Pro Camp brings together the top players, coaches, and trainers from Vancouver BC. In partnership with NHL player Troy Stecher’s TS51 Foundation, we are proud to have raised over $20,000 for local charities to date. In 2024, we are pleased to support the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation. Fundraising monies raised will help educate and provide resources and tools supporting mental health awareness and the early detection and prevention of chronic illness in men such as diabetes.  


This community event is open to the public. Come watch local NHL players train on-ice leading up to the season. Have the chance to grab an autograph or meet one of your favourite players.
BEGINS: August 26-29th, 2024 *On-ice 1:00-2:00pm (M-Th)
LOCATION: Minoru Arenas – (Sport Field and Arena)


He was my first coach and my favourite coach,” Stecher said. “He was my best friend. My dad was always hard on me as a player. He expected me to work hard and he wasn’t going to sugar-coat anything. He was going to tell me the way it was, and I’m thankful for that.” 

Peter Stecher, who raised his three kids in Richmond, B.C., before settling in Surrey, died suddenly on June 21 from complications of diabetes. He was 65 years old.
Troy Stecher, TS51

Troy Stecher & Dad (Peter)
Kevin's close friend and teammate Rick Rypien passed away in August 2011 after suffering from clinical depression

“One of the best things you can do for a friend is to listen to their problems without judgement. Just being their for your friends, even if you don’t really understand how they are feeling, can make a difference”

Kevin’s close friend and Canucks teammate Rick Rypien passed away in August 2011 after suffering from clinical depression. Kevin continues to use his platform to promote mental health awareness.
 – Kevin Bieksa, CMHF Ambassador

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Derek Popke | Development Coach

Derek Popke is the founder and president of Vancouver Hockey School Ltd. As a development consultant, Popke has worked on-ice with the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs (2009-2014), ECHL Victoria Salmon Kings, BCHL Surrey Eagles and Penticton Vees, MML GV Canadians, 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 development 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

Stan Sibert - Skills coach

Stan Sibert | Development Coach

Stan Sibert is currently the Asst. Coach for the BCMML North East Chiefs (2020-2021). He spent two seasons as Head Coach for the CSSHL Bantam Varsity St Georges Saints (2018/2019). Coach Sibert captured the CSSHL League Championship with the Saints in their inaugural seaon (2017/2018). He joined 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, Sibert 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 is under contract to both South Delta Minor Hockey and Vancouver Thunderbirds Minor Hockey in Skill Development and Coach Mentorship roles.

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