June 6, 2017
The San Diego Gulls announced today that the American Hockey League (AHL) club’s Assistant Coach, Marty Wilford, will host his Champions Hockey Academy from Aug. 7-11 at Poway Ice Arena. The one-week summer camp designed and taught by Wilford the past 10 years will feature other professional coaches, including Gulls Video Coach Brett Ferguson, Gulls center Kyle MacKinnon and Matt Bowen, Skill Development Director of the Peterborough, Ontario Minor Hockey League Program.
Wilford has more than 15 years of pro hockey experience, including serving as an Assistant Coach in the Anaheim Ducks organization, San Diego’s primary affiliate in the National Hockey League (NHL), for the past six years. Wilford also played professionally for 11 seasons from 2000-11, including seven season in the AHL from 2000-07.
Champions Hockey Academy will provide participants with a unique opportunity to train with professional coaches, enhance their game with proper fundamental training and take their game to the next level. The five-days of instruction will feature a Fundamental Camp and Elite Camp to tailor participants in different skill and age levels.
The Fundamental Camp is designed for participants ages six through nine and will feature 15 hours of on-ice instruction from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. each day. The Elite Camp is designed for participants ages 10-13 and will feature 20 hours of on-ice instruction from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. The Fundamental Camp registration fee is $450, while the Elite Camp registration is $550. Each camp is limited to 30 skaters and registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis.
All participants will receive a camp jersey, while both programs will focus on off-ice training, daily lectures, team video analysis, daily scrimmages and a Champions Cup competition. On-ice instruction will emphasize power skating and other aspects of skating, shooting, stick handling, positional play for forwards and defensemen, and team play.
For more information or to register for the camp, please visit ChampionsHockeyAcademy.com.
Head Instructor Marty Wilford is the current assistant coach with the San Diego Gulls in the AHL. Coach Wilford has 15 years of pro hockey experience and 10 years as head instructor at Champion’s Hockey Academy. As a coach in the Anaheim Ducks organization, he has helped develop several NHL players, including Sami Vatanen, Hampus Lindholm and Josh Manson. Coach Marty is exceptional at communicating with young players and pushing them to be their best!
Brett Ferguson will serve as an instructor for Champions Hockey Academy after completing his seventh season as the video coach for the Anaheim Ducks’ AHL affiliate, and his second with the San Diego Gulls. Previously, Ferguson held the same role with the Norfolk Admirals (2012-15) and the Syracuse Crunch (2010-12). Prior to joining the Ducks organization, Ferguson was an assistant coach with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League (USHL).
Matt Bowen will be returning as an instructor at Champions Hockey Academy for the third consecutive year. Bowen is the skill development director for the Peterborough Ontario Minor Hockey Program. Named 2015-2016 Technical Coach of the Year, Bowen helped develop a very successful and innovative program for youth hockey in Ontario. Bowen stresses the fundamentals of the game, including dynamic skating that focuses on proper stride, edgework and quicker feet. He excels at teaching technique with added innovative drills to incorporate stickhandling and passing in tight areas.
Kyle MacKinnon will serve as an instructor for Champions Hockey Academy for the first time. A native of Walnut, Calif., MacKinnon recently completed his second season with the Gulls after collected 2-4=6 points in 21 games. In two seasons with the Gulls, MacKinnon earned 5-7=12 points. Prior to joining San Diego, MacKinnon spent two seasons with the St. John’s IceCaps, the AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, where he scored 18-48=66 points with a +20 rating in 118 games, and three seasons with the Providence Bruins where he earned 28-24=52 points. MacKinnon has scored 130 points (51 goals and 79 assists) in 292 career AHL games with Providence (2010-13), St. John’s (2012-15) and San Diego (2015-17). Prior to his professional career, MacKinnon spent four seasons at Providence College, earning 37-33=70 points in 137 games and serving as Captain his senior season.