Coaches

The on ice instruction will be led by Larry Woo. He has extensive playing and coaching background and has worked with a number of teams in the St. Boniface and Southdale area.

Larry Woo

Larry Woo

Larry played in the Western Hockey League for the Victoria Cougars and Swift Current Broncos before playing for the University of Manitoba Bisons for 4 seasons. Upon completion of his playing career, Larry found both individual and team success as a coach. Since founding the Laker Hockey Academy in 2008, Larry has helped guide many young players through their AA & AAA years and on to successful junior careers. He has had success with both male and female teams, accumulating 6 city championships throughout this time.

Larry has also had the fortunate opportunity to watch his son Jett be selected in the 2018 NHL entry draft by the Vancouver Canucks. Watching his son rise through the ranks of AA, AAA, the bantam draft, various Hockey Canada events, and eventually the NHL draft has provided Larry with a great grasp on the current state of the game of hockey, and the work ethic and values required of a player to get to the highest level.

Larry has an extensive background in hockey from playing, coaching, and parenting. His passion for the game is what drives the Laker Hockey Academy. He expects the highest standard from his staff, and his athletes, and creates a successful environment for all.

Fun Fact: Larry made an appearance on the big screen, playing the role of Park Kim in both Goon (2011) and Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017).

Adam Henry

Adam Henry

Adam is in his third year working with the Laker Hockey team. His playing career began in Winnipeg, MB where he won a Telus Cup with the Winnipeg Thrashers in 2011. As a 3rd round draft pick, Adam completed four successful years in the western hockey league with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Seattle Thunderbirds, Saskatoon Blades, and Portland Winterhawks. He is currently completing his 5th season with the University of Manitoba Bisons and is captain of the team. In his time with the Bisons, Adam has earned nominations to both the CIS All-Rookie team, and the Canada-West Second All-Star Team and has been the Bison Top-Defenseman 3 times.

Adam began his on-ice instructing at the age of 16 with Canlan Ice Sports. He then spent two years as a skill development coach with The Rink prior to joining the Laker Hockey staff in 2017. He was an Assistant Coach of Team Manitoba Brick 2019 and has worked with various teams such as the AAA Sharks, AAA Bruins, AAA Eastman Selects, AA Twins, and AA Railcats.

Brett Stovin

Brett Stovin

Brett is in his third year working with the Laker Hockey team. He is from Stony Mountain, Manitoba and played his minor hockey for the Interlake Lightning. Drafted by the Saskatoon Blades, Brett played four seasons with the club, including an appearance at the 2013 Mastercard Memorial Cup. He was named team captain in his overage season. After the western league, he played four seasons with the University of Manitoba Bisons, was captain of the team for two seasons, and accumulated various awards such as Bison Rookie of the Year and being named to the Canada-West All-Rookie Team. Brett is currently playing professional hockey with the Dundee Stars of the EIHL.

Brett began his on-ice instructing at the age of 16 with Canlan Ice Sports and has been working with players ever since. He was assistant coach to Billy Keane with the '04 Manitoba Colts for three seasons and one season with the Manitoba Beast. Brett has experience working college and Pro level players, having the opportunity to design and lead practices for both The U of M Bisons and Dundee Stars.

Byron Spriggs

Byron Spriggs

Byron played three seasons in the MJHL with the Winnipeg Blues and won the league championship in 2014, receiving playoff MVP honours. He then played 5 seasons with The University of Manitoba Bisons, was named 3-time Team MVP, and is currently ranked 9th all-time in USports games played for goaltenders. After completing his Bison career, Byron signed a PTO with the Manitoba Moose in 2019.

Byron has 12 years of goalie coach experience. He has been the owner of Byron Spriggs Goaltender Development for 3 years and is currently the goalie coach of the Manitoba Bisons and Selkirk Steelers.

Corey Gurman

Larry Woo

Corey has been working with young goaltenders for over 20 years. He has worked with MMJHL Seven Oaks Raiders, AAA U-18 Thrashers, AAA Bantam Sharks and Warriors, AA Railcats, and AA Saints. In his time working with various minor hockey associations, Corey has accumulated 6 City Championships and 1 Provincial Championship. He has been working with the Laker Hockey Staff for over 10 years.

John Mork

John Mork

John played his junior hockey in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League in the 1980ís. He has coached minor hockey in Winnipeg for over 10 years. In this time, he has worked in the St. Boniface Minor Hockey Association and with the Winnipeg East Railcats as both an assistant coach and a head coach. In this time, Jon has experienced 6 city championships. Along with his work behind the bench, John has also been involved with on-ice skill development for the CCM Rising Stars Program and the Peewee Cup. John has been a member of the Laker Hockey staff for over 10 years.

Ryan Smith

Ryan played his junior hockey with the St. James Canadians in the MJHL and the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL. After his junior career, Ryan spent time at the University of Manitoba with the Bisons and was a member of Team Canada at the 1996 FISU Games. He then went on to play 11 years of professional hockey in Europe, in both Germany and Great Britain. After retiring from playing the game, Ryan has found success as coach. He got his start as a head coach in the MJHL with both the Winnipeg Blues and Selkirk Steelers. He spent one year with the Humboldt Broncos of the SJHL before moving on to an assistant coach position with the Swift Current Broncos of the WHL, where he won a WHL Championship in 2019. Ryan is currently the assistant coach of the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL.

Isaac Bellan

Isaac Bellan

Isaac played his minor hockey in Winnipeg with the APHA Rangers and Winnipeg Monarchs, winning 4 city championships and 1 provincial championship. He played junior hockey in the MMJHL and was a 3-time all-star and was named Defenseman of the Year twice. Isaac has an abundance of experience working with kids as heís been coaching minor hockey for 5 years, has spent his summers working with kids, and is currently completing a Bachelor of Education at the University of Winnipeg. Isaac is currently an assistant coach with the Peewee Railcats. He has won 3 City Championships with the Railcats.

Steve Christie

Steve played junior hockey in the BCHL for the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and the Langley Hornets. He earned a scholarship to the University of Manitoba Bisons and played 5 seasons with club, highlighted by a 3rd place finish at the National Championships in 2010. While at the UofM, Steve was a 2-time CIS All-Star, CIS Goalie of the Year, and UofM Male Athlete of the Year. After university, he played 3 seasons of pro hockey in the ECHL, SPHL, and 2 call ups to the AHL. He also is a winner of the 2015 Allan Cup and was named tournament MVP.

Steve graduated from the UofM with a Bachelor of Kinesiology and a Bachelor of Education. He has been coaching hockey and working with kids for over 10 years. He has worked with various spring hockey programs such as the Eastman Mavericks, Manitoba Mustangs, Jr. Bisons, and the Manitoba Brick Program. He was an assistant coach with the Manitoba Bisons for 5 years and is currently in his 5th season as head coach of the Westwood Warriors. Steve has been a member of the Laker Hockey Staff both on the ice and in the gym for 6 years.

Off-Ice Instructors

Steph Tomy

Steph has been with the Laker Hockey Staff for 3 years. Her education includes a Bachelorís of Kinesiology, a Master of Science in Kinesiology, Crossfit Level 1, and is CPR and First Aid trained. She has been working with athletes for 5 years, spending time at Richard Burr Fitness, Strive and Crossfit Cordyon. In this time, Steph has developed a passion for working with young hockey players and has been a huge part of the Laker Hockey and SRA Fitness in-season and off-season programming.

Nick Paryniuk

Nick graduated from the University of Saint-Boniface with a bachelorís in science in 2013. He then completed his Doctorate in Chiropractic and his Masters in Applied Clinical Nutrition from the Northwestern Health Sciences University. He is certified in FAKTR functional rehab technique. Nick was interned under Team USA Olympic chiropractor, Dr. Tim Stark, and is currently a practicing chiropractor at Prairie Chiropractic. Nick has been working with athletes for many years and brings a level of expertise that strengthens what the Laker Hockey and SRA staff have to offer.

Dave Beakley

Bio coming soon.

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