Our Team

Our LEADERSHIP TEAM

Darryl Moxam

General Manager

DARRYL MOXAM

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Craig Maki

Assistant General Manager & Instructor

Craig Maki

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PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

Rob Dmytruk

Program Coordinator and Lead Skills Instructor

Rob Dmytruk

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Bobby Chaumont

Skills Instructor

Bobby Chaumont

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Yves Gervais

Skills Instructor

Yves Gervais

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Andrew Tessier

Skills Instructor

Andrew Tessier

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Daniela Cotesta

Skating Instructor

Daniela Cotesta

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Brent Gauvreau

Skills Instructor & Program Consultant

Brent Gauvreau

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Dave Clancy

Skills Instructor & Program Consultant

Dave Clancy

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Jeff Scharf

Skills Instructor

Jeff Scharf

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Jason Stos

Skills Instructor

Vagelli Sakellaris

Skills Instructor

Vagelli Sakellaris

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Jeff Scharf

Skills Instructor

Jeff Scharf

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Jason Stos

Skills Instructor

Goaltending DEVELOPMENT

Al Valiquette

Director of Goaltending & Program Development/Instructor

Al Valiquette

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Tyler Beskorowany

Goaltending Instructor

Tyler Beskorowany

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Shawn Sirman

Goaltending Instructor

Shawn Sirman

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Stephanie Pascal

Goaltending Instructor

Stephanie Pascal

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Tyler Beskorowany

Goaltending Instructor

Tyler Beskorowany

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Shawn Sirman

Goaltending Instructor

Shawn Sirman

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Are you looking to join and fun and fast paced environment doing what you love? Whether you’re a professional coach looking for a new opportunity or a recently retired player looking to stay involved in the game, we’d love for you to join our staff. 

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Darryl Moxam

As General Manager of the new Northern Hockey Academy, Darryl brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in coaching, teaching and business. In a classroom or on the ice, he finds very few things more rewarding than coaching and educating athletes.

With over 20 years of coaching athletes of all ages, including most recently the Ontario Hockey League Sudbury Wolves, Darryl understands the on-ice and off-ice skills required to play the game at the highest levels.

Darryl’s playing experience includes the Ontario Hockey League, Canadian University and professional hockey in North America and Europe, culminating with National Championship appearances in both the Memorial Cup and Canadian University Championships.

Upon retirement, Darryl immediately transitioned into coaching by accepting a position with the Jr. A Central Canadian Champion Rayside Sabrecat’s. He has been coaching in the Sudbury area ever since.

His experience in coaching includes Jr.A, Major Junior and Canadian University, and he has had the good fortune of coaching players such as Tyler Bertuzzi (Detroit Red Wings), Micheal Pezzetta (Montreal Canadians), Issac Phillips (Chicago Black Hawks), Jack Thompson (Tampa Bay Lightning), Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Buffalo Sabres) and Quinton Byfield (LA Kings).

Combining Darryl’s coaching experience with over ten years of teaching high school and post-secondary students, he understands what it takes to achieve the most significant amount of success in athlete development. It is imperative to recognize different individual learning styles and personal motivation factors and create a safe learning environment focused on inclusiveness and fun.

Craig MAKI

As a 37-year veteran of the Greater Sudbury Police Service, Craig Maki brings a unique perspective to the development of young athletes.

A longtime fixture in the hockey community of Greater Sudbury, Craig has coached at the USports, NOJHL, Rep and Recreational levels locally. Marrying his passion for police work with his love for hockey, Craig created the PaWES Program (Police and Wolves Educating Sudbury) in 2015, focused on educating youth in the community on the importance of leadership, pride, and teamwork.

After retiring from policing in April of 2022, Craig still resides in Greater Sudbury with his wife, Sherry. He is an incredibly proud father his two sons, Brandon and Tyler. He continues to serve his community by using the knowledge gained from his career, and over 50 years within the game of hockey to educate the community’s youth, with the goal of developing them both as athletes and people of character.

Robert Dmytruk

A Toronto native, Rob grew up playing competitive hockey as a defenceman in the GTHL. Following his final year of minor hockey, Rob was drafted by the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League.

Rob’s playing experience is vast, having played in the OHL, USPORTS (Canadian University), and professionally in both North America and Europe.

Rob quickly transitioned into coaching after retiring from playing professionally, specializing in player and skill development. Since 2011 Rob has coached and developed players of all ages. His knowledge and passion for player development have quickly allowed Rob to create a reputation as one of Northern Ontario’s most respected skill instructors.

As the Lead Instructor at Northern Hockey Academy, Rob will continue to use his knowledge and experience to help create a first-class curriculum and an environment of learning, professionalism and, most importantly, fun for all our athletes.

Bobby Chaumont

A Sudbury Native with an extensive playing career that began with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League, Bobby spent 15 years playing professional hockey before settling back in Sudbury as the Manager of Golf Operations at Timberwolf Golf Club.

Bobby’s transition to coaching started as a player assistant coach during his last few years of playing professional hockey. After he retired, he was quickly recruited to join the coaching staff of the Jr. A Rayside Balfour Canadians.

His experience, professionalism and approach to skill and athlete development align perfectly with the culture and mission of the Northern Hockey Academy team.

Yves Gervais

After leaving the area to pursue a career in tech, Yves returned to his hockey roots in the Sudbury area with his wife Marquise, and two children Amelie and Jonah. Yves has been coaching minor hockey for years, recently leading a U13A team to provincials.

Yves got into the entrepreneurial pool by launching MODHKY in 2021, designing hockey training aids and providing private skill development for athletes.   He is passionate about skill development and has served as a Player Development Executive for associations across the region, while working towards Hockey Canada’s Instructional Stream Certification. Through continuing education, Yves continues to demonstrate the advanced technical and fundamentals skills required to train athletes at all levels.

Andrew Tessier

Andrew comes to the Academy with vast experience in hockey, both as a player and instructor.

Andrew’s playing career includes experience in QMJHL, OHL, USPORT and professional hockey. Andrew is a teacher by nature as he currently works in Sudbury as a high school teacher. True to his profession, he uses positive feedback, demonstration, conversation and collaboration to help players improve and better understand the game.

Andrew has been working in player development for over 10 years. His knowledge and ability to motivate and connect with players create the perfect learning environment for his athletes at Northern Hockey Academy.

Daniela Cotesta

Daniela was a National competitor at both Junior and Senior levels, a Senior Varsity Champion, and accomplished Gold Tests in all disciplines of skating. She has since coached various levels of skating. Daniela is passionate about teaching the foundations of skating to improve the skater’s strength and speed. She knows the dedication and commitment involved when wanting to excel at a sport and is excited to inspire skaters as part of the NHA team.

Brent Gauvreau

Brent played in the OHL for four seasons, beginning in the 1996-1997 season. He spent his entire OHL career with the Oshawa Generals, helping lead Oshawa to a league championship in 1997 and captaining the team in 2000. 

Brent possesses the rare feat of being drafted to the NHL twice. First in 1998 to Calgary in the 5th round, then two years later to Phoenix in the 6th round. Upon graduating from the OHL, Brent played 12 years of professional hockey, including 6 years in the United States and 6 years in Europe. While playing professional hockey, Brent earned a degree from Athabasca University, majoring in Business Management. 

Brent has experience as a player/assistant coach in pro and coaching at various levels of minor hockey and junior.

Brent currently scouts for the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League while residing in Sudbury with his wife Sarah and two children, Ellie and Felix.

Vagelli Sakellaris

Vagelli brings over 15 years of coaching and skill development experience with him to Northern Hockey Academy. Throughout the years, Vagelli spent time coaching several different AAA teams for Sudbury Minor Hockey and the Lasalle Secondary High School Team. In recent years, Vagelli spent his time as a Head Coach and Assistant Coach for the Sudbury Cubs and Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.

In addition to the on-ice development of his players, Vagelli has gained many valuable insights into what drives winning, how to achieve the best performance from his players, and how to create performance consistency to succeed.

His goal is to use his experience to prepare young athletes for success and to help improve their skills so they may perform at the highest level.

Al VALIQUETTE

Al has been involved with goaltending in Sudbury as a coach and a player for over 20 years.

Born and raised in Sudbury, he was drafted to the OHL by his hometown Sudbury Wolves, in 2006. Al spent 4 years with the Wolves, winning MVP honours in his final season. After graduating from the OHL, Al played 4 years in USports for the Western University Mustangs and the Laurentian University Voyageurs and graduated with a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education while getting MVP honours for 3 out of 4 seasons. After his final year with the Laurentian Voyageurs, Al got called up to ECHL and won Goalie of the Week honours in his professional debut. Al decided to retire from playing in 2016 to pursue different career endeavours, leading him to become a Firefighter and Goalie Coach.

Al is now the Goalie Coach for the Sudbury Wolves in the OHL and has been since 2017. He has since worked with various coaches and goalies ranging up to the NHL. He looks forward to continuing to learn and teach his passion for goaltending to goalies of all levels through the Northern Hockey Academy.

Tyler Beskorowany

Born and raised in Hanmer and better known as “Besko,” Tyler grew up playing minor hockey in Valley East and Onaping Falls.

After two seasons of AAA for the Valley East Cobras, he went on to play three seasons in the OHL with both the Owen Sound Attack and, later, the Kingston Frontenacs. Following his first season in the OHL, Tyler was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the second round of the 2008 NHL draft. Besko’s professional hockey career has taken him around the globe over the last 11 years, playing for several organizations and leagues, including the ECHL, AHL, DEL, EIHL and the Tip Sports league in Slovakia. Amongst the many years of outstanding achievements and championships, some of his most notable accomplishments include OHL All-Star, ECHL All-Star, DEL goalie of the year, EIHL league champion, league MVP, and goalie of the year. Not only has Tyler put in countless hours between the pipes, but he’s also spent a great deal of his time working with goalies from multiple levels, ranging from minor hockey to NCAA, Concordia University, Jr A teams and the NHL.

As of May 2022, Besko has decided to “hang ‘em up” as a player but looks forward to transitioning from on to off the ice as he continues to pursue a career in coaching. He can’t wait to help our next generation of passionate hockey players excel in the game we all know and love.

SHAWN SIRMAN

Shawn is a product of the Sudbury and Nickel City hockey programs. He has spent time with both associations, playing in their AA and AAA programs.

Shawn was a draft pick of the Oshawa Generals in 2006 and started his junior hockey career with the Blind River Beavers of the NOJHL. He then spent time in the OJHL with the Kingston Voyageurs, winning the OJHL & Dudley Hewitt championships. During the 2009 season, Shawn was fortunately allowed to represent his country at the World Junior A’ Championships capturing a bronze medal. That season, he was selected to the CJHL NHL Top Prospects game & was named an OJHL All-Star.

Shawn was awarded a scholarship to the University of Maine, where he played for two seasons. He then transferred to a division III program at New England College, where he completed his Business degree. Shawn has been coaching goaltenders for over 20 years. He has spent several years teaching under some of Canada’s elite coaches, including Scott Murray (Washington Capitals –NHL), Jon Elkin (Toronto Maple Leafs – NHL) and Kory Cooper (Kingston Voyageurs – OHL). 

Shawn is passionate and dedicated to transferring his knowledge and experience to the next generation of goalies.

Stephanie Pascal

Stephanie grew up playing in goal in Sudbury for the Sudbury Lady Wolves before moving on to play post-secondary for Queen’s University. While at Queen’s University, Stephanie was named OUA Goalie of the Year, first team-all star and made appearances at two National Championships.

After graduating with a chemical engineering degree, Stephanie returned to Sudbury and started coaching with the Sudbury Lady Wolves Program. Since retiring, Stephanie has been coaching multiple age groups and levels with a primary focus on the U18AA Sudbury Lady Wolves and was named a recipient of the BFL Hockey Canada Female Coach of the Year (Competitive) in the province of Ontario in 2022. Stephanie was also selected by the OWHA to be an Assistant Coach at the Ontario Summer Games in 2022 where her team captured the gold medal.

Stephanie’s passion for teaching and her knowledge of the game will transition perfectly into helping young goaltenders reach their full potential as part of the Northern Hockey Academy team.