ORHC AAA Coach Selection Announcement, News (Oakville Rangers Hockey Club)

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Feb 27, 2023 | Nathan McAnsh | 15059 views
ORHC AAA Coach Selection Announcement

The Oakville Rangers Hockey Club (ORHC) is pleased and excited to announce these U13 to U10 AAA coaching selections for the 2023/24 season. 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. 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.

U13 AAA One
Patrick O’Sullivan

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

Patrick O’Sullivan has an extensive hockey background reaching the highest level 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. Patrick 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 U13 AAA One Team for the 2023/24 season.

U13 AAA Two
Adam Jezewski

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (647) 680-5565

Adam grew up in the Ottawa Valley and played local minor hockey in Almonte, Carleton Place and with the Ottawa Valley Titans Hockey Club. He went on to play two years of Jr. B hockey in the EOJHL and competed in varsity football and track and field at Bishop’s University.

Adam has coached with the Oakville Rangers for the past seven years, most recently with the 2007 birth year AA Red team. Over the past two seasons, his teams have been ranked consistently among the top 10 in the province and several of his players have made the jump from AA to AAA.

Adam’s coaching philosophy is to ensure that hockey is the ‘best two hours’ of his players' day. He focuses on developing the person, the athlete and the hockey player – always in this order. Adam believes in building confidence and encouraging a growth mindset, positive attitude and team-first focus in his players through a fun, high performance environment.

Adam truly enjoys coaching with the Rangers and is looking forward to working with this terrific age group during the upcoming season.

Congratulations to Adam on his selection as Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers U13 AAA Two Team for the 2023/24 season.

Mat Hannah

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 U12 AAA team for the 2023/24 season.

Mike Archibald

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 now shifted to include positional awareness and tactics 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 games and practices to help improve his techniques and approach to coaching. Mike coached the U9 AAA team in 2021-2022 and the U10 AAA team in 2022-2023 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 U11 AAA team for the 2023/24 season.

Ryan McIntyre

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (416) 817-0943

Ryan McIntyre was born in London Ontario and played his entire minor hockey years with the London Jr Knights hockey teams. In the mid-90s he left the London Jr Knights program and played two years with the St. Mary’s Lincolns in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. Ryan then then played two years with the Trenton Sting in the Ontario Junior Hockey League.

Ryan has been coaching in both the Oakville Hornets and Oakville Rangers organizations since 2018. He has been with the 2014 age group within the Oakville Rangers throughout the program.

Ryan’s philosophy when it comes to teaching the game is that first and foremost kids should be having fun. He believes that the game teaches kids so much about life, from teamwork, to living a healthy lifestyle and to committing to something that you truly enjoy. Ryan believes in challenging his players on and off the ice and that every moment is an opportunity for them to learn.

Ryan will continue working with the 2014 age group when it comes to the fundamentals of the game as the team has now transitioned to full ice hockey. Ryan remains committed to educating himself on the newest information on hockey development. He believes this will allow him to continue to teach, develop and get the most out of each player.

Ryan coached U8-1 team in 2021/22 season and U9-1 team in the 2022/23 season. Ryan is excited to coach again in the Oakville Rangers organization at the U10 age group.

Congratulations to Ryan on his selection as Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers U10 AAA team for the 2023/24 season.