U18 AAA Practice Schedule & Coaching Staff

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Date

Time

Location

August 12th  6:45-7:45 PM Essentia Duluth Heritage Center
August 14th 6:45-7:45 PM Essentia Duluth Heritage Center
August 18th  6:45-7:45 PM Essentia Duluth Heritage Center
August 19th  8:15 -9:15 PM Essentia Duluth Heritage Center
August 26th  8:15 -9:15 PM Essentia Duluth Heritage Center
August 28th  7:15- 8:15PM Essentia Duluth Heritage Center
September 3rd 5-6 PM Cloquet Northwoods Credit Union Arena 
September 5th 5-6 PM Cloquet Northwoods Credit Union Arena 
September 9th 5-6 PM Cloquet Northwoods Credit Union Arena 
September 11th 5-6 PM Cloquet Northwoods Credit Union Arena 
September 15th  5-6 PM Cloquet Northwoods Credit Union Arena 
September 16th  5-6 PM Cloquet Northwoods Credit Union Arena 
September 24th  5-6 PM Cloquet Northwoods Credit Union Arena 
September 26th  5-6 PM Cloquet Northwoods Credit Union Arena 
September 30th  2:30- 4:45 PM Cloquet Northwoods Credit Union Arena 
October 6th 2:30- 4:45 PM Cloquet Northwoods Credit Union Arena 
October 13th  2:30- 4:45 PM Cloquet Northwoods Credit Union Arena 

The U18 AAA Wilderness Development team is coached by Wilderness Coaching staff: Kevin Smalley, Jon Vaillancourt, and Brendan Phelps.


Wilderness Associate Head Coach Jon Vaillancourt is originally from La Valle, Wisconsin and spent the last two season as the Head Coach and General Manager for the Coulee Region Chill in the NA3HL. In Vaillancourt’s inaugural season with the Coulee Region Chill (then La Crosse Freeze), the team posted a record of 34-12-1, claiming the Central Division Championship Title, with six players moving on to the NAHL. This past season, the Coulee Region Chill captured the regular-season Central Divison Championship with a program record of 36-9-2.

Prior to coaching, Vaillancourt played four years at Framingham State University NCAA D3 and was as named one of the captains his senior year. After college, he joined the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL before transitioning into coaching. Prior to joining the Coulee Region Chill, Jon spent four years as an Assistant Coach with the Hampton Roads Whalers. During this time, Vaillancourt also served as a Strength and Conditioning Coach and Skills Development Coach in the ECHL with the Norfolk Admirals.


Wilderness Assistant Coach Brendan Phelps was born in San Jose, California and moved to Colorado at a young age where he grew up playing hockey.  He eventually played for the Rocky Mountain Roughriders AAA program in Westminster, Colorado. Coach Phelps advanced to the next step of junior hockey, playing one year for the Flin Flon Bombers in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. The next year later he transitioned to the Topeka Roadrunners in the North American Hockey League. It was then he knew he wanted to be a coach and began his career.

Coach Phelps began his career in the same organization in which he started by coaching for the Northern Colorado youth program.  The last four years, Coach Phelps has been an integral part of the Rocky Mountain RoughRiders U15-U18 teams serving in various capacities.  Coach Phelps has helped many players advance to junior and collegiate hockey. Coach Phelps has also served as the US Scout for the Flin Flon Bombers in the SJHL.

In 2014, Coach Phelps founded STPHockey with the goal of skill development to maximize the potential of each player.  STPHockey has grown from a grass-roots level of small group lessons to now helping develop some of Colorado’s most elite hockey players. Current NHL draft picks, division 1 college players, and junior players from across North America rely upon STPHockey to improve throughout the year.  STPHockey focuses on developing the skating, stickhandling, and shooting skills necessary for players to ensure they make an impact at the next level.

If you would like to register for the  U18 AAA Fall Team, please contact Wilderness Associate Head Coach Jon Vaillancourt at jvaillancourt@wildernesshockey.com | 608.697.9370

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