Coeur d'Alene Hockey Academy is committed to excellence both Academically and Athletically, and to developing the personal growth of our student athletes. We stand together to serve and represent our Academy and Community with Integrity and Respect.
Coeur d’Alene Hockey Academy aspires to be an outstanding educational and athletic organization that provides high quality experience to every Athlete. We strive to provide the high quality experience in which every Athlete learns skills, tactics, and strategies of the game as they are improving as a player and individual while being coached using principles of positive coaching. Our players work hard and have fun at practices and games, feel like an important part of their team regardless of performance, and learn life lessons that carry value beyond the ice rink.
We're enjoying the last few days of nice weather here in the Pacific Northwest, and team building to bring a little festive holiday spirit to the rink!
We are excited to announce Gary Redding as our new Midget Varsity Head Coach. Joining Gary on the bench, will be his son Kurtis Redding.
Gary brings 30 years of experience in coaching, skill development, team building and recruiting to the program. Gary joins the Academy from Spokane, where he most recently was Head Coach of the Spokane Braves Junior Hockey Team which plays in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL). Gary was assistant coach of the team from 2008-2012 and head coach from 2013-2018. In years prior to the Braves, Gary has coached at every age, including teams at both AA and AAA levels. Gary was also a founder, operator, and coach of the PacWest Hockey School and PacWest AAA Spring Hockey Teams from 2001 to 2009. Gary has been part of the Spokane Chiefs main camp for eight years and has also been a guest coach at many camps and showcases throughout his time coaching.
Gary has been recognized as Coach of the Year by the KIJHL in both 2014 and 2018 and by the Spokane American Youth Hockey Association in 2002 and 2006. He was also awarded the Avista Community MVP in 2012 for his work in hockey over the years.
Gary has always focused on player development and during his five years as head coach of the Braves, along with many player accomplishments within the league and on the team, he proudly helped move 5 players to the WHL, 11 to Canadian Jr. A, 2 to NCAA Division I, 7 to NCAA Division III, 6 to the BCIHL, and 3 to ACHA programs.
Kurtis, a Spokane native, joins the Academy having just graduated from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Kurtis played five years of junior hockey. He spent time with the Spokane Braves of the KIJHL, where he was team captain, and also with the Battleford North Stars of the SJHL. After juniors, Kurtis played for the NCAA Division III, Bethel Royals. Kurtis’ work ethic, skill, and toughness were well known throughout his time playing hockey.
During his time at Bethel, Kurtis was a Dean’s List student and as a senior, he was one of only a few students to be given a position as Research Analyst for the Royals Investment Fund, LLC. Kurtis recently received his BA in Business Finance.
Kurtis was recipient of the Matt Beamer Memorial Award in 2006 while playing youth hockey. He was named Player of the Year for 2016 in juniors and while in college he was recognized for his success both on and off the ice by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) as an AHCA All-American Scholar.
The Boys Varsity team made their league debut for the season with back-to-back wins against POE in Kelowna this weekend. Keep up the great work, guys!
We are fielding a Midget Varsity team for the fourth season in a row, and will participate once again in the prestigious CSSHL. Along with this extremely competitive division, we will also play other US-based teams and tournaments.
For our third season, our Female Varsity team will also be playing in the CSSHL, along with other Western Canadian Tournaments and US-based teams.
Please contact Gary Redding for more information on the Boys team or Lindsay Macy for more information on the Girls team.
Coach Redding: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coach Macy: email@example.com
Girls Varsity Showcase
Our Spring team of 05's brought home the championship trophy from the Kelowna Heat Tournament from Kelowna, BC.! They were the first ever US team to win the Twin River Cup. Congrats kids and parents!
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Canadian friends!!