After joining the Heat as an Assistant Coach in 2010-11, Troy Ward returns for a third season in Abbotsford serving as the Head Coach. Ward hails from St. Paul, Minnesota and began his coaching career after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, and captaining their hockey team to an NAIA National Championship. Ward holds an Education Degree and a Masters in Administration, and first stepped behind the bench at his Alma Mater from 1987-90, before moving to the University of Denver (WCHA) as an assistant for three seasons. His next stop was a two-year stint with the Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL) as the Head Coach / GM where he amassed a winning percentage of .594. After two seasons with the Indianapolis Ice (IHL) as an assistant, and three seasons in the same position with the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL), Ward’s next challenge was with the Trenton Titans (ECHL) in 2000-01 where as the Head Coach he guided the club to a Conference Title and was named the ECHL Coach of the Year. Ward returned to his college hockey roots from 2002-05 with the Wisconsin Badgers (WCHA) and was promoted from Assistant to Associate Coach after a season of service. Prior to arriving in Abbotsford, he spent three seasons with the Houston Aeros (2007-10, AHL) as an Assistant Coach – two of which he served as Assistant GM.
A new face behind the Heat bench this season, Coach Ftorek brings a wealth of experience to the organization. Ftorek hails from Needham, Massachusetts and played 334 career NHL games splitting time with the Detroit Red Wings, Quebec Nordiques, and the New York Rangers. In between he spent time in the AHL, WHA, CHL, and represented Team USA at the international level, bringing home a silver medal at the 1972 Winter Olympics and was selected to the tournament all-star team. His pro coaching career began in 1985 in the AHL with the New Haven Nighthawks. He remained there until the 1987-1988 season when he moved up to the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings where he served as Head Coach until 1989. From 1990-1992 he was an assistant coach with the Quebec Nordiques and the New Jersey Devils. In the 1992-1993 season he then spent one season as Head Coach for the AHL’s Utica Devils and then was bench boss for the Albany River rats from 1993-1996. For the next two seasons he stood behind the New Jersey Devils bench as an Assistant Coach before taking over Head Coaching duties from 1998-2000. After back to back winning seasons, Ftorek landed back in his home state of Massachusetts and become the Head Coach of the Boston Bruins from 2001-2003. For the next three seasons he was the Head Coach of the Albany River Rats and then has since spent the last four seasons in the OHL with the Erie Otters before joining Abbotsford.
Growing up just minutes from Abbotsford in Cloverdale, BC, Jordan Sigalet’s goaltending expertise has sent him around the globe and brought him back to his roots to work with the Heat, where he is entering his third season. He spent two seasons with the Victoria Salsa (1999-01, BCHL), winning a league Championship, and getting drafted by the Boston Bruins in the 7th round (#209) in 2001. Sigalet’s play in Victoria earned him a full-ride scholarship to Bowling Green University (CCHA) – where he enjoyed four successful years (2001-05) with the Falcons tending the crease. Sigalet made the final ten in Hobey Baker voting in his Junior season at Bowling Green, and was nominated for an ESPY Award after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and returning to play hockey after doctors said he couldn’t. Jordan spent three years with Providence (2005-08, AHL) and earned 3 NHL call-ups with the Boston Bruins. Sigalet closed out his professional career by splitting a season in Europe between Tyumen (VHL-Russia2) and Vienna (Aust). Sigalet now co-owns Pro-Formance Goalie Schools in Vancouver, and served as the Goaltending Coach for the Everett Silvertips (WHL) in 2010-2011. Sigalet acts as an MS Lifelines Ambassador, which shares his story of with other families affected by MS.
Entering his third season with the Heat, Michael Thompson brings an extensive background in hockey specific sports training in the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland. Thompson owns and operates multiple Performance Training companies in British Columbia and has served as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for junior franchises in Penticton, Langley and Aldergrove in recent years. Thompson has worked as an evaluator with BC Hockey’s Best Ever program and has recruited and scouted for RWG Sports Management in Vancouver. Thompson has long been active in charitable and fundraising causes; he calls Abbotsford home with wife Kim, and daughters Alicia, and Brooke.
A native of Mississauga, Ontario, 2013-2014 will be Vince’s first season with the Heat. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Graceland University in 2006 where he majored in Ahtletic Training/Physical Education & Health while on a baseball scholarship. In 2009 he graduated with an MSEd from Old Dominion University and was a Graduate Assistant at Booker T. Washington high school in Norfolk, VA. Over the years, Vince does have experience working with professional sports teams as he has had internships with the Iowa Stars in ’05-’06, Norfolk Admirals from ’07-’09 and worked with the Greenville Drive Baseball Club, which is the single ‘A” affilitate of the Boston Red Sox. He previously worked for the Quad City Mallards and the Arizona Sundogs in the CHL from 2011-2013 and won CHL Trainer of the year in the 2012-13 season.
Peter Bureaux, a native of Kitchener, Ontario returns to the Heat for a fourth season after spending five years as Head Equipment Manager for the Rochester Americans. In fifteen seasons, Peter has worked over 1000 regular-season professional hockey games. His career began in the Ontario Hockey League working for the Kitchener Rangers and North Bay Centennials, and he spent seven years as Equipment Manager for the Dayton Bombers in the ECHL. Peter is a member of the Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers. In his spare time you can find Peter spending time with his wife Lindsay, and two children Nathan(son), and Delaney(daughter).
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