2020-21 COACHES

Questions for the coaches or about the upcoming season can be sent to one of the following board members.

Kevin Carroll (president)
Bruce Pickard (vphockeyops)
Jamie Smith (development)
Jeremy Whalen (u9director)

To email, use the email alias in bold followed by @gloucesterrangers.com

U9 Green - Brad MacNeil

Hockey has been a part of Brad’s life from the beginning and he fell in love with the game at a very young age learning to play in Gananoque. He played competitive AAA hockey throughout his childhood in Kingston and then two seasons for the Kingston Voyageurs in the OPJHL before moving to Ottawa to play in the CJHL for the Gloucester Rangers. He continues to enjoy the game while playing recreationally and committing himself to the development of young players and youth hockey today. He has been dedicated to coaching for the past five years, from can-skate through to the Novice level, with a goal of ensuring our young players develop a love and passion for the game while greatly improving their technical skills in the process.

Brad was first involved with coaching in the ORMHA for two years and for the past three years with the Leitrim Minor Hockey Association. This season will be his first with the Rangers Organization. He is a well organized individual that is motivated to provide a fun, energetic and safe learning environment for his team while emphasizing the values of hard work, positivity, accountability and communication. His coaching philosophy will help these young players improve their personal skills and build an extensive knowledge and awareness of the game while teaching them the necessary skills needed to build a strong team culture.

U9 Gold - Brad Hickes

I am excited to have the opportunity to coach the U9 Gloucester Rangers team for the upcoming 2020-2021 season. I’ve been involved in playing and coaching hockey my entire life and am looking forward to another fun and exciting season.

 

Playing Experience

Growing up in Manitoba, I played minor hockey in Winnipeg at the highest level (AAA and was placed on the protected list for the Kamloops Blazers in the Western Hockey League (WHL). After minor hockey, I played junior hockey with the Kamloops Blazers, OCN Blizzard (number one ranked Junior A team in Canada and winning a MJHL Championship in 1998-1999) and finished with the Winkler Flyers (MJHL Junior A). After my junior hockey career, I had the opportunity to play professional but instead was recruited to the University of Manitoba.

Playing the sport is still an important part of my life and I continue to play recreationally.

Coaching Experience

I have been involved in coaching minor hockey for over 20 years, in Nunavut and throughout Canada. Most recently, I have been the Co-Convenor (IP), Head Coach and have had other coaching positions within the Metcalfe District Hockey Association. This past season I was the Head Coach of the Metcalfe Jets Novice A2 team.

Coaching Philosophy

The foundation of all the successful teams that I have played on, or been a part of, has been built on communication, respect, safety and most of all FUN. Our plan for the year will be focused on skill development and developing complete players. I am passionate about ensuring age appropriate development and our coaching staff will take all the steps necessary (through the seasonal plan) to ensure that players have the core skills needed to excel. For youth at this age, it is important for them to feel confident playing the game with puck tenacity and through hard work.

 

My goal for the season will be for the players to have had the most fun possible while developing a love for the game and leaving the year with a strong skill set and work ethic.

U10 A Green - Jake McDermott

Hockey Background: 

Hockey has been a huge part of my life since the time I first put skates on. I grew up playing and developing in competitive hockey programs in several Minor Hockey Associations across Ottawa. I also grew up in a hockey family, watching two first cousins get drafted in the first and second rounds of NHL Entry Drafts and representing Canada at the international level. I enjoy watching hockey at all levels, and on a regular basis, I continue to explore ways in which I can expand my hockey and coaching knowledge. 

Coaching Experience: 

This is my 5th season as a coach in the minor hockey system. Last year I was the Head Coach of the Gloucester Rangers – Green at the Novice level, which was the first year of the Novice half ice program. Two years ago, I was the Head Coach of the Leitrim Hawks Novice A2 team. In each of the past two seasons, my teams were able to benefit from both on and off ice player development through extra ice time, team building activities, dryland training and bringing in skill specific trainers such as skating coaches.  

Coaching Philosophy: 

My coaching philosophy focuses on learning and development and having fun while doing it. I believe in developing players at a pace specific to each player throughout the duration of the season and work to teach players hockey related skills and concepts that will not only help them as a player and teammate during their current season but also in future years as they add to their skill sets. I also believe that demonstrating respect and sportsmanship on and off the ice at both the player and parent level is key to ensuring success as a team and individually as players. Furthermore, I strive to communicate effectively with players and parents. I set goals for the team and for the players and always make myself available whether at the rink or away from the rink to discuss all things hockey, whether that be upcoming practices, games or tournaments, areas of focus for individual players, team and/or player development opportunities, ideas for team events, the team in general or just simply hockey talk. 

I am passionate about hockey, one hundred percent committed to team and player development and am fully dedicated to ensuring that each player has a successful and enjoyable season both on and off the ice. I coach for the love of the game and look forward to working with each player as they learn, develop and have fun while playing hockey this season!     

U10 A White - Grayson Lafoley

Occupation:  Sgt. Ottawa Police Service

Hockey Background 

My hockey background consisted of playing for the Ottawa 67’s, Cumberland Grads Jr. A, and Ottawa West Golden Nights Jr. B.   My minor hockey-playing career consisted of playing for the Gloucester Rangers ‘AA’ Minor and Major Bantam teams as well as various AAA summer programs.  

I’ve been involved with hockey my entire life, but recently I’ve been involved in the following capacities; Head coach for the Gloucester Rangers Novice Gold, BMHA President, BMHA IP Head Ice Instructor 2015-2018, and BMHA IP Convenor 2017-2019. 

Coaching Experience

I’ve been involved with coaching hockey and rugby for over 20 year’s.  This past season I was the head coach for the Rangers Novice Gold team, and prior to that coached Blackburn Stingers Novice A team and continue to oversee the BMHA IP development program. 

Coaching Philosophy

The single most important thing for all young hockey players is the continued development of fundamental skills and the integration of those skills into games & game scenarios.  I coach all my teams with a simple motto: ‘Own your shift’.

Whether in life or hockey, I strive to teach all my young players the importance of being present in the moment, being focused, and the need to give a 100% effort in everything they do.  I coach my players to understand the only things they can control when they come to the rink are their effort, complete level, and attitude. 

Players, especially at the Ranger level, need to learn and understand the importance of a competitive mindset.  Whether in practices or games, players must be taught the necessity to compete at all times when they’re on the ice.

I will establish clear team goals and encourage all my players to become the best version of themselves, both as a hockey player and a person.

 

Tournaments - Tentative: 

Gloucester Rangers Goldrush – October 2nd to 4th (RSP - Ottawa)
Bell Capital Cup – December 29th to 31st (Ottawa)

U11 A - Blaine Scatcherd

Occupation: Physical Education Teacher

Hockey Background

Born and raised in Ottawa, I played all my minor hockey for the East Ottawa Vanier Voyageurs. I was lucky enough to be drafted by the Ottawa Junior Senators and also had a tryout for the Kanata Valley Laser Major Junior A team.  Hockey has always been and continues to be a giant part of my life. 

Coaching Background

Coaching is my passion in life. Been coaching now for over 20 years in some capacity/sport/level and love it! I was the Rangers Green Minor Atom coach last year. I’ve coached several teams at my high school (St Joseph Catholic High School in Barrhaven) such as: (varsity girls hockey, sr and jr football, varsity girls touch football, sr boys basketball, sr and jr  badminton). I was the inaugural head coach and helped create the Football North Prep School program. This program played all it’s games in the United States and brought in some of the best football players from across the country here to Ottawa.  Before becoming a Rangers coach last year, I coached the previous 4 seasons in Leitrim as an assistant coach. 

Coaching Philosophy

I will stress 3 things that I would like to get out of our season with players and parents.

1) Want the kids and parents to have fun. 

2) Want to develop players in the fundamental skills of hockey and hockey IQ.

3) We will compete.

Above all else I want my players and parents to want to come to the rink. I am a huge believer in team chemistry and will work very hard to establish a close knit team. My coaching staff will work very hard to make our players better all around hockey players. Lastly we will be competitive. 

Tournaments (subject to change)

  • Gloucester Rangers Gold Rush Tournament Ottawa - September 2020
  • Guelph Powerplay Guelph - November 20-22, 2020
  • Silver Stick Regionals Pembroke - December 4-6, 2020 
  • Bell Capital Cup Ottawa - December 29-31, 2020
  • Kingston Canadians Kingston - February 2021
U11 AA - Julien Saulnier
Hockey Experience
I grew up playing minor hockey on the East Coast at the competitive and AAA levels. Following minor hockey, I played as a defencemen with the Woodstock Slammers in the MJAHL (JR. A).
Today, I continue to the play tier 1 men's hockey in Ottawa.  
I’ve been involved with hockey my entire life. During that time, I have watched, played, coached and assisted various minor hockey associations in Ottawa with player evaluations.

Coaching Experience

I began coaching in 2014. Over the past six  years I have coached with the Gloucester Blues, Cumberland Grads and the Gloucester Rangers organizations.  

Coaching Philosophy
As Head Coach of the Gloucester Rangers U11AA, my primary focus will be player development. I believe this is achieved by creating a structured environment in which young players enjoy coming to the rink and work hard to reach their full potential. Players will feel respected and supported by the coaching staff and their teammates. In a structured environment for both the coaching staff and players, both will understand exactly what is expected of them, which will ensure a productive and positive experience for all. 

The game of hockey is constantly becoming faster and more skilled at all levels. With that in mind, I believe it is important to focus on foot speed and conditioning. However, as the old saying goes "the puck always moves faster than any skater", for that reason much emphasis will be placed on the ability to handle and pass the puck during practice to develop those fundamental skills.  

I am very excited about the opportunity to work with this group of players, coaches and parents. Wishing you all a great summer and looking forward to the start of the 2020-2021 hockey season.

U12 A - Blair Supryka

Occupation: Technical Account Manager - eCommerce

My name is Blair Supryka, I 'm excited to have been selected as the U12 A Rangers coach for this upcoming season and am looking forward to getting started. I most recently coached the Minor Midget AA Rangers team where the team earned a top 5 ranking in Ontario.

 

Hockey Background

Growing up in Belleville, I played competitive hockey throughout my youth and started coaching when I was in my early 20’s.  I have been coaching hockey for the last 10 years, holding both head coaching and assistant coaching positions. I have a great passion for the game and love sharing the knowledge I’ve picked up over the years while being involved with my three kids’ hockey teams. I rely on a positive approach to achieve results, while also holding myself, my assistant coaches and my players to a high standard.

 

Philosophy

No matter the age/level, having fun is of highest priority for me. Having players coming to the rink, learning, working hard and enjoying themselves, while continuing to grow as hockey players and young adults is the goal. As the coach of the minor peewee team, I will be looking for respectful, disciplined individuals with a strong work ethic looking to continue their skill development and team play. I’m looking forward to this season and working with this group of talented players and seeing what kind of success we can achieve together.

 

Tournaments (subject to change)

Gloucester Gold Rush

Bell Capital Cup

U12 AA - Guy Bourque

Occupation: Broker at RBC Royal Bank

Coaching Experience

I have been coaching minor hockey in the Ottawa area since 2003, working with both AAA and AA teams with the Ottawa Junior 67s, Gloucester Rangers and Cumberland Grads. I have players that are still in the game today, at the professional level, minor pro hockey, NCAA, CIAU and OHL.

Coaching Philosophy

My coaching philosophy is very basic: to have an environment that encourages athletes to learn and develop both on and off the ice.

As much as development is largely skills based, we'll be exposed to other areas of the game and a multitude of different situations.

"There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time."

~ Malcolm X 

Tournaments (subject to change)

TBD

U13 AA - Steve Thomas

Occupation: Computer Systems Engineer

As coach of the 2020/21 U13AA Rangers, I come to the team with a passion for the game, a devotion towards working with kids and a goal of ensuring all players remain in a continuous state of improvement over the course of the season.

Hockey Experience

My own experience in hockey progressed through the top competitive ranks on the Montreal hockey scene with things wrapping up at the college varsity level. While in college, I also began my coaching career as an assistant coach for the women’s varsity hockey team. In recent years, my love for the game and the kids who play it came together as I transitioned from playing the sport to coaching (IP through Atom over the past 6 years).

Coaching Philosophies

My coaching philosophies stem from the phrase “winning follows those who learn, develop & grow as a team”. Seasonal emphasis shall be placed on skill development, technical corrections and learning to play the game in unison with ones teammates. The growth and development acquired over the course of the season shall instil the confidence necessary for players to push through perceived personal limits, battle through adversity and become smarter/stronger all-round hockey players.

U14 AA - Mike Murphy

Hockey Background

I played all my minor hockey at the tier one level for Nepean Raiders Association. I then went on to play 5 years of junior hockey for various organizations, primarily the Ottawa West Golden Knights.  Upon completion of Junior hockey, I played one year for the Carleton JR Ravens Club team participating in tournaments at CIS (Canadian University) level. I still play hockey today and still have the same love/passion for the game as I did growing up.

Hockey Coaching Experience

I have been a Head Coach at many levels right from IP to Major Peewee.  Last year I was the Head Coach of the Rangers Major Peewee AA team. I am looking forward to coaching this age group while they make the leap to body contact, lots to teach and learn.  Two seasons ago I was an assistant for a Minor Bantam Rep B team and will take some lessons learned from that first year of body checking and apply it for this group. I have also coached many years of spring hockey again right from the IP age group to the Minor Bantam age.  In addition to all my season's coaching, I have also been part of many tryout evaluations as an evaluator for many organizations in the Ottawa area at various age levels.

Coaching Philosophy

I believe the game of hockey in general needs to be enjoyable, if you are not having fun coming to the rink then something is not right.  My goal is to have these kids focused and excited to come to the rink night after night and to compete to their fullest each time they come to practice or play.  I am huge on RESPECT… this comes on many levels, respecting your opponents, your teammates, the buildings we play in, the officials (referees), parents, the coaching staff and the game of hockey itself. Will work on developing each player's individual skills as well as their team play concept. My team will be hard working, positive energy, aggressive on the forecheck and a group that will strive to have puck possession at all times,  if we lose it,  we are going to work extra hard to get it back.

In closing, I am looking forward to coaching this team and I am committed to helping these kids push themselves to be the best they can be, both on and off the ice.  I will expect this group to be ready to compete hard every night and I am confident we will have that type of team this season!

Tournaments (subject to change)

  • Gloucester Rangers Gold Rush - September 18-20, 2020
  • Halton Hills Best of the Best - October 9-11, 2020
  • Sudbury Big Nickle AAA - November 5-8, 2020
  • Sensplex Winter Classic - January 8-10, 2021
U15 AA - Peter Campbell

Hockey Experience

After playing four years in the OHL I have just recently retired from a 15-year professional career that allowed me to play both in North America and Europe. Throughout my hockey career I have been exposed to some of the best development programs in the world. I have been very fortunate to be coached by some of the best along the way including coaches such as Mark Habshied (who has played and coached at every level including the 2006 Canadian Olympic team, Tom Watt (coached in the NHL - Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Toronto and 15 years at the University of Toronto Varsity Blues), Garry Unger (played 16 season in the NHL) and Craig McTavish (17 year NHL veteran, coach and NHL GM).

Additionally, during my time playing in Europe I was coached by several elite European coaches and learned first-hand from the European hockey development model.

Throughout my professional career I have been a student of the game, always working to improve my game.

Now that I have retired, I’m looking to pass on my love and in-depth knowledge of the game to the next generation of elite players, your kids.

U16 AA - Dwayne Stevenson
Hockey Experience
I have been coaching hockey for the past 13 years at all levels from Novice C to AA Bantam. I have four children all of which have played at various levels of from House to AAA.
 
My success as a coach as come from you, the parents and players. As each player is unique and motivated differently, I will teach and help develop your players hockey skills.
I look to the players to come to the rink for practices and games focused and ready to learn - and with a positive attitude.
With a team first philosophy and a lot of hard work and dedication, your players will end the season ready to make the jump to U18AA.
 
I am very excited to work with the 2005 group this year and looking forward to a great season.
U18 AA - Terry Lemieux

Occupation: Clinical Informatics Specialist

Hockey Background

My hockey career as a goalie expands from playing in House league as a Tyke to playing AAA in Bantam and Midget levels. I started learning the art of coaching while playing with a few clubs in NOJHA. As a back up goalie, listening and learning from those with great knowledge of the game guided me to relinquish my goalie pads for a rink diagram pad. 

Coaching Experience

This will be my 28th year offering and sharing my hockey knowledge. I have a diverse portfolio of coaching experiences which include: Educator, Evaluator, Training Specialist, Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Consultant, on-ice helper, Coach Mentor and Trainer. The only thing missing is being a Zamboni driver. All those roles have allowed me to understand better the game from different lenses. This will be my first time that I will be a Head Coach with the Gloucester Rangers. Prior to this association, I have coached within multiple associations such as recently with the OMHA, CMHA, Eastern Ontario Wild. Also coached in Sudbury, Montreal and was an instructor in Switzerland. 

Coaching Philosophy

My primary goal is to develop players to their maximum potential to eventually expose them to other opportunities associated with hockey. The way to do this is to continue improving their strengths and overcome their weakness while still learning the game. 

In addition to this, my expectations are usually high for any age group but mostly at Midget levels. I expect the team to compete at the highest level and to be accountable of the type of game/practice is played on any given day. Open communication and leadership will be stressed on all. The combination of the attributes of practicing and playing hard will lead to building self-confidence in which in tails to offer a better positive team concept.

On another note: I would like to introduce the assistant coaches for the upcoming season; Benoit Gillies, Brent Rabbie and Gaetan Periard (Goalie Coach)

Bench Staff Bios

Benoit Gillies:

I played minor hockey in Cumberland from 2005 – 2016, then played Junior B in Winchester and C in Morrisburg and Bytown (Vanier) from 2016-18.  I’ve been coaching for the last 6 years in Cumberland (2015-2018), Eastern Ontario Wild AAA (2018-19), Myers Automotive AAA (2019-20), and high School hockey at Louis-Riel(2017-Present). I’ve also been officiating hockey since 2014, including U18 and Junior Hockey. I’ve been privileged to be a part of great programs run by amazing coaches, which have helped me become a better coach and helped players achieve their goals. My biggest strength is my ability to connect with players. By doing so, it makes it easier for them to talk to me about anything, helping me to help them achieve their goals both on and off the ice. Thus, I’m very excited to start the season and being able to help the players achieve their goals.

Brent Rabbie:

My name is Brent Rabbie, and this will be my fourth season as an assistant coach in the Gloucester Rangers minor hockey program. I will start by saying, that I was an offensive minded defenseman by nature back in my playing days. I was fortunate enough to travel all over the world through hockey and I believe that experiences through sport are a key contributor to the growth of a young athlete. As a young athlete myself, I played minor hockey here in Ottawa and my tier II junior "A" locally as well. For a short call up stint, I played a few games in the QMJHL for the Gatineau Olympics. Injuries derailed my career shortly after, and I began to explore the world "after hockey". Which has led me to coaching. Coaching has given me the opportunity to take my unique experiences through sport and give them back.

Tournaments

TBD