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.

Zach Watson

General Manager

Brant Hilton

Director of Goaltending

Brett Dudar

Director of Player Development

jake Dudar

Director of Evolution Play

Joe Ftoma

Director of Player Personnel

Ryan Laing

SJR Hockey Development

Jesse Deckert

Goaltending Coach

Cassandra Groen

SJR Manager & Goaltending Coach

Peyton Malcolm

Strength & Development Coach

EV-O-LU-TION

NOUN

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 TEAM

RILEY DUDAR

FOUNDER

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.

Zach Watson

GENERAL MANAGER

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Brant Hilton

DIRECTOR OF GOALTENDING

Brant joined Evolution Hockey in the fall of 2020. Since that point, he has become its Director of Goaltending, in charge of overseeing and growing the Evolution goaltending program. 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.

BRETT DUDAR

DIRECTOR OF 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.

JAKE DUDAR

DIRECTOR OF EVOLUTION PLAY

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.

JOE FTOMA

DIRECTOR OF PLAYER PERSONNEL

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.

RYAN LAING

SJR HOCKEY DEVELOPMENT

Ryan joined Evolution Hockey in the summer of 2021. He is passionate about developing young athletes through the love of sport. Growing up in small town Manitoba, Ryan played competitive hockey for 15 years. While studying for his diploma in business administration, Ryan moved to Alberta where he was coaching college level volleyball, and post graduation he returned to Manitoba to coach at the University level. Ryan is specifically focused on accelerating talent, building team morale, and encouraging the love of the game.

JESSE DECKERT

GOALTENDING COACH

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.

CASSANDRA GROEN

SJR MANAGER & GOALTENDING COACH

Cassandra is a fieldwork student from University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Recreation Management and Community Development. Cassandra is listed into Canada’s Most Influential Women in Sports and Physical Activity for her influence as a coach and an athlete. She has 12 years of experience of on-ice coaching for female and male athletes. As an athlete on the ice, she has achieved: gold at nationals (also awarded to the Canadian all star team) and bronze at westerns, along with seven provincial medals. Cassandra has a deep understanding of the goaltending position and is continuing to grow and expand her knowledge on coaching defence and forwards.

PEYTON MALCOLM

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, and developed as a coach through Evolution’s internship program. 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.