BURLINGTON EAGLES ANNOUNCE 2024-25 AAA HEAD COACHES, News (Burlington City Rep Hockey Club)

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Jan 20, 2024 | Kyle Mundell | 6415 views
The Burlington Eagles are thrilled to announce the Head Coaches for our AAA teams for next season. The Hockey Committee have worked hard to ensure the best possible candidates are able to lead our teams into the OMHA AAA league next season with both new and returning Head Coaches to our AAA roster. The Eagles would like to introduce:

Ryan_Head.jpgUnder 10 AAA - Ryan Head - [email protected] - (905)-466-1150

Ryan was born and raised in Burlington, where his passion for the game of hockey began as a player for the Burlington City Rep Hockey Club. He eventually finished his hockey career with the Brock University Badgers (USports). Ryan has been a part of the Eagles as a player, trainer, and most recently as a Head Coach. He prides himself on developing hockey players, not just on the ice, but off the ice as well. Ryan's focus is developing a high intensity hockey program, while at the same time creating a fun learning environment, allowed the next generation of Burlington kids to cultivate their passion for hockey.

Connor_James.pngUnder 11 AAA - Connor James - [email protected] - (289)-527-6111

Connor grew up and played minor hockey in Calgary, Alberta. He was drafted in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the LA Kings while playing on scholarship at the University of Denver, where he went on to win the WCHA Championship in 2002 and the NCAA National Championship and Student-Athlete of the Year award in 2004. From there, Connor played 12 seasons professionally in the AHL with the Manchester Monarchs and the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins and in the NHL with the LA Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins. He then played 7 seasons in Germany in the DEL before retiring from professional hockey in 2016. Connor also represented Team Canada at three separate Deutschland Cup Tournaments. Throughout his career, he was fortunate to play under several great coaches such as Todd Richards, Dan Bylsma, Mark Messier, Todd Reirden, Bruce Boudreau, Andy Murray, and Jim Hughes. Connor hopes to pass on the knowledge he gained from his own mentors to the next generation of hockey players. His mission is to help develop his players' skills while they continue to have fun during their time at the rink.

Kevin_Elkins.jpgUnder 12 AAA - Kevin Elkins - [email protected] - (905)-330-7490

During Kevin's 20+ years of being involved in coaching, he has worked at many levels of hockey from U12 AAA to Uunior A. Kevin's main focus has always been individual player development and to provide players with the tools and confidence necessary to continue to grow and reach their goals both on and off the ice. His coaching experience includes many levels of rep hockey: U17 Team Ontario Regional Programs, Appleby College, and Junior while also being a Hockey Canada Certified High Performance 1 hockey coach. Kevin's passion and love for the game is instilled in his players as they come to the rink with the purpose of becoming a better hockey player using player development, team play, and creating a fun environment.

Al_Rourke.jpgUnder 13 AAA - Allan Rourke - [email protected] - (289)-981-1034

Allan grew up in Mississauga playing in the GTHL for the Mississauga Reps for six years. Allan was drafted in the 3rd round, 1996 OHL Priority Selection as an underage player to the Kitchener Rangers. He went on to play there for four years and in 1999-2000 led the OHL in goals by a defenceman with 31, and was a 2nd team All Star. He was drafted in the 6th round in 1998 by the Toronto Maple Leafs where Allan went on to play 10 years professionally with 659 career games including NHL/AHL/DEL - NHL stops include Carolina, New York Islanders and Edmonton. Allan has coached many minor hockey teams in the Greater Toronto Area from U12 AAA up to U16 AAA for over ten years and is a Development 1 Certified and High Performance 1 Certified coach. Allan plans to use his playing and coaching experience to develop young players in the U13 AAA program both on and off the ice in his first year as a Head Coach with the Burlington Eagles.

Jason-Pinizzotto.pngUnder 14 AAA - Jason Pinizzotto - [email protected] - (647)-457-2607

Jason played minor hockey in the GTHL with the Don Mills Flyers and Mississauga Reps. He played for the Junior A Oakville Blades before being drafted to the OHL's Barrie Colts in the 3rd round, 47th overall. He played two years in the OHL for the Barrie Colts and St. Michael's Majors before returning to Junior A Couchiching as a 20 year old, scoring 140 points to lead Canadian Junior A Hockey, and the third highest point total ever in an OJHL season. He continued to play at York University for four years where his team won the OUA Championship in 2003 and competed at the CIS National Tournament in 2003 and 2004. Jason then began his professional career in 2005 in Germany, where he continued to play a total of 13 seasons in the DEL and DEL2. He won the DEL2 championship in 2015 and officially ranks 2nd in DEL2 all-time goal scoring. Jason finished his professional hockey career in 2018 with 717 career games played and has been coaching rep hockey since. He is returning for his second season with the 2011 AAA Eagles.

Jeff-Adams.pngUnder 15 AAA - Jeff Adams - [email protected] - (289)-208-7556

As a former Eagle and a native of Burlington, Jeff has spent the last 15 years helping minor hockey players achieve their hockey goals. Jeff has been involved in the U16 year/program eight times and has helped over 30 players achieve their goal of being drafted to the OHL. Jeff has also been involved with the OHL/OHF U16 program as a coach and evaluator. He is now eager to help prepare and progress the 2010 age group prior to the OHL draft season. Additionally, his teams have won two OMHA silver medals, one gold medal, and a GTHL Championship. Jeff brings a wealth of knowledge in both player and coach development. He has also spent some time with the Brampton Bombers Jr. B hockey club as an associate coach. Jeff is a Hockey Canada High Performace 1 Certified hockey coach. In 2009, Jeff was proud to receive the Coach of the Year award from the Burlington City Rep Hockey Club.

Ross_Sloan.jpgUnder 16 AAA - Ross Sloan - [email protected] - (905)-483-7640

Ross began his minor hockey career with the Oakville Rangers hockey association, and played AAA with the Rangers throughout. With a desire to play NCAA hockey, he went on to play junior hockey with the Mississauga Chargers for one year, followed by two years with the Oakville Blades. Ross the secured a commitment to play NCAA hockey with Plattsburgh State University, where he successfully completed four years with the team, and was named team captain for both his junior and senior years. Immediately following graduation from Plattsburgh, Ross returned to the Oakville Blades organization, spending two years as an assistant coach, and then a year as both the Head Coach and General Manager of the team. Ross' priority as a coach is to help his players truly understand what it takes to continue to progress and develop to be able to play at the next level, and he looks forward to his first year with the Burlington Eagles U16 AAA team.

Mark-Corbett.pngUnder 18 AAA - Mark Corbett
- [email protected] - (905)-802-1156

Mark is returning as our U18 AAA Head Coach after three successful seasons. Mark currently is 115-25-14 in his three seasons behind the bench as Head Coach. The Eagles have appeared in the OMHA Top 5 rankings and won the 18th Annual Ottawa Senators U18 Showcase in October for the 2nd year in a row. They have also appeared in the top 20 in Canada along with spending most of the season ranked top 3 in Ontario. Mark grew up playing all his minor hockey for the Burlington Eagles having great success with OMHA wins and OHF appearances over his minor hockey career. Mark continued playing in both the GOJHL and the OJHL before playing at Ryerson University. Mark continued playing hockey for two years in the SPHL before heading to Europe to complete three more seasons, landing in France, Germany, and Sweden. After his final year of playing, Mark became an Assistant Coach with the Oakville Rangers U18 AAA program during the 2020/21 season. Mark's number one priority is to build a culture that helps players both succeed as a team and as an individual using his playing and coaching experience. He is excited about returning to Burlington to continue to build the Burlington Eagles U18 AAA program. Mark has now graduated multiple players to all different ranks including OHL, AJHL, OJHL, and the GOJHL.

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