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Nate Leslie: Head Director

Head Director Nate Leslie

Nate has a Masters Degree of Education from Madrid, Spain, speaks German, Swiss German, & French, and played 7  years of professional hockey in Europe.  Outside of camp, Nate is the owner of Leslie Global Sports with brother Boe, and the creator of his new member site, How to Play Hockey.  Leslie Global Sports runs hockey camps, skill development, and coaching mentorship programs in Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Whistler, Squamish, Victoria, The Richmond Olympic Oval, Baltimore, New York, Washington DC,Queenstown, New Zealand, and Budapest, Hungary.  In Vancouver, Nate instructs hockey academies at Earl Marriott, Semiahmoo Britannia, & Sentinel Secondary Schools.After 4 years of Junior hockey Nate played 7 professional seasons in Europe and North America including the Swiss Elite League, British Super League, and the Central Hockey League.  Before moving to Vancouver in 2008 Nate spent 4 years in New York City building a hockey program in West Harlem and was the Athletic Director in the prestigious Manhattan boarding school, the Saint Thomas Choir School. Nate’s father Bob coached Team Canada to Deutschland Cup and Spengler Cup gold medals in Switzerland, and has won the Spengler Cup 3 times while coaching professionally for 20 years. Bob now runs Leslie Global Leadership training throughout Europe from his home base in Zurich, Switzerland. His mother Barbara has been a teacher for 35 years and currently teaches middle school at the Zurich International School in Switzerland. Nate’s passion for coaching, teaching, and leadership runs deep.

Mike Coflin: Head Director

Mike Coflin is currently the Head Coach and Supervisor, and teacher at the Earl Marriott Hockey Academy in White Rock, BC.  A product of the British Columbia Hockey League and a University of British Columbia Hockey Alumni, Mike has a very extensive coaching background.  He has over 26 years of hockey school experience, a B.Ed degree and M.Ed degree, and Hockey Canada level 4 coaching certification.  After 12 years as the Head Coach of the University of British Columbia, Mike continued coaching with stints in the British Columbia Hockey League and one season in the Italian Elite League.  Mike received Coach of the Year accolades in 1996 and 2003.  Mike was a guest coach at the Vancouver Canucks Training Camp in 2000, a member of the Canadian National Team coaching staff at the Nagano Cup in 1996, and a Guest Coach with the Canadian National Team in 1994.  He has both coached and mentored at the BC Best Ever program. He has also contributed as a writer of the Hockey Canada Nike Coaching Manuals.  Mike’s dedication to the game elevates the level of coaches around him.  He commands a respect from his players that push them to new heights that creates an atmosphere of self-reflection and accountability.  Coach Coflin is responsible for Prep Camp’s on-ice curriculum and coaching staff.

Ronnie Patterson

A former goaltender, Ronnie played his Minor Hockey in Richmond and went on to play 4 seasons of Junior A Hockey for Richmond Sockeyes in the BCHL – 1972 -1976.  A UBC Alumni member, Ronnie played Varsity hockey at the University of British Columbia in the CIS from 1977-79 and again from 1981-83.  Ronnie had the honour of playing for the Canadian Olympic Team from 1979-81 and played in the World Collegiate Games in 1982.  He was named to the CIS 1st All Star Team in 1977, ‘78 and ’82.  He was named an “All Canadian CIS Goaltender” in 1982 and won the British Columbia Premier Award 1982.  Since 2004 Ronnie has held the post of co-owner of the Surrey Eagles of the prestigious BCHL and sits on the BCHL Executives board.  Ronnie is clearly a key figure in the success of Prep Camp and a conduit to the BCHL.  Players hoping to play Junior Hockey are fortunate to have Ronnie on the Prep Camp Board of Directors.  Ronnie plays and integral role in coach recruitment, player recruitment, and marketing of Prep Camp.

Mark Taylor: Elite Female Camp Head Coach

Director Mark ‘Cyclone’ Taylor

Grandson of 1909 and 1915 Stanley Cup winning legend Fred Cyclone Taylor, Mark grew up playing hockey in Vancouver with Kerrisdale and went on to play in the BCJHL with the Langley Lords. Mark was voted the MVP of the league in 1976 at the age of 17. Mark received a 4 year scholarship the following year at the University of North Dakota and led the team to a runner up finish for the NCAA title in his third year and then won the U.S. national title in his fourth and final year. Mark was named the top college player that year (renamed the Hoby Baker award the following year). Mark shattered most of the school scoring records by the end of his fourth season. Mark went on to play 12 years of professional hockey that included 3 years in the American hockey league, 4 years in the NHL and 5 years in Europe of which 4 were in Switzerland. Marks best year in the NHL was with Pittsburgh in 1985 where he scored 24 goals and 31 assists in 59 games. Knee injuries cut that season and ultimately his career short. While playing for UND, Mark completed his business degree.  Mark now runs the lower mainland’s most successful chain of hockey stores, Cyclone Taylor Sports.

Kerry Gladson

Kerry grew up in Burnaby, BC where he played his minor hockey, highlighted by leading the Pee Wee AAA team to the first Pee Wee Provincial finals. Kerry’s senior career spanned 5 seasons and included the Langley Lords of the BCHL where he played alongside Prep Camp director and former NHL player Mark Taylor. With the Vancouver Junior Canucks, Kerry was scouted and received a scholarship to the University of Illinois in Chicago. In his first year he helped the team to a 3rd place finish in the NCAA Division II finals. Kerry scored the winning goal in the longest game in tournament history. After university Kerry played Senior Hockey winning the BC provincial Coy Cup and Savage Cup titles. Kerry has coached in the BCHL in 1982-83 with the Burnaby Bluehawks and has coached minor hockey for the past 10 years. He is excited to bring his networking experience to help camp participants with their hockey careers.

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