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Wildcats U15 Coaching Staff

POE Alumni

The Program of Excellence allows our athletes the opportunity to showcase and prepare for the National Collegiate Athletic Association, USPORTS, the Professional Canadian Women's Hockey League, as well as the Canada Women's national ice hockey team.

Head Coach - Joel Yates

This will be Joel’s 22nd year coaching, and second with the NGHA. Joel has coached both boys and girls hockey, spending the past three seasons coaching ‘AA’ in the Gloucester Rangers organization. Joel played his minor hockey in Nepean and played for the Nepean Raiders of the CCHL (formally CJHL) He played three seasons in the OHL, mostly with the Kingston Frontenacs, and attended NHL training camp with the New Jersey Devils. Upon finishing junior hockey, Joel played hockey at Acadia University, winning a National Championship in 1996. For the past 21 years, Joel has been a high school teacher at St. Mark High School in Manotick.

Coaching Philosophy

Even at the Bantam level, hockey needs to be fun. Players tend to focus and work harder when the want to be at the rink. While they continue to develop their individual skills, there will be focus on team play and concepts. To improve, players need to develop a strong work ethic, and learn to give a complete effort in both practices and games.

Assistant Coach - Lyne Landry

Lyne’s coaching experience includes 6 seasons (2013-2019) as Assistant Coach with the Carleton University women's hockey program where she worked with the defence core, including defensive zone coverage and penalty kill systems. In addition to her coaching experience, Lyne brings 15+ years of elite hockey playing experience to the program. Her playing career as a defenceman includes two appearances on the Canadian U22 roster, multiple Canadian National Team camps, and more than 10 years in the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL -formerly known as the NWHL) where she earned Top Defence award and All-Star nominations with the Ottawa franchise.

Assistant Coach - Annecy Pora

Annecy comes to the Nepean Girls Hockey Association with over 15 years of playing experience. Annecy grew up playing AA with the Ottawa association before playing 2 years of Junior hockey with the Ottawa Lady 67’s. Annecy has over 4 years of coaching experience as the camp coordinator for Amped Sports Lab summer hockey camps. She is entering her 4th year of school as a student in Health Science and Psychology at Western University, where she worked as a freshman orientation leader to mentor first year students in their transition to postsecondary education. Annecy brings a strong work ethic, positive attitude, and a team-first approach.

Jr. Wildcats U22

The Program of Excellence seeks to provide an elite program with high standards of commitment, leadership and skill development.

Wildcats U18

The Program of Excellence is to introduce players, families and staff to high performance hockey, the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence and the Provincial Women’s Hockey League

Wildcats U15

The Program of Excellence, is designed to expose participants to the demands of playing at an Elite level.

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