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Hockey Staff

Brian Passmore

Head Coach & General Manager




Darren Rodney

Darren Rodney

Director of Hockey Operations

Darren Rodney has long been involved in the Cowichan Valley Capitals organization. The many hats Darren has worn spans from Community/Public Relations and Marketing to Scouting and Coaching. Darren’s current role with the Capitals is as Assistant General Manager and Director.

Following his first stint with the Capitals, Darren embarked on a coaching opportunity with the BCHL’s Powell River Kings, where he spent two years as an Assistant Coach before returning to the Capitals.

Darren has a long history of coaching – Along with his work in the BCHL with Cowichan and Powell River, he has also coached the BC Best Ever program at the U-16 and U-17 level, and coached internationally at tournaments in Sweden over the past decade. Darren has also coordinated tours for Swedish U-16 teams to play friendly’s with teams from the SJHL, NAHL, and BCHL.

The Creston, BC, native enjoys spending his spare time with his better half, Kelly, and their daughter, Raleigh.

Rob DeClark

Rob DeClark

Assistant Coach/ Mental Performance Coach/ Video Coach

Rob DeClark is in his sixth season as the Assistant Coach and Mental Performance Coach with the Cowichan Capitals after joining the organization in 2011-12.

Rob is the video coach as well for the Capitals and works with the coaches and players to provide video support. His main role with the club is to provide players with Mental Performance Coaching and Player Support as a certified Mental Game Coaching Professional.

The Richmond, BC, native played minor hockey and began his coaching career in his hometown. When Rob moved to Kamloops, he had a casual mentoring relationship with some of the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers, two of whom are now regulars in the NHL. While working with the Blazers, Rob decided he wanted to be a support person for junior hockey players.

Rob pursued his education, where he ended with a Masters Degree from Carleton University. Upon moving to the Cowichan Valley, he began coaching again at the Bantam AAA level.

Rob’s goals as a coach are to develop a National Player Assistance Program for junior hockey players. This goal has already led Rob to the offices of Hockey Canada. He also in discussion with the Board of Governors with the BCHL to create a program to better assist BCHL players with the mental and personal side of their lives.


Dan Whiteford

Dan Whiteford

Assistant Coach


Chris Carter

Chris Carter

Goaltending Coach

Chris Carter is entering his first season as the Capitals goaltending coach in 2016-17.

A native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Chris recently relocated to British Columbia, bringing with him a decade of experience coaching goalies of all ages and skill levels, from the novice level up to Junior. Chris has had great successes as a goaltending coach with many of his students playing at very high levels for their respective age groups. Chris has been a goaltending coach, evaluator and consultant for provincial hockey programs, AAA level teams and several minor hockey associations over the last decade.

Chris’ coaching philosophy is centered around the importance of building positive relationships with the goalies he coaches and knowing their tendencies and habits very intimately. Chris takes pride in building personal relationships with the all the goalies he coaches.

Lou Gravel

Lou Gravel

Director of Scouting & Recruiting

Lou has an extensive history in junior hockey. He was a goaltender in the QMJHL with the Quebec Remparts from 1983-1985. Lou also played in the 1983 Air Canada Cup National Midget Championship, now known as the Telus Cup, where he was named to the All Star Team.

The Quebec City native also played two years of professional hockey in France, and later played and coached for the University of Ottawa in the CIS.

Lou has spent time as the Head Scout of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, and also has scouted for the Nanaimo Clippers and the USHL’s Omaha Lancers. He has also been the General Manager of Team Canada West for eight years.

Josh Hand

Josh Hand   (Eastern USA Scout)


Rick Smith  (Equipment Manager)

Tanner McGaw

Tanner McGaw  (Athletic Therapist)