U18AA - Jeff Roynon
Jeff is a Hockey Canada HP1 certified coach and is entering his 3rd season coaching the North Bay Ice Boltz U18AA program as head coach. The 2022-23 season marks Jeff’s 10th season coaching within the North Bay Ice Boltz organization.
Jeff looks to challenge players to meet their potential within an environment that promotes a lifelong love of the game of hockey. With effective communication skills, players are encouraged to learn from their mistakes as they increase their hockey knowledge and build their skillset.
Instilling positive work habits is the foundation of teams Jeff has led in the past. Teams develop on ice through high tempo, structured practices and off-ice with training programs to consistently increase players’ strength and conditioning. All team activities are designed to support a strong team culture that strengthens the Ice Boltz family these players create through the season. Mental performance experts are key a component to supporting the team’s athletes as they develop, and supporting them in many areas often focusing on their confidence.
Jeff believes in players’ character being a driver to their development. Players are expected to support each other and demonstrate traits that maximize their play as a team. These traits not only develop great hockey players, but play a larger role in developing, responsible, community minded, and hard-working young adults. Players are expected to participate in the team’s Ice Boltz Give Back program volunteering with younger Ice Boltz teams through the season exemplifying the female athlete role models for our younger players look up too. Players are provided with the framework and expectations of a High Performance team.
Jeff holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree, and is Senior Product Manager for Paradigm Shift Technology Group Inc.
U15AA - Tarra Trudel Head Coach
Hockey has always been a major passion and constant in Tarra’s life. Tarra has been playing competitive hockey for over 30 years, she played for Acadia University and nationally for team Nova Scotia, as well as from the BB to U18AA, Junior and senior A level programs. During her minor hockey career Tarra was fortunate enough to finish second twice at OWHA provincial championships. Her love for the game has seen her go from a playing role to a coaching role where she can give back to a sport that has helped to shaped her into the person she is today.
Hockey, to Tarra, is so much more than just a sport. It’s a mind set, a way of life and a chance to grow as an individual.
Tarra plans on having a female dominant, non-parent coaching staff for this upcoming season. She believes that showing the players strong female leadership is very important for the growth of the sport and players. Playing female hockey gives you a unique insight into the game which she believes is an asset when coaching.
The U15 AA season plan includes the following: improving on and gaining new hockey skills, implementing appropriate team and individual tactics and strategies, learning about proper nutrition/ sleep, implementing a season long off ice training program, practicing mental preparation, providing lots of opportunities for team bonding, giving back to the hockey and local community and having fun.
U15AA - Assistant Coaches
U13AA/A - Matt Brunton
A local to North Bay, Matt Brunton grew up playing North Bay and West Ferris Minor Hockey, before attending Nipissing University, and committing to staying in the north. Working as an educator in the community, Matt has had various experiences working with children on all levels and brings a calm and strategic approach to coaching. Matt has been coaching with the East Nipissing Minor Hockey Association since 2014, holding positions of head coach, assistant coach, trainer, and taking a lead with goaltending clinics. Throughout his coaching career, Matt has gained much respect within the local hockey community. Having an older daughter currently playing for the U18 AA Ice Boltz, Matt understands the value of AA hockey and the experiences it can offer to the young women within the Ice Boltz program.
The importance of female role models is an important aspect of any AA program, assistant coach, former Nipissing Laker and Team Canada goalie, Danika Ranger, will be instrumental in offering mentorship to the entire team, as well as goalie instruction for this upcoming season.