VIRDEN OIL CAPITALS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Governor: Bob Berry

-Ag Producer/Project Coordinator for Enbridge Pipelines Inc./Partner, Black Gold Energy

Alternate Governor: Barry Pitz

-Superintendent of Fort La Bosse School Division

Chairman: Craig Davidson

-Managing Partner, Taurus/President of Black Sand Management

Treasurer: Kent Reid

-Treasurer of the Fort La Bosse School Division

SecretaryChad Scharff

-Area Manager, Andrew Agencies


DIRECTORS

Jamie Hodson

Karen Forster

-Insurance Manager, Andrew Agencies

Shelby Rampton

Commercial/Agriculture Account Manager, CIBC Virden

Jay Dobrescu

– Account Manager, Baker Hughes

Darin Banga

 Managing Partner, Virden Ford

Perry Meikle

– Service Advisor, Virden Chrysler Dodge

Barry Hutchison

-Owner/Operator of Hutch Ag

SCOUTING STAFF

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.


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

Curtis Brolund | Brandon, Manitoba  | Manitoba AAA U18

Glenn Tosh- Souris, Manitoba

Brian Peel | Virden, Manitoba 

Troy Hunter | Calgary, Alberta

Lee Hellyer | Okotoks, Alberta

Mark Dixon- St. Malo, Manitoba

Lee Stone | British Columbia 

Darryl Wenger | Thunder Bay, Ontario 

Geno Parrish Twin Cities and Area, Minnesota

Trent Lanigan | Saskatchewan

STAFF

TYSON RAMSEY
Head Coach and General Manager

Tyson played four years in the MJHL with the Winkler Flyers before moving to Brandon to attend Brandon University where he played four seasons for the Brandon Bobcats of the CIS. After graduating with an education degree in 2000, he remained in Brandon to teach and played a number of seasons with the Tiger Hills Hockey League’s Souris Elks and four years with the Steinbach Northstars senior team, making an Allan Cup appearance in 2009.

Tyson has been a coach with the Brandon U18 AAA Wheat Kings, the AAA bantam Wildcats female program and has done some scouting for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL.

Brett Braybrook
Assistant Coach

Brett currently lives in Virden, MB with his 2 boys, Avery & Jax. He began his coaching career in Virden as the head coach with the local Virden Collegiate Golden Bears from 2007 to 2009. After his 2 years with the Bears he moved on to the Southwest Cougars from 2009 to 2011. Brett then coached the local Virden Oil Kings senior team which then led him to serve as the video coach during the Oil Caps inaugural season and was named an Assistant Coach the following year. Brett has also been a member of the teams scouting staff for several seasons.

Curtis Brolund
Assistant Coach

Curtis currently lives in Brandon with his wife Bekah and their 1 year old daughter Poppy.  He began his coaching career in OCN with the Blizzard after a four year junior career split between the SJHL and MJHL.  Curtis then spent numerous seasons in the Brandon Wheat King U18 AAA program both as an assistant coach and the head coach.  He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our organization on and off the ice.


MARC BERRY

Assistant General Manager

A product of Birtle, Man., Marc 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.

Marc has also gained international experience with Hockey Canada, being a part of Team West in the WJAC, 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.


RYAN POTTER

Goaltending Coach

Ryan joined the Oil Capitals in the summer of 2015 from the Dauphin Kings where he was a goaltending consultant and scout.

Ryan spent three seasons with the Melville Millionaires (SJHL) and wrapped up his junior career in the AJHL with Fort McMurray.

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 1.


DANA WARRENER

Athletic Therapist

Hello my name is Dana Warrener and I am the new Certification Candidate Athletic Therapist that was recently hired on to the Virden Oil Capitals. I graduated from the University of Manitoba, with Bachelors of Athletic Therapy. I have worked with teams such as Bison Women’s Volleyball, and Bison Track & Field. I grew up on a small farm outside of Ste. Rose du Lac, MB. I am very excited to start my Athletic Therapy career with the Virden Oil Capitals. The coaching staff and players have been very welcoming. I am excited to see where the season takes us.


Media Relations  and Game Day Assistant

 


Teresa Heritage

Office/Game Day Manager/Billet Coordinator

Born and raised in Virden, Teresa and Doug Heritage live in the town of Virden with their two kids, Lexi and Dillon.  Teresa Heritage wears a variety of different “hats” with the organization.  The club’s long-time billet coordinator is also the game day/office manager.  Teresa has been associated with the team since the club’s inception.

Teresa looks after the players with regards to coordinating billets as well as ticket sales, marketing partners, and other office duties are kept up by Teresa.  Teresa is integral to the team, the players, billets, corporate partners, and our fans.


BROCK DAVIES

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Born and raised in Virden, Davies is the owner of Xcel Strength and Conditioning where he focuses his business in Virden and surrounding areas. Davies is a longtime fitness enthusiast who has completed his bachelor of physical education and education A.D. from Brandon University. He’s helped train numerous athletes and people of all backgrounds over the past five years. He is a Grade 8 teacher at Virden Junior High.


PATRICIA HOLE

Power Skating Instructor

Decorated skating coach Patricia Hole is the club’s power skating instructor. With more than 30 years of coaching experience, Hole works with the Oil Capitals players during the season, helping improve the players’ skating abilities as much as possible. The owner and operator of a skating school for the past 14 years, Hole has more than 35 years of experience as a skating coach. She coached figure skaters Rudi Swiegers and Paige Lawrence at the World Championships and Winter Olympics in the past, she’s received multiple coach recognition awards and in 2011, she was inducted into the Virden Collegiate Hall of Fame.


SUPPORT STAFF

Brian Mytopher | Equipment Manager

Garry Remple | Dressing Room Attendant

Stuart Smoley | Public Address Announcer

Henry Hildebrandt | Public Address Announcer

Wayne Unger | Team Chaplain

Perry Meikle | Game Day Assistant

Dave Challner & Doug Roach | Play-By-Play

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