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Oilers Hockey Institute Instructors

RICK CARRIERE

Oilers Sr. Director of Player Development

Rick is currently the Senior Director of Player Development for the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club, having been with the organization since June 2012. Previously, he was the General Manager of the Western Hockey League's Medicine Hat Tigers. The Edmonton native was also a Head Coach in the Western Hockey League, as he guided the Red Deer Rebels from 1994 to 1996. He went on to become the Tigers' Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations before moving into the General Manager position.

Prior to this, Rick played under Clare Drake and Billy Morres for the University of Alberta Golden Bears from 1981 to 1985. After graduating from the U of A, he returned to NAIT and began his coaching career as an Assistant Coach to Perry Pearn. In 1989-90 he took over the Head Coaching position. Rick was most recently a teacher at Vimy Ridge Academy where he taught Social Studies and Physical Education and performed on-ice clinics and instruction. He will serve as a consultant for Oilers Hockey Institute, as well as employ the help of his Player Development staff. 

MIKE McGINNIS

Hockey Alberta Regional Consultant

Mike spent three years in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, putting together some impressive offensive campaigns with North Battleford. Following this, he began his career in minor hockey coaching and development.

Mike has now been heavily involved in the Saskatchewan and Alberta minor hockey systems for almost 15 years. Highlights include coaching stints with Bantam AAA, Minor Midget AAA and Team Alberta U-16. Furthermore, Mike was Lead Instructor of the Hockey Canada Super Skills Hockey School in 2016. These roles are a testament to the high training and qualifications that Mike possesses, including Hockey Canada Masters Skills Coach, High Performance Coach and Development Coach. In addition to assisting with various Edmonton Oilers programs, Mike is currently a private Skills Development Instructor and Regional Development Consultant with Hockey Alberta.   

JOEL LENIUS

Hockey Edmonton Development

Joel spent four years in the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League, splitting his time between Markham, Pickering and Collingwood. Following this, he had three successful years in the CIS with the University of Toronto. Upon graduation, he went on to play professionally in both Poland and France.

He has now dedicated himself to high-level coaching and hockey development, having completed both his Hockey Canada Master Skills Coach and High Performance 1 Coach programs. This had led to many different opportunities, including time as the Skills Coach of the Hockey Canada National Women's Team and Hockey Alberta Peewee Prospects program. Additionally, Joel has worked for several well-established organizations including National Training Rinks, Skate Canada and Hockey Alberta.

Currently, he is the Development Coordinator with Hockey Edmonton where he has the opportunity to help shape both development and high performance programs for all age groups and skill levels. 

 

FERNANDO PISANI

EOK Skills Coach, Oilers Alumni

Fernando played professionally for 12 years across five different leagues including the NHL, AHL, Italy-A, Swiss-A, and Swe-1. After four years at Providence College, he was selected in round eight of the 1996 National Hockey League Entry Draft by his hometown Edmonton Oilers. He went on to play 462 games in the NHL, highlighted by his heroics in the 2005-2006 NHL Playoffs. He paced the NHL Playoffs with 14 goals and helped lead the Oilers to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Following retirement, Fernando transitioned his passion for hockey into coaching and joined the staff of the University of Alberta Golden Bears Men's Hockey Team. During his time with the Bears, he helped build the program towards multiple CIS Championships. Currently, Fernando is the Development Coach of the Western Hockey League's Edmonton Oil Kings.

JEFF DESLAURIERS

Oilers Alumni

Jeff played professionally for 12 years across five different leagues including the NHL, AHL, ECHL, KHL, and DEL. Beginning his career with Chicoutimi of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, he was named to the QJMHL All-Rookie Team and the QMJHL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2001-2002. Following this, Jeff was drafted in the second round of the 2002 National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers.

Playing in 375 professional games, career highlights include the American Hockey League Harry Holmes Memorial Award and being named to the Spengler Cup All-Star Team. During his career, he continually supported the local and minor hockey community through various team-based programs and initiatives. Recently retired, Jeff has now focused on remaining involved within the game of hockey via private goaltending lessons, as well as working towards a new career in commercial real estate. 

SHAWN BELLE

Oilers Alumni, NAIT Assistant Coach

Shawn played professional for 10 years, splitting time between the NHL, AHL, DEL and SHL. An Edmonton native, he was drafted in the first round of the 2000 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft by the Regina Pats. After being traded to the Tri-City Americans of the WHL, he went on to have five impressive seasons. This led to representing Team Canada twice at the World Junior Championships, resulting in Silver and Gold Medals.

This success led to Shawn being selected in the first round of the 2003 National Hockey League Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues. He went on to rack up 537 professional games, spending most of his time in the American Hockey League with Iowa, Houston, Hamilton, Oklahoma and Lake Erie. Following a successful playing career, Shawn has returned to Edmonton and transitioned into coaching. Shawn is currently the Associate Coach with the NAIT Ooks, as well as an instructor at Vimy Ridge Academy. 

MARK FISTRIC

Oilers Alumni

Born and raised in Edmonton, Mark is a veteran of over 500 professional games between the NHL and AHL. Upon developing his game through the local Maple Leaf Athletic Club, Mark was drafted 3rd overall by the Vancouver Giants in the 2001 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. He had five successful seasons with Vancouver, which included serving as team captain. During this time, he led Vancouver to a WHL President's Trophy (2005-2006).

Mark's professional journey began after he was selected by the Dallas Stars in the first round of the 2004 National Hockey League Entry Draft. He went on to play 325 games in the NHL with Dallas, Edmonton and Anaheim. After completing his professional career, Mark and his family now reside in Edmonton. He is currently pursuing a career in fire rescue and excited about the opportunity to share his knowledge of the game to help develop the next NHL stars in the Edmonton area.

COLIN FRASER

Oilers Alumni

Colin is a three-time Stanley Cup champion and a veteran of over 700 professional games split between the NHL, AHL and DEL. His junior hockey career was spent with the Red Deer Rebels, where he served as captain during his 4 seasons. In 2005, he won gold with Canada at the World Junior Championship in North Dakota and was also named CHL Humanitarian of the Year.

After being drafted in the 3rd round by the Philadelphia Flyers, Colin went on to play 398 games in the NHL with Chicago, Edmonton and Los Angeles. Upon retiring in 2015, Colin and his family settled down in central Alberta where he has embarked on giving back to the game through coaching and instruction, including his own Champion Hockey Development camps.

ROB BROWN

NHL Alumni, Radio Analyst

Rob played ten seasons in the National Hockey League and a total of 16 seasons, including his time in the International Hockey League and American Hockey League. Prior to this, he played for the Kamloops Blazers in the Western Hockey League, where he was named the Canadian Hockey League Player of the Year for the 1986-87 season. Rob not only led the WHL in scoring, but still holds the record for both assists (136) and points (212) in a season. This success allowed Rob the opportunity to help Canada capture gold at the 1988 World Junior Championships.

Following this, Rob was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. He went on to play 543 games across ten seasons, putting up a total of 438 points. His best season came in 1988-89 when he registered 115 points and was named to the NHL All Star Game. Following a successful NHL career, he transitioned into hockey instruction which included time with the St. Albert Sports Academy, STFX Hockey Academy and NAX Hockey Academy. Currently, Rob is finishing up his 11 year on 630 CHED as the hockey analyst for the Edmonton Oilers. 

MATT KASSIAN

NHL Alumni, TSN Analyst

Matt played professionally for eight seasons in the National Hockey League and American Hockey League. After playing minor hockey in the Sherwood Park system, he spent five years in the Western Hockey League, splitting his time between Vancouver and Kamloops. During this time, Matt was named the WHL Western Conference Scholastic Player of the Year (2006). This led to him being selected in the second round of the 2005 National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild and putting together a professional career of over 350 games.

Following a successful professional career, Matt has returned to his hometown of Edmonton and begun his transition into hockey skills and development. He was Hockey Program Director at Playmaker U, as well as an Instructor at Vimy Ridge Academy from 2015-16. Currently, Matt is a Broadcaster and Hockey Analyst for TSN. 

ZACK DAILEY

Golden Bears Alumni

Zack spent five years in the Western Hockey League. He played his whole career for the Everett Silvertips, serving as the team Captain in his last two seasons. While in Everett, his team won the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy as the WHL Regular Season Champions in 2007. His best season came in 2008-2009 where he posted 43 points in 71 regular season games.

After leaving the WHL he joined the University of Alberta Golden Bears. In five seasons, they won the Canada West Championship four times and the National Championship twice. After graduating from the University of Alberta, Zack went on to finish the season with a minor professional team in Alabama.

Zack is now a hockey instructor at Vimy Ridge Academy where he runs skill sessions for High School and Junior High students. He is also an Assistant Coach for the Knights of Columbus Midget 15 AAA Centennials team.

RYAN RONDEAU

NCAA Alumni

Ryan started his junior hockey career playing two years in the AJHL with the Canmore Eagles and one season in the USHL with the Waterloo Blackhawks. Following this, Ryan committed to attend Yale University in the NCAA Men's Division 1. Upon graduation from Yale in 2011, Ryan was invited to the Buffalo Sabres Rookie Camp before joining the Laredo Bucks of the Central Hockey League.

After one season with Laredo, Ryan was hired by the Edmonton Oilers organization in a business capacity. He spent four years in the Player Development Department, until a recent promotion to Junior Business Analyst. In addition to his playing career, Ryan has been instructing goalies for the past 14 years, most recently with Perry Pearn's 3 on 3 and Pro Star Hockey.

DREW NICHOL

Oil Kings & Golden Bears Alumni

Drew spent his junior career between the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the AJHL, and Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL. He was named Assistant Captain for his final two seasons in Edmonton, at which time he was award the team's Humanitarian of the Year award and was nominated for the same award league wide.

After junior, Drew moved on to the University of Alberta Golden Bears where he played five seasons with the team. In that time, the team won the Canada West Championship four times and were crowned CIS National Champions twice, in back to back seasons. During his time at the University, Drew earned his degree in Kinesiology.

Drew has coached with many local hockey academies and programs, including the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Camps and Quantum Speed power skating. He is currently a firefighter with the City of Edmonton.

KURTIS MUCHA

Oil Kings Goalie Development Coach

Kurtis spent five years in the Western Hockey League. He played the majority of his career with the Portland Winter Hawks before being traded to the Kamloops Blazers in his final season. During his WHL career, he set two league records - most career games played by a goalie (245) and most career minutes played by a goalie (13,786).

Following one season in the ECHL with the Stockton Thunder, Kurtis joined the University of Alberta Golden Bears in 2010-11. In five seasons, the Golden Bears won the Canada West Championship four times and the National Championship twice. Additionally, he was named to the CIS All-Canadian First Team and CIS Goaltender of the Year in 2012-13.

Currently, Kurtis is the Goalie Development Coach for the Edmonton Oil Kings. He is also the Director of Goalie Development at Vimy Ridge Academy and assisting with the Spruce Grove Saints.

CHRIS JOSEPH

Oilers Alumni

Chris played professional for 19 years, which included 14 in the NHL and five years split between SM-Liiga, DEL and Italy-A. Originally drafted 5th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, he was traded to Edmonton during his first season where he spent the better part of seven seasons. Following this, he also had stints in Tampa Bay, Vancouver, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Atlanta.

In total, Joseph played 510 regular season games, scoring 39 goals with 112 assists for 151 points and collecting 567 penalty minutes. Joseph also played 31 playoff games, scoring 3 goals with 4 assists for 7 points, collecting 24 penalty minutes. Since retiring Joseph became a City of Edmonton Fire Fighter in early 2007. In addition to this, he has coached his two son's minor hockey teams, is an on-ice instructor with the St. Albert Sports Academy, and runs his own hockey school.

Katie Stewart

Grant MacEwan Assistant Coach

Katie spent five seasons with the University of Alberta Pandas winning the Canada West title and the CIS National Championship in 2010. Katie served as team captain in her final year with the team. 

After leaving the University of Alberta, Katie pursued a career in public relations and currently works for the City of Edmonton in the Communications and Engagement department. Katie is also an Assistant Coach with the MacEwan University Griffins Women's Hockey Team who have captured back to back ACAC titles in 2017 and 2018.

Lindsay McAlpine

Grant MacEwan Head Coach

Lindsay started her road to coaching with the EGHA, where she has worked with teams from the Initiation level to Midget AAA. During this time, she started a career with the Edmonton Public School Board, after graduating from the U of A with a combined PE/Ed degree.

While studying at the U of A, she played for the Pandas Hockey team, winning 5 National Championships and was named CIS Player of the Year, and Playoff MVP in her 5th and final season. Lindsay then continued her education, pursuing a Masters Degree in Sport Sociology, with a focus on female varsity hockey, and graduated in 2009.

During this time Lindsay was an assistant coach with the Pandas, and has since moved on to Head Coach the MacEwan University Griffins for the past 8 seasons. The MacEwan Griffins have won the ACAC Championship in consecutive seasons, 2016/17 and 2017/18, while Lindsay has been named the ACAC Coach of the Year for the third time since taking over the program in 2012.  

Lindsay also owns High Tempo Hockey, which is an all-female conditioning camp and hockey school, running throughout the summer and various points during the winter season.

Ashley Rossi

NAIT Alumni

After playing minor hockey in the Sherwood Park system, Ashley spent two seasons with the NAIT Ooks. Her last season was in 2013, where the team won their first ever ACAC Championship.

After leaving NAIT, Ashley immediately began pursuing her Bachelor of Education and graduated from the University of Alberta. Ashley currently works for Edmonton Public Schools at Donnan Elementary where she teaches grade four, the Sport Fit program and instructs with the Hockey Program. Ashley has also been coaching with High Tempo Hockey School since 2011.

Jayden McAlpine

U of A Alumni

Varsity career:

2009-2012 Grant Macewan Griffin's

2012-2014 University of Alberta Pandas

Coaching experience:

Future Leaders coaching development-2010

Head instructor with High Tempo Hockey 2011-present 

Co-owner of High Tempo 2012-present 

Assistant coach St.Albert Bantam AAA Raiders 2014-2015

Lindsay Inglis

U of A Alumni

Lindsay spent three seasons with the MacEwan Griffins followed by two years with the University of Alberta Pandas Women's Hockey team.  

After graduating with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta, Lindsay pursued a career in education and currently works for Edmonton Public Schools teaching high school math. Lindsay has been an Assistant Coach with the MacEwan University Griffins Women's Hockey Team since 2009, helping them win league championships in 2017 and 2018. Lindsay also is a co-owner of High Tempo Hockey Camps which is an all female hockey school.