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Oakville Rangers Announce 2018/2019 AAA Coaching Roster
Submitted By John Verdon on Saturday, January 13, 2018
This past Friday, December 15 the Oakville Rangers Hockey Club announced the AAA coaches for the 2018/2019 season.  At most age groups, we had multiple applicants including almost a dozen new non-parent applicants which is awesome.  Our final selections were the result of many inputs.  Panel interviews; application reviews; reference checks; season plan reviews; parent surveys; practice evaluations and team success were all criteria that the committee used in the selection process.  The result is arguably the most qualified group of AAA coaches the club has ever had.  Congratulations to the successful applicants and thanks to all who applied.  It all starts with coaching.

These coaches will be charged with furthering our efforts towards becoming an elite AAA hockey program.  This initiative began last year and I would like to bring you up to speed on our progress.  Before you begin this type of journey, you need to decide where you are going.  So, the AAA Committee’s first step was to establish what our definition of success would be.  What is the Oakville Rangers Hockey Club’s definition of an elite AAA program?  We came up with 4 criteria:

  1. Offer a best in class development program to its players
  2. Retention and attraction of top talent (players and coaches).
  3. Produce highly competitive and top ranked teams at all age groups 
  4. Maximizing the number of players who achieve a pathway to higher level hockey (OHL, NCAA, Jr. A)

Then, we decided what we are prepared and not prepared to do to get to our goal.  We determined that we would never let someone play for free (or for a discount) and that we would never run with less than 17 players on a roster in order to attract or retain top talent.  We agreed that we would allow imports based on criteria and evaluations that are administered by the AAA Committee.

So, how did we do in Year 1 of our journey?

  • As of today, we have a 657% winning percentage across 9 teams.  If you remove 1 team (who has lost too many players to the GTHL over the years) from the mix, then we have a winning percentage over 700%.  Last year, we finished the season with a 578% winning percentage.
  • Our Midget AAA team is ranked #2 in the province; Minor Midget is ranked #2; Peewee is #5 and our Minor Atom team is ranked #9.
  • Over 60 Oakville kids returned to the Rangers rep program from other clubs and many are playing AAA.  We also have a handful of imports playing for the club.
  • It is too early to say definitively, but many of our Minor Midget players will be drafted.
  • And we have some pretty snazzy new jerseys!

This is an encouraging start, but we are aiming higher.  There will be set backs and challenges along the way, but we are committed to putting programs and coaches in place that will help us achieve sustainable success.

So, what is new for next year?  Well, we are making great progress with the Town of Oakville on establishing the Oakville Rangers AAA Centre of Excellence at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex.  Next year, all AAA teams (with the exception of Midget AAA who by choice will remain at Joshua’s Creek Red) will have all of their home games and practices at Sixteen Mile.  In addition, players and coaches from Minor Peewee and above will have their own locker at Sixteen Mile where they can store their gear.  Finally, we will be upgrading a few dressing rooms that Ranger AAA teams will use for home games.  All of these initiatives flow from our objective of attracting and retaining top players and coaches.

We also recognise that success at the AAA level is a by-product of success and development at the AA-AE levels.  This year we added a weekly mandatory skills development program at the AA, A and AE levels from Tyke to Peewee and our prospective AA, A and AE coaches will embark on the same vetting process our AAA coaches just completed.  While the AAA level is something to aspire to, it is not entitled to and does not receive a disproportionate amount of the Club's resources.  Success starts from the bottom up and all levels of hockey within the club have their place and are allocated resources accordingly.

That’s it for now.  Congratulations again to the 2018/2019 AAA coaches and a sincere ‘thank-you’ to all of those who applied.  Currently, committees are conducting AA, A and AE coaching interviews and evaluations.  Those coaches will be named in the new year.  Until then, enjoy the holidays; enjoy our Richard Bell Memorial Tournament between Christmas and New Year’s and good luck to all our teams!

Go Rangers Go!

2018/19 Oakville Rangers AAA Coaching Roster

Novice AAA Michael Hawtin
Minor Atom AAA Frank Broglio
Atom AAA Dom DeRenzis
Minor Peewee AAA Will Mansour
Peewee AAA Terry Richardson
Minor Bantam AAA Gord Hynes
Bantam AAA Chris Wardlaw
Minor Midget AAA Mike DeRenzis
Midget AAA Mike Bentivegna

Michael Hawtin - Novice AAA
Email:[email protected]     Phone:(416) 414-5424

Coaching since 2013, Michael brings much knowledge to the Oakville Rangers Hockey Club. Michael holds Coach 1 – Intro to Coach, Coach 2 – Coach Level, Coach – Professional Development and Respect in Sport certifications. He is also a HCSP Level 1 Trainer.

As current head coach of the Tyke 1 Rangers, Michael focuses on core hockey skills while introducing basic hockey strategies, including offensive and defensive positioning. He’s not single-minded on the result of winning or losing, but rather talking about why the team was successful, or struggled during a game. The emphasis is on developing an inclusive team environment.

Michael’s objective as head coach is to ensure his players are having fun playing hockey, making good friends with their teammates, learn and respect the game and others, and develop skills that go beyond hockey.

Congratulations to Michael for being selected Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Novice AAA team for the 2018-2019 season.

Frank Broglio - Minor Atom AAA
Email:[email protected]     Phone:(905) 599-1535

A hockey fan all his life, Frank feels blessed to have 3 boys involved with the Ranger organization who he can pass along his love of hockey onto. Frank has been involved with the Oakville Rangers Hockey Club since the 2013-2014 season, with duties ranging from team trainer, assistant coach and currently Head Coach for the Oakville Rangers Novice AAA Team.

Frank is a HCSP level 1 trainer and currently holds Coach 2-Coach Level; Coach – Instructional Stream, Checking Skills and Coach 1 – Intro to Coach accreditations. His philosophy is to keep the game fun for the kids so they keep coming back, and to impart his experience and love of the game to the next generation of Oakville Rangers.

Congratulations to Frank on his selection as Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Minor Atom AAA team for the upcoming 2018-2019 season.

Dom DeRenzis - Atom AAA
Email:[email protected]     Phone:(289) 242-1942

Growing up, Dominic (Dom) excelled at soccer, playing Jr A with 16-18 year old players when he was only 14 years old. Despite his success in soccer, Dom was, and still is, a huge hockey fan. He had season tickets to Maple Leaf Gardens for ten years while both his boys played AAA hockey right into the Jr. A level. Older son Mike has a successful hockey school, and younger son Ryan is currently with the Oakville Blades – a testament to Dom’s dedication to coaching.

Dom has over ten years experience coaching rep hockey at the AAA and AA level and currently holds a Development 1 NCCP certification. Dom is currently an Assistant Coach with the Oakville Rangers Bantam AAA team and also coaches rep roller hockey (ten plus years), winning three North American Championship titles and two Bronze medals.

After his boys “graduated” from the Oakville Rangers, Dom once more returned to coaching for the Oakville Rangers Hockey Club. Over the last three years he has been involved with both Minor Bantam AA and AAA teams as well as Bantam AAA. Dom focuses on both the mental and physical development of his players. He consistently teaches and focuses on each player’s individual skill. He makes sure players know every position and the zone responsibilities involved. Dom teaches his players how to play without the puck, anticipating the next move. Mistakes are a learning experience – an opportunity to create “something out of nothing” rather than throwing pucks away.

Dom hopes to keep Oakville talent in Oakville and attract other top talent to the organization with a future goal of winning the OMHA's and attending the OHF Championships.

Congratulations to Dom for being selected Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Atom AAA team for the 2018-2019 season.

Will Mansour - Minor Peewee AAA
Email:[email protected]     Phone:(416) 737-3746

Will Mansour’s professional hockey career started on the Georgetown Chrysler Raiders, followed by 4 years playing for the British National League as a European Pro League player. Will’s coaching career started in the 2011/2012 season with the Streetsville Hockey League as Head Coach for the IP1 Senators followed by IP2 Leafs, Minor Novice, and Tyke Select. Following Streetsville, Will joined the Applewood Coyotes Novice Gold as head coach in the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons and then started with the Minor Oaks Hockey Association with the Oakville Rangers Minor Atom AAA as assistant coach for the 2016/2017 season.

An eye for detail allows Will to create dynamic goals and objective plans to ensure all players are developing both on and off the ice. Fair and equal opportunity for all players paired with positive reinforcement help builds an environment where individual, team, and development goals can all be accomplished.

Will holds Coach – Development 1, Coach 2 – Coach Level, Coach – Instructional Stream qualifications as well as HTCP Level 1 trainer Certification.

Congratulations to Will for being selected Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Minor Peewee AAA team for the 2018-2019 season.

Terry Richardson - Peewee AAA
Email: [email protected]  Phone:905407-3070

Terry Richardson played his AAA minor hockey in Brampton, as well as 3 years of Jr.A/Jr.B. His coaching career started with Caledon Minor Hockey in 1984. Terry then coached in the Canadian Women's program and the NWHL before moving back to minor hockey in the GTHL with AA and AAA teams. Terry then began coaching junior hockey with Milton Ice Hawks, 3 years with Georgetown Raiders and last season Terry was Head Coach of the Burlington Cougars in the OJHL. Following his 3rd year of junior hockey Terry joined the coaching staff of the ECHL team, Brampton Beast. 

Terry holds his High Performance 1 certification, and is extremely excited to help develop the 2006 players both on and off the ice. Terry's teams have always been known to be the hardest working team on the ice, and when highly skilled players work hard the sky is the limit. 


Gord Hynes - Minor Bantam AAA
Email:[email protected]     Phone:(416) 464-7984

Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins, and the Canadian National Team are just a few teams to name under Gord Hynes belt. Fifteen years as a professional hockey player includes NHL, Olympics, AHL, as well 3 championships in Europe’s German Elite League have provided Gord with ample experience.

When Gord hung up his skates as a player, a 15 year coaching career began in Calgary, Alberta and continued to Burlington and Oakville Ontario. All that experience has built the mission statement “Form good habits, play hard, play smart, and play together”. Building confidence and character through not only individual skill, but also team skill to help them throughout their hockey career.

Gord is a High Performance Certified coach and has been coaching with the Oakville Rangers for the past 3 seasons.

Congratulations to Gord on his selection as Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Minor Bantam AAA team for the upcoming 2018-2019 season.

Chris Wardlaw - Bantam AAA
Email:[email protected]     Phone:(905) 875-7525

Chris Wardlaw played with the Gloucester Rangers of the ODMHA for 6 years, as well as 3 years of Jr.A/Jr.B. His coaching career started with the Russell Minor Hockey Association with a House A Red team, acting as Assistant Coach, in 2006. Chris joined the Oakville Rangers Hockey Club for the 2012/2013 season as an Assistant Coach for the Midget AAA Rangers. He was part of the 2013/2014 SCTA All-Star Game Coaching Staff, as well as 2015/2016 SCTA and OMHA All-Star Game Coaching Staff.

Chris holds Coach – High Performance 1 and Coach – Development 1 certifications and is currently the Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Peewee AAA team. He believes that if you develop the athlete, success will follow. Player development will be the primary focus with mental toughness and development as important aspects for Wardlaw and his staff. For the 2018-2019 season they hope to attract and retain top players for the Ranger organization and place in the top 2 in the SCTA and the GAA. Chris’ long term goal is for his team to be among the top teams in the province by their Midget year.

Congratulations to Chris for being selected Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Bantam AAA team for the 2018-2019 season.

Mike DeRenzis - Minor Midget AAA
Email:[email protected]     Phone:(905) 464-4488

Mike DeRenzis started his hockey career with the Oakville Rangers AAA as a Tyke player, leading up to captain with Minor Atom and Atom AAA teams. From Minor Peewee to Minor Midget, Mike was captain of the AAA Mississauga Senators. In his Bantam year, Mike was awarded the Pierre James Memorial Award. At 16, he was playing with the Dixie Beehives Jr. A team. A trade to the Oakville Blades failed, and Mike ended up with the Streetsville Derby’s playing alongside current New York Ranger Brandon Pirri.

Mike’s promising hockey career came to a sudden end when diagnosed with a damaged left-ventricle. But that didn’t slow him down – he proceed to act as Assistant Coach with Streetsville as well as Assistant Coach with the Oakville Rangers Atom AA (1999). Mike coached with the Minor Peewee AA Rangers, then 2 years with the Mississauga Reps AAA Peewee and Minor Bantam. After 2 years away from coaching, he returned in 2015 to Coach the Oakville Rangers Minor Bantam AA team (2002). The following year, Mike was Head Coach of the Minor Bantam AAA team (2003).

Mike coaching is not limited to ice-hockey. Since 2011 he has been Assistant Coach, under his head coach Dad, of the FSH Ducks Rep Roller Hockey Team, winning 2 North American Championships. Most recently, the team won the Platinum (Highest) Division in the North American Championships.

Besides holding Coach – Development 1, Coach – High Performance 1 and SpeakOut certifications, Mike also is Owner/Operator & Head Instructor of First Star Hockey - Hockey School (a company he started at the tender age of 19). He is also a CandfitPro Certified Personal Training Specialist.

Mike brings all that experience to his Minor Midget AAA Oakville Rangers as they embark on their draft year. Being a non-parent coach provides a unique perspective to the team as there are no personal ties. The main goal is to develop their on-ice playing skills to prepare them for the next level, and off-ice social skills to prepare them for life. This combination will aid in building the most competitive team possible.

DeRenzis' goals for the 2018-2019 season is for the team to finish in the top 15 in Ontario and advance through the OMHA’s to the OHF’s.

Congratulations to Mike for being selected as Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Minor Midget AAA team in for the 2018-2019 season.

Mike Bentivegna - Midget AAA
Email:[email protected]     Phone:(905) 483-6923

A skilled player on AAA teams, Mike Bentivegna started off with a keen sense of roles on the ice and equal opportunities for all players beyond the final buzzer.

Mike is a High Performance one certified coach and has coached the Midget AAA program for the last four seasons, competing at the OHMA Championships every year. Most of his players have moved on to the Jr. Level – a testament to the success of Mike and his coaching staff and the end goal of their program. His philosophy is to maintain a good discipline and respectful team to help players further themselves not just in hockey but life as well.

Congratulations to Mike on his selection as Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Midget AAA team for the upcoming 2018-2019 season.

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