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For Immediate Release
March 23, 2022
Saanichton, B.C. - BC Hockey is proud to announce the Female U18 hockey staff for the 2022-23 Program of Excellence (POE) season.
Kris Hogg will return for his second year as head coach of the Female U18 team and third year with the team. He will be joined by assistant coach Amy de Bree, who also returns after serving in the same capacity for the previous two POE seasons. Whitney Juszkiewicz will make her POE debut as an assistant coach this season with the Female U18 team. Video coach Tim Knight rounds out the coaching staff as he also enters his first season with the program.
The Hockey Operations Staff will see Athletic Therapist Lydia Maxwell return for her third season with the POE program. Equipment Manager Les Cleverly also returns for his third season with the POE squad. The team is also bolstered by the addition of Strength and Conditioning Coach Matt Davey who is returning for his sixth season.
"We feel incredibly fortunate to have Kris returning to lead our Female U18 POE Program this season," Commissioner, Program of Excellence Fred Zweep said, "We have a very experienced staff from top to bottom, and feel that they will give our athletes the best chance to develop and find success both on-and-off the ice."
Regional Camps are scheduled to begin in April, with two separate camps taking place. For full information on the Female POE Regional Camp, visit our POE website page HERE.
Following Regional Camps, a selection of players will be invited to move onto the Provincial camp stage that will take place July 22 - 25, 2022, in Penticton BC. More information will be released as it becomes available.
Ultimately, 20 players will be selected to represent Team BC at the Canada Winter Games on February 27 - March 5, 2023 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island.

Kris Hogg

Head Coach

Hometown: Sicamous, B.C.

2021-22 Team: Rink Hockey Academy – Kelowna Female Prep

Background: This will mark Coach Hogg’s third year with BC Hockey’s Program of Excellence (POE) Female U18 team, and his second as the squad’s head coach. Last season he led the team to a championship win at the U18 Western Regional Women's Championship. After being named head coach for the 2020 season, the year was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19. At the 2019 National Women’s U18 Championship, Hogg held the position of assistant coach, and helped the team to a fifth-place finish.

In the fall, Hogg will begin his seventh season at RINK Hockey Academy – Kelowna of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL). During his tenure at RINK, his squad has captured two CSSHL championships (2018 and 2019) and has finished on top of the regular season standings four times (2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2021-22).

Hogg had a successful playing career that saw him ultimately be drafted by the Calgary Flames in the fourth round of the 2004 National Hockey League Entry Draft (121st overall). He played five seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Kamloops Blazers and the Lethbridge Hurricanes. After junior, Hogg attended Lakehead University where he played for the Thunderwolves. While there he earned an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Human Resources/Industrial Relations. He then spent four seasons playing professionally in the ECHL, Central Hockey League as well as leagues throughout Europe.

Amy de Bree

Assistant Coach

Hometown: Shawnigan Lake, B.C.

2021-22 Team: Greater Vancouver Comets Female U18 AAA

Background: Coach de Bree returns to BC Hockey’s Program of Excellence for her 11th campaign and her third as an assistant coach (2019 & 2021) with the U18 team. de Bree has also been a part of the POE program as a U18 Camp Instructor (2012, 2014, 2017), a head coach for the U18 Provincial Camp (2013-2018) and a U16 head coach for Female Zone 5 (2011-12). She was also the Team BC Female head coach at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in 2017 where her team earned a Bronze Medal.

Coach de Bree was the head coach of the Greater Vancouver Comets of the BCEHL during the 2021-22 season. From 2019-21 she served in the position Assistant Coach – Video for the University of British Columbia (UBC) Women’s Ice Hockey Team. She has also spent 12 years coaching at various levels throughout the Vancouver Thunderbirds Minor Hockey Association (MHA), Vancouver Female MHA, Fraser Valley AAA and Vancouver MHA.

Whitney Juszkiewicz

Assistant Coach

Hometown: Edmonton, Alta.

2021-22 Team: Valley West Giants U18 AAA

Background: Coach Juszkiewicz previously served as Female POE Coordinator for Team BC. She played integral roles with BC Hockey’s bronze medal team at the at the 2019 Canada Winter Games, as well as helping the 2017 team to a bronze medal at the National Women’s U18 Championship. This will mark her first season behind the bench with the POE program. She has served as a leader in the National Hockey League Coaches Association (NHLCA) Female Coach Mentor Program. Juszkiewicz brings over 10-years of experience working with numerous MHA's in the Lower Mainland. She also is a Hockey Canada Skills Coach.

For the 2021-22 season, Juszkiewicz held an assistant coach position with the BCEHL's U18 AAA Valley West Giants. In 2021 she was named the BFL Female Coach of the Year for B.C., and in 2020 she was also named North Vancouver Minor Hockey Association's Rep Coach of the Year. She brings a wealth of experience representing her province on the national stage, suiting up for Team Alberta in 2005.

Tim Knight

Video Coach

Hometown: Maple Ridge, B.C.

2021-22 Team: Vancouver NE Chiefs U15 AAA

Background: Coach Knight has coached hockey programs around the lower mainland and Sea to Sky area for the past 25 years. He has been involved with BC Hockey's U16 Program of Excellence for 10 years. This will mark his first time in the role of video coach. Knight has also served behind the bench for multiple U18AAA/U15AAA clubs within the BCEHL, most recently the Vancouver NE Chiefs' U15 AAA team.

He is the founder of three High School hockey academies in the Sea to Sky Region and was a part of establishing the BC Hockey High School Championship Pilot.

Lydia Maxwell

Athletic Therapist

Hometown: Port Coquitlam, B.C. 

2021-22 Team: Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite Super REX 

Background: Maxwell is entering her third year as the team’s athletic therapist. She currently works with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite Super REX. Previously, she was the athletic therapist for the Delta Hockey Academy of the CSSHL from 2016-2021. She also worked for the Port Moody Panthers of the Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL) during the 2018-19 season, and at the Edge School for Athletes of the CSSHL during the 2015-16 season. She has most recently worked with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite Super REX. 

Maxwell completed a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Kinesiology and Psychology with a concentration in active rehabilitation at Simon Fraser University in 2015. She then continued her education in Calgary as a post graduate student at Mount Royal University where she completed an advanced certificate in Athletic Therapy. In 2016, she passed her National Board Certification exam with the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association to become a Certified Athletic Therapist. She is currently completing a Master of Science in Sport and Performance Psychology with plans to certify as a Mental Performance Consultant with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association.

Les Cleverly

Equipment Manager

Hometown: Hope, B.C.

2021-22 Team: Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL)

Background: Cleverly has been a mainstay within BC Hockey’s POE program over the last three years and has been the Equipment Manager for the U18 Female Team while also serving as the trainer on the U16 Male Team. He was a member of the Female U18 team that captured a Bronze Medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, AB. He has previously served as the Lead Trainer for U15 program.

Cleverly has been a Paramedic for the past 29 years and currently oversee and manages the Clinical Air Operations program for BC Emergency Health Services, which provides Critical Care Air Ambulance for patients throughout B.C.

Matt Davey

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Hometown: Ottawa, Ont.

2021-22 Team: Rowing Canada and the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific

Background: Davey is entering his sixth year working with BC Hockey's POE program. With over 12 years of experience coaching in the collegiate, national, and professional ranks, Davey has a wealth of experience to utilize best practices to help get the best from the athletes.

He is currently the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach with Rowing Canada and a senior practitioner at the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific. Davey’s career highlight is helping athletes achieve their dreams and watching them participate in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, and the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.