UPDATE: Peterborough U16 AAA Petes Welcome Another Coach to the Bench, News (Peterborough Minor Petes)

News Article
News Article Image
Jun 15, 2021 | PMHC Official | 2248 views
UPDATE: Peterborough U16 AAA Petes Welcome Another Coach to the Bench
Update: Mitch Purdie being added to the Peterborough Minor Petes AAA U16 Bench Staff along with Darren Doherty and Tyler Melancon will be joining Head Coach Ryan Watts behind the bench for the 2021-2022 season.  Also continuing with the bench staff will be goaltending development coach Andrew Verner.

Mitch Purdie played for the Peterborough Petes AAA novice-major bantam (2002-2009), Central Ontario Wolves AAA minor midget (2009-2010), Peterborough Petes AAA major midget (2010-2011), Lakefield Chiefs Jr. C (2011-2012), Fighting Spirit Jr hockey team (2012-2014) Captain during the 2013-2014 season, Caledonia Corvairs Jr. B (2014-2015) -- Sutherland Cup Champion

Purdie attended Worcester State University 2015-2019 achieving a Bachelor in Business Administration with a minor in Economics.  He played for the Worcester State University NCAA Div III (2015-2019) and was the team captain during the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons. 

He was the 2019 recipient of the Margaret Nugent award which is presented annually to a senior student-athlete for their outstanding performance in the classroom as well as in athletic competition.

Welcome, Mitch!


__________________

Darren Doherty played minor hockey in Peterborough and won the OHL Cup in his draft year. This lead to being drafted to the Ottawa 67’s and helped him obtain a scholarship to the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).  Doherty decided to pursue the scholarship opportunity and helped RIT which is a Division 1 NCAA school.  Doherty holds the Sr. A all-time scoring points total and won Sr. A player of the year several times.  The 39-year-old also spent a year playing professionally in Germany. 

 

Tyler Melancon was drafted by the Guelph Storm in 2005 and played in the OHL for 3 seasons before playing for 6 seasons in Europe.  In his last season in Belgium, the 32-year-old Right Winger had 80 points in 21 games – 35 goals and 45 assists.  Upon returning to Ontario, Melancon continued to play with the Whitby Dunlops racking up 93 points in four seasons.

 

Andrew Verner is the team’s goaltending development coach.   He is currently an Associate Coach with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL.  Andrew played for the Petes from 1989 to 1992 and then went on to have a 17-year professional career.   

 

Head coach Ryan Watts started in the Petes AAA organization as a goaltending coach in 2008 and continues to work with goalies in the system alongside Andrew Verner.  In 2009, Coach Watts became an assistant coach and spent 8 seasons as an assistant, including one run to the OMHA finals, before making the jump to head coach in 2019 with the 2006 age group. 

 

Coach Watts is excited to be able to continue with this group.  He is extremely proud of the effort and commitment from the players during the pandemic season.  That work ethic, positive attitude and commitment to improving every day is what is going to foster success on and off the ice.  The bench staff is working hard to create a positive atmosphere and competitive program for the upcoming 2021-2022 season which will allow the players to reach their maximum potential.

 

We look forward to seeing you at the rink this season and cheering on the Peterborough U16 AAA Petes!

Sponsors
Jesse's Tap and Grill
Jesse’s Tap & Grill is a local family owned and operated business and has been serving the Ennismore area for 20 years. With Grandma Ella’s catering secrets and recipes, we pride ourselves of more than 75 years of catering and restaurant experience. Join us for our Great Weekend Breakfast starting at 8a.m. OUR #1 PRIORITY IS CUSTOMER SATISFACTION AND WE WILL STRIVE TO MEET YOUR EVERY NEED
Ben Smith Sells
As a registered sales representative, I am dedicated to providing you with the highest quality service possible. My personal knowledge as well as my resources for the local Real Estate market is what can make your next real estate transaction an easy and stress free one. I am able to list your property with current market value in mind, leaving you with a sense of satisfaction that you deserve. I can help you look for a home that is perfect for you, while maintaining your best interests throughout the transaction. I look forward to hearing from you regarding your next real estate transaction.
Hockey Hotel Peterborough
HockeyHotel.com is the preeminent year-round ice hockey skills development and training destination for individuals or teams in the country. We offer an environment in which hockey players can train at the highest level in a residential setting. Whether you are staying for two nights or a week our facility offers a complete training environment that fosters rapid player development.
Fitzsimmons Towing & Repair
Fitzsimmons Towing & Repair: Your One-Stop Peterborough Shop If your gears are grinding after a day of wheeling or your car won’t turn over after a night in the driveway, Fitzsimmons Towing & Repair will get you moving again. Serving Peterborough since 1949, our towing and repair services address emergency and non-emergency situations. Slide off the road and stuck in a ditch? We’ll pull you out, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Battery died in the grocery lot? We have a boost or can bring you gas. Looking for a reliable shop to change your oil, plugs and hoses? We’re the one! Why wait? Contact us to schedule your next service.