Meet Our Coaches (2022-23)
Troy is entering his fifth season as a Twins head coach and first at the U13 level. Troy has been involved in hockey in many capacities in addition to coaching, including refereeing, playing and being a fan of the game. He has assembled a great coaching staff that is looking forward to an exciting hockey campaign.
U15 Coach: DJ Huver
DJ has been involved in the hockey world since he was 4 years old, playing Manitoba U-18 AAA (Winnipeg Sharks), as well as with the BCHL (Nanaimo Clippers) and MJHL (St. James Canadians/Selkirk Steelers), where he was awarded Rookie of the Year at age 17. His best hockey memories include playing for Team Manitoba at the Canada Winter Games, and travelling internationally to Tampere, Finland with the North American Selects. He coached his son’s minor hockey for the first 7 years of his career, and has coached at the high school level with the College St. Norbert Collegiate Celtics. He’s excited to be joining the Twins organization this year, and is looking forward to working with the players and coaching staff of the U-15 Twins Orange.
U15 Coach: Brad Lang
Brad brings a wealth of both playing and coaching experience to the Twins organization. His playing career took him from Minor Hockey to the College Hockey Level in the USA and his passion for the game naturally led him to the coaching ranks. With stops in Alberta and Manitoba as both a team head coach at various levels and a director of numerous hockey camps Brad has collaborated with NHL, WHL and College hockey minds to learn to teach not only the skills of the game but also help his players to learn the importance of working together as a team. Brad is committed to helping his players reach their individual potential within an inspiring team environment and is excited for the season ahead.
U18 Coach: Bobby Launderville
Bobby is entering his 15th year behind the bench. Bobby has coached levels from A2 all the way to AAA, as well as has been a referee for 25 plus years. Bobby and his staff are looking forward to helping their group of players attempt to bring home the championship for the second year in a row.
U13 Female Coach: Jeremy Haggart
Jeremy is entering his 8th season coaching, the past three being with the U13 Female Twins. Jeremy has a passion for hockey, community, and developing hockey players. He started playing hockey at the age of five with the Waverley Warriors in South Winnipeg and continues to play today. Jeremy is looking forward to working with girls this year to improve the players individual and team skills throughout the upcoming season. Keeping active and having fun while getting involved in the community are all-important aspects of team building and Jeremy is looking forward to facing these challenges with the team during the upcoming season.
U15 Female Coach: Autumn Degraeve
Autumn started playing hockey at a very young age and spent her bantam and midget years playing AAA with the Pembina Valley Hawks and the Interlake Lightning female teams. She also played spring hockey with the University of Manitoba Junior Bisons at the end of her grade 10 (2014) and grade 11 (2015) years. Autumn attended university at the University of Manitoba and graduated from the Faculty of Science in 2020 with her biology degree and is currently completing her final year in the Faculty of Education. Throughout her first 4 years of university, Autumn played in the MWJHL with the Silvertips and was a part of the team’s first championship victory in 2017 followed by a 2018 bronze medal, and a 2019 silver medal.
Autumn has been coaching since she was 16 years old (7 years) and joined the Twins organization last year as an assistant coach. This is her first year being a head coach in hockey and every season she looks for the players to be having fun, building relationships with their teammates, and working hard in all aspects of the game.
I’ve been coaching hockey for 15 years. Since 2010 in SWHA I have 5 first place season finishes. 4 city finals and 1 championship. My coaching philosophy is based on challenging players to make themselves and the players around them better players, teammates and people. I believe that the lessons players learn in sport will shape them in their adult lives.