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Mar 11, 2024 | Ron Carpentier | 769 views
NEW COACHES FOR 2024-25
We are excited to announce that two new coaches have joined our ranks for the 2024-25 season.  Please join us in welcoming Andrew Catania as the head coach of our U13 AA/A team and Ben St-Jean as the head coach for the U16 AA/A team.  Andrew has a wealth of coaching experience and has been as assistant with the Jr. Raiders for the past couple of seasons. Ben has been as assistant coach with the Raiders and runs his own player development clinics.

Please welcome Andrew Catania and Ben St-Jean to the Jr. Raiders.  

A note from Andrew to current and potential Raiders families:

I grew up playing team sports & firmly believe being on a team that supports each other, and hold each other accountable, can help shape lives. Coaching for me is about developing our youth into responsible, hardworking, focused individuals. All while pushing their limits in a safe team environment. Communication is a major strength of mine. I strive to always find positive reinforcement, combined with clear instructions for areas of improvement. I will help prepare our youth for many challenges they will face in life and competition in the years to come.

  • Grew up playing hockey in OMHA and playing high school hockey in Halton
  • Players Ball Hockey League, Eastern Regional Champion
  • Two years Assistant Coach for Burlington Jr Raiders
  • Seven years of head coaching a Burlington Soccer Team
  • Ball Hockey Assistant Coach in Burlington Ball Hockey League

My main assistant coach will be Robert Lucciantonio who grew up playing AAA in the Oakville Rangers system before playing in the Ontario Junior Hockey League for six years.

Robert is a non-parent coach who is excited to help improve our program.

A bit about Ben, from Ben, to our current and potential Raiders families:

-Played AAA my whole career (Hamilton & Brantford)
-I've been coaching competitive hockey for the past four years.
-I run a hockey development clinic - St-Jean Hockey Development - and a spring team under the same name.
-My approach is tough, but fair.  I expect the players to look at themselves in the mirror and hold themselves accountable on and off the ice.  I want a family feel for our team, a united front where everyone has each other's backs.

We look forward to what both Andrew and Ben bring to the rink.

 
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