HOCKEY ACADEMY STAFF

MEET THE STAFF WHO ARE DEVOTED TO PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

ROD COLLINS

PMHA GENERAL MANAGER; FEMALE JOINT COACH

Coach Collins is from Pilot Mound, MB Canada where he grew up fine tuning his hockey skills. He is currently the General Manager of the Pilot Mound Hockey Academy. Rod was the Head Coach and GM of PMHA Male Buffaloes before stepping down this season to a full time role of General Manager.Before coming to Pilot Mound, he was the Head Coach of the Bellingham Junior Blazers U16 team.

He was also the GM of the Wenatchee Wild in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) and the Head Coach of the Wenatchee Wild U18 Hockey Program. He had been a head coach of boys hockey at Shattuck St. Mary’s for 10 years and was with the Notre Dame Hounds hockey program from 1989 to 1997. He has coached the game of hockey for 30 years.

He has also coached in the Manitoba (MJHL), Saskatchewan (SJHL) and BC (BCHL) Junior Leagues. Coach Collins has Level Five Certification through USA Hockey and Advanced Level with Hockey Canada. Rod has a B.A. degree in Education from Brandon University.

RICK McCONNELL

MALE HEAD COACH

Rick is a native of Pilot Mound where he played his minor hockey. He went on to play four seasons with the Pembina Valley Hawks in the MB AAA Midget League, the Winkler Flyers of the MJHL and Pilot Mound Pilots of the THHL. McConnell began his coaching career in 1992 and most recently coached the AAA Bantam PV Hawks.

Some of his coaching highlights include coaching the PV Hawks AAA Midgets for 11 seasons, being quite successful and winning the League Championship in 1996. During that time he was selected to coach the Western AAA All Stars on 6 occasions. Several years were spent coaching his boys in minor hockey as well as helping lead the Pilot Mound Senior team to a League Championship. Currently, Rick scouts for the Neepawa Natives of the MJHL.

He looks forward to coaching in his home town and continuing to develop young hockey players. He lives in Pilot Mound with his wife Marcie and their two boys, Tyson and Carson. Rick is employed by the Prairie Spirit School Division.

ERNIE SUTHERLAND

MALE ASSISTANT COACH

Ernie is an Advanced II Level Coach with Hockey Canada. He is a veteran in the Coaching and Player Development Field, having spent 15 years as the Head, Associate and Asst Coach with the Winkler Flyers (MJHL). Ernie was the Asst. Coach (Russian Tour 1987 and the Head Coach at the Under 17 World Championships for Team Canada (Team West).

Sutherland’s coaching background also includes the head Coach of IMG Academies (Bradenton, FL.) and 10 years as a Guest Coach in Sweden. He has NHL experience as an Advanced Scout with the Minnesota North Stars and Philadelphia.

BRAD PLATT

FEMALE JOINT COACH

PMHA is also very excited to round out the coaching staff with more home-grown talent, as Brad works as the Assistant Coach for the Lady Buffaloes. We are fortunate to have Brad on our female coaching staff as he is always busy promoting the team and recruiting. Brad enjoys and looks forward to being part of the Female Program, he is dedicated to the community and helps to continue to move this team forward. Brad played his entire minor hockey years in Pilot Mound and then moved on with the Selkirk Steelers and Southeast Blades. His coaching experience involves many levels of the game from minor hockey through to ``AAA`` teams, both male and female. Most recently, Brad coached the Shaftesbury Titans Female Prep team in Winnipeg.

GORDIE TUMILSON

PMHA GOALIE COACH

Gordie Tumilson joins the Pilot Mound Hockey Academy group with years of experience as a player, goaltending coach and mentor. As a player, Gordie propelled his career all the way from youth hockey to the Winnipeg Jets (WHA), where he played from 1972-76. He captured an Avco World trophy at that that time.

Upon retirement from his playing days, Gordie immediately began passing on his knowledge and experience to younger goaltenders and their families. He has been training, teaching and mentoring goalies for the past 40 years. Gordie’s passion for helping young players and his ability to stay current with the latest techniques has made him a valuable asset to any goaltender or organization he works with.

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