The Surrey Falcons are extremely proud to announce the following Rep coach appointments for the 2020-2021 season.
Midget A – Riley Hanberg
Riley grew up playing AAA hockey with South Delta Minor Hockey association. During this time he was an instructor at the South Delta Hockey school, was selected to the Canada Dry Midget “A” All-star tournament and was awarded the graduating scholarship by the South Delta Hockey Association.
After an eight year break to complete his Doctorate of Optometry he returned to the Lower Mainland and began coaching in minor soccer, baseball, softball and hockey. His passion for hockey and developing young athletes has allowed him to coach 15 different hockey teams over the last seven years ranging in age from Initiation to Bantam in the Cloverdale, Surrey Falcons and Vancouver Selects associations.
He is known for his dedication to the players on his teams. He believes minor sports are a microcosm in which our youth can develop and find purpose through team and individual goal setting and the passion and hard work required to achieve these goals. He is excited to start the new season as the Surrey Falcons look to continue a strong presence in the Midget A division.
Bantam A – Jag Bal
The Surrey Falcons are pleased to announce Jag Bal as Head Coach of the Bantam A1 team. Jag grew up playing AAA hockey in Richmond and continued his playing career with the Richmond Sockeyes, as well as two seasons with the Chilliwack Chiefs of the BCHL. Jag was also a referee in the Western Hockey League, CIS, and BCHL from 1995 to 2001.
Jag is also entering his 7th season as a scout in the WHL. Jag is currently the Senior Scout for the Seattle Thunderbirds.
Jag’s coaching career began in 1995 and he has coached with the Surrey Falcons for the past 6 seasons.
Pee Wee A – Dean Shiels
Dean played Junior B for the Grandview Steelers, Junior A (BCHL) for the Langley Thunder and was an Academic All-Canadian Defencemen for the UBC Thunderbirds (CIS). After College Hockey he played for the Powell River Regals (Senior AAA) and won an Allan Cup National Championship in 2006. In 2007 Dean played for Team Canada in an International Pool A World tournament in Belarus (The Polese Cup) where they played top KHL team Salavat Yulaev Ufa, the Belarus National Team and the Latvia National Team.
Dean has coached and taught hockey players from Atom to the NHL level for the past 18 years. He is the Vice President of Athlete Services & Franchise, Senior Performance Coach & On-Ice Skills and Skating Coach for TWIST Performance + Wellness. He has also coached and trained over 75 NHL players both on and off the ice and hundreds of Pro, Junior, College players and elite minor hockey players since 2003. Notable players Dean has worked with from their bantam and junior age and through their NHL career include Morgan Reilly (Toronto Maple Leafs), Karl Alzner (Washington Capitals) and Dan Hamhuis (Dallas Stars). In his minor hockey experience he has coached Bantam AAA, Vancouver Selects and Initiation & Novice in Cloverdale. Dean has been coaching with Surrey Falcons for the past 3 years (Novice and Atom C1).
Dean’s specialty is power skating with a focus on speed and power development, movement, skill development and strength and conditioning.
He has a Bachelors of Human Kinetics and a Masters in Business (MBA) as well as Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach (NSCA) and a TWIST Master Coach. He is currently finishing his teaching certificate of qualification for BC.
Further coaching appointments will be released as we approach the new season……….