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Spring HPT Program

About HPT – PEP 2023 Spring Development Program

Do you feel like your athlete has missed out on important development years? Are they determined to make up for those lost opportunities with hard work and dedication? Are they looking to improve their skills while learning real time game tactics in small area games? Then the Warriors spring HPT – PEP Spring Program is exactly what you are looking for! Returning for its 3rd year with an added Power Edge Pro component to help develop skills, skating and puck handling. The HPT – PEP Spring Program aims to develop your athlete into the best player possible while teaching important character building skills to allow them to not only find success in hockey, but life after hockey as well.

Coaches & Schedule

Head Coach – Ayrton Nikkel
Head Skating & Skills Coach – Derek Bachynski
Assistant Skating & Skills Coach – Wyatt Head
Off Ice Coach – Josh Blanchard
Off Ice Coach – Tyler Mosienko
Where: Royal Lepage Place – 2760 Cameron Rd, West Kelowna, BC V1Z 2T6

When: April 3rd – May 31st Evenings from 6 – 9PM


The HPT – PEP Spring Program will consist of three age groups. The age groups will be paired and range from 2005/06-U18, 2007/08-U16 & 2009/10-U14. The program will run from April 3rd – May 31st 2023 and will be on Monday’s & Wednesday’s evenings around 6 – 9 PM with an optional Friday team building event. This program will be held at Royal Lepage Place in West Kelowna in the beautiful Okanagan Valley.

Contact Josh Blanchard – Director of Scouting & Hockey Development at for more information



Pre Program  Monday  Wednesday  Friday  Post Program 
Counsellor Session

  • Goal setting
  • Code of Conduct Overview 
  • “How to handle yourself as a professional athlete

  • PEP Work
  • Skating 
  • Puck Handling 
  • Shooting

  • Compete Drills
  • 5v5 + 4v4 + 3v3 simulations
  • Small area games
Team Building (Optional)

  • Ping Pong Tournament 
  • Outdoor Sports 
  • Hikes 
Counsellor Session

  • Accountability Overview 
  • Achieved from program 
  • What you would change

  • Strength & Power Training 
  • Speed – Fast Twitch Training

  • Strength & Power Training
  • Flexibility, Mobility & Yoga 



The HPT – PEP Spring Program includes 19.5 hours of ON ICE High Performance Training focusing on forward & defence specific drills, skills training, compete/battle drills and small area game situations. The HPT – PEP Spring Program also includes 18 hours OFF ICE strength & mobility training focusing on power workouts, fast twitch workouts, increasing a players first step allowing them to escape hits and make better plays, adding longevity to a player’s career. The HPT – PEP Spring Program doesn’t only allow a player an opportunity to make up for lost hockey development time, but also provides a safe and inclusive environment to help with character and interpersonal development with 2 added session with a certified counsellor to discuss goal setting, our Code of Conduct as well as how to handle yourself as a professional athlete. At the end of the program each player will have another session to go over accountability and what the player was able to get out of the program. There will also be an added Friday team building event (Optional) consisting of other outdoor sports, Ping Pong Tournaments and more.

Coaches Bio

This Spring Development Program will be run by Warriors AC & AGM Ayrton Nikkel, who prior to coaching, spent four years in the WHL while splitting his final seasons between the ECHL, the BCHL and the CIS. During Ayrton’s playing career, he won a gold medal with Team BC at the Canada Winter Games and competed with Team Pacific at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge. Ayrton has also spent a significant amount of time working in youth skill development and loves teaching all aspects of the game. Derek Bachynski who spent last season as the head coach of the Okanagan Rockets U18AAA team of the BC Elite Hockey League. Prior to that he spent six seasons coaching within the Pursuit of Excellence program (Now RINK), aiding more that 40 student athletes to the junior level or higher as well as Wyatt Head, who spent the last 2 seasons with the Mercyhurst Lakers in the NCAA DIV 1 league. Before going to Mercyhurst Wyatt spent 4 years with the BCHL West Kelowna Warriors playing in almost 150 games as a defenceman, winning Defenceman of the year in 2018/19. Tyler Mosienko spent the past two seasons with the Okanagan Rockets U17 AAA team of the BC Elite Hockey League, leading them to the provincial finals last season. Prior to coaching Mosienko had a very successful playing career. He began his career playing five seasons with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL where he won two WHL Championships. He then went on to play seventeen seasons of professional hockey in the AHL, ECHL, and several European leagues. A Kelowna, BC native, Josh is familiar with the BC Hockey League and the area, having played his minor hockey in the Okanagan while suiting up in over 200 career games in the BCHL. Josh comes with a variety of hockey & fitness experience.