Cell: (250) 280-4227
Briar played both early and late in his junior career with the Columbia Valley Rockies and upon completing his junior career, Briar found a passion for coaching in his home town of Merritt, BC. Having spent 3 seasons as a full-time assistant coach for the Rockies, Briar helped the team develop on ice systems that saw immediate winning results before moving to a full-time head coach back in the 2019-20 season. As a certified High Performance 1 coach, Briar continuously strives to learn and improve his hockey knowledge. Briar also serves as a hockey coach consultant with the Windermere Valley Minor Hockey Association, helping to engage local coaches. He also manages and runs the Hockey Canada Skills Academy program with School District No. 6 serving J.A Laird Intermediate School and David Thompson Secondary School in Invermere, BC.
Cell: (403) 848-1291
Following a three-year KIJHL playing career with the Fernie Ghostriders between 2014-2017, Tayler came to the Rockies organization for the 2021-22 season as an assistant coach to Briar McNaney. Tayler strives to build and maintain a winning culture within the locker room for all of the players and staff and is an integral piece in setting strategies for the team to carry out each and every game.
Cell: (250) 341-5801
Wade joined the Rockies organization in 2012 as Head Coach. Prior to coaching, he built an impressive career as a goaltender, playing in the NHL with the New York Islanders, Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild. He is most famous for his ‘poke check that turned a fan base on its head’ when he lead the New York Islanders into the playoffs and prevented the Toronto Maple Leafs from qualifying.
As a former Columbia Valley Rockies alumni, Wade knows the importance the organization has on the development of young players on and off the ice. With a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from University of Denver, Wade brings many qualifications to his role and GM.
“As a young person, perhaps leaving home for the first time, it can be a challenge. Part of our program objective is to help players develop into successful young adults. We achieve this by emphasizing community involvement and by helping our players develop an understanding of the role they play in creating good relations with both adults & youth in the community. By introducing them into the community through team functions, they develop self confidence and are more prepared for future endeavors.” – Wade Dubielewicz
Trainer & Chiropractor
Dr. Karen Fahrni
Office: (250) 409-9628
Dr. Karen is a local chiropractor within the community and started her tenure with the Rockies organization in the fall of 2017. As a former competitive swimmer at the national level, Dr. Karen’s practice is sport-focused with added training in soft tissue therapies. She is also an NCCP Level 2 Swim Coach and has been the Head Coach of the Columbia Valley Otters Swim Club since 2010. With a passion for high performance, Karen has worked as a chiropractor and team trainer at Ironman triathlons, marathons, and the Crossfit Games. Karen attends most home and travel games providing assessment and treatment for players.
Head Scout/Director of Player Personnel
The ongoing success of the Columbia Valley Rockies is extremely important to Scott Dubielewicz and his family. He first joined the Rockies organization in 1995 and had various roles including Assistant Coach, General Manager and Head Coach, through 2000. Over the course of those five seasons, the club finished first overall, twice, first in the Eddie Mountain Division three times, and went to the league finals once.
Scott is a longtime resident of Invermere, and his current duties with the club include off-ice systems coaching, practice planning, video breakdown, game analysis, pre-scouting, prospect scouting, recruitment, and implementing tactics and systems. Other highlights from Scott’s career include coaching the KIJHL All Star Game in 2000 and his continued involvement in the BC Best Ever Program. He has volunteered several times as an evaluator and twice coached a Zone team at the BC Cup. His passions for staying active in the community, playing a variety of sports regularly and working with the young hockey players, make Scott a valuable member of our coaching staff and the hockey community in general.
The Rockies are privileged to have access to a team of highly trained trainers dedicated solely to professional sports training with hockey specific programs. These services are currently provided by: