Doug Quinn has been a well-respected member of Central Alberta’s business community for over 30 years. He’s spent even longer playing and coaching hockey here. For almost a decade, Quinn led the Optimist Chiefs Midget AAA program in Red Deer, winning five Alberta Championships, three Pacific Championships and two TELUS Cup National Championships. Quinn says Central Alberta has provided him and his family with a lot and feels a responsibility to give back. He has done so in many ways, through volunteering and many charitable donations. In 2021, Quinn brings his valuable hockey and business IQ to Blackfalds, and the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s newest franchise.
Well known in the athletic community of Central Alberta for over 30 years, Al Parada is also the owner of Can Pro Training Centre and Can Pro Hockey. Al has been a personal trainer for many NHL, Olympic, AHL, AJHL, WHL, CIS and minor hockey athletes, both on and off the ice. He was the Red Deer Rebels Strength & Conditioning Coach for 26 seasons. An Assistant Coach with the Red Deer Midget AAA Optimist Chiefs behind Doug Quinn for almost a decade, Al has amassed multiple Provincial and National championships behind the bench. Parada looks forward to helping bring AJHL hockey to Blackfalds in 2021.
Adam West is coming to the Blackfalds Bulldogs after spending the previous four seasons with the BCHL's Penticton Vees, where he left as the Director of Hockey Operations. With the Vees, Adam helped win four straight Division titles and the 2016-2017 Fred Page Cup as BCHL Champions. This run also included an appearance in the (then named) RBC Cup Semi-Finals. Over Adam's time with the Vees, he saw 51 players move on to NCAA Div I Hockey, 8 NHL Draft Picks, and 2 NHL Free Agent Signings. While earning his Bachelors Degree in Sports Management from HAAGA-HELIA University in Vierumäki, Finland, Adam also spent 2 years as the Assistant Coach for Vierumäki United in Finlands U20 Mestis League. An Alberta native, Adam is excited to help build another successful Junior A program in his home province and continue to help players reach the next level.
Kari Balfour has been an executive assistant to high profile business owners over the last 25+ years, with the past 12 years working for Doug Quinn, a well-known local business owner of several companies including the new Blackfalds Bulldogs and is currently sharing her skillset between the companies. Kari enjoys the challenge of taking the stress out people’s days with her willingness to always help where she can. She is passionate about getting the work done with a smile and laugh to make each day a joyful experience while maintaining professionalism. Kari, her husband Allan, and their dog enjoy fires, camping and socializing and having fun with family and friends.
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