Team Coaches


Brad Purdie, Head Coach
After a 15 year playing career, including the IHL, ECHL and Europe, as well as representing Team Canada on three different occasions, Brad retired and joined the University of Manitoba Men’s Hockey coaching staff. Over the last four seasons with the U of M, Brad was responsible for overseeing the forwards and power play. Brad has a High Performance 1 coaching certificate and has worked with Hockey Manitoba and the Program of Excellence U16 on three separate occasions, most recently as the head coach of the 2015 team that took part 2015 Western Canada Bantam Challenge, capturing the silver medal. Brad was also a part of the coaching staff that won Bronze at the 2015 Canada Winter Games. He is extremely proud and excited to be associated with the RINK Hockey Academy to help further develop young hockey players. 

Rob Smith, Head Coach
Born in Steinbach, Rob took a different path to his hockey career and spent three years playing Major Junior Hockey for the Calgary Hitmen and Brampton Battalion.  From there, Rob played four full seasons with the University of Manitoba Bisons.  His final two years with the Bisons he was named Captain of the team.  After his University career he played professional hockey in Germany and in North America.  Shifting his focus from playing to coaching, Rob started coaching in the Winnipeg AAA system.  After one year he joined the Steinbach Pistons of the MJHL as an Assistant Coach/Assistant GM. Rob has also been heavily involved with the U-16 Team Manitoba program.  He also won a bronze medal at the 2015 Canada Games. 

Skills Coach


Jon Cara, The RINK Training Centre
Jon has an extensive playing resume, with 2 years in the WHL with Lethbridge and Saskatoon, plus years in Portage (MJHL) and Penticton (BCHL).  Jon returned to Winnipeg to attend the University of Manitoba where he obtained his Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Marketing and Human Resources, while playing 4 years for the Bisons.  Jon has worked in the hockey industry for 12 years, with the Edge of Excellence and Okanagan Hockey School in Penticton, BC, and brings a wealth of experience in Power Skating and Skill Development.  Jon is the current skating coach for the MJHL’s Steinbach Pistons. 

Goaltender Coaches


Ryan Cyr, GDI Goaltending
Ryan has worked with GDI for more than eleven years, studying under GDI founder and Columbus Blue Jackets goaltending consultant Ian Clark. Ryan is the current goaltending coach for the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs, and former goaltending coach for the Regina Pats. From a playing perspective, Ryan played 6 years of Junior hockey, spending time in both the BCHL and WHL. Ryan then went on to play professionally in the ECHL, UHL and AHL.  Most recently, Ryan has begun working with Hockey Canada as a goaltender instructor with the U17 men's team.

Dan Ferguson, GDI Goaltending
Dan is the Director of GDI Goaltending and has worked with the company since the opening of the Winnipeg Training Centre. He works out of Manitoba The RINK Training Centre and also conducts weekly specialty clinics and Minor Hockey Associations Clinics in various locations around Manitoba. Dan is the current Goaltending Coach for the MJHL Steinbach Pistons (2012- Present) and former Goaltending Coach for the MBAAA Winnipeg Thrashers (2010- 2015)  Highlighting past success includes being the Goaltending Coach for the 2013 MJHL Champions and the 2011 Telus Cup National Champions. Dan has had a positive influence on many goaltenders that have proceeded to play Junior through to Professional level.