2020/21 Atom (U11) Tier 1 Coaches, News (Brantford Girls Hockey Association)

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2020/21 Atom (U11) Tier 1 Coaches
Submitted By Kate Hogarth on Tuesday, January 7, 2020
The BGHA is proud to announce that Krista Duchene and Brad Saint are returning as they have accepted the role of Head Coaches for our Atom (U11) Tier 1 team in the 2020/21 season!

These two coaches found that they are a dynamic team together while coaching the Novice Rep teams for the past 2 seasons.

To reach Krista please email her at [email protected] 
To reach Brad please email him at [email protected] 

Here are their bios:


  • While attending the University of Guelph, Krista played four years on the Guelph Gryphons women’s hockey team (1996-97 to 1999-200).
  • In her sophomore season (1997-98) Krista helped lead the Gryphons to an OUA championship title and was selected as the OUA Tournament MVP, scoring 3 goals and adding 4 assists in two games. The team went on to place 4th at the National Championships.
  • By her senior season (1999-2000), she had been named the team’s assistant captain and earned the title of OUA All-Star.
  • After retiring from hockey, Krista pursued her other athletic passion by returning to running. Since her debut marathon in 2002, she has become the second fastest Canadian, a 2016 Olympian, and placed 3rd at the 2018 Boston Marathon. 
  • Here is an article from this 2018 that joins her hockey and running careers: https://gryphons.ca/news/2018/4/18/cross-country-pair-of-former-gryphons-steal-the-spotlight-at-the-boston-marathon.aspx?mobile=skip



  • Is an experienced hockey player.  He sharpened his skills in the BMHA (Brantford Minor Hockey Association) at the AAA and A levels before playing Junior C in Woodstock for the Navy Vets.  Brad than played Junior B for the Brantford Golden Eagles.  He was then off to play NCAA Division III hockey for Lake Forest College in Illinois. He brought his polished skills back to Brantford to play one season at the Senior A level for the Branford Blast.
  • Brad then starting giving back to his roots by coaching the past four years at the IP level and Tyke with the BMHA.  As written earlier, for the past two years he has been coaching Novice B Rep in the BGHA.


We are looking forward to an exciting and fun Atom season in 2020/21!

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