President, Prairie Hockey Academy
Justin is the founder and Director of the Crusaders AAA Hockey Program (Established in 2009) and has become the driving force behind Saskatchewan’s first Hockey Canada Sport School, Prairie Hockey Academy.
Prairie Hockey Academy is about creating a better future for todays student-athletes and is built on the experiences and knowledge Justin has accumulated over the course of his personal hockey career and as a student of leadership.
Justin has worked various leadership roles: Coaching at the college level, Head Instructor for Hockey Ministries International (Caronport, Sk), Assistant Director for Athletics at Briercrest College and Assistant to the General Manager for The Moose Jaw Warriors (Volunteer).
His work with young hockey players and dedication to provide learning that improves individual players leadership, teamwork and skill development has delivered substantial results.
He starts by building relationships with each player, asking great questions about their goals and aspirations, and listening. He doesn't try and apply a pre-packaged solution to meet individual needs, but rather, provide the personal leadership development and skill enhanced training needed to yield exceptional results.
Justin believes that all young people need to know three things before they graduate high school. One, they are loved. Two, they are loved and accepted for who they are, not what they do. Three, they need to know that they have something of importance and significance to offer to the world. One of Justin's favourite statements is "See the person, not the performance".
Wayne Gretzky once said, “Nobody’s a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better.” Prairie Hockey Academy will embody this in its heart first approach to hockey development.
Justin lives with his wife and daughter in Moose Jaw, Sk.