Team Personnel

Brian Maloney
Head Coach and GM of Building and Hockey Operations

The 2020-2021 season is Brian’s fifth as a member of the Chiefs coaching staff. He spent two seasons as an assistant coach before taking over as full time Associate Head Coach and Associate General Manager. On May 3, 2018 he was named Head Coach and General Manager.

Brian spent a season and a half in a Chiefs uniform after joining the team on January 10, 1997. In 87 regular season games with the Chiefs, he scored 44 goals and added 87 assists. In his final season he served as the team’s captain and led the Chiefs to their second appearance the BCHL Final, where they fell in five games to the Vernon Vipers.

After accepting a four year scholarship to Michigan State University, Maloney played pro hockey in various locations for 11 seasons, including stops in the American Hockey League with Binghamton and Chicago. He retired as a player after the 2013-14 season, his seventh in Germany.

Brad Rihela
Associate Head Coach/Assistant GM

Brad Rihela is entering his third season as a full-time member of the Chilliwack Chiefs coaching staff. He has been working in hockey for over a decade, and has coached at the CSSHL, PJHL, and BCHL levels. Brad got his start coaching junior hockey in 2012 with the Prince George Spruce Kings, then took the job as the Head Coach and Assistant General Manager of the Aldergrove Kodiaks where he worked from 2013-2015. In 2013 he guided the Kodiaks to a PJHL Championship, and in 2014 he was named PJHL Coach of the Year.

From 2015-2017 prior to joining the Chiefs, Brad coached the Bantam Prep program at the Yale Hockey Academy, winning a CSSHL championship his first season. Brad played junior hockey in the PJHL and briefly in the BCHL with the Langley Chiefs prior to beginning his coaching career.

Brad is currently enrolled in business management courses at Thompson Rivers University, and resides in Abbotsford with his fiancé Natasha and their two boys, Aidan, and Axl.

Brian Patafie
Physical Therapist/Athletic Trainer

With the start of the 2020/21 season, comes the start of Brian’s 42nd year in the game of hockey. While he has traveled the world with the sport, he spent the majority of his career with the Calgary Flames organization, including 4 years at the NHL level. He also spent 8 years with his hometown Ottawa 67’s.

Maybe one of his most important stops though was Augusta, Georgia where Brian and his wife Dawn welcomed their two children into the world. Son Dominic was born in 2000 and daughter Kelton in 2002.

In 2009 Brian released his first book published “Ice It Down- A Look at Pro Hockey Through a Trainers Eyes” and currently, is working on his second book “No Days Off – The Story of a Hockey Purgatory”.

Also a Keynote Speaker, Brian focuses on how humor enhances the workplace environment.

Andrew Shaw
Assistant & Video Coach
Andrew enters his third season as a member of the Chiefs coaching staff. Both Andrew and his wife, Kaitlyn, grew up in Chilliwack. Prior to joining the Chiefs, Shaw played junior hockey in Castlegar (KIJHL) and Nipawin (SJHL) and studied political science at the University of Victoria. Andrew got his start in coaching in Chilliwack Minor Hockey and continues to serve as an assistant in the association.
Mackenzie Skapski
Goaltender Coach

Mackenzie Skapski was named the Chiefs Goaltending Coach in December 2020. 

Skapski, a former 170th overall draft pick of the New York Rangers is a highly regarded young coach. He will use his over 5 years of experience as a professional goaltender (2-0 record at the NHL level) to help the Chiefs goaltenders as well as youth goaltenders throughout the community.

The Abbotsford native also works with the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds program, as well as with the Portland Winterhawks as a consultant. He has also partnered with Jeff Malcolm with Own Assertion Goaltending Consultants.

 

Jeff Grenier
Educational Advisor
Dave Shepherd
Educational Advisor
Chris Price
Player Development Coach

Chris Price is one of the newest additions to our scouting department. Chris had a 4-year junior career and has spent the past two seasons coaching at the Yale Hockey Academy. Chris works as a skills instructor and strength and conditioning coach for Impact Hockey Development out of Langley and is very well respected across the lower mainland. In addition to his new role as a BC scout for the Chiefs, Chris was recently named head coach of the U16 Chiefs JSHL program.

Clayton Krahn
Player Development Coach

Mike McGinnis – Alberta Scout

Mike is currently the Regional Manager for Edmonton (and surrounding areas) for Hockey Alberta. Mike played Midget AAA and junior hockey from 1993-98 and is a Hockey Canada certified skills instructor. He is the owner of Norcan Hockey Development. “Mike’s knowledge of the game as well as the minor hockey landscape in Alberta is a huge asset to our program.” said Chiefs Associate Coach/Assistant GM Brad Rihela. “We are excited to continue working with Mike and proud that he has chosen to join us for his second season with the Chiefs.”

Mike Porter- Michigan Scout

Mike Porter is a coach at the Detroit Catholic Central High School program. Mike had a solid junior career which he used to join the Michigan State Spartans (Mike is an ex-teammate of Coach Maloney). He turned his education into his new role as a successful lawyer. During the 2006 season Porter was an amateur scout for the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning and he currently assists NHL and AHL coaches in the negotiations of their contracts. His knowledge of the Michigan area will be a massive asset for the Chiefs going forward.

Chris Price- BC Scout

Chris Price is one of the newest additions to our scouting department. Chris had a 4-year junior career and has spent the past two seasons coaching at the Yale Hockey Academy. Chris works as a skills instructor and strength and conditioning coach for Impact Hockey Development out of Langley and is very well respected across the lower mainland. In addition to his new role as a BC scout for the Chiefs, Chris was recently named head coach of the U16 Chiefs JSHL program.

Erin Thornton- BC Scout

Erin Thornton has been a member of the Chiefs scouting staff since the 2014-15 season. He has been instrumental in helping bring quality recruits to spring/main camps and has had a lot of success identifying top talent across the province. Erin is currently a coach and program director at the Yale Hockey Academy. He is a proud Chiefs alumni having played for the team during the 91-92 and 92-93 BCHL seasons. “We are very lucky to have people like Erin Thornton involved with the Chilliwack Chiefs hockey program. He is a great person with a passion for the game and is a huge help in respect to our recruiting and scouting plans.” said Rihela

Redmond Brow- North East USA Scout

Redmond Brow is another one of the latest additions to the Chiefs scouting staff. Redmond brings a unique perspective to the group as he has an extensive background in goaltending. Last season, he was the Director of Goaltending for the Philadelphia Hockey Club. This upcoming season he will be working for the Salve Regina University as their goalie coach. Redmond has experience working under renowned NHL goalie coaches like Piero Greco and Mitch Korn of the NY Islanders which will be a big advantage when it comes to evaluating goaltending prospects.

Sean Coffman- Midwest USA Scout

Sean is back for his second season as a member of the Chilliwack Chiefs scouting department. Sean has been coaching for the past 5 seasons at the prestigious Compuware Major Midget program. Based out of Metro Detroit, Sean has experience scouting in the NAHL, USHL and OHL prior to joining the Chiefs ahead of last season. “Sean has been instrumental in us being able to expand our footprint in the US. He represents the Chiefs with class and professionalism and has been a massive help to our hockey department.” said Brad Rihela

Matt Kuystermans- Alberta/Saskatchewan Scout

Matt Kuystermans is a young man with a lot of goals of moving up in the management/player assessment side of the game. The sports management industry is a huge passion for him. Last season he joined the Chilliwack Chiefs and did a great job of supplying the coaching staff with lists of talented prospects from across Western Canada. Matt spent two seasons scouting as an intern at ISS where he was awarded Western Intern of the year.

Moray Keith

Moray Keith is the President of the Dueck Auto Group, Dueck Chevrolet Cadillac Hummer Limited, Canada’s largest automobile dealership, located in Vancouver, Dueck Pontiac Buick GMC Limited in Downtown Vancouver, and Dueck Lansdowne Pontiac Buick Cadillac GMC in Richmond, BC.

In addition to being a proud owner of the BCHL Chilliwack Chiefs, he is the President of the Chiefs Development Group, which, in partnership with the City of Chilliwack, built and opened Prospera Centre in 2004. Moray was the Vice Chairman of the 2005 Grey Cup, and Co-Chair of the Marketing Committee for the 2006 World Jr. Hockey Tournament in Vancouver.

Moray lives in Tsawwassen with his wife, Pamela. They have two children, their son Greg, and their daughter Courtney.

Jim Bond

Jim Bond is President and CEO of Ventana Construction Corporation. Ventana is a successful General Contractor, working throughout western Canada doing commercial renovation and multi family projects with many repeat business clients, including Ballard Power, Rockey Mountaineer Vacations, GWL Realty Advisors, Dueck GM, Future Shop, Vancity, and Unimet.

Through Jim’s general love of life, he enjoys many outdoor activities such as skiing, golfing, horseback riding, biking, riding his Harley and of course hockey.

Heinz Hasselmann

Heinz was a part of the Chiefs ownership group prior to the team moving to Langley in 2006. Upon the Chiefs return to Chilliwack, he rejoined the ownership group in January of 2013.

Heinz Hasselmann immigrated to Canada from Germany in 1952 when he was 18 years old where he worked in the mines in Northern Ontario.  He moved to BC in 1954 and worked in a mine in Bralorne BC before moving to Burnaby and took a job as a foreman at McDonell Metals Manufacturing Limited, a small foundry in Burnaby BC.  In 1968 Heinz started up Century Pacific Foundry Limited.

Barry Douglas
Vice-President, Business Operations; Governor

With over 25 years experience in media and junior hockey, Barry Douglas leads the Chilliwack Chiefs’ marketing and sales and oversees the front office.

A volunteer coach for Chilliwack Minor Baseball, founding board member for the Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame, and part owner of Champagne & Lace, Barry is well-known for his service to the league and the community.

Barry has been honoured with multiple Marketer of the Year Awards. As well as a Chilliwack Sport Community Hero in 2017 and in 2018 the Rotary Club of Chilliwack – Mt. Cheam named him an honourary Paul Harris Fellow.

When he’s not in the rink or on the field, Barry enjoys golfing, and spending time with his partner Robynn and their children and grandchildren.

Hayley Ferguson
Communications & Digital Coordinator

Hayley Ferguson serves as the Communications & Digital Coordinator for the Chilliwack Chiefs.

Hayley first became involved with the Chiefs as a communications intern and in-stand host during the 2014-2016 seasons. After her internship with the club, Hayley moved to Toronto to attend the College of Sports Media where she studied Radio and Television Broadcasting. Since graduating she has worked at TSN as a Story Editor for SportsCentre as well as a Reporter and Anchor for Chat TV News in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

The BCHL has played a special part in Hayley’s life, growing up as a billet sister on Vancouver Island. Away from the rink, Hayley is an avid IndyCar and Formula 1 fan.

Barbara Hunt
Bookkeeper

Bio coming soon.

Maria Nemeth
Accountant

Bio coming soon.

Vanni De Bartolo
Play by Play Announcer

Born and raised in Trail, BC, Vanni grew up playing hockey and loving sports. He moved to Chilliwack in 1996 where he eventually pursued his passion of broadcasting. After graduating from British Columbia Institute of Technology in 2002, Vanni began working for Team 1040 radio in Vancouver. He landed his first play-by-play gig for the Chilliwack Chiefs in 2003 where he held that position until the Western Hockey League Chilliwack Bruins moved into town. Vanni spent five years working for the WHL club before moving on to the American Hockey League’s Abbotsford Heat from 2009 – 2014.

Vanni returned as the voice of the Chiefs in 2016 where he remains in that position today.

When he’s not busy running two Produce Gone Wild stores in Chilliwack, Vanni spends time with his growing family. He continues to play sports during his spare time and loves playing slo-pitch baseball, hockey, and golf.