Ruggles Pritchard, HEO Initiation Program Coordinator
Once a player and coach in Belgium and senior hockey in B.C., Ruggles has coached and taught extensively since then. He's
coached high school hockey and numerous other sports. Of late, he has assisted minor organizations in establishing development
programs and taught the Initiation Program. He has been an HEO instructor and specialty clinic teacher for a number of years
with work in the IP, Development I and II clinics.
Recently retired as the HEO Executive Director, Richard's 53-year involvement in the game has included teaching and coaching
from the Initiation Program to junior as well as working as board member at various levels, locally to nationally. He's been
the branch's IP Director since the program's inception in the late 1980s and he has been recognized throughout the region for
his commitment to and work with children and coaches at this level. A co-author of the IP program manual, he's been involved
with Hockey Canada development committees for over 20 years. He has also taught hundreds of coaching and specialty clinics
over the years.
Mike has been involved in the game as a coach and teacher for 35 years and was one of the original Initiation Program
directors in the branch. As such, he co-wrote one of Hockey Canada's IP manuals. His broad coaching experience spans
numerous levels, the last 15 years being at the AA and AAA levels in bantam and midget where his teams have won various
branch titles. He has represented HEO on Hockey Canada sub-committees and has been an active mentor with local organizations.