Allen Joins Thunder Coaching Staff

The Drayton Valley Thunder would like to announce the addition of Ryan Allen as the team's new Associate Coach. Allen joins the current staff of Head Coach/GM Mike Mueller and Assistant Coach Jack Redlick after spending three years as an Assistant Coach with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons.

Ryan played four seasons with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons helping the Oil Barons capture an AJHL League Championship in 2006. Upon completing his junior career Allen attended Brock University where he received a Bachelor of Physical Education and played five years with the Brock Badgers helping them get to the CIS University Cup in 2008.

Ryan has also been part of Hockey Alberta’s Program of Excellence serving in various coaching capacities for the Alberta Cup program as well as coaching in the U16 Development Camps. He is also part owner of Total Athlete Development in Fort McMurray which focuses on developing young hockey players in the area.

“Ryan is a great addition to our coaching staff, we are committed as an organization to developing and helping players achieve their individual goals while keeping team success at a premium and adding Ryan gives us the ability to enhance that,” said Mike Mueller. “By expanding our coaching staff we are able to be more efficient and continue to provide the proper tools to our players which will correlate to team success. Ryan has had a lot of success as a player and a coach and we are looking forward to him joining us.”

The Drayton Valley Thunder would like to welcome Ryan and his wife Courtney to the organization.