National Ringette League
The mandate of the Saskatchewan Heat NRL Program is to provide a continuum of athletes and coaches with a high-performance daily training environment that will significantly improve performance levels and standings of Saskatchewan athletes and teams at National Ringette League competitions, including the Canadian Ringette Championships.
In addition to success at these competitions the program is geared to develop selected athletes’ technical, physical, and psychological skills by exposing these athletes to enriched levels of training and competition. Aside from skill acquisition, athletes will be provided opportunities for personal development.
Use of the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan’s programs and services will be required for this program. These programs will help support and optimize competitive sport performance through the delivery of high quality and evidence-based sport medicine and science services.
The Saskatchewan Heat NRL Program will also assist in the development of the sport throughout the province by working in conjunction with other coaches and volunteers committed to the development of high-performance athletes and coaches.
NRL Program Guidelines
Head Coach – Colleen Butz – Purdue
Colleen has been involved with this amazing sport in many facets for over 30 years. She has held board positions, been a referee, organized and ran training camps, is a current player of 32 years and is actively coaching. Colleen got involved with coaching eight years ago and has been coaching competitively for the past seven.
Every aspect of Colleen’s ringette career has allowed her the opportunity to meet so many great people and develop life long friendships, as a player and as a coach. This sport has influenced her life in so many ways. Giving back to this sport gives Colleen such great satisfaction and she is very much looking forward to the journey that she will be taking with our provinces Canada Winter Games Team.
Colleen had the distinct pleasure of being involved with the 2015 Canada Winter Games program as an apprentice coach and the 2019 Canada Winter Games program as an Assistant Coach, and she is excited to be here coaching NRL.
Colleen is looking forward to sharing her passion for this sport with others who share the same passion; from the coaches and support staff to the incredible families, and unbelievably talented Saskatchewan athletes. Nothing will make Colleen more proud than to be by their sides, representing our province and competing in this sport that has given so much to all of us.
Colleen would like to thank those who trusted in her to give her this amazing opportunity.
Assistant Coaches – Kelly Markwart
Kelly brings a wealth of experience from both teaching and coaching hockey and ringette for many years. He simply loves being on the ice, developing players and teams to reach higher levels of play.
Many of the AA ringette teams and AAA female hockey teams he has helped coach to successful tournament results and seasons. He draws on his years of learning as a member of the Regina Pats, Saskatoon Blades, University of Regina and professional hockey in Norway. Skill Development, On-Ice Awareness, Game Strategy, and Athletic Development are all areas that are very similar between ringette and hockey, and providing enjoyment for all players and parents are the reasons why he spends countless hours contributing to Ringette.
Kelly has previously been an Asst. Coach with U16AA and U14AA programs in Regina and Buffalo Plains Ringette Associations, with a Silver Medal (2013) and Gold Medal (2014) at the Western Canadian Ringette Championships. Kelly also represented Saskatchewan at the 2019 Canada Winter Games as an Assistant Coach.
Assistant Coach – Scott Purdue
Hi my name is Scott Purdue. I’ve been involved with high performance sports from a very young age and throughout my adult life. It is a passion that has been with me from my youth to my present. I loved competing as an athlete and now enjoy instructing and coaching.
I was involved with high performance hockey as a goalie. I’ve had the privilege of being instructed at a young age by both WHL and NHL goaltenders.
I am the head goaltending instructor for Buffalo Plains ringette, I also help instruct with other associations both hockey and ringette. I was involved as the goaltending coach for both Sask. CWG 2015 and 2019 teams, I have contributed in the development of some of our top goaltenders in our province.
One of my most exhilarating experiences came in 2014 when our Sask First team won Gold against a powerhouse Alberta team. Ringette is such an amazing sport to be a part of and having the opportunity to coach at the most elite level as the NRL is an experience and challenge I am looking forward to.