Forde has been heading the organization since the relocation from Mattawa to beautiful Almaguin. David is responsible for bringing and advancing the talented rosters the Spartans have featured over the past seasons and architect of the organization.
Since joining the Spartans organization in 2014, Myles Pepin has been a staple on the bench, coaching the team to a North Division title in 2014 and several successful regular seasons.
Pepin is a long-time face in local hockey, operating power skating clinics locally for over a decade.
A former NHL Player, drafted to the New York Rangers in 1970, Gary brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Spartans bench.
Assistant Coach / Goalie Coach
Andre is an alumni of the NOJHL and has spent over a decade coaching Junior A hockey. Laperriere is the former Head Coach of the Temiscaming Titans.
Located in Central Almaguin is a friendly, rural community 30 minutes south of North Bay, Ontario and a 2.5 Hour Drive north of Toronto, Ontario. The beautiful Central Almaguin Area has 6,000 residents who certainly love their hockey. In Almaguin, the Spartans players are all well known and really become a part of the community. The Spartans players and staff participate in a number of community events and assist a number of community groups throughout the season through volunteering. The Spartans ownership group also donates over $8000 annually to these groups.
Arena / Facilities
The Spartans home arena is the South River Machar Arena, which is also home to the world renowned Hockey Opportunity Camp. Located in the arena is the Spartans Private Dressing Room, which is equipped with 27 Professional Player Stalls. The Spartans also have a coach’s office and pro shop/equipment room, which is equipped with a professional level blade master sharpening machine where players receive professional level skate sharpening from Spartans equipment manager Dennis Spencer who has over 20 years experience as an equipment manager and skate sharpener. Denis worked 2 seasons with North Bay Battalion (OHL) and 10 plus seasons in the NOJHL for the North Bay Trappers and Powassan Voodoo.
The Spartans have great support every night, averaging 275 fans per game in the regular season and over 400 to 500 fans per game in the playoffs.
Training Facility and Off Ice Training
Every Spartans player has a gym membership to PL Fitness, which is a 24-7 facility. PL Fitness is a modern facility with top level weight and cardio equipment as well as a pool, hot tub and sauna. The Spartans have fitness testing upon arrival and weekly team sessions to work on areas of weakness and improve overall conditioning with our Strength and Conditioning Coach Paul Loughran. Paul is also the owner and operator of PL Fitness and provides individual instruction to players on a daily basis at the gym. In the off-season, Paul trains 6 Players who are currently playing NCAA D1 Hockey and Professionally. Paul’s sessions with the Spartans are designed based on the conditioning and nutrition programs being used at the NCAA and Professional Level.
Games and Practices
The Spartans play 42 Regular Season Games, 2 Exhibition Games, GMHL Showcase Tournament in Niagara Falls, Ontario and the GMHL Playoffs. In total, players will play a minimum of 49 Games and as many as 75, depending on playoff performance.
Spartans Practice 4 days per week.
Monday – On Ice Practice 1:00 to 2:00 & On-ice Practice 8:15 to 10:00 PM
Tuesday – 6:30 to 7:30 PM Team Off Ice Conditioning & 8:15 to 10:00 PM On-ice Practice
Wednesday – Practice 3:00 to 4:15 PM
Thursday – Practice from 3:30 to 5:15
Friday – Home Game
Saturday – Road Game
Sunday – Off Day.
Players also have small group sessions at PL Fitness two days per week.
Players are billeted with local families in South River and Sundridge. The cost of billeting is $500 CDN per month.
Our program uses Iceberg Analytics, which is the leader in video and hockey analytics. They work with a number NHL, KHL, SHL and National programs. We are one of the only Junior programs at this level to offer this program.
We have an Academic Advisor on staff to assist players with learning, to monitor academic progress and prepare players for SAT and ACT testing.
Each Player pays a registration fee of $6750 CDN plus HST to play for the Spartans. This fee covers all league costs, busing to every game, meals after every road game, ice costs, gym membership and the Spartans Equipment Package. Included in the Spartans Equipment Package is 2 CCM Pro Stock Sticks, CCM Gloves, CCM Helmet, CCM Warm Up Suit, T-shirt, Shorts, Skate Sharpening, Team Hockey Bag and Tape all of which players keep. Players also have use of Spartans pant shells, jerseys and socks for the season.
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Highest level our Coach, GM or Owner has Played
Assistant Coach Gary Coalter- NHL, AHL and CHL. Head Coach Myles Pepin – College Hockey OCAA and European Pro in England. Goaltending Coach Andre Laperriere- NOJHL and CHL
There have been 24 players from our program have advanced to North American Minor Pro and Europe. Our coaching staff has advanced over 60 players to these levels throughout their careers.
Adam Morton – University if Vancouver Island BCIHL.
Britton Whitehead – Nynashamns IF Division 2 Sweden
Bryan Austin – Nynashamns IF Division 2 Sweden
Elias Reinholdsson – Kovlands IF Division 1 Sweden
Thomas Hamilton – Soderhamn Division 2 Sweden
Nicolas MacMillan – Soderhamn Division 2 Sweden
Steindor Ingason – Iceland Senior Men’s National Team
Andri Helgason – Iceland Senior Men’s National Team
Marc Audet – Acadie Bathrust QMJHL
Roman Gaudet – Drafted 1st Round in
the NAHL Draft to Odessa
David Fjardsmans – Skedvi Division 2 Sweden
Andy Biorac – Gjovik Norway 2
Britton Whitehead – Lindenwood ACHA
Matt Janke – Lindenwood ACHA
Karel Simek -Lindenwood ACHA
Jarod Segal – Southern Maine NCAA D III
Jason Demczak – Daniel Webster College NCAA D III
Gustav Wessling – Soderhamn/Ljusne Division 2 Sweden
Erik Erkers – Valbo HC Division 1 Sweden
Sebastian De Massa Carlson – Division 1 Sweden – Akers/Strangas
Aron Knutsson – Iceland Senior Men’s National Team
Adam Axellson – Trollhattans Division 2 Sweden
Martin Nikilov – EC Eppelheim Division 3 Germany
Ludvig Nilsson – Koping HC Division 1 Sweden
Zachary Renfrew – Vindelns HF Division 2 Sweden
Alex Cyrenne – Svenstaviks HK Division 2 Sweden
Alex Whitehair – Northshore Knights FHL
Conor Eastaugh – Adrian College ACHA