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Coaches & Staff

Tyler Deis

Head Coach and General Manager

Tyler Deis enters his seventh season as Head Coach of the Okotoks Oilers in 2022-23, and his tenth overall with the organization.

A two-time AJHL Coach of the Year (2018, 2020) and CJHL Coach of the year in 2018, Deis has overseen the growth of the Oilers into a perennial top-tier contender in Alberta, as well as one of its best producers of NCAA Division I talent.

During Deis’ tenure, the team finished first overall for the first time in franchise history in 2017-18, winning a South Division championship, and finished first in its division in 2019-20.

He began with the team in the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach before being named its fourth head coach on June 6th, 2016. Since taking over the team, the Oilers have never failed to reach the final four of the AJHL playoffs, winning the South Division Championship for the first time in franchise history in the 2018 postseason, capping off the team’s first-ever first-overall finish as well.

He crossed the 200-win mark in the 2021-22 campaign, and has now recorded a 209-79-18 (.712) regular season record with the team, with a playoff record of 34-20 (.630). 21 players have committed to NCAA Division I schools while playing in-season with the team during his tenure, which has also included six alumni being drafted into the NHL, two of which were first round selections.

Derek Purfield

Assistant / Goaltending Coach

Derek Purfield enters his tenth season with the Okotoks Oilers in 2022-23.

Previously, he spent six seasons with the Calgary Buffaloes organization prior to joining the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League for five seasons. Simultaneously to the latter assignment, he served on the coaching staff of the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.

Purfield also consults for Hockey Alberta with their regional goaltending development and Under-16 programs. He won a silver medal at the 2017 WHL Cup as goaltending coach of Team Alberta.

He will represent Team Alberta on its coaching staff at the upcoming 2023 Canada Winter Games as well, an event at which he also coached in 2019.

His tenure with the Oilers has included a win by Riley Morris as AJHL Top Goaltender in 2017-18, as well as top goalie nominations for Morris in 2016-17, Brady Parker in 2018-19 and 2019-20, and Jack McNaughton in 2021-22.

Reid Hnatowich

Assistant Coach

Reid Hnatowich enters his fifth season with the Okotoks Oilers in 2022-23.

He has worked with players at nearly all levels, from professionals in the NHL, AHL, and ECHL to high-end performers in the NCAA, WHL, and CJHL, to the earliest ages of hockey development. Certified HP1 by Hockey Canada, he serves as both an on-ice instructor with Tanbridge Academy and owner of Push It Hockey Ltd, which operates development camps throughout the year in Southern Alberta.

His other bench roles have included assistant and head coaching roles with the Bantam AAA Airdrie Xtreme (2014-19), winning the AMBHL championship in 2017-18, assistant and skills coaching for the Midget AAA Strathmore Bisons (2016-17), and Coach Mentor/Association Skill Development Coach with the Okotoks Oilers Athletic Association (2019-20).

Brody Hailwood

Assistant Coach & Equipment Manager

Brody Hailwood enters his third season with the Okotoks Oilers in 2022-23 as Assistant Coach and Equipment Manager.

A team alumnus, he suited up in 40 games for the Oilers in the 2015-16 season before beginning his coaching career with the South East Athletic Club (SEAC) in Medicine Hat.

 

Courtney Owen

Athletic Therapist

Courtney Owen enters her second season with the Okotoks Oilers in 2022-23.

A Certified Athletic Therapist from the Okotoks community, Courtney graduated from Foothills Composite High School in 2013. Shen then went on to pursue an education in Athletic Therapy at Mount Royal University from 2014-2018 where she worked with both its Women’s & Men’s hockey teams, the University of Calgary Women’s Rugby team and the University of Calgary Men’s Football team.

After graduating from Mount Royal, Courtney continued to work in multiple youth sports, as well as the Alberta youth Whitecaps Soccer combines in British Columbia in 2018 and the Telus & Esso Cup in 2022. Over the last few years Courtney served as Certified Athletic Therapist to the Okotoks Minor Hockey Association and was found on the bench with many of the minor teams before joining the Okotoks Oilers.

Tyler King

Assistant General Manager, Business Operations

Tyler King enters his second season with the Okotoks Oilers as Assistant General Manager, Business Operations in 2021-22, overseeing all off-ice operations of the team.

Coming to the team after serving with Hockey Canada as Logistics Manager for the 2021 World Junior Hockey Championships, he previously worked for the AJHL’s Brooks Bandits (2015-2019) as its Communications Manager and later Business Manager, and chaired the 2019 National Junior A Championship (now known as the Centennial Cup), the most financially successful-ever iteration of the event. In his time in Brooks, the Bandits became pace leaders in Junior A for digital and social media content.

He moved to Alberta in 2011 to serve as play-by-play broadcaster for the Fort McMurray Oil Barons, for whom he was eventually named the team’s Manager of Communications before moving to Brooks. In his time in Fort McMurray he oversaw the first implementation of a video scoreboard for an AJHL team, and chaired the bid committee of the 2015 Western Canada Cup that was awarded to the Oil Barons.

He graduated from Syracuse University in 2010 with a Master of Science in Broadcast and Digital Journalism, before beginning his tenure in the CJHL as a broadcaster for the Kingston Voyageurs in the Ontario Junior Hockey League.

Kyle Moore

Business Operations Coordinator

Kyle Moore enters his second season with the Okotoks Oilers as Business Operations Coordinator in 2021-22, overseeing corporate partnerships and administration for the team.

An alumnus of the AJHL, Moore played for the Olds Grizzlys in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. In the former, he was part of the team that notoriously upset Okotoks in the first round of the playoffs. In the latter, he served as an alternate captain for the squad in which he recorded 40 points in 58 games, added a team-leading 142 penalty minutes, and helped propel the team to what still stands as its winningest season in the past 11 years.

Subsequently, he played two seasons for the University of Lethbridge, where he was named an Academic All-Canadian and completed his Bachelor of Management in 2019.

 

Scouting Staff
Brad Cobb – Head Scout
Jason Johnstone – Assistant Head Scout
Gord Susinski – Director of Player Personnel & Calgary Area Scout

Jason Abramoff – CSSHL Area Scout
Monier Bohart – CSSHL Area Scout
Jeremy Browning – Midwest Ohio Area Scout
Gord Jones – Phoenix Area Scout
Jay Magnussen
Charlie Moxham – California Area Scout
Jason Reinhart – Edmonton Area Scout
Ryan Tessmer – Pennsylvania/Eastern US Scout
Jessie Willis – Minnesota Area Scout

Medical Staff

Dr. Arif Karmali – Chiropractic Sport Specialist

Momentum Health Seton – Official Medical Team