MEET THE TEAM
After a stellar Junior Hockey career with the Oshawa Generals of the OHL and World Junior Championships, Rick was selected in the first round of the NHL and was 7th overall player drafted by the Vancouver Canucks. Eventually, Rick was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs and finished his NHL playing career with the Chicago Black Hawks and Tampa Bay Lighting.In addition to his NHL playing experience, Rick continued his professional playing career in the Swiss Elite League. In 2007 Rick was recognized by the Vancouver as one of the very best Canucks ever.
The transition from player to professional coach was a natural step for Rick as he accepted the role of Assistant Coach with the Penticton Panthers of the BCHL and soon became the Head Coach of the Langley Thunder of the BCHL. Rick eventually moved on to be the Head Coach of the Surrey Eagles, Langley Hornets, Burnaby Express and Victoria Grizzlies of the BCHL. In addition to his BCHL coaching experience, Rick was also an Assistant and then Head Coach of the Tri-City Americans of the WHL.
In 2007 Rick was back in the NHL with the Colorado Avalanche in the role of amateur scout for the last 9 seasons and now looks forward to bringing his experience as player and coach to Gateway Hockey. Rick is highly involved in coaching Spring Hockey teams and providing player guidance as Family Advisor/Consulting.
Rick's major coaching career accomplishments include two BCHL League Championships, two Western Canadian Junior A Championships, Royal Bank Cup Finalist and Royal Bank Cup National Junior A Championship with the Burnaby Express of BCHL in 2006.
Mark Holick began coaching as an Assistant Coach in the BCHL in 1994. After three seasons as an Assistant Coach, Mark was named the GM / Head Coach of the South Surrey Eagles of the BCHL. All in all, Mark spent thirteen years in Junior "A" Hockey, ten of them as GM / Head Coach.
In those 13 seasons, Mark's teams reached the league semi finals 8 times, the league finals 5 times, winning 2 league championships, 2 BC-Alberta Championships, 2 Western Canadian Championships, an one RBC National Junior "A" Championship. He is also a winner of the BCHL Coach of the Year Award.
Mark went on to coach the WHL Kootenay ICE from 2007-10 where he led the ICE to the playoffs all three seasons. He was also the winner of the 2009 Duncan McCallum Award as the WHL's Coach of the Year.
From 2010-12 Mark spent two seasons as Head Coach of the American Hockey League's Syracuse Crunch, at that time the top farm team of the NHL's Anaheim Ducks, developing players like current NHLers Pat Maroon of the Edmonton Oilers, Kyle Palmieri of the New Jersey Devils, and Nick Bonino of the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins, to name a few.
Mark spent 2013-2016 with the PG Cougars in the WHL as Head Coach where he led them to back to back playoff appearances for the first time in 10 years.
Mark has international experience as Head Coach of Team Pacific at the 2004 World U17 Hockey Challenge leading them to a silver medal. He was also an Assistant Coach of the 2009 U18 Canadian Men's National Team, winning gold at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka tourney held in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. That team produced 14 current NHLers such as Tyler Seguin, Erik Gudbranson, Jeff Skinner, Jaden Schwartz, Tyler Toffi, to name just a few.
Mark is currently the Head Coach of HC Pustertal Wolf of the Swiss Alps Hockey League. The Wolf are based out of Bruneck, Italy.