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. 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.

Jody Hull – Head Coach

 Jody took over the Petes Head Coaching duties in December 2012 after joining the team in 2010 for a second stint as an Assistant Coach. He previously worked with the Club from 2005-2008, winning the 2006 OHL Championship alongside Head Coach Dick Todd. He won a gold medal as Head Coach of the Canadian National Men’s Summer U18 Team at the 2014 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka U18 Tournament in the Czech Republic and Prague. He also won gold as an Assistant Coach with the Canadian National Men’s Under-18 Hockey Team at the 2013 IIHF U18 World Championship in Sochi, Russia. Jody is a veteran of 831 NHL games spread between the Hartford Whalers, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Florida Panthers Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers. Jody Is a Petes Alumnus, having played 170 games and recording 88 goals and 188 points with the Club from 1985 to 1988. He was a first round, 18th overall selection of the Hartford Whalers in 1987. Jody lives in Ennismore with his wife Kelly and two children, Brady and Mackenzie.

Andrew Verner – Assistant Coach

 Andrew was named Assistant Coach of the Petes in 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.

Jake Grimes – Assistant Coach

 Jake joined the Petes as an Assistant Coach prior to the start of the 2015/16 season. He served as an Assistant Coach of the Belleville Bulls from 2004 to 2015, helping lead the OHL club to a Memorial Cup berth in 2008, four Leyden Trophy East Division championships, four trips to the Eastern Conference finals, and nine playoff appearances. He has also captured three world championships and a silver medal as a coach at the World U17 Hockey Challenge. As a player, the Dartmouth, Nova Scotia native suited up for three seasons with the Bulls before being drafted by the Ottawa Senators in 1992 and playing four years of professional hockey. He began his coaching career at Dalhousie University while earning a BA, Economics. Jake lives in Belleville with his wife Kim and son Dixon.

Kurtis Foster KHLKurtis Foster – Assistant Coach

Kurtis joined the Petes as an Assistant Coach prior to the start of the 2016/17 season. He played five seasons with the Petes between 1997 and 2002 before embarking on a 405 game NHL career, and a professional hockey career that spanned 15 years in North America and Europe. The former defenceman was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the fourth round (40th overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Among many milestones on the ice, away from the rink Kurtis was recognized with the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award as AHL man of the year in the 2003/2004 season. Kurtis lives in Peterborough with his wife Stephanie and sons Jackson and Charlie.

Robert Francz – Strength & Conditioning Coach

Robert joined the Petes as Strength and Conditioning Coach in July 2013 following a 12-year professional career. Robert played for the Petes from 1996 to 1999, earning Rookie of the Year in 1996 and being selected to play for Germany in the World Junior Hockey Championships in both 1995 and 1996. He was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in 1997 and played for their farm teams, the Springfield Falcons in the AHL and the Mississippi Sea Wolves in the ECHL, before returning to play in the first division of Germany’s Elite League. Robert is the current Owner of The Edge – Strength and Conditioning Centre located in Peterborough. He is a Certified Personal Training Specialist and has been Assistant Coach in the Peterborough Minor Petes AAA system for the past two years at the Midget and Bantam levels. Robert lives in Peterborough with his wife Kim and daughter Isabella.

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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.