Oakville Rangers Announce the First Phase of our 2024-2025 AAA Coach Selections!, News (Oakville Rangers Hockey Club)

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Oakville Rangers Announce the First Phase of our 2024-2025 AAA Coach Selections!
The Oakville Rangers Hockey Club (ORHC) is pleased and excited to announce these U14-U18 AAA coaching selections for the 2024-2025 season.

 

The Oakville Rangers Hockey Club (ORHC) is pleased and excited to announce these U14-U18 AAA coaching selections for the 2024-2025 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, select, and develop the highest quality and potential 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-14  (U14)

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. 

Congratulations to Patrick on his selection as Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Under-14 (U14) AAA team for the 2024-25 season.

 

Steve Pinizzotto – Head Coach: Under - 15 (U15)
Email: 
[email protected]   Phone: 647-807-0126

Steve grew up playing hockey his whole life.  He got his start in the MTHL (now the GTHL), before moving on to the Oakville Rangers Organization. He then played Junior for the Oakville Blades.  He spent 4 seasons with the Blades, serving as Co-Captain in his final season.  Steve then took the NCAA route and joined the RIT Tigers (Rochester Institute of Technology), becoming the 1st player in school history to sign an NHL contract.  During his 13 year professional career, Steve has garnered 5 Championships-- 2x AHL Calder Cup Champion with the Hershey Bears, and 3x DEL Champion with Redbull Munich. In addition to his championship titles, Steve played at the top level in the National Hockey League for the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers. While playing with the Oilers, Steve is one of very few players to have ever achieved a Gordie Howe Hattrick (goal, assist, fight in one game).  He continued in his hockey profession over the last few years, as co-owner and trainer of the P3 Hockey Academy.

Steve is entering his 6th season coaching, 3rd with the Rangers.  A strong leader with great passion for the game.  He loves communicating with his players and offering a more experienced approach. 

Congratulations to Steve on his selection as Head Coach for the Oakville Rangers Under-15 (U15) AAA team for the 2024-25 season.

Rob Hisey – Under-16 (U16)

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

Rob is entering his sixth season coaching with the Rangers. He played his minor hockey in Oakville and the GTHL. He went on to have a very successful OHL career where he was top 10 in OHL scoring twice and amassed over 300 points over his 4 seasons. Following the OHL, he played fourteen professional seasons.  Playing in some of the top leagues in Europe and with the New York Islanders and Edmonton Oilers organizations.

Rob has enjoyed his time coaching over the past five seasons and the team has been very successful. They have developed into a top five provincially ranked team. He is looking forward to guiding them through their U16 season.

Along with coaching Rob works in skill development and has worked with several past and present Ranger players.  He has a passion for teaching the game and sharing his knowledge.

His staff and him are very excited to have the team back and looking forward to a successful U16 season.

Congratulations to Rob on his selection as Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Under-16 (U16) AAA team for the 2024-25 season.

Rob Ricci – Under-18 (U18)

Email :   [email protected]   Phone: (647) 458-2484

Rob returns for his 5th season as U18 Head Coach.  The team currently sits in 1st place and is  making a run towards a third consecutive OMHA Tournament appearance.  Prior to Oakville, Rob served 4 seasons as an assistant coach for the Georgetown Raiders in the OJHL and was part of the 2016-17 OJHL Championship winning team.

 

The Brampton, Ontario native grew up playing in the OMHA and GTHL before beginning his junior hockey career with the Milton Merchants OJHL and then moving on to the Cedar Rapids Roughriders USHL where Rob captained the 2004-05 team to a USHL Championship.  From there, Rob moved on to play NCAA Division 1 hockey at Merrimack College in the Hockey East conference earning All-Rookie team honours and was named a 3-time team MVP.

 

Rob’s post collegiate career lasted 7 seasons playing in the ECHL, AHL, Denmark, Sweden and UK.  Rob was fortunate to play on the 2008-09 ECHL Champion South Carolina Stingrays under the helm of current NHL head coach Jared Bednar. Besides Bednar, other prominent coaches that Rob has been coached by or worked with include the likes of Glen Gulutzan, Cail Maclean, Spencer Carbery, Mark Dennehy, Greg Walters and Mark Carlson.

 

The knowledge and insight that Rob has accumulated over the years has allowed him to run a successful player development business for the last 9 years throughout Oakville, Georgetown and surrounding GTA areas.  Experience and passion to help young players achieve their goals are at the forefront of Rob’s coaching.  At the U18 level the goal is to push each player to continuously develop their mental and physical skill sets to achieve their maximum potential in the period of time together.  Rob is excited about the opportunity to continue building the Oakville Rangers U18AAA program.

 

Congratulations to Rob on his selection as Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Under-18 (U18) AAA team for the 2024-25 season.

 
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