 years old, was…

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Meet the Coaches: Emily Froese

2021-22 Team: U13 A Coaching History: 4 years with VFIHA (U11 and U13 A), 1 year with Richmond Ravens Female Hockey Association (U13 C) What is your coaching philosophy? I believe that hockey has the potential to make a positive difference in every player’s life! I hope to help my players develop a love of…

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Meet the Coaches: Sandra Gans

2021-22 Team: U15 A Coaching History: 1 year with VFIHA (U15 A) What was your coaching pathway? I started coaching skills and drills when I was 15 at the local arena where I learned to skate in Toronto. To be honest, coaching was never formally presented to me. I needed a part time job in…

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Meet the Coaches: Jaime Yee

2021-22 Team: U13 A Coaching History: 4 years with VFIHA (U11 and U13 A), 1 year with Richmond Ravens Female Hockey Association (U13 C) What was your coaching pathway? To be honest, I don’t remember coaching ever being presented as an option. There were some opportunities to help out, but none of my teammates or older…

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Katie Gaskin returning as U18 A Head Coach

VFIHA is pleased to announce that Katie Gaskin is returning as U18 A Head Coach for the 2021-22 season. “What else can we say about the amazing Katie Gaskin?” said VFIHA Director of Coaching Jeff Smith. “Not only does Katie bring the hockey IQ of a professional hockey player, she is a tireless development coach who is…

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Sandra Gans returning as U15 A Head Coach

VFIHA is pleased to announce that Sandra Gans is returning as U15 A Head Coach for the 2021-22 season. “We are very happy to have Sandra back with the Angels in 2021-22,” said VFIHA Director of Coaching Jeff Smith. “Coach Sandra ran a strong program in her first year, an especially challenging first year due…

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Emily Froese and Jaime Yee returning as U13 A coaches

VFIHA is pleased to announce that Emily Froese and Jaime Yee are returning as U13 A coaches for the 2021-22 season. “We really appreciate the opportunity to continue working with Emily and Jaime,” said VFIHA Director of Coaching Jeff Smith. “They offer a great program for their rep players, striking a balance between having fun, helping players…

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