Jason Wiwad will join the organization as our new player Life Skills and Personal Development Coach.
Jason will work with current roster and prospect players through support, providing hockey path and personal advice, player guidance, personal goal setting and positive encouragement through the year.
This includes regular individual player meetings throughout “the off and in season” with respect to hockey, academics, human performance and individual counselling to help them increase personal competence and enhance self-confidence.
Jason will assist Pontiac players in navigating the pressures that are involved with playing at the Junior ‘A’ level while coping with school and life as elite athletes and person. Jason will be a invaluable resource and huge addition to the Pontiacs hockey operations staff. His intention is to help elevate our players to reach higher levels of personal development and performance in their game by assiting our players to exceed their potential to be the very best that they can be.
Setting personal goals, becoming the best teammate you can be, the art of servant leadership, coping with living away from home, the path and expectations of the NCAA and Canadian College, academics, meeting coach expectations, being accountable as a Junior ‘A’ player and having a support person beyond the confines of the arena are critical to a young player’s success in hockey and in life. The Bonnyville Pontiacs are excited to have Jason join their team in a bigger role immediately.
Jason has 20 plus years experience as a youth pastor, a high performance Coach and a Player Advisor working with youth, coaches and players at the Bantam, Midget, Junior ‘A’ Major Junior leagues across Western Canada. Jason also serves as a Director of Scouting with the PONTIACS in addition to his role as a Life Skills and Personal Development Coach.
Jason is the Director of Families and Youth at Calvary Lutheran Church in Edmonton and has been in Youth Ministry for 20 years. Jason is also the Assistant Golf Professional at Redtail Landing Golf Club and has been involved in hockey as a coach and a scout for the past 20 years. Jason coached with the Team Alberta program of Excellence at the Alberta Cup and Alberta Winter games winning Gold Medals at both those events. From 2013 to 2015 Jason was the Director of Scouting for Pacific 4 Sports and has an excellent grasp of player pathways beyond Junior ‘A’ hockey. In 2016 Jason was a scout for Hockey Prospects, scouting WHL for the NHL Entry Draft. Jason has excellent communication skills and an exceptional eye for player potential.
Jason finds it rewarding to be a part of a player’s hockey journey to help individuals reach their potential and achieve their goals. “I joined the Pontiacs as my wife and I value the culture and purpose that exists in this organization. We are excited to partner with everyone involved to help young men reach their full potential in both hockey and life and to see them become successful members of our communities” says Jason. Jason is married to his wife Anne who is a Psychologist with Alberta Health Services and has a dog named Sophie.