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Trappers Staff

Head Coach, General Manager, Governor:
Brad Bakken
Brad Bakken grew up on the Walnut Grove community of Langley and played his minor hockey with the Langley Minor Hockey Association. He was drafted to the Seattle Thunderbirds in the seventh round of the Western Hockey League Bantam draft. Brad was fifteen when the inaugural season of the Major Midget league was established. He played for the regional team then called the Fraser Valley Flames (now the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds). At sixteen he moved to Osoyoos to play in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League for the then Osoyoos Storm (now the Kamloops Storm). He then played in the Western Hockey League for the Seattle Thunderbirds before finishing his Junior hockey career at home for the then Langley Chiefs (now Chilliwack Chiefs) in the British Columbia Hockey League. Brad furthered his hockey career by attending Mt. Royal University winning a championship in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference. He finished his College athletics as the Captain of the Trinity Western University Spartans while earning degree in Corporate Communications. He was the Assistant Coach and associate General Manager for the Langley Trappers in their 2016-2017 inaugural season. Brad spent three seasons with Bobby Henderson and the Langley Rivermen as the assistant coach in the British Columbia Hockey League.

“I am excited to have this opportunity to work with this Trappers team once again as the head Coach. Burt Henderson and Thomas Koshman have done a great job growing this organization to be a top tier team and established good values. I plan on carrying on their traditions”

said Bakken speaking about gaining the Head Coaching job with the organization.

Assistant Coach:
Gary Mahesh
Gary Mahesh, From Vanderhoof British Columbia has been playing hockey since the age of 5 years old. He grew up watching the Prince George Cougars and Prince George Spruce Kings on a regular weekend basis. Gary has been involved in the PJHL for several years including being an assistant Coach of the Langley Knights. He joined the Trappers staff in the teams Inaugural season, helping behind the scenes, on ice and behind the bench. With local and international experience from Minor, College and Pro ranks, Gary was the Team Captain of tea India during the 2016 IIHF Canadian Exhibition series held in Brampton Ontario. We are happy to have Gary a part of the organization.

Assistant Coach:
Dylen McKinlay
Dylen McKinlay grew up in the Walnut Grove community of Langley. He played his minor hockey for the Langley Minor Hockey Association. Dylen was drafted in the third round to the Chilliwack Bruins in the Western Hockey League Bantam draft. He played in the Major Midget League for the Valley West Giants at fifteen years old. He joined the Chilliwack Bruins of the Western Hockey League as a sixteen year old and spent the next three seasons with the club. In his seventeen year old season Dylan was drafted to the Minnesota Wild in the seventh round of the NHL entry draft. When the Bruins relocated to Victoria, Dylen was traded to the Kootenay Ice for his nineteen year old season. He finished his Western Hockey League junior career with the Kelowna Rockets. Dylen tallied 70 goals, 109 assists, and 179 points with 243 penalty minutes over his five year Western Hockey League stint. He was a prototypical Canadian hockey player with ferociousness and finesse. Dylen furthered his career with the University of Regina Cougars for two seasons before joining the professional ranks with the Columbas Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League.

“I am excited to be working with the Trappers and Junior hockey players. Being around the guys has rejuvenated my love for the game. It’s been motivating to see the growth of this team over the last few years and now getting the opportunity to coach at this level with Brad and Scott here in Langley is great!” Said McKinley when asked about joining the Club for the 2021-2022 season.

Assistant Coach & Head Scout:
Scott Sparkman
Scott Sparkman, originally from Texas fell in love with the game at a young age. He played his youth hockey all over the western USA. He moved to Canada 25 years ago finishing his Junior career in British Columbia. Sparkman began working with the Western Hockey Leagues Everett Silvertips as a scout in 2002-2003 during their infancy in the league. He spent 10 season as a scout with the Club before joining the Langley Rivermen of the British Columbia Hockey League as the Director of Scouting in 2015-2016. Sparkman has been the DOS for the Rivermen since, as he has been the Trappers assistant coach since the inaugural season of 2016-2017. Sparkman brings a wealth of knowledge of the game as well as a wealth of knowledge of the players in the region. He has endless pages of drills, theories, and motivational speeches that touch every aspect of the game. Sparky has been with the Langley Trappers as an Assistant Coach since the Inaugural season of 2017.

Strength & Conditioning Coach:
Mike Thompson
Mike Thompson has been a large part of the Langley hockey community for over twenty-five years. He began his own company called Tommyfit Strength and Conditioning in 1999 and has trained hockey players such as Duncan Kieth, Ryan Johansen, Michael Ferland, and Brett Kulack to name a few. Tommyfit ran spring and summer pro skates seeing the likes of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, James Reimer, Ryan Hollweg, Brendan Gallagher, Colten Beck, and Milan Lucic and Brendan Dillon. He was the assistant coach for the Penticton Panthers from 1999-2004 and the Langley Hornets 2004-2006. He went on to be the Head Strength and Conditioning coach for the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League from 2011-2014 and moved with the team to Glen Falls from 2014-2015 and again to Stockton when the team relocated from 2015-2017. Thompson joined the Langley Rivermen as the Assistant Coach and Head Strength Coach in 2017-2018. Mike Thompson runs personal training throughout the year. Contact Tommyfit@langleyrivermen.com to start training with Tommyfit today.

Goaltending Coach:
Joey Ali
Joey is the owner of Proali Goalie Training and is now proud to be part owner of Pro-Formance Goalie Schools! His insight is brought forth from years of playing experience; Junior B (PJHL), Junior A (AWHL) & College (NCAA, conference MCHA). He received his scholarship after winning a national title at the Junior A level. He’s received student awards for academics while studying business and marketing and athletic awards for his play on the ice during his years at college. Joey is the goalie consultant to: the Langley Rivermen (Seventh season in the BCHL, 2014 BCHL Champion), NCAA institutions, Fraser Valley Rush (FMMAAA), CBHA (Team Canada blind hockey), Yonsei University South Korea & Lakeland Super Camps. In addition to using technology as teaching/training tools; his success is a result of the approach he takes (no cookie cutter approach) with each and every goalie he trains; being positive, energetic and challenging! Reach out to Joey at joey@proali.net to start goalie training today.

Dr. Mark Malowney of Rebound Sport & Spine:
Dr. Mark Malowney is a chiropractic doctor (although he almost wasn’t – more on that later) and the owner and founder of Rebound Sport and Spine. Growing up, Dr. Mark dreamed of a career as a professional athlete. He knows firsthand the devastating effects injuries can have on an individual’s personal and professional life. Dr. Mark’s unwavering commitment to personalized, evidence-based sports injury recovery excellence stems from his personal journey. Dr. Mark has years of experience in sports medicine that enable him to skillfully diagnose difficult, elusive injuries and guide patients along the path to recovery. His passion is high-quality, patient-centered care. He strongly believes that collaboration between chiropractic doctors, patients, and other health providers is critical for successful healing. It is this belief in the healing power of collaborative, evidence-based treatment that inspired Dr. Mark to launch Rebound Sport and Spine.

In addition to musculoskeletal injuries, Dr. Malowney is certified in concussion management by Complete Concussion Management. Throughout his sports career, he experienced numerous concussions that severely affected him personally and professionally. It was through this experience that Dr. Mark realized the vast gaps that existed in concussion treatment and prevention knowledge. He now regularly gives educational talks and seminars to local sports teams and organizations to help promote best practices and dispel false concussion myths.

Dr. Mark earned his Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) with Clinic Honours from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2009.

Additionally, he holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Kinesiology, with distinction, from the University of Victoria and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Dr. Mark Malowney is certified in Concussion Management by Complete Concussion Management.

Reach out to Dr. Malowney via email at drmark@reboundclinic.ca.

Jordana Robinson
Assistant Trainer
Rebound Sport & Spine

Kent Vo
Assistant Trainer
Rebound Sport & Spine

Steve Cromie
Central USA (Chicago)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Play by Play Announcer:
Gideon Hill
Gideon joins the Trappers for the sixth season as Play by Play announcer. He has grown with the team since the Trappers inaugural season of 2017. Gideon brings an exciting voice as well as hockey knowledge to the Trappers broadcast. Gideon has worked in many sports environments including soccer, hockey, and basketball. He recently joined the BCHL’s Langley Rivermen as their home game broadcaster and does a great job bringing intensity as well as exciting entertainment value to the organization.

 

Public Address Announcer:
Quinn Donovan
Quinn joins the Trappers in his sixth season with the organization and has been around sine the Trappers inaugural season of 2017. Now known as the Voice of the Trappers, Quinn has a pleasant and happy demeanour that comes through his call as the Public Address Announcer. His passion for his craft brings an exciting ring to the air space of the George Preston Arena. He has an ability to pump of the players and the crowd unlike any other in the league.

 

Administrative Officer:
Volunteer Coordinator:

Shannon Killman
Shannon Killman has been involved with the Trappers since their inauguration in 2017. She brings a very engaging knowledge of the game and a happy face to meet and greet players, fans, and families to the home games. She knows everyone on a first name basis, helps out with almost every aspect of the team and game preparations and brings an energy and willingness that is unmatched. Shannon is an unreplacable and heavily appreciated member of the Trappers family.