Hockey Staff

Head Coach - Graham Pickard

Graham Pickard joined the Stayner Siskins for the 2019/2020 season in the roll of Assistant Coach.Graham is a Barrie native and has a playing career that includes Jr.A to professional level hockey. Graham will bring the knowledge that he received during his playing career to help develop the Siskins in this coming season.
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Asst Coach - Rob Perry

Rob Perry joined the Stayner Siskins for the 2021/2022 season and was part of a very successful group . Rob is a Newmarket native and had a played 6 years in the PJHL playing 4 years for the Bradford Bulls and 2 for the Schomburg Cougars . Rob will bring the knowledge that he received during his playing career to help develop the Siskins in this coming season. This year Rob will also take on a new roll as Assistant GM / Assistant Coach and looks forward to learning the ropes from his good friend Jeff Sanders.

Asst Coach - Ben Hughes

Ben grew up and played hockey in Barrie. Played a little bit of hockey in the OHL, Jr. B, and finished his junior career here in Stayner. Ben is looking forward to helping assist this coaching staff in bringing together a team that each player can be proud of being a part of, like It was when He played for the Stayner Siskins!

President & Director of Hockey Operations - Richard Gauthier

Richard Gauthier takes on two new roles this season, President of the Stayner Siskins and Director of Hockey Operations. Previously, Richard coached the Siskins for four seasons, winning several regular season titles. Richard also played with the Siskins and was a formidable defenceman in the 1990s. Before rejoining the Siskins as General Manager, Richard spent two seasons as Head Coach of the Collingwood Junior 'A' team.   705-443-9192

General Manager- Jeff Sanders

Jeff Sanders started his career with the Stayner Siskins on the 2016/17 Season as an assistant coach. In the 2017/2018 Jeff helped coach the team to the Schmalz Cup Quarter Finals. Jeff has an extensive hockey background as both a player and a coach. As a player Jeff played in what is now the PJHL for 5 season splitting his time between the Bradford Bulls and the Georgina Ice. In 2003 while playing for the Georgina Ice the team made it to the Schmalz Cup Finals. Jeff started his coaching career in with the Midland Flyers where he spent 2 years as an assistant coach. Jeff has been a valued part of the Siskins since the 2016/2017 season, he has moved from coaching to scouting and has been the General Manager for the team for the last 2 seasons.


Daryl Ashenden - Equipment Manager

Daryl Ashenden from Barrie Ontario. Spent 3 seasons as Assistant Equipment Manager for the North Bay Battalion of the OHL before moving onto the Head Varsity Equipment Manager for Concordia University in Montreal. Has played and coached AAA in Barrie as well as being a PJHL alumni playing for the Alliston Hornets

Athletic Trainer - Nancy Spence

Nancy graduated from the Sheridan College, Sports Injury Management Program and is a certified Athletic Therapist with the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA).  She attended the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto, Ontario and completing her Osteopathic Thesis and earning a Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice.  She later completed her BSc(Hons) Osteopathy through the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (Plymouth University) in 2017.

Nancy regularly attends conferences, courses, and seminars to keep her skill set current and effective.  She has served on the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OAO) Board of Directors since 2012 and is currently the OAO Professional Practice and Conduct Committee Chair.  Nancy is the President of the Canadian Federation of Osteopaths (CFO) and has served on the CFO Board of Directors since 2014.

As an Athletic Therapist, Nancy has attended competitions ranging from the recreational level to the international stage.  She was the Athletic Therapist for the McMaster Men’s Varsity Soccer team for 10 seasons and was the Head Therapist for the Burlington Barracudas a team with the former CWHL.  Nancy is active with the CATA and is currently serving as the Financial Officer for the Canadian Board of Certification in Athletic Therapy.

Nancy founded Action Rehab Therapy in 2000.  She enjoys working with people of all ages and abilities.  Now located near Barrie, Ontario, Nancy treats out of Quinn Rehab Services on Cedar Pointe Drive.

Advisor- Steve Walker

Steve brings to us over 20 plus years of professional hockey experience. Steve has been a part of 6 professional hockey championships. 5 with the Berlin Polar Bears of the German Elite league where he played 11 seasons and was the captain for 9 years, and 1 with the Detroit Vipers of the IHL where he was fortunate enough to play on a line with Gordie Howe in his last professional hockey game. Steve played in 4 exhibition games with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1999 and scored a shorthanded goal against long time Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Felix "The Cat" Potvin. Steve has represented Canada on 5 different occasions playing in the Swedish games and the Deutschland cup. He has also played in 3 Spengler Cups. Steve started his junior hockey career in Stayner as a 15 year old with the Siskins before returning to the area to raise his family. Steve took over the coaching position with 3 games remaining in the 2012/13 season before taking on the role full time this past season.