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New Canadians Get in the Game

Check out this fabulous story on a special group of young, new Canadians and their introduction to the game of hockey.

HEO U16 Gold Cup Roster

Team Rosters were announced today for the upcoming 2018 OHL Gold Cup.

Let's meet the HEO Team!!


HEO will be running a U14 Program of Excellence camp May 25-27, 2018. Open to players that played at the Minor Bantam AAA level in the 2017-18 season.

U14 POE Coach Applications

HEO is now accepting coach applications for the U14 POE Camp May 25-27. If you are a High Performance coach interested in working in the Program of Excellence alongside Hockey Canada instructors please apply.

Coach of the Month

Subnmit your nominations for HEO's Minor Hockey Coach of the Month.

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HEO Instructional Team

Brian Gillam
Coaching Development Coordinator

A former Physical Education teacher and Adult Educator, Brian started coaching and teaching hockey in Newfoundland in 1986. He moved to Ottawa in 1997 and continued his coaching in Eastern Ontario. During his 31 years of coaching & teaching hockey, Brian has worked with every age level from Initiation to Junior, Recreation and Competitive. The majority of Brian's coaching has been at the High Performance level. In Newfoundland he coached AAA teams to Provincial Championship titles on two occassions and in Ottawa he has coached teams to five All-Ontario Provincial AAA Championships in the last eight years, medalling on two occassions. Brian is a trained Hockey Canada Skills and Skating instructor as well as a High Performance Evaluator. He has been working with Hockey Eastern Ontario for the past 6 years and during that time has worked with Hockey Canada on national initiatives and clinic working groups. Brian has been heavily involved in the HEO Program of Excellence having coached on the U16 team on two occassions. In 2015 Brian was invited to attend the Hockey Canada National U17 Development Camp as a guest coach and has been invited to present at the 2017 Hockey Canada National Skills Academy Seminar in Ottawa.

Ruggles Pritchard
Initiation Program Coordinator

Once a player and coach in Belgium and senior hockey in B.C., Ruggles has coached and taught extensively since then. He's coached high school hockey and numerous other sports. Of late, he has assisted minor organizations in establishing development programs and taught the Initiation Program. He has been an HEO instructor and specialty clinic teacher for a number of years with work in the IP, Development I and II clinics.

Bill Bowker
Bill has served as the head coach of the CIS Wilfrid Laurier women's team (with a nomination for CIS Coach of the Year), the national women's under-22 team and has been a gold medal winner at the Canada Winter Games. Bill has also coached elite minor hockey. He's worked internationally as the mentor coach for Finland's national women's team in preparation for the Olympics. He was the GM/Head coach of the CCHL's Smiths Falls Bears and has helped numerous local hockey organizations as a mentor coach and advisor. He has also taught kinesiology and coaching credit courses at the university level.

Brent Carty
Brent’s coaching experience of over 30 years includes 19 years of minor, mostly at the Bantam and Midget elite levels, as well as 6 years in the CCHL. He’s been Director of Player Development for the Ottawa Valley Titans, acted as a coach mentor and has taught power skating and individual skills through various programs around HEO. He also developed a power skating program for Skate Canada. Once an OHL scout, he has also coached Ontario’s U-17 team in the Program of Excellence and was most recently co-associate coach of the HEO’s championship U-16 team.

Jim Cooke
Jim has been involved in minor hockey for the past 18 years, during this time Jim had the opportunity to experience various roles including Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Association Board Member, Association Coach Mentor, Committee Member, HEO Coach Certification Facilitator , on ice Clinic Instructor, Hockey School Instructor and hockey parent. Jim has coached initiation, house league, Rep B, AA and U18 AAA and is presently the Head Coach of the Ottawa 67s Major Bantam AAA team. Jim is a recipient of the Gloucester Rangers Coach of the Year Award. For the past 12 years Jim was an Executive Board Member of the Orleans Minor Hockey Association, for several seasons occupying the position of Director of Rep and then moving into the position Director of Coach Mentorship.

Paul de Verteuil
Paul is an alumnus of the Queen’s Golden Gaels where he studied Engineering and played before venturing into coaching. He has been involved in minor hockey in Eastern Ontario since 2002/2003 spanning Initiation through to Midget. Paul has served as assistant coach with both the Carleton University Ravens and the Ottawa Senators Women’s P.W.H.L team. In 2003, Paul first took a dip in the entrepreneurial pool by launching Action Innovation, a hockey school specializing in skating mechanics. Hockey and teaching are two of Paul’s passions, which is instantly clear to everyone who sees him at an arena. In 2016, Paul joined the HEO Instructional team.

Mickey Goulet
Mickey's remarkable coaching background includes being the head coach of Italy at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics. He'd spent six years there as their technical director following 14 years as the head coach of the CIS men's team at the University of Ottawa where he was a four-time winner of the coach of the year award for Ontario/Quebec. Prior to that, Mickey coached college hockey in the U.S. for 17 years. Of late, he spent time as the head coach of AAA teams and is now working as a mentor and coaching/specialty clinic instructor for the branch.

Ron Graham
Ron was one of the early technical directors for the former Canadian Amateur Hockey Association and was involved in some of the early drafts of the original national coaching program. He has spent over 30 years coaching the game at both the grassroots and elite levels that includes a provincial midget AA championship and junior A. He's also taught the Initiation Program, has served as a mentor and advisor to both boys and girls hockey programs, and has been an instructor in both coaching and specialty clinics. Most recently, he taught a coaching program in Australia.

Jeff Jordan
Jeff is an HP2 Certified coach who has been coaching in HEO for the past 10 years and is currently the Head Coach of both the Kanata Lasers Jr. A & Kanata Lasers U18 AAA teams. He began coaching with the Ottawa Sting Major Midget AA team as a goalie coach, then went on to gain experience working with the Ottawa Sens AAA association where he spent two years as an assistant before becoming the head coach of the major midget program in 2012-13. In his second year coaching the Sens midget team they won the league championship and competed at the Telus Cup Regionals. Jeff worked with the Ottawa 67's of the OHL as a video/assistant coach for the 2014-15 season. Jeff has also worked with Team Ontario as video/goalie coach for the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Jeff has been named coach-of-the-year twice and credits his success to all the great people and mentors he's met and worked with.

Gregg Kennedy
Gregg has been coaching hockey players for over 35 years at every level from Initiation programs though Junior A and B, with two stints at Canadian Universities. He is perhaps best known though for his work in OEMHL AAA where he is the only man to coach in the league for all nine years of its existence. In five seasons spent with the Ottawa Senators AAA Association and two each with the Ottawa Jr 67’s and Upper Canada Cyclones, Kennedy’s teams compiled a winning percentage over .700 in capturing four league crowns and four playoff championships. Gregg is also very involved in coach and player development off the ice as a Hockey Canada Coaching Program Master Course Conductor and Master Field Evaluator, and a Coach Mentor and Player Development leader in a number of associations throughout Eastern Ontario. He is also a former Technical Director of the Ottawa District Hockey Association (now HEO). He has served on numerous national, provincial and branch level committees for development including, most recently, the Hockey Canada working group for teaching checking. Gregg’s résumé is long and sprinkled with numerous other short term high performance coaching positions including time spent with the National Men’s Team, the National Women’s Team, the National Under 17 team, Provincial Under 17 Teams and Branch Under 16 and Under 14 teams. Gregg has been recognized for his work in hockey having been awarded the OEMHL President’s Award as Volunteer of the Year and The Richard T Sennott, HEO Development Award for outstanding contribution to coach development.

Charlie McTavish
Charlie has a detailed eye for basic and advanced technical execution. He has worked directly with the Ottawa Senators, University of Ottawa, Smiths Falls Bears, and Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL). He is also currently the National Goaltending Development coach for the Polish Ice Hockey Federation and founder of Complete Goaltending Development. Charlie has been consulting with teams and associations in the Ottawa area for over 15 years.

Michael Miller
Mike has been involved in the game as a coach and teacher for 35 years and was one of the original Initiation Program directors in the branch. As such, he co-wrote one of Hockey Canada's IP manuals. His broad coaching experience spans numerous levels, the last 15 years being at the AA and AAA levels in bantam and midget where his teams have won various branch titles. He has represented HEO on Hockey Canada sub-committees and has been an active mentor with local organizations.

Darryl Munson
Darryl started coaching goaltenders in his hometown of Oakville in the 1990s at the high school level and has been a part of minor hockey since moving to the Ottawa area for over the past 10 years. He served as a team Goalie Coach at the Atom and Peewee AA levels for both the Eastern Ontario Cobras and Gloucester Rangers associations. He later branched out as an independent instructor, leading association goaltending development and mentoring sessions and camps for Clarence, Russell, Metcalf and North Glengarry-Stormont MHAs. Darryl returned to the team environment and for the past three years has been a Goalie Coach for the Ottawa Jr 67s at the Bantam AAA levels and is currently serving as the Cumberland Grads Midget AAA Goalie Coach.

Tom Price
Tom has been involved in hockey as a player, coach and teacher for over 40 years and was one of the original Initiation Program leaders in Winnipeg. He’s coached every level of minor hockey, from house league little ones to competitive teams as well as 'AA' teams (before AAA) from atom to bantam. He has also taught at numerous hockey skills camps.

Eli Rassi
Eli has been coaching goalies and helping minor hockey associations and teams for over 15 years. He spent the past five years as the Director of Goaltending Development with the Carleton Place Jr. "A" Canadians where he was responsible for the training and development of the goalies and U18 AAA prospects. Eli also served as a goalie consultant for Team Canada East during the 2015 and 2016 World Jr. “A” Challenge tournament. He regularly contributes to InGoal Magazine, the world's leading magazine for goalies and parents.

Jeff Robert
Jeff is a trained Hockey Canada Skills, Skating and Developing Defencemen instructor (level 1 and 2), and is a Certified High Performance 1 coach. Jeff started coaching and teaching hockey in Quebec at the age of 18 and has worked with every age level from Initiation to Junior. He also spent 14 years at the University level in Canada. Jeff spent 7 years as an assistant coach at Concordia University in Montreal. He also spent two years as an assistant coach at the University of Western Ontario. While at UWO he was part of the coaching staff which won the 2009 Queens Cup - the Ontario University Championship. That same year they lost in the National Championship game to the University of New Brunswick. While at Western, Jeff completed a Master’s degree in Kinesiology, specializing in Coaching Education and Sports Psychology. Since moving to Ontario in 2014, Jeff has been a head coach at the Midget AAA and CCHL 2 level as well as an associate Head Coach at the CCHL 1 level. He is currently entering his second year as an assistant coach with the Cumberland Grads in the CCHL 1. He has also been chosen to coach as part of HEO’s Program ofExcellence at both the U16 and U13 levels. Jeff spends his summers coaching and teaching at hockey camps in both the Lake Placid and Niagara Falls regions.

Norm Robillard
Norm has been in the game as Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Manager and Trainer since 1983. Though he’s most recently coached house league and Rep B, Norm was also an assistant coach in AAA, qualifying for the Central Canada Playdowns and coached in AA in the pre-AAA days throughout the 1990’s. Norm has also coached basketball, soccer and baseball.

Larry Ruch
A former player and then assistant coach at McGill University and head coach at Dawson College in Montreal, Larry went on to a lengthy pro coaching career in Switzerland and Austria culminating in a national championship season in Austria. Among his duties was the instruction mentorship of the club's coaches. He brought those skills back to Canada where he has mentored numerous hockey organizations serving as an advisor to development programming.

Paul Schonefelder
Paul's background and experience in goaltender development is as lengthy and impressive as his current roles and duties. Paul is currently the Minor-League Goalie Consultant for the Carolina Hurricanes. He currently sits on the Ontario Hockey League Goalie Advisory Board and served as the Goalie Coach for the Ontario Hockey League's U15 Program. Prior to his current assignments Paul also won gold with Hockey Canada's National U17 team at the recent Under-17 World Challenge. He has worked at the Chicago Blackhawks Development Camp and was the Goaltending Consultant for the Japanese National Men's and Women's teams at the Sochi Olympics. Before taking on the Minor-League Goalie Consultant for the Carolina Hurricanes Paul held positions as the Goaltending Coach of the Ottawa 67s of the Ontario Hockey League, Hockey Canada's National U18 Team, St. Lawerence University Men's Hockey team (NCAA Div 1), The Univeristy of Ottawa GeeGees Men's team (CIS) and the Kanata Stallions Jr. A Hockey Club. He was also the Head Goalie Coach with Complete Goaltending Development in Ottawa

Richard Sennott
Richard has been involved with Hockey Canada's Certification program since 1985. In 2012 after 20 years he retired as ODHA/HEO's Executive Director. He has served as ODHA/HEO's Initiation Program Director from 1989 to 2016. During Richard's 57 years of involvement in the game he has coached at all levels in Minor hockey, in addition has served as an administrator both on local, provincial and national committees and ODHA Executive Board member. Richard has been recognized for his dedication and commitment to and working with instructors/coaches and children in the Initiation Program. He is one of the co-authors of the Initiation Program manual and has conducted countless instructor, coaching and specialty clinics over the years.

Dave Stathos
Dave has over 20 years of experience coaching goalies of all levels in Canada, USA and Europe. In his career as a goalkeeper, Dave played professional hockey in Finland and Sweden’s Elite Leagues, and tried-out for the Philadelphia Flyers in 2002. He also played and graduated from Princeton University where he studied Sport Psychology and the mental aspects of goaltending. He also was the Head Goaltending Consultant for Senators Sports & Entertainment for 3 years prior to opening his own Dave Stathos Goalie Performance Center, a state of the art goalie training facility in Ottawa.

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