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Oakville Rangers Announce 2020-2021 AAA Coach Selections!
Submitted By Cassy Goulart on Friday, December 20, 2019
The Oakville Rangers Hockey Club (ORHC) is pleased and excited to announce these AAA coaching selections for the 2020-2021 season.

These selections have built upon the momentum first established beginning in the 2017-18 season when the ORHC embarked on a journey of becoming a "Best in Class AAA Hockey Program". The key foundation component to achieving this was a commitment to find and select the highest quality coaches possible for our players. 

Since then this focus on coach selection has continued and has strongly supported the growing effectiveness of our development system, leading to a consistent improvement of our players and teams overall. This season most of our teams sit at or near the top of the SCTA standings and all teams have shown an improvement in competitiveness and Provincial rankings. 

We believe that this announcement reflects another extremely strong coaching group who will, with the support of our deep organizational resources and emphasis on seasonal planning and curriculum, contribute to our vision of becoming a "Best in Class AAA Hockey Program".  

Congratulations to the successful applicants and thanks to all those who applied. It all starts with coaching.  

Patrick O'Sullivan – Under-10 (U10) / currently known as Minor Atom

Email: [email protected]  Phone: (365) 777-3387

Patrick O’Sullivan has an extensive hockey background reaching the highest levels of the game. As a child he played his minor hockey in the GTHL and in the Detroit area after moving to Michigan at age 9. At age 15 he played at the USNTDP with USA Hockey where he was selected 1st overall in the 2001 OHL draft by the Mississauga Ice Dogs.

Patrick was the OHL and CHL rookie of the year in 2002 and an All Star in all 4 seasons of junior hockey. He still holds the all-time goals, assists and points records for the Mississauga/Niagara Ice Dogs OHL franchise. During that same time, he played in 3 World Junior Hockey Championships with the USA winning a gold medal in 2004. Patrick is the all-time leader in games played for the USA at the World Junior tournament.

In 2003 Patrick was selected in the 2nd round of the NHL draft by the Minnesota Wild. In his first year of pro hockey in the AHL he won the rookie of the year award setting franchise records for goals and points while also playing in the All-Star game. He then played in the NHL for 8 years with the LA Kings, Edmonton Oilers and Arizona Coyotes. Patrick played in the Men’s World Championships for the USA 3 times while playing in the NHL and representing his country at every level was a career highlight. Patrick finished playing his professional career in Helsinki Finland for HIFK in the SM Liiga.

As a coach Patrick is looking forward to sharing his knowledge of the game and teaching kids about what you can learn from the greatest sport in the world that applies to real life. Patrick works with current NHL and AHL players in the summer on skill development. He is excited to get started coaching with the Oakville Rangers.

Congratulations to Patrick on his selection as Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Under-10 (U10) AAA team for the 2020-21 season.


Tyler Donati – Under-11 (U11) / currently known as Atom

Email: [email protected]  Phone: (905) 808-4491


Tyler Donati spent his entire youth hockey career playing with the Oakville Rangers AAA (1986 birth year). The team had incredible success, finishing second in the OHL Cup, second in the OHF’s and winning countless tournaments and OMHA championships. From Peewee to Bantam the team was undefeated in league play. Tyler states “playing for the Oakville Rangers was the most fun I had playing hockey and all of my closest friends to this day played on the Oakville Rangers with me”. 

Tyler was drafted in the 6th round to the Oshawa Generals where he played for four seasons before being signed to the Binghamton Senators – the Ottawa Senators farm team. Tyler began his professional career in the AHL along with playing in the ECHL and several European leagues. 

For the past several years, Tyler has been an Assistant Coach and Head Coach for the Mississauga Reps ’06 team and most recently the Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Minor Atom AAA team. He prides himself on developing skills and instilling hockey sense with his players. Tyler learned much playing hockey, realizing that the skills he developed have translated into his everyday life. He considers himself very fortunate to have played for so long and is looking forward to continuing his time as an Oakville Ranger once again.

Congratulations to Tyler on his selection as Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Under-11 (U11) AAA team for the 2020-21 season.



Rob Hisey – Under-12 (U12) / currently known as Minor Peewee

Email: [email protected]   Phone: (289) 681-0809


Rob Hisey was born and raised in Oakville, playing minor hockey for the Oakville Rangers and in the GTHL. He went on to play 4 years in the OHL and signed with the New York Islanders. Rob played in many of the top leagues in Europe and North America. In 2017, he retired after a 12-year professional career.

Rob has been the Head On-Ice Skills Instructor at BTNL in Oakville over the past 5 years, working with some of the top players in the area from the OHL to the NHL. He also has been Head Coach for the Toronto Young Nationals Minor Atom AAA and the Streetsville Tigers Minor Atom AAA – both teams have been extremely successful, and most recently as Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Atom AAA team.

Rob prides himself in teaching how to play and think the game. Hockey has been his passion his whole life – he’s been lucky enough call it his profession. Rob’s goal is to instill a passion and love for the game in the kids he coaches. At the same time, he hopes to teach good characteristics and habits that can translate into everyday life. Hockey gave Rob a lot and he has learned so much in the game - he hopes to pass that on to the kids he coaches.

He has really enjoyed the opportunity to coach with the Oakville Rangers organization this season and his impact has been evident with that group – they are developing well and forming great habits with the team battling for first place in the SCTA.

Congratulations to Rob on his selection as Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Under-12 (U12) AAA team for the 2020-21 season.



Dominic DeRenzis – Under-13 (U13) / currently known as Peewee

Email: [email protected]   Phone: (289) 242-1942

Dom has over ten years experience coaching rep hockey at the AAA level, most recently winning the Silver Medal at the OMHA’s with this 2008 AAA group last season. This season they are off to another great start with the hopes of improving on last year’s success. Dom is also a true believer that the sport of roller hockey is great for improving your skill-set, and he has won 3 Gold Medals and 2 Bronze Medals at the top level of the North American Roller Championships. 

On top of coaching through the Novice to Minor Midget journey multiple times, Dom has also been a parent involved in this process a couple times. Both of Dom’s sons have gone through minor hockey at the AAA level, both advancing to the Jr. A level, allowing Dom to understand the process of minor hockey from both a coach and parent point of view. This combination of experience makes him a non-parent coach who can supply both the players and the parents with the proper education and information that is necessary for development through the minor hockey journey.  

Being through this process many times before, Dom understands the importance of the Long-Term Development Plan of each player and makes this an important focus with his coaching philosophy. Constantly correcting and teaching players how to think the game, Dom stresses the importance of “trying” to make the right play, reinforcing that mistakes will happen, but the importance for their long-term development is that players learn to recognize and understand what the right play to make is in different scenarios in all 3 zones. 

To go hand-in-hand with teaching the game, Dom has also built a Coaching Staff of qualified, experienced, young men in their 20’s to early 30’s, who compliment his abilities and relate well with the younger players to help teach skill development.

The current owner of a hockey school for 10 years now, 2 former CIS hockey players who have also worked with hockey schools, a head instructor of a hockey school, and the current GM of the Oakville Blades Jr.A team, make up the members of Dom’s coaching staff to assist with developing with these young players into smarter and more skilled hockey players on the ice, and responsible, mature, and respectful kids off the ice.

Congratulations to Dominic on his selection as Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Under-13 (U13) AAA team for the 2020-21 season.



Justin Pereira – Under-14 (U14) / currently known as Minor Bantam

Email: [email protected]   Phone: (905) 466-8991

As a graduate of the Oakville Rangers AAA system, Justin Pereira played an additional four seasons at the Junior A level. Since finishing hockey, he has dedicated himself to coaching. Graduating from Brock University with a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education, Justin completed his High Performance 1 Coaching Certificate (Hockey Canada) and obtained his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification (NSCA-CSCS).

Justin’s passion for hockey has led him back to the game in multiple forms. He has spent the past several seasons coaching various age groups at the AAA level while also holding the Video Coach position for the University of Toronto Varsity Blues Men’s Hockey Program and most recently as the Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Peewee AAA team.

In his coaching, Justin has always implemented a servant leadership approach where he strives to establish a relationship with each player based on trust and care. He prides himself in helping each player reach their full potential as a person and an athlete. Justin’s number one priority as a coach is to build an environment that helps players reach their team and individual goals.

Congratulations to Justin on his selection as Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Under-14 (U14) AAA team for the 2020-21 season.



Terry Richardson – Under-15 (U15) / currently known as Bantam

Email: [email protected]   Phone: (905) 407-3070

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 began coaching junior hockey with Milton Ice Hawks, 3 years with Georgetown Raiders and in the 2017/18 season Terry was Head Coach of the Burlington Cougars Jr. A team 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.

Congratulations to Terry on his selection as Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Under-15 (U15) AAA team for the 2020-21 season. This will be Terry's third season with this team.




Gord Hynes – Under-16 (U16) / currently known as Minor Midget

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 as 3 championships in Europe’s German Elite League have provided Gord with ample experience.

When Gord hung up his skates as a player, a 20+ 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 1 Certified coach and has been coaching with the Oakville Rangers for the past 5 seasons.

Congratulations to Gord on his selection as Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Under-16 AAA team for the 2020-21 season.


Mike Tarantino – Under-18 (U18) / currently known as Midget 

Email: [email protected]   Phone: (905) 483-1666

Mike is a certified High School Teacher with over 10 years in the classroom. He is a former NCAA player who was named captain, awarded the "Teammate Award", and a multiple All-Conference player at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in the NCAA. He earned All-American honours in 2004.

As a coach, Mike served as a Graduate Assistant at Bowling Green in 2005 where he earned his MBA. He has coached the Mississauga Reps Midget team to the 2010 National Championship game, losing 3-2 to Morgan Reilly's Notre Dame Hounds. In 2013-2014, Mike was the General Manager of the Toronto Patriots who won the OJHL (Buckland Cup), Central Canadian Championship (Dudley Hewitt Cup), and advanced to the National Junior A Championship tournament. He was named the OJHL Execute of the Year in 2014.

in 2018-2019, Mike was the Head Coach for the Oakville Blades who just completed their best regular season in their 52-year history going 44-5-5, winning the OJHL (Buckland Cup), Central Canadian Championship (Dudley Hewitt Cup), and losing 2-1 in the National Semi-finals. The regular season, playoffs, and National Tournament result are all Blades record setting accomplishments. Mike has helped numerous players move on to the OHL, NCAA, and USports. He has coached 4 players who have been drafted to the NHL from the OJHL and was named OJHL Coach of the Year in 2019.

Mike is currently the Head Coach for the Oakville Rangers Midget AAA team and the Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Oakville Blades.

Congratulations to Mike on his selection as Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Under-18 AAA team for the 2020-21 season.



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