Kyle Dubas was named GENERAL MANAGER of the Soo Greyhounds on Friday, April 15, 2011 and is presently in his 2nd season with club.
Prior to joining the Hounds, Dubas was an NHLPA Certified Agent with Uptown Sports Management for 5 years. During that time Dubas was actively involved in recruiting and advising players at the major junior, collegiate and pro level while representing players in their contract negotiations with NHL and AHL clubs. Some of his locally known clients included Dustin Jeffrey (Pittsburg Penguins, NHL), Andrew Campbell (Manchester Monarchs, AHL), and Brandon Archibald (Saginaw Spirit, OHL)
He rejoined the Greyhounds organization after working 13 years in the hockey business beginning in 1998-99. Aside from his position with Uptown, Dubas had worked with the Greyhounds in both Hockey & Business Operations. His role with the club included developing new corporate partners & revenue streams while also scouting and player development.
At the time of his hiring, the Sports Management Graduate from Brock University (Dean’s List honours) became the 2nd youngest GM in Ontario Hockey League history and is one of three members of the Dubas family to work for the team. Kyle’s grandfather, Walter, coached the Hounds from 1960 through 1967 while his sister Megan currently holds the position of the team’s Marketing & Gameday Operations Coordinator.
DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
Wes Clark was named the Hounds Director of Player Development on Monday, May 2, 2011 and was the first hire by GM Dubas.
In his position Clark's main role is to monitor the progress and development of the club's draft picks who are not on our current roster while other duties include:
• tracking the development of all protected list players
• staying in continual communication with our protected list players, their parents and their coaches
• aiding in the players development in the area of strength, conditioning and nutrition,
• aid in relationship development and recruitment of drafted players to play for the Soo Greyhounds
Along with his position with the Hounds, the Oakville, ONTARIO native s presently a lead on-ice and off-ice instructor with the Athlete Training Centre in Mississauga. He has built a tremendous reputation through his work with some of hockey’s brightest young stars including John Tavares, Matt Moulson, P.K. Subban, and Ryan Strome
The 29-year old joined the Hounds quickly after his own playing career. It was during the 2008-09 season he played professional hockey with the Phoenix Roadrunners and Johnston Chiefs of the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League) while from 2004-05 thru 2007-08, Wes graduated with a B.Sc. in Business Management while playing at the University of Maine.
With Maine, Clark was recognized as Dean’s List student as well as a Scholar Athlete for his strong academic performance. He also participated in 2 NCAA Frozen Four tournaments, and in his final season won the Leading Scorer and Unsung Hero Awards.
Sheldon Keefe was named Head Coach of the Greyhounds on Monday, December 3, 2012 becoming the 18th different Head Coach in team history.
The 32-year old Keefe joined the Hounds after spending the past six seasons as GM/Head Coach of the Pembroke Lumber Kings (CCHL). During that time the Brampton, ON native led the Kings to a league record five consecutive championships (2007-2011) accumulating a regular season record of 265-76-20 along with a 67-22 post-season mark.
He became the fastest coach in league history to 200 wins and also guided the Kings to the 2007 and 2011 Fred Page Cup Eastern Canadian Championship and 2011 RBC Cup Canadian Junior A National Championship.
Sheldon was selected by Hockey Canada as an Assistant Coach of Team Canada East for the 2012 World Jr. A Challenge and was named Head Coach for the 2011 Canadian Jr. A Top Prospect game.
Keefe played two seasons in the OHL between the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors and Barrie Colts. In 1998-99 he was named the OHL Rookie of the Year and later advanced to the Mastercard Memorial Cup with Barrie in 1999-00.
After being drafted 47th overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning he spent 125 games in the NHL before ending his playing career in the AHL in 2004-05.
Coaching/Management Achievements and Awards
• CCHL General Manager of the year 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 as voted by league General Managers
• CCHL Coach of the Year 2008 – 2nd in voting 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 as voted by league General Managers
• Set a league record with five consecutive league championships 2007-2011
• Regular Season Championships 2007, 2008, 2011 – 2nd by 1 point in 2009, 2010
• Over six seasons a Regular Season (W-L-T) record 265-76-20 Playoff (W-L) record 67-22 (*prior to this
• Highest regular season winning percentage and fastest coach to 200 wins in league history
• Record of 16-1 in best of seven playoff series
• Fred Page Cup Eastern Canadian Champion (2007, 2011) Finalist (2008, 2010) Semi-Finalist (2009)
• RBC Cup Canadian Junior A National Champion (2011), Semi-Finalist (2007)
• CCHL coaching alumni include Bryan Murray, Bob Hartley, Jacques Martin and current CHL coaches
Eric Veilleux - (Shawinigan/Baie-Comeau), Chris Byrne (Ottawa) and Todd Gill (Kingston)
• 2 players drafted directly to NHL – Matthew Peca (Tampa Bay), Jamie Phillips (Winnipeg)
• Selected by Hockey Canada as assistant coach of Team Canada East for 2012 World Jr.A Challenge
• Selected by Hockey Canada as Head Coach of 2011 Canadian Jr. A Top Prospects Games in Langley, BC
• Attended 2012 Hockey Canada Program of Excellence Coaches Conference in Calgary, AB
• Named Upper Ottawa Valley Young Entrepreneur of the year in 2011 as owner of Lumber Kings
• Named Renfrew County United Way 2011 Honorary Fundraising Campaign Chairman
• During the 2004-2005 season while playing for the Utah Grizzlies he was named the winner of the American
Specialty/AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the greater Salt Lake Valley community and charitable organizations. He was the leader of the Grizzlies *Go For The Goal* program that taught area elementary school children life lessons including stay in school, say no to drugs and strive for academic excellence. In addition, Sheldon participated in numerous stops on the *Gather with the Grizzlies* library reading tour and was the point player for the Grizzlies holiday hospital gift presentations and also worked with the Ronald McDonald House during the holidays serving food to needy children
OHL Accolades (Player)
• OHL All-Rookie Team (1999)
• OHL Rookie of the Year (1999)
• OHL Second All-Star Team (2000),
• OHL Top Scorer (2000)
• Canadian Major Junior First All Star-Team (2000)
• Memorial Cup Tournament All-Star Team (2000)
Joe Cirella was named Assistant Coach with the Hounds on Thursday, July 12, 2012.
Cirella, a defenceman, played parts of three seasons with the Oshawa Generals. In 1983 the Hamilton, ON product served as team captain in Oshawa for the Generals as they won the J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL Champions.
After being selected in the 1st Round (5th overall) by the Colorado Rockies in 1981, Cirella spent 14-years in the NHL spread among the Colorado Rockies, New Jersey Devils, Quebec Nordiques, New York Rangers, Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators.
In 828 games played he had 64 goals and 211 assists.
After retiring in 1997, Cirella became an Assistant Coach with the Florida Panther’s (1997/98) before joining the OHL’s Oshawa Generals as an Assistant Coach for 7 seasons (1998/99-2003/04 and 2010/11 – 2011/12). Joe also worked one season with the Peterborough Petes in 2009/2010 as a Defensive Consultant.
Mike Oliverio was named Assistant Coach with the Hounds on Thursday, June 2, 2011.
The Sault Ste. Marie, ON product joined the organization after spending 14 seasons as a Scout with the Plymouth Whalers (OHL). He played five seasons with the Hounds spanning the 1983-84 to 1987-88 seasons. During that time Oliverio was captain of the team during the 1985/86 and 1986/87 seasons. To-date, he remains among the top in the Soo Greyhounds history books with Most Career Games Played (314), 3rd Most Career Points (389), 2nd Most Career Goals (154) and 3rd Most Career Assists (235).
A 7th Round pick of the NHL’s Quebec Nordiques, Oliverio went on to play 5 years of professional hockey overseas in England, Sweden and Italy.