Program Director and Head Coach 2007 Team Barzal Elite
Rob Ward’s hockey roots run deep. Currently a Professional Scout for the New York Islanders covering Western North America, Rob has been with the Islanders for 7 years. For 3 years he primarily scouted Amateur, covering the WHL and BCHL, but has now spent the past 4 years covering the NHL and also working with the team’s young players in a mentorship capacity. Prior to his time with the Islanders he served as an advisor with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Founder of the Burnaby Junior Islanders program in 2017 in conjunction with the New York Islanders Youth Development Program, he serves as Program Director and is the Head Coach for the 2007 Team Barzal Elite, along with Adam Nugent-Hopkins and Mack Gray.
Having been raised in Calgary, and then moving to Vancouver Island at a young age with his family, he played Minor Hockey in Parksville and Victoria, British Columbia. He was a listed player to the WHL and played his first game in the (then) BCJHL at the young age of 15.
Rob’s full time job is as Chief Operations Officer for Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited, Canada’s largest and most diverse gaming and Entertainment Company.
Rob also serves as the President of the Board for the Burnaby Winter Club, on one of Western Canada’s most prestigious and storied Hockey Associations. He currently resides with his wife Ellie, son Simon and their dog Henry, in Coquitlam, British Columbia.