Ray grew up in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada where he played his minor and Junior hockey. After Junior hockey Ray made the jump to NCAA playing for SUNY Brockport, followed by several years of playing minor pro in the US and overseas.
After taking a few years away from the game, Ray was hired as the Head Coach of the Danville Dashers of the FPHL at the single A pro level. He took the last place team, rebuilt it, and turned it around to a record of 26 – 18 at the time of the COVID stoppage of 2020. Following the Stoppage Ray was head-hunted by the First place Elmira Enforcers as they hired him as their new Head Coach. Unfortunately, due to COVID, the 2020/2021 season did not take place.
That’s when Ray’s passion for the junior game ignited, helping build programs, and recruit back in his native British Columbia.
This past season Ray was the Head Coach and G.M for the Nashville Spartans, in their inaugural year in the USPHL Premier. The team had a fantastic first season boasting a 25-17 record in the powerhouse South East Division.
Ray joins us with over 20 years of Junior/NCAA/Professional hockey experience. He has a burning passion for the game, his work-ethic and communication skills are tailored for developing players and advancing them to the next level.
Ray currently resides in Vineyard, Utah.
Dreyer returns to the Preds for his second season with the organization. In 22-23, Dreyer served as the Head Coach and General manager of the Provo Predators in their inaugural season. Dreyer led the team to a near first round playoff upset against the Pueblo Bulls before ultimately falling in 3 games.
Prior to Provo, Dreyer worked as the Assistant Coach and General Manager of the Ogden Mustangs. Dreyer has been coaching hockey and giving private lessons for over 20 years and looks to combine his passion for recruiting and love for the game into building the teams roster this season as they move into the NCDC.
Tyler Kugler grew up in Peoria, IL and came to Utah to ski and enjoy the outdoors. He attended the University of Utah where he played 3 years for the Utes. He graduated with his BS in Kinesiology and Nutrition. Tyler has been training NHL, NFL, pro skiers and other sports for the last 6 years. Believing that there is no one method for all athletes, he individualizes all of his workouts/programs around the specific individual. Tyler built Wasatch Sports Factory to create a high-intensity training facility to help all of his athletes take the next step, whether it’s in the weight or recovery room. He is partnered with Dr Rooney who is a PT who has her OCS and years of experience in working with athletes and making sure rehab is done the right way. He also works with the head concussion specialist in the state Dr Kutcher, who works with the NHL, NFL and NBA, so all of his athletes have access to the best concussion protocol resources.
Avery’s deep-rooted love for sports took hold at an early stage. Immersed in various athletic pursuits from a young age, she developed a passion for the game and a profound understanding of its transformative power within communities. Driven by this foundation, Avery embarked on a journey in the sports industry, driven by her desire to make a positive impact on the lives of fans and athletes alike.
Over the course of more than a decade, Avery has carved her path through the sports industry, collaborating with organizations such as the NBA, AHL, NLL, NFL, and more. Her tenure has afforded her a wealth of experience across diverse departments, including but not limited to marketing, partnerships, game day operations, and merchandising.
Most recently, Avery worked with the marketing department of the Utah Jazz focusing on crafting impactful marketing campaigns, cultivating mutually beneficial partnerships, and driving revenue growth through enhanced brand recognition.
As Chief Marketing Officer Avery is dedicated to fostering the growth of hockey within the community and creating unforgettable moments for spectators and supporters alike.
Lauren Henwood has been working in sports in Utah since 2020. She has worked as a photography intern for the Utah Valley University’s men’s hockey team, a digital media intern for the ECHL Utah Grizzlies and the MLS team Real Salt Lake, and she has also been a traveling videographer for a company that goes to dance competitions across the country.
Lauren now works with the Provo Predators Hockey Team. She started working for them in 2022 as a media coordinator and is now the Social Media Director.
Hayley, a California native, moved to Utah in 2015 to attend Brigham Young University. During her time there, she became involved with BYU Hockey and eventually became the Marketing and Game Day Manager for the team. In her 5 years with the BYU team, she was able to grow fan turnout and experience, making sure to create a fun and exciting atmosphere, while also being able to give back to the community.
Prior to her time with the Provo Predators, Hayley spent 5 years in the event business working everything from weddings to karaoke nights. The knowledge that she has gained both from her experience in collegiate sports along with events planning and execution has made her a vital component of our team.