About Barb Aidelbaum
Barbara has been a full-time professional skating coach for 40+ years and is currently in the University of British Columbia Graduate School pursuing a master’s degree in High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership (HPCTL). She holds a UBC graduate diploma in HPCTL. In the Coaching Association of Canada, she holds the top designation of Chartered Professional Coach. There is continuous change at the elite levels of hockey and Barb collaborates and integrates her state of the art systems with the other hockey coaches and performance experts for outstanding results.
Barb is the Skating Specialist for individual players and teams in the CJHL, CHL, U Sports, NCAA, AHL, KHL and NHL. During her 40+ year career she has coached 1000+ NHL players and many retired and current NHL Officials. In addition, she has been part of many Hockey training and development camps, trained the Canadian National Men’s Alpine Ski Team for on-ice edging and prepared actors for skating roles.
She is nationally certified in hockey as well as figure skating (NCCP Level 3+). She is the first female coach ever to be carded in Canada by a Junior “A” team and the first Canadian figure skating coach to be utilized by an NHL team. She uses her vast knowledge of edges, balance and counterbalancing, and combines it with her many years of off-ice speed and weight training, to create the most explosive and powerful hockey players.
Barb was raised in Vancouver, BC as a figure skater with her 3 hockey playing brothers. Her parents, Hector and Doreen Irving, are founders of The Arbutus Club. It opened in 1964 and today it is one of Canada’s premier private clubs. No surprise, the entire club was formed around the ice rink. She has coached both figure skaters and hockey players nationally and internationally and is a Skate Canada triple gold medallist. Her professional coaching career started in Kamloops, BC and then took her around the world with 7 years in Brisbane and Sydney, Australia and then stops in Bosnia, Poland, Austria and the Czech Republic.
After her overseas coaching stint, she returned to Canada and became the Arbutus Club’s Head Figure Skating Pro with her former coach Pamela Greenslade. In addition, Barb held the roles of Hockey and Skating School Director. She started the hugely successful Arbutus Club Summer Hockey School. Players attended from many other countries and her NHL students also coached in the camps. She initiated the Arbutus Referee School with NHL Officials Brad Lazarowich, Lonnie Cameron and Kelly Sutherland.
In 2000 Barb co-founded the hockey charity HEROS (heroshockey.com). The HEROS mission is to use the game of ice hockey to teach life-skills and empower marginalized youth as well as those with physical and cognitive barriers. Today we offer 29 programs in 11 cities across Canada and in Belfast, Ireland. She has been on the Board of Directors since the inception. HEROS is one of her proudest accomplishments.
After 17 years coaching at the Arbutus Club, she left to have more time for her own family and the growing roster of NHL power skating clients. It was a thrill to work alongside Coach Greenslade and the CEO at the time, John Furlong. She lists Pam and John as being her Mentors. Coach Pam retired in June 2022 after coaching at the Arbutus Club for 48 years and being a professional coach for over 50 years. She has set an exceptionally high standard for other professional coaches around the world.
Barb is known for her exceptional error detection and correction skills and uses her wealth of experience to achieve optimal results very quickly. She is passionate about skating and is a lifelong learner. While doing her master’s at UBC she is combining her Coach’s Eye with evidencebased data and analytics while studying the most up-to-date scientific methods in Sport.
She loves spending time outdoors with her family and pets and has started working on her golf game. Barb enjoys snow skiing, water-skiing, Pilates, tennis, gardening and watching hockey skating footage.
Detroit Red Wings
2017 NHL draft - 1st round (9th overall selection)
Infantry Officer at Canadian Armed Forces
Columbus Blue Jackets
2021 NHL draft - 1st round (5th overall selection)
played 527 NHL games - New York Rangers Player Development
Executive Director - Hockey Education Reaching Out Society (HEROS)
2001 NHL draft 1st round (#12 overall selection) - 2014 Olympic Gold - 1148 NHL games
Director of Sports Medicine and Performance - Golden State Warriors of the NBA
Current NHL Linesman
Florida Panthers - 2014 Draft - 1st round (2nd overall pick)
Played over 450 games to date
991 NHL games - 1998 NHL draft 1st round (#7 overall selection)
Current NHL Referee
1997 NHL draft 1st round (#5 overall selection) - 2002 Olympic Gold and 4 World Gold Medals - 1009 NHL games
CEO Twist Performance Inc
1971 regular season Games (Linesman)
204 playoff Games
3 Stanley Cup finals
530 NHL games - Former NHL player now in Europe
3 Stanley Cups - Chicago Blackhawks Scout
Current NHL Linesman