U12 to U10 AAA Coach Selection, News (Oakville Rangers Hockey Club)

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Apr 07, 2022 | Cassy Goulart | 1280 views
U12 to U10 AAA Coach Selection
These selections will support continued growth in the ORHC's collective bench strength that was established several years ago when the organization made a commitment to find and select the highest quality coaches possible for our players. Since then, this focus on coach selection has been a key element of our improving development system which has led to a consistent improvement of our players and teams overall.
We believe that this announcement reflects another extremely strong coaching group who are the foundation, along with the support of our deep organizational resources, to continuing to build 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-12 (U12)

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.

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.

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 now works with Adam Oates and for Oates Sports Group developing NHL players year round and is also an assistant coach of our Oakville Rangers U11 AAA team.

Congratulations to Patrick on his selection as Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Under-12 (U12) AAA team for the 2022-23 season.

 

Mat Hannah– Under-11 (U11)

Email:  [email protected]  Phone:  (905) 465-5090

Mat Hannah grew up being an Oakville Ranger and is excited about working with new Ranger players and families. As well as playing many years in the ORHC, Mat spent time in the GTHL. Upon finishing his minor hockey career and obtaining a Kinesiology degree at Brock University in 2011, Mat switched his focus to player development and coaching.

 

For the past 10 years, Mat has been involved in player development and coaching. He began as a lead instructor at Cutting Edge and then moved over to Oakville Hockey Academy under the mentorship of former NHL player, Jamie Allison. In the past 5 years, Mat has expanded his Oakville development influence through his CORE hockey company in collaboration with many Rangers from House League to AAA teams.

 

Mat continues to progress by being current in new ways of thinking the game. Through his active involvement with the Belfry Skills Coach Network and collaborating with coaching mentor Ron Johnson, Elite Hockey Science, and participating in national seminars, podcasts and global conferences, Mat continues to be at the forefront of player development. When he is not coaching, you can often find Mat learning more by watching at the rink, speaking with parents and coaches while watching practices and games of other age levels and abilities. 

Mat has gained experience serving as a coach to Oakville Rangers AAA, Mississauga Rebels, OHF U15 Program of Excellence and team consultant to many other organizations throughout OMHA/GTHL. 

 

His coaching philosophy is maximum fun and maximum development. Mat wants to provide a hockey environment in which players are motivated to excel through a growth mindset of embracing the process of learning through work, fun and communication. 

 

Congratulations to Mat on his selection as Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Under-11 (U11) AAA team for the 2022-23 season.

 

Mike Archibald – Under-10 (U10)

Email: [email protected]   Phone: (647) 402 - 5035

Mike Archibald was born in Waterloo and played his entire minor hockey years for the Waterloo AAA hockey teams, serving as captain of several teams during those seasons. Upon completing minor hockey in the late 90’s, he switched his focus to coaching and served as an assistant coach to several Waterloo AAA hockey teams.

Mike has been a coach in Oakville for the past 5 years and has worked with most of the 2013 aged kids throughout the program. His coaching philosophy begins with the core fundamentals of the game – skating, passing, shooting, puck possession and aggressiveness – and has started to branch out to on-ice positioning and awareness as the kids hockey intelligence has grown.

Mike tries to instill hard work and discipline in all the ice times he runs and looks to translate those on-ice hockey skills into everyday life for all his players. He is an avid hockey fan and can often be found at the rink watching other practices to learn new drills and techniques to teach his players. Mike coached the U9 AAA team in 2021-2022 and is excited to be continuing with the Oakville Rangers organization as a coach, and to further teach and grow the next generation of players.

Congratulations to Mike on his selection as Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Under-10 (U10) AAA team for the 2022-23 season.

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