about DL Hockey
Doug grew up in North Vancouver, BC
and started playing hockey at the
age of three. He quickly developed
a love for the game and spent
most of his childhood playing
minor hockey in Coquitlam, BC
alongside his three younger brothers.
At sixteen, he left home to pursue his
NHL dream. It was a road that allowed him to experience winning five championships, suit up for two NHL games, and travel the world. Fifteen years and over 1,000 professional games later, Doug decided to hang up the skates in his adopted hometown of Portland, Oregon.
After retiring from playing, Doug wanted to stay involved in the game and help other players realize their own potential. His passion quickly evolved from playing to teaching. As a coach, Doug finds it truly rewarding to watch students achieve their goals and develop into the players they want to be. He also enjoys the challenge of finding the best methods to make learning hockey accessible to each individual.
Max grew up in Kelowna, BC and
played minor hockey through Kelowna
Minor Hockey Association, where he
was fortunate to learn from
experienced coaches who dedicated
their time to ensuring that young
players had the resources and
opportunity to pursue hockey at the
highest level. Max was
drafted in the first round of the WHL
(Western Hockey League) Bantam draft and left home to play junior hockey when he was 16 years old. Max played the final two seasons of his WHL career with the Portland Winterhawks where he served as an assistant captain. Drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Max never realized his dream of playing in the NHL, but took full advantage of his WHL Scholarship opportunity graduating from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business with a degree in Urban Land Economics. After three years of working for a major Land Development group in Vancouver, BC Max and his wife, Kaitlin a native Portlander, decided it was time they return to the Rose City. Upon returning to Portland Max coached the U16 Jr. Winterhawk team alongside his friend Jason Reese. Later, Doug Lynch and Max started a summer program known as DL Hockey. Max’s passion for hockey is unquestionable. He enjoys teaching the game of hockey and believes a player should know why the drills, skills and systems worked on in practice are important and how they relate to the game itself. Max holds a high standard for all players involved in the DL Hockey program and believes that good habits are reflected on and off the ice.
DL Hockey was established in 2016 by childhood friends Doug Lynch
and Max Gordichuk. During the winter DL Hockey runs Intermediate
Scrimmages, Advance Scrimmages and Team Concept Practices for Adult hockey players out of the Winterhawks Skating Center in Beaverton OR. In the summer DL Hockey operates an Elite Summer Camp for Peewee / Bantam / Midget players, a Women's Only Camp and a Player/Parent Camp for beginner players. DL Hockey also provides specific off-ice training at PDX SportsCenter. The off-ice program is designed to improve players balance, flexibility, stamina and quickness using bosu balls, medicine balls, TRX training and yoga. Portland has a growing hockey market and Doug and Max are excited to be apart of the community for many years.