Founder and Director Ben Payne grew up playing hockey in the lower mainland of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. From playing on rep hockey and select teams, after graduating from high school, Ben played in the PIJHL 2 seasons and the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) for four seasons. After completing his junior carrer Coach Ben recieved scholarship to play NCAA in the United States at Concordia College in Minnesota. After graduating with his Bachelors degree in Marketing Communication’s and Business, Ben ventured overseas to Europe where he played professionally for 5 seasons in Austria and Germany as an import player.
While playing professionally, Ben completed his Master of Science in Organisation Studies from the University of Innsbruck, Austria. During this time, he became heavily involved in coaching and hockey development. Working with youth hockey clubs in Germany and Austria, utilizing his talent as a communicator and strength as a skater, Ben became in demand as a skills and power skating coach working with teams and individuals on player development.
Ben is a Hockey Canada Certified Skills Coach which is a prestigious certification based solely on application. Hockey Canada Skills coaches have recognition on the international stage and have a track record of working at the NHL and International levels developing players.
I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2013. Prior to signing a professional contract after graduating university, I became ill and needed surgery. Unfortunately I had to put my professional hockey dream overseas on hold. After my pro career was temporarily cut short, my time away from the sport allowed me to become involved in coaching and the hockey development world. It was a rewarding experience giving back to my local minor hockey association. My time away from playing the game I loved allowed me to gain a new appreciation for hockey. I decided to start up a Charity Hockey game with a friend, teammate, and ex NHLer Victor Bartley with all proceeds going to Crohn’s Colitis Canada. This charity hockey logo turned into the logo for PH DEVELOPMENT! And kick started the program!!