Owner & Coach
Slater Dykema is the owner and coach of Platinum Star Power Skating. Hockey has been a defining part of his life and he continues to share his passion through his teachings of many athletes. He played many years of hockey, finishing his career in the AJHL with the Drumheller Dragons. It was his dream to continue playing hockey, but a career ending injury forced him to change paths. Through years of dedicated training on and off the ice, his strong work ethic and development did not go unnoticed. He was selected to play on and and represent Southern Alberta All-Star teams, selected to play in the Alberta Cup, called up to play in the AJHL at 16 and joined the roster full time where he played the next 3 seasons. Slater is a certified CanPowerSkate coach, Coaching Level I & II and continues to pursue further certifications to build his repertoire. This will allow him to stay on the cutting edge of new training techniques for enhanced development of athletes.
As physical fitness is a significant aspect in Slater’s life, he instills the importance to players and offers dryland training for building a well-rounded athlete. He has gained a wealth of valuable experiences in all facets of hockey and training and knows personally the positive effects targeted training has on an athlete. Slater is committed to providing a fun environment while offering extensive training, developing skills and building confidence in every player.
Coach Gay has always and will continue to have a passion for skating! Following a very successful amateur competitive figure skating career, she turned professional and toured North America with Ice Capades. It was in June 1975, she took her first teaching job in Medicine Hat, Alberta. The rest is history! Working for Skate Canada as a Course Conductor for CanPowerSkate allowed her the opportunity to certify hundreds of coaches in Western Canada and the NWT over the years. In 2009, Gay founded Platinum Star Power Skating –
a business that grew substantially from one year to the next. The caliber of coaches she was able to recruit from various backgrounds, filled her with great pride. In an effort to slow down somewhat, but still be able to share her passion on the ice, she was thrilled to turn the reins over to Coach Slater Dykema. Coach Gay continues to encourage players of all levels to “challenge their limits.”
MARY JEAN RATH (AKA COACH MJ)
Skating on the dugout at the family farm and gliding on the natural ice at the local community rink in Vanguard, Saskatchewan, Coach MJ has skated her whole life. MJ’s sister, Sandra, and herself thank their parents for driving the many miles back and forth from the farm to Swift Current for training so we could live a life we love. Not to forget the extra travels to competitions and test days to achieve the Canadian Figure Skating Association’s Gold status in disciplines of figure, free skate and dance, and yes, even extra early mornings to start patch at 6:00 am. Every year, after hoeing weeds and rock picking by hand, the sisters were off to 6-8 weeks of summer skating in Medicine Hat, Calgary and/or Vancouver. Completing Grade XII, Mary Jean stayed home to skate another year to finish her personal skating goals. She then accepted a position in Regina as the Executive Director for the Saskatchewan Figure Skating Association, completing two years. With coaching in her vision and a call from Medicine Hat, Coach MJ accepted the position. (Thank you, Coach Gay.) Mary Jean Rath has been a certified CFSA/Skate Canada Professional Coach since 1979. Her accolades include: Platinum Star Power Skating Professional Coach, Certified DreamBuilder Coach with Mary Morrissey Life Mastery Institute - The Premier Training Center for Transformational Coaching, NCCP Level III Certified, CanPowerSkate Certified, First Aid Certified, Volunteer Community Service Special Olympics Certified Coach, Catholic Women’s League member for 20 plus years, and Volunteer Coordinator for the Holy Family Parish Children’s Liturgy Program. Coach MJ brings a wealth of experience, energy, knowledge, enthusiasm and passion to our Platinum Star Power Skating Team.
Kevin spent four years with the Medicine Hat Tigers and was a WHL All – Star. He still holds the record as the “all time goal leader” for the Tigers. Kevin was drafted by the New Jersey Devils. He is presently in his 14th year coaching hockey and his 10th year of sharing his expertise with Platinum Star Power Skating. His vast knowledge has been shared at various hockey schools in North America and Europe, where he played professional hockey for 14 years. Kevin is CanPowerSkate certified and his skating ability is truly admirable!
Jerrid was born and raised in Medicine Hat, Alberta. He played in the WHL for five seasons: two with the Swift Current Broncos and three with the Medicine Hat Tigers, winning a WHL Championship in 2006 -2007. He played for the University of Calgary Dinos Men’s Hockey Team, graduating with a degree in Kinesiology. Jerrid was formerly an Assistant coach with the Medicine Hat Tigers where he also filled the role of strength and conditioning coach. We are so proud to have him back on our team, as he brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and is a certified power skating coach. He is currently adding a teaching degree to his busy schedule.
Joanne grew up and trained in Medicine Hat. Following high school, she joined the international ice show, Holiday on Ice, in South America for three years. She returned to the Edmonton area where she taught all disciplines of skating for 27 years. Joanne is NCCP Level III and CanPowerSkate certified. She is currently a Skate Canada test evaluator and judge. Platinum Star Power Skating is thrilled that she re-located back to Medicine Hat.
Chris grew up in Elrose, Saskatchewan where he developed a passion for skating and hockey. At an early age, he left home to play with the Notre Dame Hounds in Wilcox in their AAA and Jr. A programs. Chris received a 4-year scholarship to play NCAA Division 1 hockey at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Upon receiving a Business Management Degree, he played 5 years professional hockey in Germany and the USA. He has his Hockey Alberta Coach Level certificate, is Coach Stream trained and is CanPowerSkate certified. Chris is a firefighter and in his 7th year of coaching. We are fortunate for his demeanor and desire to share his extensive knowledge, just as he has from instructing hockey schools in Canada and USA.
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Melanie was born in small town Saskatchewan into a big hockey family. Her father was drafted as a goalie by the New York Rangers. Melanie’s love for skating took her to a National level. She is NCCP Level III and CanPowerSkate certified. Coaching for 39 years, she brings a passion and wealth of knowledge in biomechanics for skating. Her dedication to perfection and her energy are a very valuable asset to Platinum Star Power Skating.
Stefan was born in Medicine Hat, but grew up in the farming community of Fox Valley, Saskatchewan. He went on to play four seasons for this favorite team – the Medicine Hat Tigers. He was the leading scorer in 2004 – 2005. Stefan was chosen 2nd Round 55th overall in the 2003 NHL entry draft to the Florida Panthers. Stefan is a veteran of 641 regular season professional games, including stints with the Florida Panthers and the Calgary Flames. Stefan is excited to join the Platinum Star Power Skating team as a certified coach, and give back to the community that was the stepping stone of his hockey career! We couldn’t be more pleased to have him on “OUR TEAM”!
BJ played hockey for the New Zealand Ice Hockey Professional League, Cambrian College OCAA Varsity, Sudbury Wolves Junior A, Sault Ste Marie and Ontario AAA Minor League. His coaching experience includes: five years Planet Hockey as the Head Instructor Summer Camps/European Tours, two years Head Coach/Canadian Consultant New Zealand Ice Hockey Federation, 18 Years Instructing Power Skating throughout Europe and North America, and nine years as On Ice Instructor/Developer Mission Hockey Skills Development Camp in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. BJ is CanPowerSkate certified and brings an abundance of practical knowledge to each and every ice session!
Rob grew up in Medicine Hat playing in the MHMHA. He was a goaltender in Jr A in Alberta and BC. Following this, Rob continued playing at Red Deer College before heading to a minor pro career in Germany. Upon returning home he coached with MHMHA at Bantam and Midget AAA levels. He has been coaching with MH Ringette Association for the past five years. Rob instructed hockey schools and goal tending schools in Alberta, BC, Germany and Czech Republic. He is CanPowerSkate and Level 1 Coach Certified. Rob works in Medicine Hat as a Firefighter and a Paramedic. He lives with wife Kendra and children Nevaeh and Sophia. Platinum Star is delighted to have Rob join us. He brings even more diverse expertise and knowledge to our team!
Leah was born and raised in Red Deer where she played a variety of sports and discovered her love for hockey. Leah played varsity hockey while she earned a degree in Human Kinetics at St. Francis Xavier University. She won a CIS silver medal with the X-Women hockey team in 2011. Leah played her last season with the RDC Queens while earning a Business Administration Diploma. She was a minor hockey coach and minor/junior/major lacrosse coach for many years. She has been a guest skating instructor for various teams and hockey camps. Leah enjoys giving back to the sports that contributed to the person she is today. She has a passion for helping others discover their potential, which is evident in her coaching and in her job as an Occupational Therapist in adult and senior rehabilitation. Leah is CanPowerskate certified and is excited to share her knowledge and experience on the ice with young hockey and ringette players.
After Randy's junior career ended, he went to N.A.I.T where we won the Canadian College National Championship three years in a row. Eager to continue playing, he went to the Premier English League and played one year for the Durham Wasps. From there, the opportunity to play in the East Coast League for the Columbus Chill was a great experience. Randy retired from playing hockey to start a family but hockey was in his blood so he turned to coaching and was Assistant Coach for Medicine Hat Tigers for four years, Head Coach of Brooks Bandits for one year, General Manager of MHMHA for five years, and Coach/Mentor in the Redcliff and Medicine Hat Minor Hockey Programs for nineteen years. With no kids left in minor hockey, Randy continues to coach at the Midget AA level and he is excited to be a part of the Platinum Star staff.
Tyler was born and raised in Medicine Hat, Alberta. After minor hockey, he went on to play Junior A in Saskatchewan, Ontario and Alberta. He has an extensive background in the strength and conditioning side of hockey, as he worked at Greco in Ottawa. This is where many NHL players train in the off season. Tyler’s passion for the game has always been high. He is now power skating certified and excited to coach a variety of skills to the wide range of athletes Platinum Star works with. Tyler is a firefighter in Medicine Hat and relishes the opportunity to “give back” to his community. In his earlier years, Tyler was a former player participating in our programs and now we welcome him aboard to the coaching side of our company!
Shawna has been fascinated with skating since she was four years old and has been skating ever since. She started coaching at 16 and completed two Gold levels, one Senior Silver level and joined a synchronized team for a number of years. Shawna coached Canskate in the surrounding area of her home town of Mankota, Saskatchewan and trained players for the Assiniboia hockey league for two years. She is NCCP Level 1 Certified and continues with CanPower skating. Shawna has a lot of experience with natural healing modalities, sports medicine and mastering the body alignment system.
Maya has been coaching in Medicine Hat for the last nine years with Cypress School of Skating. Prior to settling down in Alberta, she travelled abroad teaching figure skating from New Zealand to Newfoundland. She is an NCCP Level 2 coach with certifications in CanPower and CanSkate. She is a Quadruple Gold Medalist and competed at the Novice Competitive Level. She is also three time All Ontario Gold Medalist. She is excited to be a part of the Platinum Star team.
Tammy was born and raised on a farm near Liebenthal, Saskatchewan. In 1998, she moved to Medicine Hat and obtained her diploma in Business Administration with a Marketing major. It was during this time that Tammy developed a strong passion for health and wellness, both with herself and others. It was not uncommon for Tammy to be helping out her office co-workers, whether it would be a workout plan, ideas for a new hairstyle, or just anything in general that would improve someone else’s quality of life. In 2015, Tammy decided to completely change careers and started her own business as a Health and Wellness Coach. She obtained her certifications in Personal Training, Nutrition Coaching, Life Coaching, and most recently, Movement and Mobility Coaching. Tammy is particularly passionate about mobility work, as she could see a need for this when she first started personal training. She recognized that people had restrictions in their bio-mechanics that were causing limited performance, pain, and sometimes injuries. It was then she found Dr. Kelly Starrett (Physical Therapist, Author, founder of The Ready State), and obtained her certification as a Movement and Mobility Coach by working with Kelly himself. The principals of The Ready State can be applied to any athlete in any sport, the average person who goes to the gym, and people who are sedentary but want to get moving again. Tammy’s goal is to teach people (especially young athletes) about the importance of daily body maintenance work, which will help to optimize their athletic performance, reduce/eliminate pain, and prevent injuries. She has done group work with Notre Dame Academy, SAHA, and currently works one-on-one with young hockey players and baseball players. When Tammy is not busy with clients, she enjoys spending time with her husband Derek, her 9 year old son Marty, and their 2 year old Golden Retriever, Jersey.
Taryn grew up in Medicine Hat, where she discovered her love for figure skating at the age of 4 with the Cypress School of Skating under the instruction of Coach Gay and Coach MJ. Her passion for the sport grew as her skills developed, and she progressed to Gold and Silver level figure skating tests. Taryn moved away from Medicine Hat with her family in her early teenage years, but her fondness for the city never faded and she returned after high school in 2004. Taryn reconnected with the club she skated with as a child and worked as the office manager for Cypress School of Skating for 7 years. After moving on from her role there, she joined Gay and the Platinum Star Team to help with invoicing in the spring of 2018. Taryn is married and has four young children. We truly value the time she dedicates to us.