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Chilliwack hockey coach recognized with award

Kelsey Firkus with Chilliwack Minor Hockey Assocation wins BC Hockey National Coaching Week honour
Chilliwack Minor Hockey Association’s Kelsey Firkus is a National Coaches Week award winner. (BC Hockey)

Chilliwack’s Kelsey Firkus is one of two B.C. coaches to win B.C. Hockey’s National Coaches Week contest.

The Chilliwack Minor Hockey Association coach is being recognized for positively impacting players’ lives and development in a notable way. Jen Collins nominated Firkus, saying if you have the opportunity to be coached by her, do it.

“Kelsey is a beacon of positivity and encouragement on the ice and you can tell that she devotes a lot of her time to training athletes,” Collins wrote. “Every athlete she encounters leaves the ice with improvement. Outside of that she puts a lot of work into developing her own coaching abilities and talents. It is very refreshing to see another strong female coach emerging in a historically male dominant role.”

Collins said Firkus’s ability to adapt a drill on the fly to hone in on a specific component of training is impressive.

“Kelsey puts in the work with her athletes and goes above and beyond to ensure that they are performing their best. This comes from her on ice training with them and providing them with the tools and guidance required to get them excelling to their full potential.”

The other winner is Adam Hill with the Abbotsford Female Minor Hockey Association. The awards coincide with National Coaches Week running Sept. 16-24.

Eric Welsh

About the Author: Eric Welsh

I joined the Chilliwack Progress in 2007, originally hired as a sports reporter.
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