Method Hockey is owned and operated by Chris Fuss. Since 2005, Chris has been a full-time player development coach, hockey association consultant, and coach mentor. Chris lives in Okotoks, AB. with his wife Carolyn and their two kids, Parker and Maren.


Growing up in Saskatchewan, Chris played Midget AAA with the Swift Current Legionnaires before making his way to the La Ronge Ice Wolves and Estevan Bruins of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL).

After junior hockey, Chris received an NCAA hockey scholarship to Norwich University in Vermont, USA. where he earned a degree in Business Management. During his time there, the Cadets won 4 ECAC-EAST Regular Season titles, 3 ECAC-EAST Playoff titles, made 3 NCAA Frozen Four appearances, and won an NCAA National Championship. In his senior season, Chris served as Team Captain and represented Norwich University as a member of the ECAC-East Student-Athlete Leadership Committee.


Chris became a full-time development coach in 2005 with the Alberta Hockey Academy in Red Deer, AB. He provided academy based hockey programming for the Chinook’s Edge School Division. In 2007, Chris moved to Okotoks, AB. and helped set up Skillz SSC in Calgary, AB. As the VP of Hockey Operations there until 2018, Chris and his staff created and implemented a wide range of individual skill development and position-specific programs. These included defensemen camps, goal-scoring clinics, and introduction to body contact.

Chris has also worked with Crash Conditioning, Thrive Hockey Development, and the Red Deer Rustlers to provide on-ice skill development sessions for their players. A significant amount of time has been spent working with Bantam / Midget elite stream, junior, college, and professional athletes.


Chris began coaching in 2006 with the Bantam AAA Red Deer Rebel Chiefs as an assistant coach to Dan MacDonald. The following season, Chris and Dan took over as coaches for the Okotoks Oilers Jr. “A” hockey club of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL). During his 2 seasons with Dan, the team set club records for regular-season wins, points, and playoff wins.

In his 3rd year with the Oilers, Chris worked closely with Garry VanHereweghe and was elevated to Associate Coach. Chris and Garry led the Oilers to the franchise’s first banner by winning the Regular Season South Division Title. In his 3+ years with the Oilers, over 40 players received NCAA and CIS scholarships, while 4 players were drafted to the NHL.





“Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours,
weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance
itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character.”
-T Alan Armstrong.

Thrive was founded in March 2007 with the vision to make available to all skating athletes within Central Alberta the opportunity to become better players, reaching their full potential in sport and citizenship.

Thrive instructors have the technical knowledge, education and practical playing and coaching experiences that guarantee players individual development.

We believe in individuality. Everyone is unique and therefore requires a program that works for them. Our small group & individual training guarantees special individual attention to each player’s needs. Thereby maximizing the development potential of each Thrive athlete.

We are committed to helping thrive athletes achieve success as they gain skills on their climb up the performance ladder. We know the skills they learn on the ice will be translated into their lives outside of the rink. It is our goal to help them become victors in life by building their championship character.

Fort McKay Alberta PEP Hockey



Fort McKay, Alberta
BJ Fitzpatrick –
I grew up and played hockey in Fort McMurray and Fort McKay. I still enjoy playing and coaching in the area. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experiences teaching and instructing all age groups. With 6 years of experience as a recreational co-ordinator for children 5-16 years old, I was responsible for a lot of planning, organizing and fundraising for daily activities and large special events.

I have been a full time Firefighter/EMT for the past 12 years. Coaching hockey for 4 years. I have been mentored by some very accomplished and passionate coaches with extensive experience in developing young people both on and off the ice. In that spirit, I have enjoyed working with our up and coming junior mentors and coaches in Fort McKay.