2021/2022 COACHES Questions for the coaches or about the upcoming season can be sent to one of the following board members. Kevin Carroll (President) Grayson Lafoley (VPHockeyOps) Jamie Smith (Development) Jeremy Whalen (U9Director) To email, use the email alias in bold followed by @gloucesterrangers.com U9 Green - Shawn Dandy Hockey Background I grew up in the east end of Ottawa playing minor hockey in Cumberland. Only starting hockey at 10, I was drawn to playing goalie and do that to this day. Having passionate coaches and supportive parents allowed me to quickly advance from playing a couple years of house league to AA competitive hockey for the remainder of minor hockey with the Cumberland Barons. While attending University I played for the South Ottawa Canadians (Jr. B), and finished off with the Rockland Nationals (Jr. C). Over the past few years I have been dedicated to instilling this passion for hockey through coaching. I have enjoyed taking on the added responsibility of a head coach in Metcalfe (IP / U9) these past few seasons. My priority remains invested in creating a fun and safe learning environment for these young hockey players. The objective at U9 is solely on skill development and fundamentals to prepare the kids for the next level. I put a high priority on being organized and creating an energetic and positive atmosphere. Coming off an interesting hockey season, my biggest goal is to ensure our players enjoy coming to the rink all while promoting the values of hard-work, being a good teammate and competing. U9 Gold - Troy Milne U10 A Green - Brad MacNeil Hockey Background: 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 second season 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. U10 A White - Brad Hickes Hockey Background I am excited to have the opportunity to coach the U10 Gloucester Rangers team for the upcoming 2021-2022 season. I’ve been involved in playing and coaching hockey my entire life and am looking forward to another fun and exciting season. 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. U11 A - Eric Giguere Hockey Experience:Hockey has played a significant part of my life. I’ve played at various competitive levels in the Quebec City area culminating in Junior B before moving away for university and transitioning to coaching. In total, I have spent more than half my life playing and coaching this game.I began coaching at relatively early age as part of the Greater Kingston AAA minor hockey association at the minor PeeWee, major PeeWee and major Bantam levels while at university. As part of a university exchange program in France I experienced a fairly intense coaching year in that I was the head coach of the bantam team, assistant coach of the tier 1 junior team as well as I ran minor hockey practices at all levels with one of the Canadian pros whoplayed locally. That year I also ran stats for the First Division professional team. During this same 5 year period I also instructed at hockey schools.Since moving to Ottawa I’ve coached my hockey playing kids from IP to Midget at various levels and in various roles (house league and competitive). I’ve also launched the coach mentorship program at the Blackburn Minor Hockey Association. U11 AA - 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 6th season as a coach in the minor hockey system. This will be my thir year as a Head Coach of the Gloucester Rangers. Additionally, I was the Head Coach of the Leitrim Hawks Novice A2 team. In each of the past three 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! U12 A - Blaine Scatcherd 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. I have been coaching now for over 20 years in some capacity/sport/level and love it! This will be my third year coaching with the Rangers. I have also coached several teams at my high school (St. Joseph Catholic High School in Barrhaven) such as: (varsity girls hockey, senior and junior football, varsity girls touch football, senior boys basketball, senior and junior 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, 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. U12 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 ExperienceI began coaching in 2014. Over the past six years I have coached with the Gloucester Blues, Cumberland Grads and the Gloucester Rangers organizations. Coaching PhilosophyAs Head Coach of the Gloucester Rangers U12AA team, 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 2021-2022 hockey season. U13 AA - Sean O'Hagan U14 AA - Steve Thomas Hockey Background As coach of the 2021/22 U14AA 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. 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 instill the confidence necessary for players to push through perceived personal limits, battle through adversity and become smarter/stronger all-round hockey players. U15 AA - Tony Carbonette Hockey Experience: I am a Certified High Performance coach and have been involved in coaching AAA/AA hockey for the past 18 years. As a former AAA/AA and junior player myself right here in Ottawa and the Ottawa Valley, I’m very passionate about coaching and making sure our athletes develop properly and are given the best chance to be prepared for their next level. Coaching Philosophy: As a coach, my development model revolves around a distinct focus on skating, passing, shooting. These skills will be a foundation to all our practices and how we approach our detailed tactical processes. My goals are to make sure we are producing 1. Better people 2. Better athletes. I will be using the athlete development model, by engaging off ice training, mental focus strategies and nutrition – for – performance guidelines to help the athletes and the team succeed. U16 AA - Dwayne Stevenson Hockey Experience I have been coaching hockey for the past 14 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 group this year and looking forward to a great season. U18 AA - Terry Lemieux 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 29th 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.