2023/24 Rep Coaches:
We are very pleased to announce our 2023-2024 Erin-Hillsburgh Minor Hockey Association Rep coaches.
U8/9B -to be announced this summer - tryouts are in the fall
U11B -Ryan Concannon
We are please to announce Ryan Concannon as the U11B coach for the 2023/24 season. Ryan grew up in London playing minor hockey all the way through high school. He has been involved as an assistant coach on various teams, most recently on the U9LL team in Erin, and has also previously coached at the U15 level in London. He is looking forward to being involved as the head coach for the U11B team and working with this group of kids to help them improve theirs skills and foster a love of the game.
He moved to Erin in 2020, where he lives with his family and works as a Estimating Manager for EllisDon Construction.
U13B - Jon Forbes
We are pleased to announce Jon Forbes as the U13B coach for the 2023/24 Season. Jon has been involved in hockey his whole life, playing at the AAA, High School, and JR level. Jon has been coaching with the Devils since 2015, first as an on-ice volunteer with the U5 program and has since been assistant and head coach for U9-U13 rep teams. To go along with his experience in Erin-Hillsburgh, he has 18 years of experience coaching at the high school level and is a certified power skating instructor. Jon lives in Alton with his family and is a teacher at Mayfield Secondary School.
He will be looking for players who are excited to be at the rink and are willing to work hard and get better. Coachability, sportsmanship, and respect will be key requirements to be chosen for the team. Overall, players are encouraged to compete hard for a place on the team and the opportunity to represent their town! In turn, he will focus to develop their hockey skills and encourage players to do their best, and understand the importance of hard work, attention to detail, commitment and a good attitude. While skill development will be a major focus throughout the year, in addition, team play systems will also be introduced with the opportunity for all players on the team to learn and participate in the systems that are taught. Overall, he wants the players to want to come to the rink, see their friends, grow and get better as hockey players and people. Every success will be celebrated.
U15B -Jason McNeil
We are pleased to announce Jason McNeil as the U15B coach for the 2023/24 Season. Jason has has been involved in hockey for many years, both as a player and coach. He played A,/AA hockey most of his minor career in Duffield, Downsview and Goulding Park. He also played competitive lacrosse and semi-pro football. He has been involved as head coach or assistant coach for teams ranging in age from U13 to U21, for the North York Storm and most recently the Toronto Aeros PWHL team. He recently moved to Erin with his wife Marianna, daughter Maddie and 4 dogs. In his day job he Manages the Canadian Operations at a High Performance Metals company, servicing the High Pressure Die Casting, Injection Mold and Tool and Die markets.
He is looking forward to being part of the Devils organization and will be looking for players who are team focused, have a tactical understanding of the game, always bring maximum effort to each drill and are not afraid to push themselves outside of their comfort zone. In turn, he is excited to create a positive environment where these young adults can learn team first life lessons. Players will be encouraged to work together to be the best hockey players they can be, while demonstrating a respectful and inclusive environment for teammates, competitors, bench staff and officials.
U18B -Mike Paquette
We are pleased to announce Mike Paquette as the U18B coach for the 2023/24 Season. Mike has been involved in hockey his whole life, playing AA/AAA in his hometown of Sudbury. Mike has been actively involved as head coach and assistant coach on many Erin teams ranging in age from U9-U15. He has taken his teams to OMHA & Tri-County finals, winning 2 OMHA Championships, and 1 Tri-County Championship. He lives in Erin with his wife and 3 kids and has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for most of his career, currently working for Pfizer.
He is looking forward to coaching the U18 age group and will be focusing on nurturing a fun team environment, where each player is always encouraged to play to the best of their ability and focus will be on ensuring players keep their enthusiasm for the game of hockey for the rest of their lives.