YORK SIMCOE EXPRESS 2021-22 COACHING ROSTER, News (York-Simcoe Express)

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Submitted By Kelly Jones on Sunday, February 14, 2021
York Simcoe Express Hockey Association is pleased to announce the following coaching selections for the 2021-2022 season.

Bill Mclean - U9 (formerly Novice)


New to YSE to oversee the U9 team and their first year at the AAA level, Bill brings local high-level coaching experience both in hockey and lacrosse to the team. Bill will be drawing on his own personal experiences as a player winning divisional, provincial and national championships to help instil a hard-working and goal-oriented team for our youngest players, laying the foundation for their AAA careers. 


Adam (AJ) Sanderson - U10 (formerly Minor Atom)


Entering his second season with YSE, Adam is Head Coach of the 2021-22 U10 team, a team that was not rostered in 2020-21 due to the COVID-19 lockdown. ‘AJ’ is a former YSE player from 1995-2000 and coaches both soccer and baseball in addition to hockey. In addition to his head coaching duties with YSE, AJ is an on-ice instructor with Royal Hockey. Away from hockey, AJ is an educator with the York Catholic District School Board. 


Ryan Gardner - U11 (formerly Atom)


In his third season as a Head Coach at YSE, Ryan brings a wealth of experience as a player professionally, a skills instructor and as head coach to the association. A YSE alumni as a player, Ryan went on to play three seasons in the OHL and then professionally in Switzerland for 20 years, playing in over 1,200 games and helping lead his teams to the Swiss National Championship on four occasions. Ryan competed in the IIHF World Championships in 2008, 2010 and 2012, winning Silver medal in 2013. He also competed in the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia in 2014 and played 5 years with Team Canada at the Spengler Cup.  Ryan also brings extensive skills training from his experiences as a skills coach with The Pro Hockey School and Murphy Hockey School. 

Ken Heinrich – U12 (formerly Minor Peewee)


Entering his fifth season as a Head Coach with the association, Ken brings a decade of head coaching experience to the 2021-22 U12 YSE team and a track record of regular season, playoff and tournament success including an OHF and OMHA championship to his credit along with multiple York Simcoe league Championships and tournament championships. Ken played AAA hockey in Ottawa before being drafted by the OHL’s Ottawa 67’s and playing junior hockey with the Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ Senators in the CJHL and CIS hockey with the Laurentian Voyageurs. 


Doug Orr – U13 (formerly Peewee)


Another YSE alumni as a player (1992-1997) that the association is proud to have within its coaching ranks, Doug went on to a successful professional playing career overseas after a five-year CIS career at McGill. Doug played a season in the Central Hockey League before four seasons in Germany and the Netherlands where he was consistently ranked among the respective leagues’ scoring leaders. Following his playing career, Doug earned coaching experience with the Hill Academy where he has served in both Head Coaching and General Manager duties as well as a Head Coach within the Markham Majors AAA association before joining YSE. Doug was also a volunteer coach in 2011 with the Stouffville Spirit (Jr. A).

Warren Cooper– U14 (formerly Minor Bantam)

Warren is a York Simcoe Express alumnus who was later drafted 41st overall to the OHL in 2001. He went on to play five years of Junior Hockey, split between the Mississauga Ice Dogs (OHL) and the Wellington Dukes (OJHL). After Junior he played professional hockey in the UHL with the Richmond RiverDogs. Warren earned League Rookie of the Year honours with the Uxbridge Bruins in the 1999-2000 season and was the leading scorer in the OJHL Royal Bank Cup playoffs with the Wellington Dukes.


Warren is an HP1 Certified Coach with nine years of coaching experience and is entering his fourth season as a Head Coach with YSE, having most recently served as the Head Coach of the 2005 York Simcoe Express group for the last three seasons. His YSE U16 team saw nine players drafted in the recent 2021 OHL Draft. 


Rob Shilton – U15 (formerly Bantam)


Rob is currently YSE’s longest-tenured head coach entering his 8th season as a Head Coach in the association. In addition to his years of head coaching experience, Rob brings elite experience as a player at the OJHL, OHL and CIS levels. Rob coached YSE’s Minor Bantam team to an OMHA championship in 2012-13 and the Minor Midget team to Silverstick, OMHA and OHL Cup championships in 2015-16 as well as serving as a member of the bench staff for the OMHA championship winning teams in Minor Bantam, Bantam and Minor Midget from 2008-2010. Rob is known for creating a positive, high-paced, fun-environment that is suitable to the development of all players. He prides himself on a coaching philosophy that instils a strong work ethic with the team, establishes a challenging but safe environment and reinforces respect for the game, their teammates and their opponents. Outside of minor hockey, Rob is a marketing professional in the pharmaceutical industry.


Brian Perrin – U16 (formerly Minor Midget)


With over two decades of elite head coaching experience at the OJHL and OMHA levels in the York Region area, Brian returns to YSE to take the reins of the U16 program for the 2021-22 season. Brian was most recently with YSE as Head Coach of the Midget team for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons after many years of OJHL head coaching roles with the Stouffville Spirit, Newmarket Hurricanes and Aurora Tigers Jr. A teams. 


Wally Bishop – U18 (formerly Midget)


Another veteran of the York Region midget coaching ranks, Wally brings nearly 20 years of coaching experience at the AAA level, including nearly 10 seasons over those years with YSE. During his time on benches with YSE, Wally has helped coach teams to an OMHA Gold medal in 2002 (Minor Midget) and two Silver medals in 1999 (Minor Midget) and 1992 (Midget). He has also had a hand in the development of three players drafted in the first round of the NHL draft over the past four years in Robert Thomas (20th overall, 2017), Alex Newhook (16th overall, 2019) and Quinton Byfield (2nd overall, 2020) with all three representing Canada in the World Junior Championship. Entering his third season as coach of YSE’s midget team, Wally will continue to recruit and develop the top senior players to build on the successful midget program he has overseen the past two seasons.

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