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The Coaching Staff


Head Coach and General Manager

Kyle Smart

After taking the reins late, three seasons ago and having the last two seasons disrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic, Kyle Smart finally begins his first full season as GoldMiners Head Coach & General Manager. Kyle brings a wealth of junior coaching experience with a championship pedigree, having been on the Trenton GoldenHawks staff for 2 Dudley-Hewitt Cup titles, here in Kirkland Lake in 2016 and again as host, in 2017.

Prior to that, Kyle guided the York Simcoe Express to an All Ontario Midget AAA final, he won championships with the Victoria Kings (BC) Bantam and Midget Island titles and Provincial finalists. Kyle was also named Coach of the Year in back to back seasons with the Victoria Kings.

The GoldMiners are in good hands with this veteran bench boss in charge.

Coach & GM Kyle Smart can be reached at, or 1-613-922-1804

                                                                           ASSISTANT COACH

                                                                               RICK WITTY

Rick Witty joins the Goldminers coaching staff in a full time capacity as an assistant coach for the 2022-23 season.

Rick has an extensive hockey background as a player, executive, official, coach and broadcaster. He captained the Cambrian College Golden Shield to an OCAA North Division Championship as a player.  He has been a long time member of the local minor hockey executive.  As a Hockey Canada official, he was a referee at many Regional, National and World Championship tournaments. He has also coached at the minor hockey level, AAA midget, OCAA and NOSSA high school hockey. He recently served as the official voice of the Goldminers and Cochrane Crunch on HockeyTV.

Rick looks forward to the task of working with and developing the talented young elite level Junior A hockey players of the NOJHL.

Director of Hockey Operations

Barry Ferguson


Barry Ferguson continues in his role as Kirkland Lake GoldMiners Director of Hockey Operations, overseeing the day to day activities of the club. Barry can be reached at,, or 1-705-568-7273.