Director of Business & Hockey Operations
As the Director of Business and Hockey Operations for the Virden Oil Capitals, Jamie oversees and is responsible for all team operations for the franchise after a 16-year junior and pro career as both a player and coach.
Hodson was drafted in the third round, 69th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1998 while playing for the Brandon Wheat Kings and went on to play in the Maple Leafs farm system as well as winning gold medals with Team Canada in the 2002, 2003 Spengler Cup in Davos Switzerland.
Hodson has most recently been with the Moose Jaw Warriors staff for the past six years as their goalie coach as well as learning other facets of the game with their experienced hockey personnel.
General Manager & Head Coach
Troy Leslie returns to the Oil Capitals for his sixth season as head coach and GM. Troy brings to the Oil Capitals a wealth of coaching experience including eight years of coaching with the AAA Midget Southwest Cougars, Team Manitoba at the 2011 Canada Winter Games, and assistant coach of Team Western in the U-17 World Championships in 2006.
In 2003, Leslie received his advanced II coaching certification from Hockey Canada. During his playing days, Troy played four seasons in the SJHL, before moving on to Brandon University to play two seasons of CIS with the Bobcats.
Having always had a passion for hockey and coaching, Troy looks forward to continuing to gain experience from developing Jr. ‘A’ players in Westman. Troy lives in Virden with his wife Debbie and their children Bethany and Dane.
Dale Lewis, who spent the first five seasons as the club’s president, is now behind the bench as the team’s assistant coach. Lewis is no stranger to coaching, having spent time behind the bench with head coach and GM Troy Leslie several years ago with the Manitoba AAA midget Southwest Cougars.
He proudly remembers the Manitoba Championship his team took home in 1993. From 1995-1998, Chad played in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, finishing his career in Estevan as an all-star during the 1998 season.
The Brandon University Bobcats welcomed him in 1999, and in 2001, he traveled south to Louisiana to play with the Lake Charles Ice Pirates in the Western Professional Hockey League. Upon completing his professional hockey career, Chad moved to Estevan to work in the oil industry where he was also able to accept the position of assistant coach for the Estevan Bruins in 2009.
On short notice in 2011, Chad filled an in-term position as head coach and GM of the Bruins. Chad currently resides in Brandon with his wife Karlyn.
Tyson Ramsey, head coach of the AAA midget Wheat Kings in Brandon, is a member of the team’s scouting staff. He’s also well respected in Moose Jaw with the Warriors of the WHL as a scout within the organization for the past two seasons. He’ll help provide the organization with thorough knowledge of the AAA midget league in Manitoba moving forward with regards to player personnel and MJHL prospects.
Marketing and Communications Manager
Lanny Stewart has more than 10 years of experience in the media industry and is the former editor of the Westman Journal community newspaper.
Born in Virden, Stewart was raised in the small town of Beulah, which is approximately 40 minutes away from the home of the Oil Capitals. Stewart has a huge passion for the game and his tenacity and drive helps fuel the club in continuing to develop and grow team partnerships off the ice.
Stewart is tasked with growing the Oil Capitals club from several different angles – whether it’s the social networking aspect, branding, formulating game day operations and growing fan interaction with the club, along with continuing to evolve the Oil Capitals corporate partnerships into the coming years.
Since his retirement he has hosted dozens of goalie clinics and schools with goalies of all ages. Ryan and his wife Kelli have been billets for the Oil Capitals since day one.
Canadian Athletic Therapy Certification Candidate and Equipment Manager
Hailee Dayman is the club’s Canadian Athletic Therapy Certification Candidate and Equipment Manager.
Dayman, 26, took Kinesiology from the University of Lethbridge, eventually ending up at Camosun College in Victoria where she received her Bachelor of Athletic and Exercise Therapy. Growing up in her hometown of Estevan, Sask., Dayman played hockey herself, eventually leaving home at 15 years of age to play the game at the AAA level. She wound up injuring both knees while playing university hockey, which ended her playing career.
Dayman has previous experience working in junior A hockey. She worked with the SJHL’s Estevan Bruins during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons.
Chad Leslie | Head Scout | Brandon, Manitoba
Brian Elder | AAA Bantam | Wawaneesa, Manitoba
Tyler Dickson | AAA Bantam, City Midget | Winnipeg, Manitoba
Darren Kirk | High School Hockey, AAA Bantam | Glenboro, Manitoba
Craig Lane | AAA Bantam | Virden, Manitoba
Stan Novack | AAA Midget | Kenora, Ontario
Garry Remple | Dressing Room Attendant
Teresa Heritage | Billet Coordinator
Wayne Unger | Team Chaplain
Rhyan Sawyer | Game Day Coordinator
Perry Meikle | Game Day Operations Coordinator
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Governor: Bob Berry
-Ag Producer; Project Coordinator, Enbridge Pipelines Inc.; Partner, Black Gold Energy
Alternate Governor: Barry Pitz
-Superintendent of Fort La Bosse School Division
Chairman: Doug Heritage
-Ag Producer; owner of Heritage Equipment
Vice Chairman: Jacy Whyte
– VP of Marketing & Partner – Andrew Agencies Ltd., Custom Software Solutions Inc., RFNOW Inc.
Treasurer: Kent Reid
-Treasurer of the Fort La Bosse School Division
Secretary: Chad Scharff
-Director of Operations – RFNOW Inc.
-Managing Partner – Taurus; President of Black Sand Management
–President – BMI and Managing Partner – Taurus, IJack Technologies and All Season Properties
–Commercial/Agriculture Account Manager – CIBC Virden