Wayne Gretzky once said, “Nobody’s a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better.”
On his own personal lifelong quest for leadership, Founder and Director of the Prairie Hockey Academy, Justin Simpkins first developed the AAA Crusader program in Caronport in 2009. His mission and goal was to work at developing a program that was dedicated to inspiring more than just athletes, but life champions with a heart first approach to hockey development on and off the ice.
Following his own personal hockey career, Justin has worked various leadership and coaching roles at the college level, Head Instructor for Hockey Ministries International (Caronport, Sk), Assistant Director for Athletics at Briercrest College and volunteered as an Assistant to the General Manager for The Moose Jaw Warriors.
Justin is active in leading his team in the vision and execution of the organization, recruitment, admission requirements, alumni and donor sponsorships and program development. His commitment and investment to the program is exemplified in his approach to the young athletes that each and every one of them feel connection, respected and valued on the team as an athlete and person. His favourite quote is "see the person, not the performance."
Justin resides in Moose Jaw with his wife and two daughters.
Director of player development
Growing up in Saskatoon, Scott King developed his love of the game while playing minor hockey throughout many rinks all over Saskatchewan. After a year with the Calgary Royals (AJHL), he was recruited by Boston University, where he played one season in the NCAA League in 1995-1996. He than played with the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) for the 1996-1997 season, scoring 97 points in 68 games and was named "Rookie of the Year". The following year King signed with the Montreal Canadiens (NHL) and went on to play four seasons in the American Hockey League and East Coast Hockey League, being named an American Hockey League All-Star and both Scoring Champion and Most Valuable Player in the ECHL.
King then spent the next 14 years playing professional hockey in Germany where he was a five time All-Star and is the sixth all-time leader in scoring. King was selected five times to play for and represent Canada at the Deutschland Cup, and was part of Canada’s Championship Teams in both 2005 and 2008.
Before returning to Canada, King spent two years as a Skills Development Instructor in Germany throughout the 2013 to 2015 seasons. He has completed Hockey Canada’s Hockey University Coaching and Safety Modules. King has also travelled internationally attending hockey programs in Sweden, Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Japan.
From 2015 to 2016, King was Hockey Canada’s Head Skills Development Coach. Following this prestigious role, he joined the Moose Jaw Warriors as the Assistant Coach as well as the Director of Player Development.
We are very pleased and honoured to have Scott join our hockey family and program as he carries on the position of the Director of Player Development with the Prairie Hockey Academy.
Scott resides in Moose Jaw with his wife, and their son & daughter.
As a graduate of Briercrest College & Seminary (2009), Rodney is familiar with the confines of campus life in Caronport and the Barkman Arena. Rodney spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Briercrest College Clippers hockey team during his time as a student.
In addition, he has coached spring AAA hockey for the past eight seasons, winning numerous tournaments at various age levels, and coached the Bantam AA Weyburn Red Wings for the past two seasons.
In addition to his Head Coaching duties, Rodney will handle a large portion of the hockey operations and be our Director of Recruitment and Scouting.
Director of alumni operations
Lloyd will be a familiar face for Prairie Hockey Academy this year, having spent 12 seasons as the head coach of the Caronport High School Midget AA Cougars (1986-1998), 3 seasons with the Moose Jaw AAA Warriors (1999-2002), where they hosted the Telus Cup Western Regionals in 2001; before moving back to the college ranks coaching the Briercrest Clippers of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (2013-2015).
Director of business operations and Assistant Coach
Erik has spent countless hours in the Barkman arena as a Briercrest Clipper, Crusaders AAA coach, and now Prairie Hockey Academy’s Assistant Coach. While playing for the Briercrest Clippers (2012-2015), Erik was awarded top defenseman twice within three seasons. His extensive hockey knowledge and experience is a huge asset to the program.
While at Briercrest, Erik received a Bachelor of Arts in Business and a Diploma in Financial Services. He is exercising his expertise well as Prairie Hockey Academy’s Director of Business Operations.
Goaltender development coach
Blake grew up playing minor hockey in Herbert and Swift Current, SK. At the age of 15, he moved away from home to play for the Tisdale Trojans for two years in the SMAAHL. After graduating high school, he moved to Vernon, BC and played two years with the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL. The highlight of these years was becoming the RBC Cup Champions in 2010. In his 20 year old year of junior hockey, he had a small stint in the USHL with the Muskegon Lumberjacks, and went on to finish his junior career in Melville, SK with the Melville Millionaires of the SJHL.
Following his junior career, Blake attended the University of Saskatchewan, where he played four years with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies men's hockey program and earned his BSc in Agriculture.
Blake grew up in Herbert, SK and currently lives in Swift Current, SK with his wife Chelsea. He recently started his own goalie coaching service called Prairie Strong Goaltending and is currently an agronomist in Swift Current. Blake is passionate about developing goaltenders of all ages and wants to create an environment where goaltenders not only develop on ice skills, but also skills that will lead to becoming successful both on and off the ice.
director of strength & conditioning
Andy was born and raised in Swift Current, SK. Andy was an avid sports fan, playing every sport imaginable. After high school, Andy found himself heading to Regina to compete on the U of R Cougar Men's wrestling team and studying Kinesiology, which culminated with a work term in the WHL as strength and conditioning coach with the Swift Current Broncos.
Since completing his degree, Andy has spent the past seven years being involved with First Steps Wellness Centre, an internationally renowned neuromuscular training centre and has pioneered a program for training Saskatchewan's Paralympic athletes. Highlights during these years have been working with WHL players who have since made the NHL (Cody Eakin & Adam Lowry) as well as currently with Paralympic hopefuls (Jessica Frotten & Gil Dash).
Andy is passionate about not just training people, but educating them and empowering young people to be fierce competitors and champions in life! Andy currently resides in Regina with his beautiful wife Emma, and daughter Sophia, where he is a Youth Pastor, Sask Sport Medicine & Science Strength Consultant, Certified Exercise Physiologist (CSEP-CEP), and full time investor in the youth of today in anyway he can.