Martin Dagenais – Head Coach
Martin Dagenais, 39, enters his seventh season at the helm of the Ottawa Jr. Senators. Describing himself as a demanding head coach who expects his players to maintain a high compete level at all times, Dagenais’ coaching style has earned the respect of all the players who have donned the OJS colours.
Under his guidance, the Junior Senators have become a force, not only in the CCHL, but in the entire CJHL. They have reached the CCHL finals in four consecutive seasons, winning the Bogart Cup in their last two appearances. In both of these years, they also claimed the Fred Page Cup, and represented Eastern Canada at the National Junior A Championships.
Last season, Hockey Canada named him head coach of Canada East at the World Junior A Challenge, and the team upset the heavily favoured American team in the semi-finals before falling in double overtime to Russia in the gold medal game. The silver medal was only the second time in eight years that Canada East had medalled at the tournament.
A native of Marionville, Ontario, Dagenais is a former high school teacher who currently resides in Casselman with his wife Geneviève, daughter Léa and son Olivier.
Jamie Mayo – Associate Coach
Associate Coach Jamie Mayo enters his seventh season as part of Martin Dagenais’ Junior Senators staff. Mayo has taken on various roles over his time with the hockey club and currently helps to oversee the forwards during games and runs the team’s penalty kill. As the Assistant General Manager, he also plays a part in the organizations scouting and recruiting efforts.
A veteran of the CCHL circuit, Mayo started in Brockville where he helped the Braves win a Fred Page Cup in 2010 and earn a berth in the RBC Cup in Dauphin, Manitoba. Following stops in Carleton Place and as a Head Coach with the Cumberland Grads, Mayo landed a position with the Junior Senators in 2015 and has been an important part of the team’s success, reaching the CCHL Finals for four straight seasons, and winning back-to-back Bogart and Fred Page Cups in 2018 and 2019.
The Ottawa native is an Elementary School Teacher with the Ottawa Catholic School Board and continues to reside in Ottawa with wife Christine and step-children Ian and Meggie.
Ben Reinhardt – Assistant Coach
Ben Reinhardt is entering his second season with the Ottawa Junior Senators. His primary role with the club is to oversee the defence during games and help with the power play. Before joining the Sens, Reinhardt spent three seasons with the Pembroke Lumber Kings as an Associate Coach.
Prior to beginning his coaching career, he spent four years playing at the University of Alabama in Huntsville where he earned a BSBA in Supply Chain Management. He also played five seasons for the Pembroke Lumber Kings under current Toronto Maple Leaf Head Coach Sheldon Keefe. Reinhardt, an Arnprior native, now lives in Ottawa where he works in the property assessment field.
Christopher Kushneriuk – Assistant Coach
Known for his intensity when he played the game, Kushneriuk brings that same energy to the rink everyday as a coach. His attention to details is off the chart and the players respect him for it. In the past year, he primarily worked with the forwards during practices, helping them improve their skill set.
Kushneriuk is also an inspiration for the players as he has beaten cancer twice. It’s pretty obvious that nothing can stop him. In his spare time, he enjoys working out and attend local wrestling matches.
Stéphane Levere – Goalie Coach
Stéphane Levere joined the Ottawa Jr. Senators as goaltending coach six years ago. Under his watch, all of Ottawa’s starters have moved on to a higher level, whether it be at the NCAA level or USports.
The Embrun resident, who is a gym teacher at École secondaire catholique Casselman, also coaches high school volleyball and is responsible for his school’s Special Olympics program.
In his spare time, Levere enjoys cycling, cross-country running, and tennis. He also spends a lot of time reading on the mental aspect of the game of hockey as he believes it plays a crucial part in a goalie’s ongoing development.
Stuart Battrick – Video Coach
Stuart Battrick is entering his fourth season as part of the Ottawa Junior Senators coaching staff. Known to take on any role that is required of him, his primary responsibility is to organize the video sessions.
Born and raised in Midland, Ontario, Battrick coached five years of minor hockey in his hometown before moving to Ottawa where he joined OJS as part of their CDHL coaching staff. The following season, he joined the Junior A staff on a permanent basis while also accepting an assistant coach position with the Ottawa Jr. Canadians of the EOJHL.
Away from the ice, Battrick works for MPAC, a company which assesses property in Ontario. In his spare time, he enjoys cross-country running and judo.
Dr. Laura Creppin – Athletic Therapist
Dr. Laura Creppin enters her second season as the Head Athletic Therapist for the Ottawa Junior Senators Hockey Club. A valuable asset to the organization, Creppin is tasked with helping to diagnose and treat player injuries throughout the season.
Born and raised in Orleans, Dr. Creppin received an Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences from the University of Ottawa and a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. She is also certified in contemporary medical acupuncture and optimizing neuromuscular performance.
Dr. Creppin played competitive soccer and hockey as well as volleyball and tennis and remains an active participant in those same sports today. Prior to working with the Junior Senators, Creppin worked sideline coverage for various soccer and running events where she began to combine her passion for athletics and medicine.
Carmelo Pugliese – Equipment Manager
Carmelo Pugliese begins his third season as the Equipment Manager with the Ottawa Junior Senators. Pugliese has spent many years around various CCHL arenas, making stops in Nepean with the Raiders, and in Kanata with the Stallions, before finding a home with the Junior Sens after being hired by HC/GM Martin Dagenais.
Carm keeps busy throughout the season ensuring the players equipment is in great shape for every game and practice. He takes tremendous pride in sharpening skates according to each players specifications. Carmelo’s positive attitude and hard-working style has endeared him to all OJS players and staff who appreciate all he does.
In his spare-time, Carmelo enjoys participating in a variety of sports as part of the Special Olympics program including floor hockey and softball. He lives in Ottawa with his wife Paige.