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Male High Performance Program Committee Announced
Monday, August 22, 2016
BC Hockey is excited to announce the members of the Male High Performance Program Committee for the 2016 – 2017 season.  The committee consists of eight (8) individuals with a wide range of hockey experience and knowledge.
The committee members are:
Austin Ferguson
Abbotsford, BC
Kirt Hill
Calgary, AB
Cliff Ronning
Vancouver, BC
Dr. David Rhine
Kelowna, BC
Peter Soberlak
Kamloops, BC
Mike Valley
Richmond, BC
Ryan Walter
Osoyoos, BC
Dixon Ward
Kelowna, BC
“We are excited by the enthusiasm and the willingness of this exceptional group of people to step forward and contribute to our Male High Performance Program,” said BC Hockey Chief Executive Officer Barry Petrachenko. “Their range of backgrounds and experiences will lead to some interesting discussions, and I’m looking forward to the positive impact this group will have on our players.”
"The creation of the Male High Performance Program Committee demonstrates BC Hockey's commitment to taking the program to the next and higher levels,” commented BC Hockey Male High Performance Coordinator Fred Zweep.  “I am excited to have the opportunity to work alongside such accomplished hockey people who are also committed to enhancing the Male High Performance Program."
Ferguson has been involved in BC Hockey programming since starting out with the Fraser Valley Bruins of the BC Major Midget League (MML) and developing through the High Performance Program.  He then entered the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Kelowna Rockets, and finished his playing career in the BC Hockey League (BCHL) with the Surrey Eagles.  Last season he served as an assistant coach in the MML.
A former WHL and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) player, Hill is the Manager of Player Development and Recruitment for the WHL.  He played four (4) seasons in the WHL, splitting his time with the Kelowna Rockets and the Regina Pats.  A recipient of the WHL Scholarship, he graduated from the University of Waterloo, where he spent four (4) seasons on the hockey team.  He also won gold at the 2005 World U17 Hockey Challenge with Team West.
Ronning started his career with the Burnaby Minor Hockey Association (MHA) before joining the New Westminster Bruins of the WHL, where he played over 140 games.  During an NHL career that spanned 18 years, he played for several teams including the St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, Phoenix Coyotes, Nashville Predators, LA Kings, Minnesota Wild and New York Islanders.  In addition to an impressive NHL career, he represented Canada at two (2) World Championships, played one (1) pro season in Europe and has been inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame.  As vice president and co-founder, Ronning currently leads Base Hockey in Burnaby.
With experience as a doctor, trainer, former player and hockey dad, Dr. Rhine is no stranger to concussions.  He is currently an emergency room physician at the Kelowna General Hospital and also developed the Sports Concussion Management Program to educate and treat athletes who suffer concussions.  Dr. Rhine played Junior A hockey before finishing his career in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at Dartmouth College.
Soberlak, a former WHL player and NHL first round pick of the Edmonton Oilers, has a Master’s Degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology and is the chair of the Physical Education Department at Thompson Rivers University.  Although he never played in the NHL, he spent five (5) seasons in the WHL (Kamloops Blazers and Swift Current Broncos) and three (3) seasons with the Cape Breton Oilers of the American Hockey League (AHL).
As current Director of Goaltending Development for the NHL Dallas Stars, Valley splits his time between the west coast and southern United States, overseeing the development of the team’s goaltending prospects at all levels.  Prior to joining the Stars seven (7) years ago, he was an assistant coach for the Nashville Predators/Milwaukee Admirals.  Valley also owns and operates Elite Goalies High Performance and Private Instructional Camps.  Valley played six (6) years of professional hockey in the AHL, East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and Swedish Elite League.
Walter has spent most of his life in and around hockey in a variety of roles.  He played 15 seasons in the NHL, was assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks, head coach of the Canadian National Women’s hockey team, a hockey broadcaster and president of the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL.  He is currently a motivational speaker, author and leadership expert who uses his hockey experience to relate to business and success.
After an exceptional hockey career, Ward joined the Okanagan Hockey Academy (OHA) as vice president and director.  He played four (4) seasons at the University of North Dakota where he was the only player in the school’s history to score 100 goals and 100 assists.  He followed that up with 12 seasons in the NHL, amounting to 599 games.  He completed his pro career by playing two (2) seasons in the Switzerland Elite League and also captained Team Canada at the 2003 Spengler Cup.
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