Leducâ€™s North Central Impact (NCI) elite female hockey is positioned for another successful season with the announcement of its newest Head Coach- Adam Tresoor and returning Head Coach David Fleming.
Tresoor is a remarkable addition to NCI. His most recent experience includes Head Coach of Leduc Junior Athletic Club (LJAC) Midget AAA Oil Kings, On-Ice Instructor at Vimy Ridge & Donnan School Hockey Academies, and Assistant Coach of Okanagan Hockey Academy Midget Prep Team. Despite his lengthy history and skill coaching high performance men's teams, it is his experience and connections in the women's game that set him apart.
In 2010, Tresoor was invited to become involved in Team Alberta's U16 Female program. At the time, Tresoor was not enthused by the proposition but accepted it as a career building opportunity, little did he know the respect he would gain for female athletes.
"I became inspired working with female athletes, by their passion and love for the sport. Although they continue to make positive strides, unfortunately the CWHL and other female leagues in North America do not have the resources available to provide female athletes with the same contracts and endorsement deals that their male counterparts have access to. Yet, female athletes continue to improve their standard of play, entirely for the love of their sport."
Treesor was hooked and his opportunity in the female game quickly elevated. He was recruited to Team Canada Women's National Development Team as a Video Coach where he continues to be engaged to this day.
While most elite coaches seek the top level of age divisions, Tresoor did not. He purposely chose to lead the NCI Midget Elite team which is equivalent to AA. "I feel I can relate to the Midget Elite level in that I never played Midget AAA myself. I played AA and went on to play Junior A and then received a scholarship to play at the University of Alberta - Augustana Campus," said Tresoor. "I was very fortunate that I had coaches that believed in me and did not let me give up on my dream. I hope to provide some of the same inspiration and guidance for the NCI Midget athletes."
Tresoor is no stranger to NCI. He hit the ice last year with NCI's Bantam team as a guest coach and stayed abreast of what was happening in Leduc's female program. "NCI has already done so much in growing the female game in the area and I am very excited to be able to help join in those efforts," said Tresoor.
He is very excited about this new chapter in his career. "The hockey academy I went to in high school had a slogan, â€˜Inspire passion for the game of hockey while developing character for the game of life.â€™ They did an amazing job in that endeavor for me and I hope to be able to continue that legacy. My heart is in everything I do, I truly care about the athletes under my charge and hope to be able to contribute to their development as young adults."
David Fleming is returning to the top job in NCI Bantam Elite. Flemingâ€™s hockey passion and resume spans decades and includes high-level female hockey the past two spring sessions.
â€œThe time that David commits to the female game has earned him recognition in the hockey community. He is extremely prepared and dedicated to the development of the NCI program and our athletes, and has their best interests at heart,â€ said Curtis Ferguson, LMHAâ€™s Director of Female Elite Hockey. â€œDavid is committed to growing the female game and is always willing to adapt to the changing needs of our program, athletes, and community. We are thrilled to have him reunite with our team and look forward to the continued improvement and development of the NCI program.â€
Last season, NCI Bantam thrived under Fleming's leadership, winning their mid-season tournament in Prince George, earning top spot in the AFHL North Conference, and earning the silver medal at the AFHL Bantam Elite provincials. Outstanding accomplishments for a program in its second year of existence with a roster full of rookies. â€œThis is a testament to Davidâ€™s ability to understand and teach the game effectively,â€ added Ferguson.
"Fleming's undeniable preparation and knowledge of the game was a key factor in their success. Moreover, his commitment to the development of female grassroots hockey, mentorship, and his flexibility is extremely valuable to the NCI organization," said Ferguson.
NCI recruits athletes from 22 minor hockey associations in Alberta's North Central region. Both Fleming and Tresoor encourage every 2001-2005 born female athlete from Jasper to New Sarepta & Beaumont to Rosalind to join them on the ice for conditioning camp in August. In addition to preparing for the upcoming season, these camps are a golden opportunity to skate with NCI coaches, explore the intensity and excitement of elite female hockey and determine if NCI is the next step in their hockey journey.
Try outs for NCI begin on September 7, 2018. Registration for try-outs and conditioning camp is now open. To register, go to lmha.ab.ca/content/register.