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Oilers Hockey Institute Instructors

RICK CARRIERE

Oilers Program Director, Hockey Programming

Rick is currently responsible for Hockey Programming for the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club, having been with the organization since June 2012. Prior to his current role, Rick was the Sr. Director of Player Development for the Edmonton Oilers. Previous to that, he was the General Manager of the Western Hockey League's (WHL) Medicine Hat Tigers. The Edmonton native was also a Head Coach in the WHL, 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 Moores for the University of Alberta Golden Bears from 1981 to 1985. After graduating from the University of Alberta, he began his coaching career with Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) 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.

CHRIS JOSEPH

Oilers Alumni

Chris played professionally for 19 years, which included 14 seasons in the National Hockey League (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.

FERNANDO PISANI

EOK EOK Development Coach, Oilers Alumni

Fernando played professionally for 12 years across five different leagues including the National Hockey League (NHL), American Hockey League (AHL), Italy-A, Swiss-A, and Swe-1. After four years at Providence College, he was selected in round eight of the 1996 NHL 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 (WHL) Edmonton Oil Kings.

MIKE McGINNIS

Hockey Alberta Regional Consultant

Mike spent three years in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), 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 (OJHL), 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. 

 

JEFF DESLAURIERS

Oilers Alumni

Jeff played professionally for 12 years across five different leagues including the National Hockey League (NHL), American Hockey League (AHL), East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), and Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). Beginning his career with Chicoutimi of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), he was named to the QMJHL 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 NHL 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 with 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 professionally for 10 years, splitting time between the National Hockey League (NHL), American Hockey League (AHL), Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) and Swedish Hockey League (SHL). An Edmonton native, he was drafted in the first round of the 2000 Western Hockey League (WHL) 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 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues. He went on to rack up 537 professional games, spending most of his time in the AHL 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 Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (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 National Hockey League (NHL) and American Hockey League (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 (WHL) 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 NHL 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 a City of Edmonton Fire Fighter and excited about the opportunity to share his knowledge of the game to help develop the next NHL stars in the Edmonton area.

ROB BROWN

NHL Alumni, Radio Analyst

Rob played 10 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) and a total of 16 seasons, including his time in the International Hockey League (IHL) and American Hockey League (AHL). Prior to this, he played for the Kamloops Blazers in the Western Hockey League (WHL), where he was named the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) 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.

Rob was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. He went on to play 543 games across 10 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 eleventh year on 630 CHED as the hockey analyst for the Edmonton Oilers. 

ZACK DAILEY

Golden Bears Alumni

Zack spent five years in the Western Hockey League (WHL). He played his entire career with 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.

DREW NICHOL

Oil Kings & Golden Bears Alumni

Drew spent his junior career between the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), and Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He was named an alternate captain for his final two seasons in Edmonton, at which time he was awarded 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.

Lindsay Inglis

Pandas 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 is also a co-owner of High Tempo Hockey Camps which is an all-female hockey school.