2014 Canada Coaching Staff

Team Northwest continually strives for excellence in providing our players with challenging drills, competition and overall experience. Our passion for excellence is further delivered by the outstanding coaches that have embraced our program. This year we continue to demonstrate that passion and we are excited to announce the 2014 coaches!


2001 Team Scott Cunningham~ Scott enters in tenth season with the Helena Bighorns of the America West Hockey League. During his nine seasons with the Bighorns Scott has help guide the Bighorns to eight championships, eight national appearances that they earned two third place finishes and a national championship in 2011.
Scott began his coaching career in 1996 with the Helena Ice Pirates of the American Frontier Hockey league, from 1996 to 1999 Scott guided the Ice Pirates to four straight playoff appearances losing in the finals in 1996 and 1999. In 1999 Scott joined the Great Falls Americans of the America West Hockey League, after one season with the Americans he moved to Liberty Lake Washington where he put together an expansion team in the Northern Pacific Hockey League falling short in the finals to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. Scott moved back to Great Falls to coach the Americans from 2001 – 2003.
Scott was born in Red Deer Alberta Canada; Scott played his minor and junior hockey in and around Fort Saskatchewan Alberta. Scott resides in Helena Montana with his wife (Kerry) and their three sons, Nolan (11), Camden and Braden (twins age 7)
Morgan Hefty ~ 
 2002 Team Tim Newlin~ Coached Davenport University, youth hockey coach. This is Tim’s 3rd year with Team Northwest! Tim has been an instrumental coach in Arizona youth hockey with many championships behind him.
Scott Patrick~ Scott is currently and has the past two seasons been the asst. coach and goalie coach for the 2002 spring/ summer SC Viper AAA hockey team, also with the Squirt Jr Musketeers AA winter team this past season. He also acts as the team doctor for both teams. He is a Chiro Physician and partner with Tri State Physicians & Physical Therapy. Scotts coached varsity high school football, hockey, and track in the past. In his spare time, he does some scouting for Craig Patrick( Austin Bruins). He is married, has three sons and a daughter All three boys will play hockey this upcoming season at the tyke, mite& peewee levels.
 2003 Team  Michael Hengen~ Michael played 2 years pro in Germany and is coaching the Penticton Vees  in the BCHL for 4 years. Have been in the finals 3 times and won the BCHL league twice and won the RBC National Championship. Played juniors in the WHL for Calgary Hitman and won the Stampede Challenge 4 times as a player and lost in the championship game while coaching Team Northwest.
Bruce Ericsson ~

2004 Team Jimmy Livanavage~ Jimmy has been involved in player development for the past 15 years.  He is a USA Hockey level 5 coach.  He has coached every level from mite to junior A.  Jim won a National Championship in 2003 as an Asst coach and a Silver medal in 2002 with the Phoenix Polar Bears junior team.  Jim also won a National Bronze medal in 2009 as head coach with the Phoenix junior Polar Bear Peewee AA 96 team.  Jim owned the Wichita Falls Rustlers and the Central Texas Blackhawks of the NAHL from 2002-2005.
Nick Fuher~ Nick Fuher is a Team Northwest 1981 birth year alumni. He has been with the program for many years as a player and coach. We welcome Nick back to the program! Nick is now an assistant coach for the Winkler Flyers in the MJHL He played one season with the Flyers in 1998-99, scoring 10 goals and earning 55 points. He received All-Rookie team and second team All-Star honors and was the runner-up for Rookie of the Year and defenseman of the year.
He moved on to the Lincoln Stars in the USHL the following year and went on to play four years for the North Dakota Fighting Sioux. He played three games with the Utah Grizzlies of the American Hockey League before his pro career was shortened due to injury.


 The 2014 Team Northwest program is shaping up to be one of best programs yet!