The Beardys Blackhawks Midget AAA Hockey Club is a benchmark for hockey in Canada. As the first and only Midget AAA hockey program in Canada operated by a First Nation, the Blackhawks demonstrate that hockey players of all backgrounds and ethnicity can play together, grow together and achieve both team and individual success together. Much of this can be attributed to exemplary Blackhawk leadership. The following is provides an overview on the Blackhawk leadership team:
As the person who works behind the scenes to help guide the Blackhawk organization, Manager Mel Parenteau is an administrative machine. A native of Prince Albert and a former Junior hockey player, Mel is respected throughout the league as a top notch manager. Through the energy and planning of Parenteau, Blackhawk players enjoy many benefits that are usually reserved for higher levels of hockey. The efforts of Mel Parenteau are one of the reasons the Beardys Blackhawks are a highly desired team to play for in Saskatchewan.
The Blackhawks are proud to have Dave Cameron as a long time Assistant Coach with the organization. A native of the Beardys/Okemasis First Nation, Coach Cameron brings a tremendous understanding of the game and is an exceptional communicator with the players. The players benefit greatly from Coach Cameronís experiences as both a player and coach and he is an integral part of the coaching staff.
As a very thorough and knowledgeable hockey person, Assistant Coach Andy Debray provides the analytical component of the coaching staff. As an educator who has achieved his Bachelors and Masters degrees, Andy is extremely adept at providing the coaching staff with a statistical breakdown of the game. Andy has been with the Blackhawks coaching staff for three years and has had strong ties to the program for over 10 years.
A very important man behind the scenes for the Blackhawks is Jason Eyahpaise, the Blackhawks Trainer and Equipment Manager. Jason has been with the Blackhawks since the team was formed. His work in ensuring the playerís equipment is in top form and their bumps and bruises tended to has been first rate. Always the first one to the rink and the last one to leave, the players appreciate the Jasonís expertise and commitment to the team!
BLACKHAWK ALUMNI------ WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
D.J. KING ñ St Louis Blues (NHL)
DWIGHT KING ñ Los Angeles Kings (NHL)
JEREMY YABLONSKI ñ Binghamton Senators (AHL)
JOEL BRODA ñ Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
JORDAN KNACKSTEDT ñ Providence Bruins (AHL)
CHAD KLASSEN ñ University of Alberta (CIS)
LINDEN VEY ñ Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
SHAUN VEY ñ University Of Saskatchewan (CIS)
GARY HOUSEMAN ñ Played St. Cloud State (NCAA)
BRENNAN BOSCH ñ University of Saskatchewan (CIS)
ZACH SIM ñ University of Saskatchewan (CIS)
JESSIE FORSBERG ñ Prince George Cougars (WHL)
DYLAN WRUCK ñ Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
BRAEDEN LAROQUE ñ Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
DYLAN SMITH ñ Estevan Bruins (SJHL)
BJ SKLAPSKY ñ played Princeton University (NCAA)
SPENCER BAHT ñ Humboldt Broncos (SJHL)
RICHIE REGEHR ñ Berlin Polar Bears (DEL - Germany)
RYAN CAMPBELL ñ Humboldt Broncos (SJHL)
SEAN COLLINS ñ Cornell University (NCAA)