Kimberley Dynamiters Coaching Staff
Derek Stuart – Head Coach & General Manager
Derek played the majority of his Jr A hockey for the Dynamiters in the RMJHL from 1995-1998. From there he went on to play college hockey at Bemidji State University and Mount Royal College where he won a National Championship in 2001.
Derek began coaching in 2004 in his hometown (Calgary, Alberta) where he coached all levels of Midget. This included 3 seasons as an associate coach with the Midget AAA Buffaloes of the AMHL. During this time Derek was a part of back-to-back league & regional Championships, a Mac’s Tournament Championship and a silver medal at the Telus Cup National Championship.
In 2009 Derek moved on to coach Jr A in the AJHL where he spent five and half seasons as an assistant coach with the Okotoks Oilers and a season and a half as the head coach of the Calgary Mustangs. Derek is currently in his 13th season coaching junior hockey, his 7th as GM & HC of the Dynamiters.
Away from the rink Derek enjoys golfing and exploring the many nature trails Kimberley has to offer with his wife Erin, daughters Blake and Rylee and son Burke
Jeff Keiver – Assistant Coach
Born and raised in Kimberley, Jeff graduated from Kimberley Minor Hockey to play three seasons for the Jr A Dynamiters in the RMJHL and was team captain in 1998-99. He then went on to play college hockey at Michigan Tech University.
This is Jeff’s 6th season as an assistant coach with the Dynamiters and has been a part of two KIJHL Championships in 2015 & 2018. Aside from helping the Dynamiters, Jeff is an avid woodsman, the french teacher at Selkirk High School and the head coach of the Kimberley Atom Rep team.
Jeff lives in Marysville with his wife Anna and sons Linden & Georges.
Byron Garrels – Assistant Coach
Byron began playing organized hockey in the Kimberley/Cranbrook minor hockey system before playing 2 seasons for the Dynamiters in the KIJHL. After Jr B Byron moved on to play 2 seasons of Jr A in the AJHL with Crowsnest Pass & Brooks before attending SAIT in Calgary.
Byron is entering his 4th season as an assistant coach with the Dynamiters and can often be seen in his famous ‘K’ hoodie. Byron is also a Player/Coach for the Rocky Mountain Rouges Rugby Club and is employed at the Skookumchuck pulp mill where he is an Instrumentation Mechanic.
Byron lives in Kimberley with his wife Megan and daughters Raphaella and Gia.
Carson Loftsgard – Assistant Coach
As a player, Carson played his minor and Jr A hockey in Saskatchewan. Highlites include a provincial championship in bantam, a Team Saskatchewan Canada Games gold medal in 1995 and a Royal Bank Cup silver medal with the Melfort Mustangs of the SJHL in 1996.
In addition to his assistant coaching role with the Dynamiters, Carson spends a lot of time working on his putting. He also coaches Kimberley minor sports in all seasons and operates the Selkirk High School Sports program which offers elite hockey skill development and character education to athletes in grades 7-12.
Carson lives in Marysville with his wife Kari and sons Ben & Eddie.
Todd White – Assistant Coach
Todd grew up in Kimberley where he played all of his minor hockey. He then graduated to play for the Dynamiters in the KIJHL before moving onto Jr A in Melville of the SJHL.
Known amongst the players for his relentless stick, Todd is the longest serving coach on the Nitros staff. He also spent 10 years coaching in the Kimberley Minor Hockey system.
Away from the rink Todd is employed as a Locomotive Engineer at Canadian Pacific Railway and resides in Kimberley with his wife Shannon and sons Tyler & Ryan.
Neil Rye – Dressing Room Attendant
Neil has been with the team since early 1990’s. Most recently he was acknowledged for your dedication with the 2021/2022 season Volunteer of the Year Award from the KIJHL.
Scotty helps out in the dressing room and gives speeches to motivate the team.