Jacob Conrad - Teacher/ Instructor

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Jacob finished his minor hockey days playing for his hometown team, South Shore Mustangs. Drafted to the QMJHL in 2009, he then played 3 years for the Gatineau Olympiques before finishing his junior career playing for the Bridgewater Lumberjacks and Amherst Ramblers of the MHL . He earned an athletic scholarship from Nipissing University, playing USPORT hockey for 4 years while earning a Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Education Degree.

Jacob has been a teacher for 5 years which includes Special Education for 2 years, Physical Education for 2 years and now a teacher for the Wetaskiwin Hockey Academy. Jacob is a Hockey Canada Coach 2, coaching at the U18AAA, U15 Tier 1 and now U18A level as a coach for the U18 Wetaskiwin Queens.

Jacob has led, organized and volunteered for several hockey and school programs throughout his career. He’s thrilled to bring his knowledge and experience to help grow the Wetaskiwin Hockey Academy for the WRPS.

Nick Schneider - Teacher/ Instructor

Mr. Schneider’s hockey journey began in Drayton Valley and later in Leduc, where his passion for the sport flourished. He played five years in the Western Hockey League for the Regina Pats, Medicine Hat Tigers and Calgary Hitmen He earned team awards such as the Community Service, 3 stars and Most Valuable Player awards. He also initiated a Student of the Month program in Medicine Hat.

At 18, he signed with the Calgary Flames, spending five years with their farm teams in Kansas City, Missouri, and Stockton, California. Afterward, he pursued his Education degree at the University of Alberta while playing for the Golden Bears. Today, he enjoys playing for the Wetaskiwin Longhorns, coaching and sharing his passion and knowledge of hockey with students.

Marissa Graham - Educational Assistant

Born and raised in Wetaskiwin, Marissa’s hockey journey began with WMHA. Progressing through AAA hockey during U15 and U18, she later played in USPORT, reaching the top level of University Hockey in Canada with Brock University. Graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration, Marissa excelled academically, consistently receiving the President’s award and earning the title of a 3-time U Sports Academic All-Canadian. Post-university, she played professionally for three years in Europe, making it to Sweden’s SDHL, the highest league in the world for women, and securing a Bronze medal in the Austrian Championship in 2023.

Unfortunately, her playing career was cut short due to a significant injury after her three years in Europe. Beyond the rink, Marissa is dedicated to continuous education, obtaining certifications as a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, and nutritionist during her time overseas. Currently pursuing certificates in youth exercise specialization and group fitness training, she remains committed to personal and professional growth. Fluent in French and the proud owner of MVMT Training & Performance, Marissa brings a wealth of experience, passion, and expertise to our hockey academy.

Barb Muise - Educational Assistant

Barb grew up playing hockey in a small northern Manitoba community. What started as a hobby, grew into a passion, and has now turned into a career of a lifetime. After watching from afar for a few years, Barb jumped back on the ice with both feet, completing Hockey Canada’s Coach 1 and Coach 2 courses, becoming a certified coach with Hockey Alberta. Barb currently plays for a recreational women’s hockey team during the winter.

Over the last 6 years, Barb’s helped on and off the ice for various teams that her children have played on. During the last 3 years, she’s stepped into the role of Head Coach for the U9 and now U11 Camrose Wildcats. Her U11 Wildcats brought home the league banner for the 2022 - 2023 season! Her favourite part of hockey is building team work, team comradery and skill development throughout the season. Working with kids of all skill levels is rewarding and seeing kids reach their goals is why she loves to coach.