Hunters announces appointments to hockey operations staff

Nashville, Tenn. (September 14, 2022) — David Poil, President/General Manager of Nashville Predators Hockey Operations, today announced a number of appointments to the team’s hockey operations staff ahead of the 2022-23 season.

“I am proud to announce the latest additions to our ever-growing Hockey Operations staff ahead of the start of this season’s training camp,” said Poil. “Along with our in-house management staff of Assistant General Managers Jeff Kelty, Scott Nicol and Brian Poole, all of these individuals bring different, valuable and innovative skills to a group that is dedicated each day to bringing the Stanley Cup to Nashville. We are excited about how they complement each other and work together to make our entire organization better.”

Sebastian Bourdeleau has joined the staff of head coach John Hines as a skills coach. Entering his fourth season with the organization, he previously served as forward development coach from 2019–22, assisting Nicole in following and evaluating forward prospects drawn and signed by Nashville, on nutrition Helped him in his maturation process into NHL players by focusing. -Ice workout and conditioning, exercise habits and sports performance. Bourdelau spent three seasons with the Predators as a forward from 1998–01, where he scored 68 points (28g–40a) in 146 games, including 40 (16g–24a) during the franchise’s inaugural campaign in 1998–99. Were. Since 2014, she has also served as a skills and skating coach for the Canadian women’s national hockey team.

Nathan Gerbe has been hired to replace Bordeleau as the team’s forward development coach. He will assist Nicole in following and evaluating forward prospects drawn and signed by Nashville, helping them in their maturation process into NHL players by focusing on nutrition, off-ice workouts and conditioning, exercise habits and game performance. A veteran of 13 professional seasons, Gerbe played parts of 11 campaigns in the NHL with Buffalo, Carolina and Columbus, scoring 151 points (63g–88a) in 435 games. He kicked off his playing career with the Cleveland Monsters of the AHL from 2017–21, serving as captain for two seasons; He also skated for two seasons in the Swiss league from 2016–18. In addition to being a two-time AHL All-Star and AHL Rookie of the Year in 2008–09, Gerbe earned several awards before turning professional. He was named NCAA Tournament MVP for a national championship with Boston College as a junior in 2007–08; In the same season, he helped the Eagles win Hockey East as conference tournament MVP, recorded the most goals (35) and points (68) among all Division I skaters, and was a finalist for the Hobby Baker Award. Internationally, the Oxford, Michigan, native has represented the United States several times, including at the 2005 World Under-18 Championships, where she won the gold medal; At the 2004 World Under-18 Championship, earning silver; and won a domestic bronze medal in 2007, at two World Junior Championships.

Former NHL player Brett Carson has joined Kelty’s staff as a North American Amateur Scout operating in the western part of the United States and Canada. The 36-year-old played 16 seasons of professional hockey from 2006–22, including parts of five campaigns in the NHL with Carolina and Calgary, scoring 13 points (2g-11a) and posting a +8 rating in 90 games . A defender for Regina, Sask., Carson spent the past nine years in Europe, skating four seasons in the Finnish Liga; three in Austria; and one in the Swedish Hockey League, the Slovakian League and the German Second League. Carson also played seven seasons in the AHL, recording 127 points (25g–102a) in 321 games.

Ronda Engelhardt has also joined the Scouting staff as a North American Amateur Scout based out of Minnesota. The first female scout in the team’s history, she comes to the Predators organization after serving as head coach of the Premier Hockey Federation’s Minnesota Whitecaps for four seasons from 2018–22, as league champions in the 2018–19 Isobel Cup. wins. Prior to her time with the Whitecaps, Engelhart was the women’s hockey head coach at Brake School, Minnesota High School from 2013–18 and the assistant coach on the women’s team at the University of St. Thomas (Division III). Four seasons from 2003-07. A former US women’s national hockey team player, Roseville, Minn., captained the University of Minnesota in 2002–03 and finished her collegiate playing career with 167 points (60g-107a) in 147 games. He won the national title during his freshman season and led the Golden Gophers to the WCHA regular-season title as a junior in 2001–02 and earned several conference honors, including Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, All -WCHA First Includes. Team and Tournament MVP.

After spending the past 17 seasons as strength coach for the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals, Jason Nordby will move on to the Predators to become assistant strength and conditioning coach and biometrics coordinator. Working under Predators Strength and Conditioning Coach David Good, he will assist with the team’s full strength and conditioning programs and track a player’s biometric performance during games, drills and off-ice workouts. During its time with Milwaukee, the team made the Calder Cup playoffs 13 times, finishing first in its division on five occasions.

Michael Bingham joins the Predators’ equipment staff as Equipment Coordinator under Head Equipment Manager Pete Rogers and Assistant Equipment Manager Brad Peterson. This will be his first season with the NHL team after serving in the 2021–22 campaign as Milwaukee’s assistant equipment manager. Prior to the season, Bingham served as equipment manager for the USHL’s Tri-City Storms.

Completing the additions in Nashville, the 2022–23 season will be John Sherman’s first with the organization as hockey operations coordinator and analyst. He will work with Hockey Operations Coordinator Alexis Bazzidola, who was hired last season after interning in the Predators hockey operations department before the University of Connecticut. Along with his primary duties, which include player research and database management, he will assist Matt Hyman, Hockey Analytics and Operations Manager and Research and Data Development Engineer Dalton Linkas in Nashville’s Analytics Department, and assist in an administrative capacity. Sherman previously served in various roles with the Washington Capitals, Arizona Coyotes, Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL), Dartmouth University (ECAC) and Boston University (Hockey East).

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