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Meet our team


Academy Coordinator / Teacher

Phone: 604 217 6509

Mr. Wilms has been teaching in Abbotsford for over a decade, and playing hockey for over 20 years. He is the Academy Coordinator for the Yale Hockey Academy, and the WA Fraser Middle School Hockey Academy. He graduated from Trinity Western University with a Bachelor’s of Human Kinetics (BHK 2000), a Bachelor of Education from U.B.C. (B.Ed. 2001) and most recently, Masters of Educational Practice (M.Ed 2011) at Simon Fraser University (2011).

He has coached minor hockey at the ‘AAA’ level, (Pacific Coast Champions) as well as organized instructional hockey schools in Richmond. He is also the regional lower-mainland scout for the WHl Prince George Cougars.  Mr. Wilms brings experience, knowledge as well as passion to this program. He considers himself fortunate to work with student athletes as his dream is to see sport academy students experience academic, and athletic excellence through the sport of hockey. Ultimately, winning at life (Life Champions) is his goal for all kids in the sport academy. 

Billy has worked with the academy since its inception in 2004.



Director of Hockey Operations / Bantam Prep Head Coach

Division: CSSHL Bantam Prep
Phone: 604 996 4347

The Yale Hockey Academy is proud to have Brad Bowen on board with the program. Brad brings over 20 years of instructional experience with him as well as experience scouting at the major junior level (Portland Winterhawks) and NHL level (New York Islanders). Brad graduated from TWU with a Bachelor's of Human Kinetics. In addition to running the Vancouver Selects Program, Brad has coached within the Abbotsford Minor Hockey Association for many years.

Students are very fortunate to have Brad Bowen leading their program. Brad currently is head coach of the Yale Midget Prep Hockey Team.  For information on Brad's hockey programs, or the Vancouver Selects Program, please contact him at: cell 604 996 4347. 

Brad has worked with the academy since 2006.



Director of YHA Camps / Fraser Academy Director / Bantam Prep Asst. Coach

Division: CSSHL Bantam Prep
Phone: 6044 615 0080

Erin brings extensive hockey and sport administration skills to our academy.  He held the position of Associate Director for BC Hockey from 2001-2008 where he was responsible for the Male High Performance Program, Coaching Program and several other development programs.  Erin holds a BA degree in Sport and Recreation Management from the University of Victoria.  He has played hockey at the WHL level (Seattle Thunderbirds) and has scouted in the WHL (Chilliwack Bruins).  Erin presently provides oversight to our Middle School program (Fraser Middle) and as an assistant coach on our Midget Prep Team.  In addition, Erin presently scouts for the Chilliwack Chiefs in the BCHL.   

Erin has worked with the academy since 2013.



Goaltending Coach

Division: Goaltending Coach for Bantam Prep / Bantam Varsity / Elite 15 & Midget Prep
Phone: 604 217 1033

Andy Neilsen has been developing goaltenders in Western Canada for over 20 years. He has an extensive background in Goaltending. His playing career includes Junior A, Major Junior and playing professionally.  Next Level Goaltending Development Inc. also consults for several minor hockey associations throughout the lower mainland.  Andy is a CAHA certified coach and has coached with Yale for the past 3 seasons in addition to  Abbotsford Minor Hockey Association for the past 10 years. He is well known in the hockey circles throughout the lower mainland for helping develop elite athletes. Throughout his coaching career he has helped athletes reach their goals ranging from AAA minor hockey, Junior, NCAA College, and the professional ranks. For information on Andy's goaltending schools / camps, please contact him at

Andy has worked with the academy since 2007.