SEMI Hockey is pleased to announce an update and addition to its high-performance coaching stream with the appointment of Shane Kuss (“Kuss”) and Matt Erhart (“Erhart”) as Pee Wee A1 coaches for the 2018-2019 season.
SEMI Hockey would like to thank Mr. Phil Greiff for his 4 years of dedicated coaching of the Pee Wee A1 team for our association. This 4th season for Phil was capped off with his PWA1 team’s participation in the 2018 Provincials in Prince George, where the team had a great run! We wish Coach Phil best of luck in his future coaching endeavours in this collective decision.
SEMI is excited to expand roles of coaching for Kuss and Erhart in addition to the recently announced appointments of SK Hockey (Kuss and Erhart) as Player Development Leads for Semiahmoo Minor Hockey. For detailed information on SK Hockey and the roles of the Player Development Leads please refer to this announcement. Other coaching announcements will be forthcoming in the next 4-8 weeks.
About Coach Kuss
Shane played his junior hockey with the local Surrey Eagles, the team that would eventually retire his jersey at the South Surrey Arena. During his time with Surrey, Shane would set league-scoring records that still holds today. The team won a league championship, Doyle Cup championship and participated in the final of the Royal Bank Cup in 1997. Shane attended the Vancouver Canucks training camp in 2000 before heading oversees to play professionally before ultimately deciding to begin developing and coaching players.
Shane was the Head coach of the Delta Ice Hawks for 9 years, twice winning a league and provincial championship, before being named the Head Coach and General Manager of the Surrey Eagles from 2007-2010. Shane was named to coach the All-star game on 2 occasions during his time in Surrey. Shane has been instrumental in developing young players for over 18 years through SK Hockey Development. He has also coached current NHLer’s Brent Seabrook and Milan Lucic. Shane most recently coached at the Delta Hockey Academy from 2011 to 2018 where over his coaching tenure at Delta he focussed Elite 15 and Bantam Prep.
About Coach Erhart
Matt Erhart has an extensive playing and coaching background and is excited to be joining Semiahmoo Minor Hockey as part of the player development team. Matt played his Junior Hockey with the Surrey Eagles and was part of the 1998 Royal Bank Cup National Championship team. Matt earned a Division 1 Scholarship to Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. He graduated as the second leading scoring defensemen in school history while being named the Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year. Matt has been involved in coaching for the past 14 years from minor hockey to major junior hockey. Matt was the Head Coach and General Manager of the Surrey Eagles from 2010 – 2013. He led the Eagles to the BCHL Championship and a berth in the National Championships and earned BCHL Coach of the Year in 2012. Matt was the Assistant Coach of the Vancouver Giants (WHL) from 2013 – 2016. Matt most recently coached at the Delta Hockey Academy from 2015 to 2018 where over his coaching tenure at Delta he focussed on the Bantam and Midget Prep team.
We welcome Coach Kuss and Erhart to the SEMI Hockey coaching group.