SARDIS HOCKEY ACADEMY: COACHING STAFF 2012-13
HARVEY SMYL: On-Ice Instructor:
Harvey started his professional career as a hockey player with the St. Albert Saints team in 1980 and went on to play at Michigan State University NCAA hockey.
Coach Smyl started his coaching career with the Chilliwack Chiefs in 1993 and, after 5 years in Langley, is returning as bench boss for the Chiefs.
As Head Coach & General Manager, 2011 is Harvey’s 19th season at the helm of the Chiefs organization. Harvey's Chiefs have always advanced to the play offs including three BCHL Championship teams, 1994-95, 1999-00, and 2001-02. Twice those teams advanced to the Royal Bank Cup, which included a Bronze Medal in 2000. He has been BCHL Coach of the Year four times.
DOUG AST: On-Ice Instructor
Doug finished a three year stint as a player with the Chiefs in 1994 before embarking on a 13 year playing career.Doug is the only player to Captain the Chiefs for two seasons and is the Chiefs all time leading scorer with 242 points. The 2012-13 season is Doug's second behind the Chiefs bench.
PAUL NICHOLLS: On-Ice Instructor
Paul Nicolls professional experience in hockey includes seven years as both a player and referee. Paul also has 14 years experience working as a personal sports trainer for numerous professional and amateur hockey players.
Paul’s career as a player took him through Canadian Under 18 Program, the BCHL including the Chiefs,
WHL, CIAU, RHI, and NCAA, where he signed a Letter of Intent to Northern Michigan.
Paul finished his Pro hockey career in Michigan with the UHL.
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NEIL MURPHY: On-Ice Instructor:
Neil played Junior A hockey with the Vancouver Centennials in the BCJHL, was drafted by NHL's Boston Bruins and played 3 years for the Boston Braves (the Boston Bruins farm team) in the AHL. Coach Neil has successfully coached minor hockey at various levels in the Chilliwack area for almost 30 years. As head coach for CMHA Midget AAA (1993-1994), his team won the Provincial Championships, and placed 3rd in the Province the following year. More recently, his CMHA PeeWee AAA Bruins (2009-2010) team won their Divisional Banner. Neil has also worked as an on-ice instructor and developed several Hockey and Skating Programs with CanLan Sports at Prospera Centre. Neil is currently an Assistant coach with CMHA Bantam AAA Bruins, a head coach for the '97 Prospects (out of Abbotsford), and Instructor with the Chilliwack Middle School Hockey Academy.
BRANDON FLEENOR: On-Ice Instructor:
Brandon joined the Chiefs coaching staff prior to the 2011-12 season. A former player with the Chiefs, Brandon also played six years of pro hockey including stops in Tacoma, Cleveland and Milwaukee.
JULIE ELLIOTT: Off-Ice Instructor
Julie Elliott is a Physical Education and English teacher at SSS, and Athletic Director for school sports. She is a certified exercise physiologist (CSEP), certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), and a certified Level 1 fascial stretch therapist (FST-1). Julie has worked as a Registered Kinesiologist training, rehabing injuries and providing exercise programs for a wide variety of clientele. As an athlete Julie competed with VIU, and UBC in Volleyball, competeing in Nationals at the CCAA level and CIS level. She then went on to play basketball in Norway for a season. Upon returning she took up rowing while upgrading coursework and competed in the nationals pair and eight with UFV. It's fair to say she loves Athletics, movement and training.