Brad Purdie, Head Coach | Bantam Prep
After a 15 year playing career, including the IHL, ECHL and Europe, as well as representing Team Canada on three different occasions, Brad retired and joined the University of Manitoba Men’s Hockey coaching staff. Over the last four seasons with the U of M, Brad was responsible for overseeing the forwards and power play. Brad has a High Performance 1 coaching certificate and has worked with Hockey Manitoba and the Program of Excellence U16 on three separate occasions, most recently as the head coach of the 2015 team that took part 2015 Western Canada Bantam Challenge, capturing the silver medal. Brad was also a part of the coaching staff that won Bronze at the 2015 Canada Winter Games. He is extremely proud and excited to be associated with the RINK Hockey Academy to help further develop young hockey players.
Sandy Henry, Head Coach | Elite 15
Born and raised in Alberta, Sandy had spent 4 years coaching the CFR Bison AAA midget team in the AMHL before moving to Winnipeg. He had been to the Alberta final the last 3 years of coaching out west and has one appearance at Telus Cup National Championship. He has been a WHL scout (Red Deer Rebels) for the last 5 years, a defense skills coach in Jr. A for last 6 years and spent 2 years as a player rep for a large sports management company. Both his sons played in the WHL, one is still playing pro, having lots of experience from the parent side as well. Sandy spent the last 10 years operating his own defense skills clinic in Alberta. He is extremely excited to be joining the RINK Hockey Academy staff.
Mitch Giguere, Assistant Coach | Elite 15
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Mitch is a hockey student and coach for more than 10 years. Mitch has his High Performance 2 from Hockey Canada and has an Advanced Coaching Diploma (NCCP4) from the Canadian Sports Institute. After playing Midget and Senior Hockey, Mitch started coaching in the Quebec AA system. After spending one year in AAA midget as an assistant coach, he started coaching Minor Midget for three seasons and captured three Bronze medals in consecutive years, and sent several players to Junior teams across Canada, and had players selected in the NHL Draft. Mitch has also been heavily involved with the Team Quebec Program of Excellence (U14-U15-U16) and had the chance to be an assistant coach in the QMJHL Combine. He was a scout for the Foreurs Val d'Or in the QMJHL for 3 years. Mitch and his family (three daughters and one son) have decided to move out west for a new challenge. Mitch started last season as an Assistant Coach with the Dauphin Kings in the MJHL before taking over as the Interim Head Coach and General Manager in November. He is extremely proud and excited to be surrounded by great hockey people and professionals. He is looking forward to learning, teaching and be being a part of the RINK Hockey Academy.
Rob Smith, Head Coach | Midget Prep
Born in Steinbach, Rob started his hockey career spending three years playing Major Junior Hockey for the Calgary Hitmen and Brampton Battalion. From there, Rob played four full seasons with the University of Manitoba Bisons. His final two years with the Bisons he was named Captain of the team. After his University career he played professional hockey in Germany and in North America. Shifting his focus from playing to coaching, Rob started coaching in the Winnipeg AAA system. After one year he joined the Steinbach Pistons of the MJHL as an Assistant Coach/Assistant GM. Rob has also been heavily involved with the U-16 Team Manitoba program. He also won a bronze medal at the 2015 Canada Games.
Ian Duval, Assistant Coach | Midget Prep
This Manitoba born and raised native comes from a deep hockey background, which includes 5 years in the WHL with NHL camp invites to Tampa Bay and Columbus. At 21 he committed to playing at the University of Manitoba with the Bisons for 5 seasons. Following his University career he played in the ECHL with the Wichita Thunder for one season where injuries cut his playing career short. This is when he transitioned into player development with our staff at The Rink Training Centre since 2016. For the inaugural year of our RHA program Ian had the opportunity to be an assistant coach with our Midget team. He is extremely excited to continue to build from last season and to provide experience and growth for our players as well as our program.
Maggie Litchfield-Medd, Head Coach | Female Midget
Maggie has an impressive playing and coaching career that she will bring along to RHA. She played five full seasons with the University of Manitoba Bisons women’s hockey team and served as team captain in her final year. In 2015, Maggie represented Canada at the FISU games in Granada, Spain, and helped her country earn a silver medal. After University, Maggie moved to Sweden to play for SDE Hockey in the Swedish Women’s Hockey League (SDHL). During that time, Maggie served as an assistant captain and led the team in points. When her playing days finished, Maggie stayed in Sweden to serve as the head coach for the SDE Hockey team she played for, and to be the Chief Director of SDE’s minor female skill development. Maggie served as the assistant coach for University of Manitoba Bisons women’s hockey team last season before accepting her role with RHA. She is currently in the process of attaining her HP1 coaching certificate and brings a wealth of knowledge and international experience to the RINK Hockey Academy.
Tess Dusik, Assistant Coach | Female Midget
Born in Oak Bluff, Manitoba, Tess began her hockey career at seven years old. Her minor hockey days were spent playing with the boys and later transitioned to play female hockey in grade ten where she played for Balmoral Hall’s Prep hockey program. From there Tess was a member of Team Manitoba and was invited to Team Canada’s U18 camps. After her high school career, Tess got recruited to play university hockey for Bemidji State University Beavers (NCAA DI). The WCHA Scholar-Athlete received a full-ride scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. Upon graduation, Tess played overseas in Gothenburg, Sweden before returning home to enroll herself into further education for massage therapy. Tess will serve as the Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) for Testify Performance as well as the assistant coach for the Female Midget RHA program.
Jon Cara, RINK Player Development
Jon has an extensive playing resume, with 2 years in the WHL with Lethbridge and Saskatoon, plus years in Portage (MJHL) and Penticton (BCHL). Jon returned to Winnipeg to attend the University of Manitoba where he obtained his Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Marketing and Human Resources, while playing 4 years for the Bisons. Jon has worked in the hockey industry for 12 years, with the Edge of Excellence and Okanagan Hockey School in Penticton, BC, and brings a wealth of experience in Power Skating and Skill Development. Jon is the current skating coach for the MJHL’s Steinbach Pistons.
Andy Zulyniak, RINK Player Development
Jarrett Oster, RINK Player Development
Yvan Pattyn, RINK Player Development
Graham Leiding, RINK Player Development
Ryan Cyr, RINK Goalie Development
Ryan has worked with GDI for more than eleven years, studying under GDI founder and Columbus Blue Jackets goaltending consultant Ian Clark. Ryan is the current goaltending coach for the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs, and former goaltending coach for the Regina Pats. From a playing perspective, Ryan played 6 years of Junior hockey, spending time in both the BCHL and WHL. Ryan then went on to play professionally in the ECHL, UHL and AHL. Most recently, Ryan has begun working with Hockey Canada as a goaltender instructor with the U17 men's team.
Dan Ferguson, RINK Goalie Development
Dan is the Director of GDI Goaltending and has worked with the company since the opening of the Winnipeg Training Centre. He works out of Manitoba The RINK Training Centre and also conducts weekly specialty clinics and Minor Hockey Associations Clinics in various locations around Manitoba. Dan is the current Goaltending Coach for the MJHL Steinbach Pistons (2012- Present) and former Goaltending Coach for the MBAAA Winnipeg Thrashers (2010- 2015) Highlighting past success includes being the Goaltending Coach for the 2013 MJHL Champions and the 2011 Telus Cup National Champions. Dan has had a positive influence on many goaltenders that have proceeded to play Junior through to Professional level.
Brett Martyniuk, RINK Goalie Development
Spencer Tremblay, RINK Goalie Development
Tyler Oswald, RINK Goalie Development