THE EVOLUTION TEAM
We are a team of players, coaches and sports nerds. Collectively, we share decades of experience playing and coaching at the collegiate, professional and international levels of hockey. Our team is comprised of national champions, as well as collegiate and professional athletes who thrive on sharing their passion and knowledge of hockey to those with big dreams. We are the only licensed Hockey Canada Skill Development Program in the province of Manitoba. Our goal is to help you become more technically proficient, tactically aware and mentally confident.
a means of gradual, progressive change or development;
a process of formation or growth
“The name Evolution was chosen because our programs embody this concept – always improving, always evolving.
If I am the same coach a month from now as I am today, I am not doing my job to the best of my ability. This is the spirit we strive to inspire in both players and coaches.”
Meet the coaches
PRESIDENT & HIGH PERFORMANCE COACH
After five years playing in the CIS with the University of Manitoba Bisons, Riley remained with the team for an additional five years as Assistant Coach & Strength Coach. During that time, Riley obtained his HP1 coaching certiﬁcation, Mental Game Performance Coaching (MGCP) certiﬁcation and was one of the ﬁrst coaches in Canada to become a Certified Skills Coach by Hockey Canada. Riley is motivated by continuing education, consistently taking part in conferences and personal development workshops through Hockey Canada, NCAA programs, and consults with professional players on an individual basis.
MANAGER OF HOCKEY OPERATIONS
Dylan graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in Recreation Management, completing ﬁeld work with Hockey Manitoba as a Development Co-ordinator. At Evolution Hockey, Dylan is responsible for all of the behind-the-scenes management with regards to current and future programs. Dylan is the glue that holds the team together, allowing the coaches to focus on studying the game of hockey to deliver highly detailed development sessions.
DIRECTOR OF VIP PROGRAM & GOALTENDING
Jesse has been immersed in hockey, and more speciﬁcally the goaltending position, for over 25 years. Through that time, he has amassed a wealth of playing experience and knowledge spanning time in the WHL, USPORTS, ECHL, AHL, and has attended two NHL training camps. Jesse is part of the coaching staﬀ for the Team Manitoba U16 Program of Excellence, and coaches both goaltenders and players with his role in Evolution Hockey.
DIRECTOR OF EVOLUTION HOCKEY CLUB & PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
A long time Evolution client and coach, Brett is extremely creative in developing skills in small, conﬁned areas of the ice. Brett played for four seasons with the University of Manitoba Bisons, while he obtained his degree as a Bachelor of Psychology.
PLAYER EVALUATION & DEVELOPMENT COACH
After being a long-time client through his four years of Junior A hockey, Jake is now passing along his hockey knowledge through Evolution Hockey. Jake primarily works with players on small area skills, as well as being one of Evolution’s main shooting coaches.
PLAYER EVALUATION & DEVELOPMENT COACH
Joe has been a long-time Evolution client through his NCAA and professional playing career. Joe has been coaching with Evolution Hockey for two years mentoring young defensemen, imparting knowledge through his playing experience in one of the toughest positions in sport.
GOALIE COACH & ASSISTANT MANAGER
Brant joined Evolution Hockey in the fall of 2020 as its Goalie Coach & Assistant Manager. Through Evolution, Brant is the goalie coach for a number of teams at St. John’s-Ravenscourt, and assists Dylan Plett on the administrative side as well. During his hockey career, Brant played in the MJHL, WHL and USPORTS before briefly making a stop in the Central Hockey League. Prior to joining Evolution, Brant spent over eight years in the broadcasting, communications and sales industries.
STRENGTH & DEVELOPMENT COACH
Peyton is a long-time Evolution client, training with the company on and off the ice from a young age. Peyton has always excelled in ﬁtness and dedication to the sport, but unfortunately his playing career in the MJHL was cut short due to injury. Peyton developed as a coach through Evolution’s internship program, and currently coaches sessions on and off the ice. He is certiﬁed as a Strength & Conditioning coach through the NSCF, and is studying to complete his Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of Manitoba.