Simon Chartrand Joins GoldMiners Staff

Simon Chartrand Joins GoldMiners Coaching Staff

Goldminers Head Coach & GM Ryan Wood has announced the addition of longtime New Liskeard Coach Simon Chartrand, to the Goldminers staff.  As well, Bryan Bertoncello, goalie coach, returns for his third season with the Miners.

Simon joins the Goldminers after serving as New Liskeard Cubs AAA Midget Hockey Club Head Coach, in the Great North Midget League, last season. Prior to that, from 2012-2016 and from 2002-2005 Simon served as an assistant on the AAA Cubs staff. Simon also served as an On Ice Instructor at Raising the Bar Hockey Training Program, from 2013-2015. Having played in the North, from the Cubs through Jr in Rayside Balfour, to Canadian University hockey, at Laurentian University, Simon is well acquainted with the Northern Ontario hockey community.

As a school teacher, Simon points to his “teaching skills” as a great “pre requisite for imparting hockey systems” to his teenaged players. Head Coach & GM Ryan Wood says, ” Simon has great experience with all the Northern players.” Coach Wood also adds, “with his teaching background ” it adds another experienced voice to our staff, “who is a big on development, as I am.”

Ryan Wood has also announced the GoldMiners Goaltending instructor, Bryan Bertoncello will return for his third season with the club. Bryan has extensive coaching experience in minor hockey, as well as serving as goaltending coach/consultant, for a number of years with the AAA Midget KL Legion 87’s. As a player, Bryan was the Great North Midget League Goalie of the Year, for the Soo, in the 90’s as well as spending parts of 2 seasons with the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds in the OHL. Bryan always has a great rapport with his young netminders due to his easy-going persona.

Coach Ryan Wood says,” its a no brainer to have Bryan, who is an amazing goalie coach on staff.” Coach Wood adds, ” lots of Jr A programs don’t have the luxury of having a full time goalie coach on the staff. His experience will help whatever goalies we decide to go with this season.”