MEET OUR COACHES
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.
“Scigs” is a professional teacher, receiving his Education Degree from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor’s Degree from Simon Fraser University, while playing hockey for the team. Angelo is an NCCP/ Hockey Canada High Performance Coach and currently coaches PeeWee at the prestigious Burnaby Winter Club.
He has developed a standard of running high quality and intense team practices while constantly motivating and pushing his players to this standard. He also works with Burnaby Winter Club alumni and NHL prospects during the summer as they prepare for their respective camps.
Adam Nugent-Hopkins trains athletes from atom to professional. His main goal is to promote athleticism and improve speed, strength and power. Adam has 10 years of training experience and continues to stay up to date on the most proficient sports science available.
Using the Triphasic philosophy allows Adam to maximize an athletes training whether it is in-season or off-season.
Never afraid to think outside the box to give an athlete an advantage, Adam pushes himself to be the best in order to make others exceed their potential.
Former Kootenay Ice and current UBC Thunderbird, Austin Vetterl brings valuable hockey and coaching experience. Austin is currently playing RW for the Thunderbirds and is currently attending the Sauder School of Business. He focuses on the little details involved within the game, work ethic, and preaches thinking the game at a high level. He also brings experience of coaching bantam and peewee teams in past springs/summers. He looks to offer his past experiences in order to develop and give his players the best chance to succeed.
Robert Ginnetti is a welcome addition to our Jr. Islander Program, playing all his minor hockey at BWC, and has been a coach for 10 plus years at the Hockey Club.Between that time,Bobby played in the BCJHL and the WHL. He lead the BCJHL in scoring in the 1984/85 year, along with recording 111 assists, which still stands as record today. After his Jr. career, he played 12 years professionally in Europe, during that time playing for the Italian National Team in the 1992 Albertville Olympics , and representing Italy in a few World Championships While bringing a ton of hockey experience to our Program, Bobby has a ton of passion for the game, and brings out the best in his players.
A former defenceman of the Surrey Eagles, Mack spent two seasons playing Junior A in western Canada before injuries interfered with his ability to continue playing at a high level. Mack has 6 years experience coaching young players and is currently an assistant coach for the North West Hawks Minor Midgets, and coaches both Atom and Bantam teams at Burnaby Winter Club. As a former defenceman, Mack specializes in defence skills while emphasizing habits, details and work ethic. He is looking forward to helping all kids achieve their goals for next season.