BWC Academy Welcomes Chris Shaw and Ryan Hollweg


Born and raised in South Surrey, Chris Shaw played in 168 career BCHL games from 1998 to 2001 for the Victoria Salsa and Burnaby Bulldogs.  In his last season with the Bulldogs, he was named team captain, earning him a NCAA Division I scholarship to Niagara University.  Through 2003 to 2008, he played professionally in the Central Hockey League (CHL), United Hockey League (UHL), Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL), and in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) with the Victoria Salmon Kings.  In total, he appeared in 244 professional regular season games.

In 2009, Chris began his coaching career as an Assistant Coach with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs (BCHL) before moving on to a Head Coach and General Manager position with the Nelson Leafs (KIJHL).  After a year as an Assistant Coach and Assistant General Manager with the Vernon Vipers (BCHL) in 2011, he took over the reigns as Head Coach and General Manager of the Ontario Avalanche (WSHL) for four seasons.

Chris spent two years as the Associate Head Coach of the Langley Rivermen (BCHL).

Chris previously spent 4 years as Head Coach of the Vancouver North West Hawks program winning 2019-2020 BCEHL U18AAA Coach of the Year and a 2021-2022 BCEHL U15AAA Provincial Championship. Chris General Managed the Northwest program for the last 2 years having his U18AAA team reach the 2021-2022 BCEHL Provincial Finals and the U17AAA were the 2021-2022 BCEHL Provincial Champions. Chris, also has been selected as Assistant Coach with the 2022-2023 BC Hockey Program of Excellence, Team BC Canada Winter Games


Ryan played in the BCHL as a 15 year old for the Langley Hornets where he was named the BCHL Rookie of the Year. In 1999, he was selected 1st overall in WHL draft by the Medicine Hat Tigers, where he eventually captained the team, leading them to a WHL title and birth in the Memorial Cup tournament. As a dual-citizen, Ryan was selected to represent both countries at the U17(USA), U18 (Canada), and U20 World Junior (USA) tournaments.

In the 2000 NHL draft, Ryan was selected 238th overall by the New York Rangers and enjoyed a distinguished NHL career playing with New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Arizona Coyotes for a total of 228 games. He also played 275 games with various AHL teams including the Hartford Wolfpack, Toronto Marlies, San Antonio Rampage, and Portland Pirates. Ryan later continued his professional career in Europe playing six seasons from 2012 to 2018 for the HC Skoda Plzen in the Czech Extraliga where the team captured an Extraliga Championship.

After retiring from professional hockey, Ryan served as an associate coach with the BC Hockey North West U18AAA Hawks for 2 seasons underneath Chris Shaw. Ryan returned back to Head Coach after returning from being the Associate Head Coach for the Coquitlam Express of the BCHL with Dan Cioffi in 2020-2021. Ryan lead the North West Hawks U18AAA to 25-8-2-1 record and where finalists in the BCEHL Championship