Kyle Makaric – Head Coach
Kyle Makaric, 32, enters his first season at the helm of the Ottawa Jr. Senators. A native of LaSalle, Ontario, Makaric grew up playing hockey at the AAA level in LaSalle, as well as Sun County, and Windsor.
He played his junior hockey for the Chatham Maroons before joining the University of Windsor Men’s hockey program from 2010 to 2013.
Following 31 games of USports hockey, Makaric transitioned his focus to coaching. As the Head Coach of the Windsor Midget AAA team for four seasons, he guided the team to three-first place finishes and captured two Silver Sticks, a 2017 Alliance Championship, and ended with a silver medal at the 2017 Telus Regionals.
Makaric was also an assistant coach with Team Alliance for the 2017 OHL Gold Cup and was a guest coach for the 2017 World Under-17 Development Camp.
Jamie Mayo – Associate Coach
Associate Coach Jamie Mayo enters his eighth season as part of the 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. With Martin Dagenais taking a role with the Ottawa 67’s, he has also added the title of General Manager to his resume. He continues to play 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 works as a Grade 7 & 8 teacher at St. Matthew High School in Orléans.
Stuart Battrick – Assistant Coach
Stuart Battrick is entering his fifth 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 that assesses property in Ontario. In his spare time, he enjoys cross-country running and judo.
Stéphane Levere – Goalie Coach
Stéphane Levere joined the Ottawa Jr. Senators as goaltending coach seven 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.
Ryan Hand – Skills Coach
A native of Ottawa, Hand played four seasons with the QMJHL’s Baie-Comeau Drakkar from 2002-2006, racking up 12 points and 539 penalty minutes in 140 games. Following junior, Hand would go on to play 367 professional games in six different leagues. He captured an LNAH (Ligue Nord-Américane de Hockey) title with the Thetford Mines Isothermic in 2015.
After retiring in 2017, Hand returned home and joined Rick Dorval and the Hawkesbury Hawks coaching staff. Following two seasons as an assistant in the CCHL, he joined the Alexandria Glens under Carl Robillard in the EOJHL last season.
Hand owns and operates Handmade Hockey, a program that offers hockey training and skill development.
Sébastien Gingras – Director of Player Development
A Montréal native, Sébastien Gingras played three seasons as a defenseman in the CCHL for the Brockville Braves from 2009 to 2012. He won the Fred Page Cup in 2010 and was an assistant captain for the following two seasons. He was amongst the leading defensemen in scoring during his three seasons in the CCHL. He then attended Union College for four years where he won a National Championship in 2014 and was nominated for the NCAA Humanitarian award. He also graduated with a degree in Neuroscience with honors.
Following his return to Canada, he enrolled in the University of Ottawa’s Doctor of Medicine program with the goal of becoming a physician. He is now a Radiology resident at the Ottawa Hospital. Sébastien has been teaching hockey skills to kids of all levels since his early teens. He has a passion for teaching and a great love for the game of hockey. He is the son of former NHL player Gaston Gingras.
Dr. Laura Creppin – Head Trainer
Dr. Laura Creppin enters her third season as the Head Trainer 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 fourth 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 former 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 have 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.