our staff

Terry Christensen

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Throughout Terry Christensen's career, he has coached hockey at Elite Levels for more than 30 years. 

His coaching experience includes  six years as an Assistant Coach at Michigan State,  along with Assistant Coaching positions with the USA U20 National Jr. team, the Czech U20 National Jr team. At the Professional level, he was a Head Coach with the ECHL's Tallahassee Tiger Sharks for five seasons, along with one with the Miami Matadors. He has also held the role of Director of Player Personnel.  

During these experiences, he has worked with some of the best Coaches in the game including Hall of Fame Coach Ron Mason at Michigan State and the late Dave Peterson who was a Head Coach for a number of USA Hockey Olympic and National Teams.  In 2010 he was the first American to receive an opportunity to work with some of the Top Coaches and Management in the Czech Republic, and was an Assistant Coach for their U20 National Team in the 2011 World Junior Championships. He currently holds the position of Vice President of the OHL's Flint Firebirds.

Terry has also worked at a number of NHL Development Camps including the Chicago Blackhawks, under the guidance of head coach Mike Keenan, the Detroit Red Wings and Florida Panthers under the guidance of the late General Manager Bryan Murray and the Columbus Blue Jackets under the guidance of General Manager Doug MacLean.  His primary responsibilities was the evaluation and development of Skating Skills.

Wayne Smith

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Wayne Smith brings a wealth of  hockey experience to the North American Selects Hockey School both as a Player,  as well as with Scouting and Executive positions both at the Amateur and Professional levels.


Wayne began his National Hockey League scouting career  with the expansion Columbus Blue Jackets in 1999 as an Amateur Scout before joining the Boston Bruins' Scouting staff in 2006. From 2007 to 2013  he was the Director of Amateur Scouting for the Club, one of only 31 people in the world to hold that title. He reached the pinnacle in the hockey world winning the Stanley Cup in 2011, with many players he was responsible for selecting in the annual NHL Entry Draft. The Bruins returned  to the Stanley Cup finals in 2013 hoping to capture their second Cup in three years, but just missed, losing in Game Seven to the Chicago Blackhawks. 


At the Amateur level, Wayne was the Director of Scouting and the Director of Player Personnel with the OHL's Kingston Frontenacs for nine years from 1994 to 2003 and the Windsor Spitfire's Head Scout in 2014-15.


A native of Ottawa, Wayne played with Gloucester Rangers Jr.A before accepting a scholarship to play for the  NCAA's Division 1 University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs. After two seasons playing at the College Level,  he still had a burning desire to play in the OHL and joined the London Knights, where he played two seasons with the Club.

Greg Royce

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Greg Royce has a long and extensive career as a Scout in the National Hockey League with 21 year of service at the highest professional level. From 2014 to 2017 he was the Director of  Amateur Scouting for the Buffalo Sabres after spending the previous six seasons as an Amateur Scout with the Ottawa Senators. Prior to his time with the Senators, Royce served as an Amateur Scout for three seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes and worked eight seasons with the Nashville Predators, including three as the Predators’ Assistant Director of Amateur Scouting. 


Prior to his scouting career, Royce served as head coach of the Quinte Hawks (MetJHL) for one season, and also served as head coach of the Wellington Dukes (MetJHL) for four seasons. 


A native of Belleville, Royce played three seasons of OHL hockey as a member of the Belleville Bulls and Guelph Platers. He also played four years at Dalhousie University, and spent two years playing in Germany

Steve Tracze

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Steve Tracze brings both OHL experience as well as Coaching to the North American Selects Hockey School.

Steve was drafted by the Ottawa 67's in the 1993 OHL Priority Selection before being dealt to his home town Belleville Bulls. He played four seasons with the Club before moving on to his passion, Coaching.


At just 22, Steve became an Assistant Coach with the Kingston Frontenacs for the 1998-99 season followed by two season (1999-2000, 2000-01)  as the  Head Coach of the Kingston Voyageurs Jr.A team.


Steve is actively involved with the Belleville Bulls Minor Hockey Association, coaching his son for the last five years at "AA".

His passion for coaching has lead him to take a parallel role in life. Graduating from Queen's University with both a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts, Steve is a  Principal at Georges Vanier Catholic Elementary School in Belleville

Darcy Findlay

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Darcy Findlay's hockey career  began in his hometown of Bristol, Quebec, located in the Outaouais region of the province.


Playing his "AAA" hockey in Quebec, Darcy moved to Ontario to play Junior with the Cornwall Colts in the Central Canadian Junior Hockey League (CCHL). After his final season in 2007-08, he accepted a scholarship to play with the NCAA's Division 1 Bemidji State Beavers  in the state of Minnesota. Playing four years with their program, he was a three-time All-Academic team honours recipient. 


After graduation, Darcy returned to the Ottawa region and the quickly made his presence known on the other side of the bench, becoming the Head Coach of the CCHL's Kanata Stallions for the start of the 2014-15 season. The following year he joined the Nepean Raiders as their Head Coach, guiding the Club for the next three seasons (2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18).  In his final year with the Raiders, Darcy added the title of Assistant General Manager to his resume. In 2018 he was the Head Coach of Team HEO at the OHL's Gold Cup and also worked alongside incoming Canadian Hockey League (CHL) top prospects at Hockey Canada's Under-17 Development Camp.


The fall of 2018 saw Darcy named an Associate  Coach with the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League. This past season also saw him participate at the Canada Winter Games as an Assistant Coach with Team Ontario, winning the silver medal, after losing in a heartbreaking overtime loss to Team Quebec in the gold medal game.