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  • Steve Dempsey
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    Head Coach
    Phone: 416-550-7779 (cell)
    Steve Dempsey will be going into his third season with the U22 AA team in May 2021. Steve has focused his energy on both recruiting and building an elite homegrown high performance program that offers players the opportunity to train and practice in a unique pre-university setting. Focusing on family core values like accountability, selflessness, attitude, and respect he is determined to build a program that resonates with like minded character focused players.

    Previous to taking on this position, he was an assistant coach for 12 years with the York University Lions women's hockey team beginning in 2009 working with Dan Church, the former Canadian Olympic Coach.

    Steve was responsible for taking the lead role with the defense and the penalty kill units. Under Steve's guidance he has helped several defenders receive Ontario and Canadian First and Second Team All-star positions. The penalty kill unit was ranked as one of the top 5 penalty kill units in the country twice during his time at York.

    In addition to his work with the Lions, Steve has been a Head Coach with the Ontario Women's Hockey Association High Performance U16 and U18 programs. In 2014 and 2019 his team went undefeated during the summer development camp.

    Internationally, he has also worked with the New Zealand National Women's team program as a mentor coach. In 2012 he helped New Zealand to their best IIHF World ranking and their best finish at the IIHF World Championships.

    Steve Dempsey is a fully certified NCCP HP1 and HP2 level coach and has been certified in Hockey Canada's High Performance Program.

    He has been coaching for over 35 years in competitive, house league, and high school settings in hockey, soccer, and softball.

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  • Alex Copley
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    Growing up a Panther, Alex was able to progress right through our association until Midget AA, and then went on to play Junior in the PWHL.

    All of her hard work paid off and she realized her dream of playing university hockey and played for the York University Lions while earning her degree in Human Resource Management.

    Throughout high school and while earning her degree Alex worked as a lead goaltender instructor for McGuire Goaltending, and Top Performance Goaltending. Her experience as a player brings a great deal of knowledge and understanding to the table when working with our Panthers.

    Last year was Alex's first year serving as the Junior Panthers Goalie Coach, and as the CYGHA’s lead goalie instructor.  Alex likes to work on all facets of the game with her goaltenders, and will be emphasizing skill development, hard work and growth on and off the ice this year with the Intermediate AA team.

    She herself is a lifelong learner and has been recruited to work at several elite goaltending camps that are led by Hockey Canada U18 and Senior Team goaltending coaches. She closely follows the “Hockey Canada” goalie development program so that her goalies are prepared for Provincial and National team opportunities. 

  • Jamie Dailey (Joslin)
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    Jamie is a lifelong Panther having played in Aurora from Novice through to Intermediate AA (Junior) as a defenseman.

    In 2009, she earned a full scholarship to D1 Robert Morris University where she was named Rookie of the Year. Throughout her college hockey career, she set program records including most goals and most blocked shots in a single season by a defenseman.  The team won the CHA Conference Championships in the 2011-2012 season with Jamie named Assistant Captain the following year. 

    In her final school year, Jamie earned All Academic Team honours, proving herself a success both on and off the ice. 

    After graduating, Jamie became an Assistant Coach for the York University Women's Hockey Team for two seasons before committing to Central York’s Midget AA program for four years.

    Now, in her 6th year of coaching, she serves as an Associate Coach with our U22 Junior program where she works closely with the defensive core.  Jamie has also taken on a mentoring role with the leadership groups with the Panthers High Performance program (PHP). 

    In October 2017, Jamie was inducted into the Richmond Hill Sports Hall of Fame.

  • Mark Dubeau
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    Mark is entering his 17th season coaching for the Panthers organization, at every level from Novice House League to Intermediate AA.

    Mark is D1 Certified and has been an assistant coach with the Jr. Panthers for the past five seasons.

    Mark has also served on the CYGHA Board of Directors and Executive for the last six years and is currently the Vice-President of Rep hockey.  

    He strives to create a positive and fun learning environment for players and to share his passion and enthusiasm for the game.
  • Brianna Rice
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    Brianna grew up being a Panther and played 12 great years in our organization. Through her hard work and dedication she earned a scholarship and played in the NCAA at Oswego State where she was second on her team in points and near the top in several career categories.

    Brianna finished her University career playing for Western University and was a member of their National Championship Silver Medal team in her final year.

    After graduating, Brianna wanted to pursue her passion for coaching and was the first Female Assistant Coach in the Greater Metro Jr. A Hockey League for the Tottenham Steam.

    Brianna is excited to continue her coaching development with the organization that she grew up in.
Support Staff
  • Kiri Langford
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    Performance Coach Show Bio
  • Katerina Xindaris
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    Athletic Therapist Show Bio
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