Hockey Operations

Michael Oke – General Manager

Mike officially became General Manager of the Petes on February 14th, 2013 after serving as the Interim General Manager for four months. He originally joined the Petes as the Manager of Player Personnel in April 2010 and was promoted to Director of Player Personnel in July 2010. Prior to his role with the Petes, Mike worked with International Scouting Services (ISS) as Chief Scout and subsequently General Manager/Chief Scout in September of 2008. Among his many duties, Mike was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of ISS, as well as the scouting staff responsible for producing reports on players eligible for the NHL Draft and WHL, QMJHL, OHL and CHL Import Drafts. Mike was Assistant Coach in charge of video with Team Pacific at the 2008 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge. He worked as the Director of Player Personnel and Assistant Coach with the Oshawa Generals from 2004-2006. He also spent four years as Assistant Coach at Wilfrid Laurier University of the Ontario University Athletic Association, where he played a role in their trip to the 2001 CIS National Hockey Championships. In addition, Mike worked for four years as Full-Time Head Coach/Manager with the Trenton Sting of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League, winning the 1998 OPJHL Eastern Conference Championship. He is a graduate of the Sports Administration program at Durham College.

Andrew Verner – Interim Head Coach

Andrew was named Interim Head Coach on January 5, 2018 after serving as the team’s Assistant Coach since August, 2014. He joined the Petes as Goaltender Coach following a 17-year professional career spanning the AHL, Canadian National Team, and 14 seasons in Europe. Andrew played for the Petes from 1989 to 1992.  He is a two-time OHL All-Star, 2nd round draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers (1991), AHL Calder Cup Champion (Cape Breton Oilers, 1993), Spengler Cup Gold Medalist (Kolner Haie, 1999), Men’s World Championship Silver and Bronze Medalist (Canadian National Team, 1996 & 1995, respectively), and Austrian League Champion (Klagenfurt AC 2003).  He has also worked as a Goaltending Consultant for Hockey Canada (2015 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Cup Champions), the Austrian National Team, OHL/OHF U16, and is the current Goaltending Consultant for the Peterborough Minor Petes AAA system. Andrew lives in Ennismore with his wife Allison, daughter Ella, and son Jacob.


Mike Duco – Assistant Coach

Mike joined the Petes as an Assistant Coach prior to the start of the 2017-18 season. Prior to joining the Petes, he was the Head Coach of the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals after being promoted from Assistant Coach. He played eight seasons of professional hockey between the NHL (Vancouver, Florida), AHL (Toronto, Chicago, Rochester), ECHL (Evansville, Indy, Orlando), EIHL (EC Salzburg) and EBEL (Sheffield Steelers). In the OHL, Mike was a forward with the Kitchener Rangers for five seasons and was a member of the 2007-08 OHL Championship team. He recorded 99 goals, 92 assists, 191 points, and 489 penalty minutes in 242 games. Mike lives in Peterborough with his girlfriend, Alexandra.

Walser HeadshotDerrick Walser – Assistant Coach

Walser, a native of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, played nineteen seasons of professional hockey between the NHL (Columbus), AHL (Syracuse, Saint John, Albany, Toronto), ECHL (Johnstown), KHL (Chekhov), Swiss-A (Rapperswil-Jona), DEL (Berlin), and was most recently a Player/Head Coach for two seasons with the Belfast Giants of the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL). The career point-per-game defenseman was named QMJHL and CHL Defenceman of the Year in 1997-98. Walser went on to win numerous awards and championships in his career, including winning the Spengler Cup (2012-13), AHL Calder Cup (2000-01), European Trophy (2010-11), and the DEL Championship (2004-05, 2005-06, and 2010-11). He was named an All-Star in the QMJHL (1997, 1998), CHL (1998), ECHL (2000), AHL (2002, 2008), and EIHL (2016, 2017). Walser spent five seasons as a defenseman in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Beauport Harfangs and Rimouski Oceanic, recording 82 goals, 173 assists, 255 points and 293 penalty minutes in 255 career games. Derrick lives in Peterborough with his wife, Sara, and sons Camden and Hudson.


Brian Miller – Head Trainer

Brian is responsible for the day-to-day medical care of the players. He is also the Petes Head Equipment Manager. In 2013, Brian won the Gold Medal as Equipment Manager with Canada’s National Jewish Hockey Team at the Maccabiah Games in Israel. Before joining the Petes, Brian was the Head Trainer and Equipment Manager of the AHL Saint John Flames for six seasons. He was the Trainer for two AHL All-Star games and won the Calder Cup as part of the Flames organization in 2001. Brian holds a Bachelor of Phys-Ed from Brock University and is a graduate of the Sports Injury Management program at Sheridan College. Brian lives in Peterborough with his wife Esther and four children Joshua, Elisha, Luke and Noah.
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Terry Bowser & Larry Smith – Assistant Trainers






Chris McNamaraDirector of Scouting
GTA Regional Scout

Chris McNamara joined the Petes as Scouting Coordinator after spending two seasons as a member of the Kingston Frontenacs scouting staff. He was named Director of Scouting for the Peterborough Petes in 2013.  Prior to joining the Frontenacs, Chris worked as a Regional Scout with the Oshawa Generals and as the OHL Head Scout for International Scouting Services.  Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Chris graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics and is a certified Kinesiologist.  Chris lives in Etobicoke, ON and works at the Canadian Ice Academy in Mississauga, ON where he is the General Manager.  Chris covers players in the GTHL, OMHA SCTA and ETA, while providing crossover coverage of players in other regions of the province.


Ron Ringler – Northern Ontario Regional Scout

Ron Ringler returned to the Petes family having previously played for the Petes during the 1967-68 season. Ron, who covers Northern Ontario, comes to the Petes with a great knowledge of hockey and the OHL, having previously scouted with the North Bay Centennials, Oshawa Generals and Saginaw Spirit.  He also served as an Assistant Coach with North Bay during the 2000-01 campaign.  Originally from North Bay, Ron now resides in Powassan, ON with his wife Linda.







Dave Gaw – Ottawa & Eastern Ontario Regional Scout

Dave joined the Peterborough Petes scouting staff after spending three years as the Ottawa Area Scout for the OHL Central Scouting Bureau.  Dave also spent four years scouting with the Smiths Falls Bears of the Central Junior A Hockey League.  Residing in Kemptville, ON, Dave is responsible for filing reports and evaluating players in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario for the OHL Priority Selection Draft.






Sandy Gemmiti – Central Ontario Regional Scout

Based in Peterborough, Sandy covers players in the OMHA and ETA eligible for the OHL Priority Selection Draft. Sandy has coached four seasons in the Peterborough Minor Petes system and has worked as a coach at two U16 training camps and two U17 training camps.  Sandy lives in Peterborough with his wife Jenn and their son Alexander.








Matt St. Germain – South Western Ontario & Michigan Regional Scout

Matt St. Germain, having played with the Petes from 1991 to 1994, joined the Club’s scouting staff in 2011. He covers scouting in Southwestern Ontario and Michigan.  After graduating from the Petes, Matt spent two years at the University of Waterloo. Matt has been highly involved in hockey, coaching at different levels over the past ten years: from 1998-2000 with Windsor AAA 84’s, 2000-2002 with Leamington Flyers Jr. B, 2002-2004 with Tecumseh Chiefs Jr. B, 2004-2006 with Leamington Flyers Jr. B, and from 2006-2009 with Sun County AAA 95s.





Andy Hooper – South-Western Ontario Regional Scout

Andy joined the Petes scouting staff in 2012, following a five-year scouting stint with the OJHL Lindsay Muskies. He has been highly involved in hockey, having previously played with the OCAA Fleming College, and coaching in both Lindsay and Waterloo. Andy resides in Waterloo with wife Francine, daughter Shannon and son Ben.








Dan Larmer – Golden Horseshoe Regional Scout

A graduate of Whitchurch Stouffviile Minor Hockey, Dan played junior hockey for Vaughan and St.Michael’s before moving on to play NCAA hockey for Mercyhurst. After graduating from Mercyhurst with a  B.A. in Business Management, Dan returned to Stouffville where he was named the Head Coach and Assistant General Manager of the Stouffville Spirit of the OPJHL. Dan currently resides in Brantford with his wife Becky, son Finn and daughter Abby.







 Dave Pulford – Bantam Scout

Dave joined the Petes in 2015 as the Bantam scout. Residing in Burlington, he spent his minor hockey career with the Burlington Eagles before moving on to play junior for the Rockland Nats. While in Rockland, David studied Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. He returned to Burlington after university, where he was an Assistant Coach and General Manager for a local junior team while also participating in ISS Hockey’s intern scouting program. He was named the ISS Intern of the Year at the end of the 2014/15 season.