VANCOUVER HOCKEY SCHOOL – COACHES

Vancouver Hockey School’s outstanding reputation stems from its quality of instruction. Our team of professional coaches teach and coach players of all levels up to and including the NHL. It is Vancouver Hockey School’s mandate to provide the highest quality of instruction to all participants.

DEREK POPKE - Skating Coach

Derek Popke is the founder and president of Vancouver Hockey School Ltd. As a hockey skating consultant, Popke has worked on-ice with the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs (2009-2014), ECHL Victoria Salmon Kings, BCHL Penticton Vees, MML GV Canadians, CSSHL St. Georges Saints, and numerous minor hockey associations. In 2009, a record 19 players who skate with Popke were drafted in the WHL Bantam Draft. As one of the lower mainland’s most respected skating coaches, over 50 of Popke’s skating clients have been selected in the NHL draft in the past 7 years. His focus remains teaching balance, speed, and power with and without the puck. In 2012, he was named host of Minor Hockey Talk on Sportstalk CISL AM-650. Most recently, he was a key note speaker on hockey skating at The Coaches Site Coaching Conference featuring top coaches from around the world.



YOGI SVEJKOVSKY - Skills Coach

Yogi Svejkovsky is currently the Skills Coach of the WHL Vancouver Giants (2006-2018). He has been a key contributor in enhancing the skills of many NHL’ers including Milan Lucic, Andrew Cogliano, Evander Kane, Cody Franson, Brendan Gallagher, and Lance Bouma. As a member of the Giants coaching staff, Yogi captured a Memorial Cup in 2007. As a player, Yogi is a 1st Rd draft pick (17th overall) of the NHL Washington Capitals. He spent 4 years playing in the NHL (Capitals, Lightning) and holds the Capitals record for most goals scored by a rookie (4) in a single game. A former WHL and AHL All-star, Yogi is regarded as one of the most detailed and highly respected skills coaches in North America. He spent 5 seasons (2009-2014) as Hockey Director for Seafair Minor Hockey. Svejkovsly currently serves as Hockey Advisor for South Delta Minor Hockey (2015-2018) and head coach of the CSSHL St. Georges Saints . Yogi is also the founder and director of the prestigious BC Bears Spring Program.

STAN SIBERT - Skills Coach

Stan Sibert is currently the Asst Coach for the CSSHL Bantam Varsity St Georges Saints (2017/2018). Coach Sibert joins the Saints program after a successful season as head coach of the CSSHL International Hockey Academy (2016/2017) in Calgary AB. A former professional hockey player in Slovakia, he is well known for his skill development of elite players focusing on advanced european methods he acquired while coaching in his native Slovakia. In addition, Coach Sibert holds a masters degree in physical education focusing on hockey coaching. Upon his arrival to Canada, he coached North Shore Winter Club’s Elite Midget Program. Coach Sibert contributes to on-ice skill development sessions at South Delta and Seafair Minor Hockey Associations. In addition, he is the lead on-ice skills coach for the BC Bears Spring Hockey Program.

MACOY ERKAMPS - Coach

Macoy Erkamps spent 5 years playing in the WHL (2011-2016) after being selected in the 2010 WHL Bantam draft (2nd Rd #27 overall) by the Lethbridge Hurricanes. A graduate of the MML Greater Vancouver Canadians, Erkamps captured a Gold Medal at the 2011 Canada Winter Games as a member of Team West. In a blockbuster deal in 2014, he was traded to the Brandon Wheat Kings where he was named team captain (2015-2016). A tough and rugged defenseman, Erkamps has attended NHL training camps with the Ottawa Senators and St. Louis Blues. In April 2016 Macoy signed a 3 year NHL Entry Level Contract with the Senators. A very popular member of the VHS coaching staff, this will mark Erkamps 5th season (2011-2016) with Vancouver Hockey School.



JASON FRAM - Coach

Jason Fram spent 5 years playing in the WHL (2011-2016) after being selected in the 2010 WHL Bantam draft (8th Rd #171) by the Spokane Chiefs. Fram is a graduate of South Delta Minor Hockey where he crafted his skills as a offensive defenseman. He spent one season (2009-2010) with the MML Great Vancouver Canadians before securing a roster spot with the WHL Spokane Chiefs. A tremendous playmaker, Fram led the Chiefs defenseman in points in back to back seasons (2013 / 2014). Jason served as Spokane Chiefs team captain for 2 seasons (2015/2016). In 2014/2015 Jason captured the WHL award for most assists by a defenseman (53). Fram attended 2 NHL training camps (2014-2016) with the Calgary Flames. Under his WHL scholarship, Coach Fram currently mans the blueline for the CIS Alberta Golden Bears. A former VHS student, this will mark Jason’s 5th year coaching at Vancouver Hockey School.



GLENN GAWDIN - Coach

Glenn Gawdin is currently the captain of the WHL Swift Current Broncos (2017/2018). Coach Gawdin joined the Broncos after a standout season with the MML GVC Canadians. A flashy playmaker, he was picked in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft (4th rd. 116th overall) by the St. Louis Blues. In 2014, he represented Canada at the World Hockey Challenge, winning a silver medal and collecting 3 assists against the USA in the gold medal game. A native of Richmond B.C., Coach Gawdin is the former captain of the Seafair Midget A1 Islanders. During his time with the Islanders, he represented Team British Columbia at the U16 Western Canadian Challenge Cup. This will mark Glenn’s 2nd year at Vancouver Hockey School.