Brian Elder | Wawaneesa, Manitoba | Head Scout | AAA Bantam
Brian grew up in Oak Lake and was a netminder ever since he was six years old. He retired from minor pro hockey at the age of 25 and became a teacher – a career he still maintains in Souris, Man.
Elder has been working with goaltenders for more than 20 years and has coached netminders at the WHL, SJHL, Manitoba Midget AAA and most recently the Bantam AAA level. He’s currently the goaltender coach for the Southwest bantam AAA Cougars.
His minor pro hockey career included stints with the Oklahoma Blazers and the Manitoba Moose.
Marc Berry | Virden, Manitoba | Scout & Team Consultant | AAA Bantam, AAA Midget
A product of Birtle, Man., Marc Berry has appeared behind the bench in over 500 games in the MJHL. He has also taken part in the RBC Cup, the Western Canada Cup as well as two league finals.
Berry has also gained international experience with Hockey Canada, being a part of Team West in the WJAC for the last four seasons, winning gold twice.
With over 15 years of scouting and coaching experience ranging from bantam to pro, Berry is looking forward to being a part of the Oil Capitals organization.
Brett Braybrook | Virden, Manitoba |AAA Midgets Special Assignments
Braybrook has taken on the role of special assignments scout for the Oil Capitals.
Braybrook, who grew up on a farm just north of Virden, played two seasons for the AAA Southwest Cougars before heading to university in the U.S. where he played with Dakota College at Bottineau. He also spent time in the SIJHL. He ended up continuing his education at NDSU in Fargo, N.D.
He moved back home in 2007 to become the Virden highschool hockey coach for two seasons, before eventually going on to become an assistant coach with the Southwest AAA Cougars for three seasons.
This is the second time Braybrook has been a part of the organization. He was previously with the club for four seasons as a video/assistant coach. He has two children named Avery and Jax.
Scott Coates | Winnipeg, Manitoba | AAA Bantam
Coates grew up in Boissevain and played AAA midget with the Southwest Cougars program. He has been involved in coaching and scouting for the last 23 years and his hockey experience includes coaching the AAA Midget Southwest Cougars, Junior A in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Brandon University, the Manitoba Sledge Hockey Development team and in Winnipeg with the AAA bantam program.
Throughout the last 23 years, Coates has scouting experience at the junior A level and is he’s currently a regional scout with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL.
Troy Kennedy | Winnipeg, Manitoba | AAA City Midget
Troy Kennedy is a product of the Elkhorn Manitoba, Minor hockey Association. Troy had a lengthy career throughout junior hockey and as a professional. Troy spent 5 years playing in the WHL with stints in Moose Jaw, Kamloops, New Westminster, Brandon and Tri-Cities, while winning the WHL Championship with Kamloops and playing in the Memorial Cup. Troy and brother, Sheldon Kennedy, played together growing up and with the Yellowhead Chiefs of the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League.
After the WHL, Troy attended the University of Manitoba, and played for the Bison’s. Troy left school early to pursue a pro hockey career in England. Troy played 6 years in England before coming back to North America and playing another 6 years throughout the Minor leagues in Texas, Washington, and Louisiana.
When Troy retired and along with his growing family moved to Grand Beach Manitoba. Troy’s family now resides in Beausejour Manitoba, where his two sons played their minor hockey. Troy stayed involved in the coaching scene with his sons and daughter in Beausejour before finding time to coach the AAA level in and around Eastman and Winnipeg. Troy’s oldest son played two seasons in the MJHL with the Winnipeg Blues, and second son Kody, spent 3 years in the MJHL and had his last year as a member of the Virden Oil Capitals.
Troy now coaches the AAA U17 Hawks in Winnipeg and stays involved with hockey development as much as possible.
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Troy Hunter | Calgary, Alberta
Troy Hunter, who grew up in Lenore, Man., spent a year with the Virden Golden Bears before playing two seasons with the Yellowhead Chiefs during his playing career. He’d later go on to spend two seasons with the Dauphin Kings, helping the club win an MJHL and Anavet Cup title. His final season of junior hockey was spent with the Estevan Bruins. He’d later accept a scholarship with the University of Regina Cougars where he played five seasons of CIS hockey and would later obtain a degree in geography and a certificate in business.
Hunter sill plays competitive hockey with the Lacombe Generals of the Allan Cup Hockey West League, while residing in Calgary with his girlfriend Marlise and his son Parker.
Lee Hellyer | Okotoks, Alberta
Born and raised in Virden, MB Lee played all his youth hockey in Virden prior to joining the Southwest Cougars of the MB AAA Midget Hockey League for three seasons; from here he went on to play in the MJHL with the Neepawa Natives.
Lee continues to be involved in Hockey in the Okotoks, AB area where he has Head Coached a multitude of minor hockey levels and also served as an assistant at the Jr B Level. Lee also serves as a member of the board within the Okotoks Oilers Athletic Association, the association which represents the Elite Stream of AA/AAA hockey in and around the hockey draw zone to the south of Calgary, AB.
Lee is the VP of Operations for a large transportation firm based in Okotoks and is excited to join the Oil Capitals organization in Virden where he still today has many close friends and family.
Mike Tyhy | Weyburn, Saskatchewan
Geno Parrish | Twin Cities and Area, Minnesota
Geno grew up in Bloomington Minnesota. Geno grew up playing hockey in the Twin Cities. He would eventually play in the USHL for a season and after would make St. Cloud State Division 1 hockey program as a walk-on.
Geno would go on to play 8 years of Pro hockey in North America and 1 year in Germany. Racking up league and team awards along the way, Geno accomplished a lot throughout his pro career. As Geno and his family thought it was time to settle in the area they grew up, he found that working as an instructor and advisor was his true passion. His focus was no longer trophies or league championships. He was now in search of something considerably more fulfilling: the improvement of the game itself. Today, Geno operates Four Star Hockey. Day after day, he strives diligently to help players of all ages understand the perplexing intricacies and overcome the innumerable pitfalls that they will eventually encounter. His ability to break down bad habits, successfully mold and improve the next generation’s perspective and game comprehension is second to none.
Geno and his wife Shelly, reside in Bloomington, Minnesota. Geno is excited and honoured to be part of the Oil Capitals Organization.
Bryn Chyzyk | Grand Forks, N.D.
Bryn Chyzyk, who grew up in Virden, spent two seasons with the Virden Golden Bears before playing a season with the Southwest Cougars. From there, he moved on to the Dauphin Kings where he was the MJHL rookie of the year. He then played one season with the Fargo Force of the USHL before accepting a scholarship to the University of North Dakota. Chyzyk played at UND for four seasons and in his senior year, helped the club win its eighth national championship. While at UND, he earned a degree in business management. From there, he split one season between the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs and the ECHL’s Indy Fuel before being forced to retire due to concussions.
Now Chyzyk lives in Grand Forks, N.D., attending UND’s School of Law with hopes of pursuing a career in sports law/management.