Champions Hockey

program staff

Stacy Smallman & Dax MacLean - Co-Founders

Dax MacLean was a talented and gifted scorer who excelled at every level of hockey he played.  Throughout his minor career in Chatham, he was a perennial all-star who was always at or near the top in scoring.  In 1991 he led the “AAA” Midget Rivermen to a Provincial and then, Atlantic title. 

In '93 he joined the Notre Dame Hounds in the SJHL where he became a two-time all-star and team scoring leader.  In '95, Dax attended UNB where he established himself as one of the premier players in the country. He was an all-star as a rookie and led the Varsity Reds the next year to a silver medal at the CIAU Championships. In '97-'98, he was a key cog in their first CIAU title. That year he was the team’s scoring leader, league MVP, Most Sportsmanlike, and All-Canadian First Team forward. In his final season, Dax became UNB’s all-time leading goal scorer; a record he still holds. 

Stacy Smallman is a prolific figure when it comes to hockey and is widely regarded as one of the best hockey players to come out of OLeary PEI.    Stacy played hockey with the Summerside Western Capitals, winning the Centennial Cup.  He also had a brief tenure with Pensacola Ice Pilots, a pro team in the ECHL in the '97-'98 season.   He moved on to play with the UNB Varsity Reds, taking home a silver in his first year and winning a National Championship in year four.  

Matthew Wright,  Program Coordinator

Matt is a native of Fredericton, New Brunswick and played two seasons with the Midget AAA Canadiens, winning the NB/PEI Major Midget Hockey League scoring title and MVP award in 2011-12.

Wright went on to play three seasons in the Maritime Junior Hockey League with the Yarmouth Mariners, SouthShore Lumberjacks and Valley Wildcats.  In his last two seasons, he was an assistant captain and averaged more than a point per game.  He went on to play for the St Thomas University Tommies in their final season.

Wright has worked summer camps with hockey New Brunswick as a group leader for their High Performance Program.  He's been an assistant coach for the Swifty's Capitals Bantam AA hockey team for two seasons, in charge of running checking clinics for FYHA and asst coach for the EDZA Pee Wee AAA Canadiens in 2019-20 and EDZA West U13 AAA Express in 2020-21.  This upcoming 2021-22 season, he will join the U15 AAA Minor Caps as an asst coach.

Jonathan Harty, Senior Instructor

Jonathan played 4 years with the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League where he was captain for his last year with the club. He held the franchise record for most PIMs and points by a defensemen in their career when he departed for UNB.

He spent the next 4 years playing for the University of New Brunswick capturing two CIS National Championships and being name 2nd line CIS All-Canadian. Jonathan finished his BBA and his MBA while he was there before heading off to play pro in Europe.

Jonathan spent 8 years playing pro in Europe with stops in France, Sweden, Austria and Germany. While in France he lead the league in +/-.

We are very fortunate to have John's home base be here in Fredericton and is a fantastic add to our Champions Hockey Instructor Team.

Bria Harding, Senior Instructor

Bria is a native of Plaster Rock, New Brunswick. She played five years of varsity hockey in the CIS for the University of Prince Edward Island. Her last two years of her university career, she served as one of the Team Captains. She started playing hockey at just 3 years old and has been playing now for over 20 years in the highest leagues in her area. She played both Boys and Girls AAA hockey growing up, she was a part of the Provincial Team and played for Hockey New Brunswick for over 5 years, and attended the Canada Winter Games with Team New Brunswick in 2011.


Bria received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Business Administration while attending the University of Prince Edward Island.


Bria Harding (Former UPEI Panther AUS as well as Lakers Karnten, top womens league in Europe)

Peter Reynolds, Senior Instructor

Peter Reynolds started playing Timbits Hockey here in Fredericton when he was 5 years old.  Throughout the years, Peter continued to play hockey locally all the way up to PeeWee and has been a Champions Hockey client for many years.  After PeeWee, he went south to the U.S. to attend a prep school in Boston.  A year later, he was recruited to attend the prestigious Shattuck St. Mary’s School.  As a member of their U16 program, the 5’10” 165lb forward racked up an impressive 27 goals and 44 assists for 71 points in 55 games played.  He was selected by the Saint John Sea Dogs in the QMJHL, but signed with the Chilliwack Chiefs of the BCHL.  This past season for he was back in Saint John with the Sea Dogs.  


Peter is a complete player that always brings top-notch effort and dedication to the rink and loves the Champions philosophy and development of getting better each day.  Mature beyond his year, Champions Hockey is excited to have Peter as an instructor in our program.