U18AAA Staff Announcement 2023-2024

Head Coach: Marcus Cheng

Marcus returns for his second season with the northstars. After a successful campaign with the u17aaa and provincial bronze Marcus is very excited to take the helm at u18aaa. Marcus brings a strong passion for the game and works to create a challenging environment that pushes kids out of their comfort zones. Encouraging hard work and goal setting, while embracing your team as a family. Marcus focuses on creating habits and relationships that make your team better players and better people

Previously Marcus was with the University of Alberta Golden Bears, serving as assistant coach and video coach under Head coach Ian Herbers. Winning a Canada West Championship and were National finalists. Marcus has also served as a coach at Alberta cup, prospects cup and Alberta winter games. Marcus previously coached with the NWCAA for four seasons leading teams to multiple EMHW and city finals. Marcus is a Certified Hockey Canada Skills Coach and is High Performance 1 certified.

Assistant Coach: Dan Giasson

Dan is excited for the opportunity to again work with Marcus, Bobby, and Jeff building on the success they had with the U17AAA team. Dan has experience at various AA and AAA levels having coached within the NWCAA and CNHA organizations. Dan has completed the CanSkate power skating Instructor program and is Hockey Alberta Development 1 certified. Dan was named Hockey Calgary’s Coach of the Year in 2017, has sat on numerous minor hockey committees, coached the First Shift program, and has held board positions with 2 hockey associations in Calgary. He has worked within the Team Alberta program as a Director of Operations, Evaluator and Prospects Cup coach. Dan brings lots of energy and passion for the game, he believes strongly in development through building positive relationships with his players helping them prepare for the next level.

Assistant Coach: Bobby Roy

Bobby returns to the Northstars after a successful first season with the U17AAA staff. Bobby grew up playing hockey in the PSA and Northstars associations and is extremely proud to be working with the U18AAA staff this season. Bobby has been selected to be a coach with Alberta prospects this year and also Coaches full time With Village Sports. Bobby will be entering his 8th season in coaching this year and has his Dev.1 certification. He brings a strong passion and work ethic to his teams and puts a big emphasis on goal setting and development with his players to create a winning culture.

Assistant Coach: Jeff Krichew

Coach Krichew is a returning Northstars coach where he was previously a Head Coach for U16AAA for two seasons and acted as the CNHA Flex Coach supporting and mentoring all teams. Hailing from Nova Scotia, Jeff played Jr. hockey in Nova Scotia and climbed the elite coaching ranks shortly after finishing his playing career. Jeff has Head Coaching experience at the U15AAA, U16AAA and U18AAA levels and advanced a program record number of players to Jr. A and Major Junior with the Valley Wildcats in Nova Scotia. In addition to his coaching resume, he is a Jr. A and Major Junior scout and his currently a High School teacher in Okotoks where is he putting his Education and Business Degree into use. Jeff has attended the High Performance 1 Coaching seminar as well as the Hockey Canada Skill Instructor Certification seminar which will both be put into play to support CNHA players.