Coaching Staff

Ron Johnson: Owner, and Technical Director, EHS founder 2010. Ron retired from coaching junior hockey in 2013 after over 38 years of teaching. He is continuing his love of teaching focusing now primarily skill mechanics and offensive tactics. He brings an incredible  passion for the game and a genuine love of teaching, working with students ranging from 6  to 40 years and from amateur to professional. He has been operating developmental programs in the Vancouver area for the past 30 years with the last 6 years focusing primarily on shooting and scoring fundamentals. Ron currently holds BSc and MSc Degrees specializing in Hockey Biomechanics, and is certified by hockey Canada as an elite coach. He also holds certification in Exercise Theory and Methodology as well as a Refrigeration Operators degree from BCIT, working in the ice making field for over 30 years.

During his tenure as a coach, Ron has won 9 divisional championships, 10 playoff championships, 12 league championships, gold medals at the BC winter games, BC Bantam AAA Provincials, Senior Women’s Provincials, and twice with Junior hockey representing the PIJHL. He has won a gold medal at the Western Canada Bantam AAA Championship as well both silver and bronze at the Junior B Nationals and bronze at the Provincial level again representing the PIJHL.  At the WCL senior A level, he has won both league championships and playoff championships.

He has won coach of the year 7 times with the last being Junior Coach of the Year for 2013 for the Aldergrove Kodiaks of the PJHL after winning the Divisional Playoff Championship. He has also twice been recognized by his contributions to amateur sport from Hockey Canada.

Ron’s passion for science and commitment to amateur and professional development led him to co-found two international sport research companies; Excel Hockey currently called Sport Quest working with NIKE and Hockey Canada and NEXT Testing, working with the NHL, CHL, NCAA and amateur hockey in Canada and the US.

Ron was just recently inducted into Delta’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 in recognition for coaching excellence and his contribution to amateur sports in the community.

He currently works as Technical consultant to NEXT Testing, DOCS Sports, Total Hockey World Wide and Fan-Tastic Sports. He has trained hundreds of amateur, junior, college, NCAA and Professional players world wide ranking from Korea, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, to the US and Canada.

Please see resume for further information.

Certification Level: Master Level 10


Kyle Bruce has played both junior and professional hockey since 1999-2000 where he first signed with the Kamloops  Blazers of the WHL after completing an amazing bantam season winning the both the BC provincial and Western Canadian Bantam Gold medals. He was drafted in the the 8th round by the Florida Panthers in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

He played in the WHL till the 2003-2004 season where he completed his 20 year with the Vancouver Giants moving on to the ECHL Columbia Inferno coming back to BC in the 2003-2005 season to work on his education at the University of British Columbia. He returned to pro hockey in the 2006-2007 season playing for the Idaho Steelheads of ECHL, moving to the Wichita Thunder of the CHL and finally moving to Scottland to play for and lead the Braehead Clan of the EIHL.

Due to his love of the game,  Kyle has worked with Ron for the past 8 years in various capacities both off and on ice during the summer months only, returning to his passion during the fall. He brings an unparalleled passion to the ice and is a favorite of all the students.

Certification Level: Intermediate Level 3


Shane Taker’s passion and commitment to hockey has taken him a long way from Surrey Minor hockey where he played Midget to the PIJHL where he played for the very successful Richmond Sockeyes. After a short career in the US Junior hockey, Shane returned to BC to star as a defenseman for the Cowichan Valley Capitals of the BCHL. He was selected to the BCHL Allstar team as a veteran defenseman during the 2009-2010 season.

Shane was selected by Notre Dame University in the NCAA where he played this past season. He was fortunate enough to play in the frozen four NCAA Championship tournament as a freshman gaining invaluable experience. He completed a very successful NCAA career in 2014. At the end of his final season with Notre Dame, he signed a professional tryout contract with the Florida Panthers farm team, San Antonio Rampage of the AHL. He then signed a two way professional contract with the Panthers having a very successful main camp, starting his 2014/15 season with the Rampage. His eyes are on the NHL and we are sure that he will arrive there full-time very shortly.

He has worked with Ron for the past 8 years, assisting in both on and off ice instruction when he is not playing hockey. He is passionate about his game and brings this to the ice where he is a favorite of all his students.

Certification Level: Intermediate 4


Kaleigh Fratkin is the first female to play junior hockey in BC. She played her first game during the 2009-2010 season against the Ridge Meadow Flames of the PIJHL suiting up for the Aldergrove Kodiaks who went on the win the PIJHL League Championship and the Bronze Medal at the Cyclone Taylor Provincial Cup. She won the third star and became a fan favorite overnight.

She became the first girl to play on a major midget elite Vancouver Giant’s program contributing to win the prestigious Mac’s Tournament and the provincial Major Midget Provincial Championship. Kaleigh was named a finalist for BC Athlete of the Year … Won her third consecutive Canadian national championship with Team British Columbia (2008-10) … Participated in the Canada Winter Games with British Columbia as a freshman and sophomore … Won a silver medal with the 2009 Canada National Women’s Under-18 Team at the IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship. She is a two-time member of Canada’s under-18 team that participated in a three-game series against the United States (2007, 2008). She is a three-time participant in the Team Canada development camp (2006-09). She has also played lacrosse and soccer at Burnaby Central High School, helping lead the soccer team to the provincial championship in 2008 and was named team MVP in 2010. She helped lead lacrosse team to the 2009 provincial championship.

She was signed by Boston University where she demonstrated her elite defensive play and exceptional offensive talents, graduating in 2014. She has worked with Ron for many years and has assisted in on ice development during the summer months. Her passion for the game and incredible work ethic is what has helped propel her to the level of success that she most certainly deserves. She heads up the female developmental shooting programs and is adored by all of her students.

Certification Level: Intermediate 3

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