Strength & Conditioning Coach
Mental performance coach
Dear Prospective Players and Family Members,
On behalf of our entire coaching staff, I am pleased to welcome you to the 2023–24 Ottawa Myers Automotive AAA season.
We are excited to see everyone out at tryouts ready to showcase their skills, work ethic, and the character needed to earn a spot on our team. Our coaching staff places a high priority on the intangibles that contribute to being a good teammate and competing at the very highest levels. Selfless, tough, resilient, positive, coachable, focused, hard-working, and willing to do ‘whatever-it-takes’ to help their team be successful; these are some of the qualities we value most.
Our season will focus on elite level individual skill and tactical development throughout, while developing the highest possible level of awareness and abilities in the team tactics required to be successful at the highest levels of hockey. Our season will be broken up into phases. Early on we will look to establish our style of play, structure, and team standards (as we develop the skills needed for each) and progress to the point where all players fully understand expectations and are held accountable for demonstrating them consistently.
This will be accomplished through team meetings and video sessions, intentionally designed practices executed with intensity, off-ice training and team building activities, mental performance coaching, in-game coaching, use of individual skill development experts (Myers Development Mondays with the Sens Elite Hockey Development and Fitquest Staff), and be supported by an extremely caring, passionate, qualified, and professional coaching staff. We will at all times maintain a fun, highly disciplined and respectful environment. All players and parents will be expected to contribute to this environment with positivity at all times.
Joining me to help lead our team through a FUN and successful season will be my associate coach Jake Bullen, assistant coach Jonathan Al-aaraj, part-time assistant coach Marcus Quinlin, goaltending coach Connor McNair, strength & conditioning coach Nick Silva, along with a mental performance coach Mike Kostka, and other specialists and consultants.
Collectively our goal will be to push players to be their absolute best while having a blast and increasing their love of the game, and achieving maximum development in the areas outlined above. We aim to equip our players with the skills, tactics, and game knowledge needed for them to succeed at the highest levels they wish to obtain.
The U14 AAA level provides our team with the opportunity to qualify for the U14 OHL Cup (GTA in April) while some of our players will also attend the Ontario Winter Games (Thunder Bay in February). These events give our team additional opportunities to develop through the competitive challenge they present as we strive to qualify to represent the HEO AAA league. Of course, our team will also be striving towards regular season and playoff success; hoping to earn our club the honour of being named HEO champions in back-to-back seasons at U14.
In addition to those possibilities, our team will be participating in the following tournaments:
- October 6–8, 2023
Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament
- October 26–29, 2023
Eastern Exposure Cup
Boston Area, USA
- November 10–12, 2023
Myers Automotive AAA Shootout
- November 23–26, 2023
International Silver Stick Finals
- *December 27-30, 2023 (Tentative)
Toronto Marlboros Holiday Classic
- January 19–21, 2024
Battle on the Bay (Quinte Red Devils)
We look forward to welcoming all athletes to our tryouts in August and selecting the most competitive and positive group possible.
Best of luck to all,
Ottawa Myers Automotive U14 AAA
Myers is thrilled to welcome back Andy Bryan for his fourth consecutive season with the organization as Head Coach at the U14 (2010) level.
Andy and his staff work together to create and foster a professional atmosphere which sees all team members develop and consistently demonstrate the high-performance habits necessary for success at the highest levels of sport and life. Most recently this approach saw his two years leading our Myers 2009 team culminate in capturing both a Regular Season and Playoff HEO AAA League Championship in 2022–23.
Andy is an HP 1 Certified Coach who began his coaching career in Minor Hockey back in the late 1990s and has continued to hone his craft as a student of the game ever since.
Professionally, he has worked for the Ottawa Senators organization for 22 years and currently holds the position of Senior Director of Revenue and Hockey Programs with the Sensplex facilities. Andy is responsible for hockey programs and events for tens of thousands of minor hockey players annually from beginner to elite levels. In this role, he works as a coach, manager, scout & talent evaluator, and instructor. He also leads a large team of hockey program professionals.
Through effective planning, communication, and professional-level execution, he looks forward to working with his team of assistant coaches to set and deliver an exceptional year for all 17 players and families of the 2023–24 Ottawa Myers Automotive U14 AAA team.
- Jake Bullen
- Jonathan Al-aaraj
- Marcus Quinlin
- Connor McNair
- Nick Silva
Strength & Conditioning Coach
- Mike Kostka
Mental performance coach
- Other specialists