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Mike Oke - General Manager

Mike officially became General Manager of the Petes on February 14th, 2013 after serving as the Interim General Manager for four months. He originally joined the Petes as the Manager of Player Personnel in April 2010. Prior to his role with the Petes, Mike worked with International Scouting Services (ISS) as Chief Scout and subsequently General Manager/Chief Scout in September of 2008. Among his many duties, Mike was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of ISS, as well as the scouting staff responsible for producing reports on players eligible for the NHL Draft and WHL, QMJHL, OHL and CHL Import Drafts. Mike was Assistant Coach in charge of video with Team Pacific at the 2008 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge. He worked as the Director of Player Personnel and Assistant Coach with the Oshawa Generals from 2004-2006. He also spent four years as Assistant Coach at Wilfrid Laurier University of the Ontario University Athletic Association, where he played a role in their trip to the 2001 CIS National Hockey Championships. In addition, Mike worked for four years as Full-Time Head Coach/Manager with the Trenton Sting of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League, winning the 1998 OPJHL Eastern Conference Championship. He is a graduate of the Sports Administration program at Durham College.

 

Jody Hull - Head Coach

Jody took over the Petes Head Coaching duties in December 2012 after joining the team in 2010 for a second stint as an Assistant Coach. He previously worked with the Club from 2005-2008, winning the 2006 OHL Championship alongside Head Coach Dick Todd. He won a gold medal as Assistant Coach with the Canadian National Men's Under-18 Hockey Team at the 2013 IIHF U18 World Championship in Sochi, Russia. Jody is a veteran of 831 NHL games spread between the Hartford Whalers, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Florida Panthers Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers. Jody Is a Petes Alumnus, having played 170 games and recording 88 goals and 188 points with the Club from 1985 to 1988. He was a first round, 18th overall selection of the Hartford Whalers in 1987. Jody lives in Ennismore with his wife Kelly and two children, Brady and Mackenzie.

 

jhull@gopetesgo.com

 

Bryan Helmer - Assistant Coach

Bryan joined the Petes in July 2013, following twenty seasons of professional hockey including 146 games in the NHL, 1147 in the AHL and 50 in the IHL. Undrafted by the NHL, Bryan signed as a free agent with the New Jersey Devils in 1994.  In 1997-98 he was named to the AHL First All-Star Team and in 2005-06 to the AHL Second All-Star Team.  While playing with the Oklahoma City Barons in 2011, Bryan became all-time leading scorer amongst defensemen in the AHL with 562 points.  He currently sits third in AHL games played.  In the 2011-12 season, he was named Oklahoma City’s winner of the AHL Man of the Year Award.  Helmer served as Captain of San Antonio in 2007-08 and Hershey in 2008-09 &  2009-10, winning the Calder Cup Championship both seasons.  Bryan lives in Peterborough with his wife Pam, son Cade and daughter Rylan.

 bhelmer@gopetesgo.com

 

Paul Mattucci - Assistant Coach

Paul was named Assistant Coach of the Petes in August 2013. Paul has previously served as Head Coach and General Manager of the Junior A Lindsay Muskies and Head Coach of the Peterborough Stars. With the Stars, he set back-to-back franchise records for regular season points. Paul also served as the Head Instructor for Roger Neilson's Hockey Camp from 2005 to 2012, and was the Head On-Ice Instructor for the NHL Canadian Tire Jumpstart Canadian Tour. Paul was born and raised in Peterborough and played Junior A hockey in Lindsay before winning a national championship while attending Norwich University of the NCAA. Paul has also been teaching in the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board for nine years. He currently works at Bowmanville High School.

pmattucci@gopetesgo.com

 

Andrew Verner - Goaltending Coach
 
Andrew joined the Petes as Goaltender Coach following a 17-year professional career spanning the AHL, Canadian National Team, and 14 seasons in Europe. Andrew played for the Petes from 1989 to 1992.  He is a two-time OHL All-Star, 2nd round draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers (1991), AHL Calder Cup Champion (Cape Breton Oilers, 1993), Spengler Cup Gold Medalist (Kolner Haie, 1999), Men's World Championship Silver and Bronze Medalist (Canadian National Team, 1996 & 1995, respectively), and Austrian League Champion (Klagenfurt AC 2003).  He has also worked as the Goaltending Consultant for the Austrian National Team, OHL/OHF U16, and is the current Goaltending Consultant for the Peterborough Minor Petes AAA system.

 

Robert Francz - Strength & Conditioning Coach

Robert joined the Petes as Strength and Conditioning Coach in July 2013 following a 12-year professional career. Robert played for the Petes from 1996 to 1999, earning Rookie of the Year in 1996 and being selected to play for Germany in the World Junior Hockey Championships in both 1995 and 1996. He was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in 1997 and played for their farm teams, the Springfield Falcons in the AHL and the Mississippi Sea Wolves in the ECHL, before returning to play in the first division of Germany’s Elite League. Robert is the current Owner of The Edge – Strength and Conditioning Centre located in Peterborough. He is a Certified Personal Training Specialist and has been Assistant Coach in the Peterborough Minor Petes AAA system for the past two years at the Midget and Bantam levels. Robert lives in Peterborough with his wife Kim and daughter Isabella.

robert@theedgefranczy.com


Brian Miller - Head Trainer

Brian is responsible for the day-to-day medical care of the players. He is also the Petes Head Equipment Manager. In 2013, Brian won the Gold Medal as Equipment Manager with Canada's National Jewish Hockey Team at the Maccabiah Games in Israel. Before joining the Petes, Brian was the Head Trainer and Equipment Manager of the AHL Saint John Flames for six seasons. He was the Trainer for two AHL All-Star games and won the Calder Cup as part of the Flames organization in 2001. Brian holds a Bachelor of Phys-Ed from Brock University and is a graduate of the Sports Injury Management program at Sheridan College. Brian lives in Peterborough with his wife Esther and four children Joshua, Elisha, Luke and Noah.


bmiller@gopetesgo.com

 

 

 

         

Assistant Trainers                                                                      Stick Boy

Larry Smith (left) and Terry Bowser (right)                          Iain Norrie

 

Scouts

Chris McNamara - Director of Scouting

Greater Toronto Area

Chris McNamara joined the Petes as Scouting Coordinator after spending two seasons as a member of the Kingston Frontenacs scouting staff. He was named Director of Scouting for the Peterborough Petes in 2013.  Prior to joining the Frontenacs, Chris worked as a Regional Scout with the Oshawa Generals and as the OHL Head Scout for International Scouting Services.  Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Chris graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics and is a certified Kinesiologist.  Chris lives in Markham, ON and works at the Canadian Ice Academy in Mississauga, ON where he is the Director of Hockey Programs.  Chris covers players in the GTHL, OMHA SCTA and ETA, while providing crossover coverage of players in other regions of the province.

 

Ron Ringler                

Northern Ontario Regional Scout

Ron Ringler returned to the Petes family, having previously played for the Petes during the 1967-68 season. Ron, who covers Northern Ontario, comes to the Petes with a great knowledge of hockey and the OHL, having previously scouted with the North Bay Centennials, Oshawa Generals and Saginaw Spirit.  Ron also served as an Assistant Coach with North Bay during the 2000-01 campaign.  Originally from North Bay, Ron now resides in Powassan, ON with his wife Linda.

 

Dave Gaw

Ottawa & Eastern Ontario Regional Scout

Dave joins the Peterborough Petes scouting staff after spending the past three years as the Ottawa Area Scout for OHL Central Scouting Bureau.  Dave also spent four years scouting with the Smiths Falls Bears of the Central Junior A Hockey League.  Residing in Kemptville, ON, Dave is responsible for filing reports and evaluating players in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario for the OHL Priority Selection Draft.

 

 

Sandy Gemmiti

Central Ontario Regional Scout

Based in Peterborough, Sandy covers players in the OMHA and ETA eligible for the OHL Priority Selection Draft. Sandy has coached four seasons in the Peterborough Minor Petes system and has worked as a coach at two U16 training camps and two U17 training camps.  Sandy lives in Peterborough with his wife Jenn and their son Alexander.

 

 

 

Randy Walker

Eastern United States

Born in Montreal, Walker moved with his family at the age of 4 to the Greater Toronto Area where he played minor hockey and eventually played for the York Yeoman of the OUA.  Following his playing days, Walker relocated to New Jersey where he has been actively involved in hockey management and coaching at a variety of levels. For the past number of seasons he has worked with the New Jersey Titans program and will monitor players in the Eastern United States who are eligible for the OHL Priority Selection Draft. 

 

Steve Richey

Major Midget & Jr. A Tier II

Steve joined the Petes as a Major Midget and Tier II Scout after 20 years of coaching minor hockey in Peterborough. Over the last five years, Steve has served as a practice and goalie coach for the Midget AA team in Peterborough, winning an OMHA championship and a silver medal at the 2009 OHF. Steve had a short stint with the Petes in the early 1980’s before moving on to play for the Kingston Canadians and the London Knights in the OHL. He played all of his minor hockey in Peterborough with the minor Petes. Steve lives in Peterborough with his wife Lori and youngest son Travis, while his oldest son Kyle attends Laurentian University.

 

 

Matt St. Germain

South Western Ontario & Michigan

Matt St. Germain, having played with the Petes from 1991 to 1994, joined the Club's scouting staff in 2011. He covers scouting in Southwestern Ontario and Michigan.  After graduating from the Petes, Matt spent two years at the University of Waterloo. Matt has been highly involved in hockey, coaching at different levels over the past ten years: from 1998-2000 with Windsor AAA 84’s, 2000-2002 with Leamington Flyers Jr. B, 2002-2004 with Tecumseh Chiefs Jr. B, 2004-2006 with Leamington Flyers Jr. B, and from 2006-2009 with Sun County AAA 95’s.

Andy Hooper

Midwestern Ontario Regional Scout - Waterloo 

Andy joined the Petes scouting staff in 2012, following a five-year scouting stint with the OJHL Lindsay Muskies. He has been highly involved in hockey, having previously played with the OCAA Fleming College, and coaching in both Lindsay and Waterloo. Andy resides in Waterloo with wife Francine, daughter Shannon and son Ben.