Hockey PEI Staff | August 11th, 2021

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The Under-16 Male High Performance Program has returned after being sidelined due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Provincial programs nationwide have begun the process of re-implementing this division into their High Performance Program plans and with that, Hockey PEI has announced its first scheduled U16 male programming – The 2021 Summer Development Camp. The camp, which will take place from August 18th to 23rd at the Pownal Sports Centre will feature 2006 born skaters participating in skill development practice sessions and intrasquad games. 

The details surrounding the competition for this team have not yet been finalized. Generally, the Under-16 male program would compete in Blainville-Boisbriand, Quebec representing PEI at the QMJHL Gatorade Excellence Challenge, but discussions are still ongoing. 

Hockey PEI’s High Performance Program Management team is pleased to announce the team staff who will lead this group of High Performance Athletes: 

Director, Hockey Operations: Tanner Doiron (Summerside, PE / Hockey PEI) 

Head Coach: Olivier Filion (Stratford, PE / Mount Academy)

Assistant Coach: Kris MacDonald (Orwell, PE / Acadia Axemen)

Assistant Coach: Travis McIsaac (Uigg, PE / Hockey PEI)

 

Director of Goaltending: Drew MacIntyre (Stratford, PE / Manitoba Moose) 

 

Athletic Therapist: John Blanchard (Summerside, PE / Hockey PEI)

Equipment Manager: Jonathan Gregory (Summerside, PE / Hockey PEI)

 

The Under-16 program is a very important part in the process of providing the necessary development and exposure these players need to get to the next level and be looked at on a larger scale. This group of staff are eager to get to work with this group and hope to represent PEI proudly at an event this season.

– Hockey PEI Technical Director, Kris MacPhee 

ABOUT THE COACHING STAFF: 

OLIVIER FILION: Born in Montreal, Quebec, Filion played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan from 1999 to 2003. His career-high season came in the 2002-2003 season where he recorded 104 points in 73 games played with the Titan. Filion then went on to play pro in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) with the Alaska Aces for four seasons before joining the Victoria Salmon Kings (ECHL). Filion would finish his career in the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey (LNAH) competing for various teams. His coaching career would begin in the LNAH as Head Coach of the Cornwall River Kings. He would then become Director of Hockey and Head Coach at the Newbridge Academy before making the move to PEI to become Director of Male Hockey and Head Coach with the Mount Academy in Charlottetown. 

KRIS MACDONALD: A PEI native, hailing from Orwelll, PE, Kris “Killer” MacDonald suited up for the Summerside Western Capitals in 2003-04 before making the jump to Major Junior, playing with the PEI Rocket and Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL). MacDonald would finish his junior career with the Western Capitals recording 82 points in 55 games during the 2006-07 season. He would then go on to play for the Acadia Axemen from 2007-10 before returning home to finish off his playing career with the UPEI Panthers in the 2010-11 season. His coaching career would start with UPEI as an Asst. Coach before heading west to be Head Coach of the Notre Dame Hounds U18 AAA Team for two seasons. MacDonald would then spend one season as an Asst. Coach with Acadie-Bathurst Titan before being named Associate Coach of the Acadia Axemen in 2015, a role which he continues to do today. 

TRAVIS MCISAAC: A Uigg, PEI native, Travis McIsaac played three seasons with the Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL) where he centred current NHLers Yanni Gourde and Phillip Danault before coming back home to play his final junior year with the PEI Rocket where he proudly served as team captain. During his QMJHL career, McIsaac suited up for 260 regular-season games, and recorded a total of 122 points during his four seasons. McIsaac would spend four seasons with the UPEI Men’s Panthers to finish out his playing career. McIsaac has coached at various levels since his playing days including in the NBPEI Major U18 League, The PEI U18 AAA League and within Hockey PEI’s High Performance Program.

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Media Contact:

Tanner Doiron | Manager, Hockey Operations & Communications

tanner@hockeypei.com or 902-368-4334