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JOHN BECANIC
Head Coach & Director of Hockey Operations
Jbecanic@goicerays.com

John Becanic enters his first season as the head coach for the Corpus Christi IceRays.  His coaching career began in 1992 when he became the assistant coach for the Soo Greyhounds in the OHL who went on to win the Memorial Cup in 1993. 

Becanic got his first head coaching job in 1997 with the Bismarck Bobcats in the AWHL before making his first NAHL appearance as a head coach in 2001 with the Pittsburgh Forge.  He led the Forge to a Robertson Cup Championship in 2003 while also being named the Coach of the Year.  From 2003 until 2007 Becanic was with the Everett Silvertips in the WHL where he led them to a regular season championship in 2007. 

Seattle and Vancouver were also WHL destinations for Becanic before becoming the head coach of the Wenatchee Wild taking them to the second round of the playoffs in the NAHL. 

John is married to his wife Rhonda and has two daughters.  Brooklyn is 19 and Sheridan is 18.

HockeyDB: http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=60413

 

RICK ELLISON
Director or Scouting & Player Development
rellison@goicerays.com

Rick begins his first season as a part of the IceRays operations staff.  Over the past 20 years, Rick has worked in the collegiate ranks as a coach/recruiter, and USA Hockey at the National level with the NDTP, Regional level in player identification and the State level in player development. Ellison has also spent 14 years with USA Hockey as a Coach trainer. 

Along with his past, Rick has evaluated prospects for the United States Hockey League (USHL) Central Scouting, the North American Hockey League (NAHL).  Ellison believes the familiarity that he has with Becanic, along with trust, will bring success to the ‘Rays.

 

RON FILION
Scout
H2 Hockey

Ron spent 20 years in professional hockey (Europe & USA) as a player, head coach, and general manager. The Arizona Resident has coached professional hockey in both the United States and France. In 2005, he was named the first head coach of the ECHL’s Phoenix RoadRunners and coached five seasons with Cholet of the European First Division, leading the team to the league championship in 1997.

Filion played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League(QMHJL) from 1982-85 with Quebec, Trois Riveres, Verdun and St. Jean, scoring 163 points (66g-97a) in 173 regular season games and played eight seasons in the French Elite Division from 1989-98.

Currently, he is the Head Coach of the Bobcats AAA program and serves as a scout for the IceRays. He is USA Hockey certified level-four coach.

Hockeydb: http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=40856 

 

SHAWN RAY
Scout
daoust5001@aol.com

Ray is entering his seventh season with the Space Coast Hurricanes and will serve as a scout for the IceRays. In 2008-2009, Coach Ray guided the Hurricanes to a first place finish in the Florida Division as a first year member of the Metropolitan Jr. Hockey League (MJHL).

In 2004 – 05 Ray was the Head Coach of the Apple Core Junior B team in the Empire Junior Hockey League, where he coached the team to a regular season championship. Before coaching the Junior B Team, Ray started as an assistant coach on the Junior A squad. He was later named the Associate Head Coach of the Junior A Team and finally named Head Coach/GM in 2005. He was instrumental in the team winning the Eastern Junior Championship in 2002-03, as well as sending many players onto Division I and III colleges and universities.

Ray is the owner and director of Hurricanes Hockey School and the founder of the JETS AAA Selects program. The Jets participate in many spring and summer AAA Tournament. Shawn and his wife Darian reside in Viera, FL with their three children, Tyler (7), Jordan (5) and Boots (8 months).  

 

LUC BEAUSOLEIL
Scout
luc@iceoplex.com

Beausoleil is the Director of Hockey at Easy Street Arena in Simi Valley and is the developer of the PSW (Professional Skate Weight). Luc is also a scout for the IceRays, the NAPHL Assistant Coach for the U18AAA California Titans and Head Coach for the U16AA Titans.

He was born in Montreal Canada, and has extensive experience as both a player and coach. He continues to hold one of the top all-time scoring positions in Canada’s CHL. In 1986-87, Beausoleil tallied 152 points in 67 games played for the Laval Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMHJL).

Luc has played in the QMJHL, BCL, CHL, IHL, WCHL and WPHL.

Luc knows the hard work and dedication required to move onto the next level of hockey. He shares these experiences to motivate, teach and develop players as they strive to meet their goals. His unique player perspective helps solidify the importance of team concepts and camaraderie among the players. Luc is married and has one daughter. The family resides in California.

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GEORGE ESCAMILLA
Equipment Manager
GEscamilla@goicerays.com

George is a staple in Corpus Christi IceRays Hockey history. He is entering his tenth season as the Equipment Manager for the franchise in 2013-14.  This past season, Escamilla surpassed the 1,000 game mark.  Originally from Amarillo, TX, Escamilla began his career with the Amarillo Rattlers of the Western Professional Hockey League. He then worked with the Abilene Aviators and the Fort Worth Brahmas before starting with the Corpus Christi IceRays. The first three years the Corpus Christi Hooks baseball team was in town, George was the clubhouse manager and maintained the visitors locker room which was voted best in the Texas league.  George has two championship rings in baseball.  One with the Texas/Louisiana League, and the other with the Texas League.  With over 950 professional and junior hockey games between the WPHL, CHL, and NAHL on his resume, Escamilla also earned a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management at Phillips University in Oklahoma.

 

 

JEFF PALUSEO
Strength and Conditioning Coach
JPaluseo@aol.com

Originally from Plymouth, Massachusetts, Jeff is the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Corpus Christi IceRays. The Massachusetts native attended SUNY Plattsburgh where he earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in exercise science. He also earned a master’s degree in exercise science from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Jeff is the owner of Sports Fitness LLC (www.sports-fitness-solutions.com) where he trains the IceRays. An asset off the ice for the team, Paluseo spent two seasons as a player for the IceRays.

In addition to his role with the IceRays, Paluseo also served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Corpus Christi Hooks AA baseball team and the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi athletics program.

He and his wife Jeanie reside in Corpus Christi with their son Jayden.

Hockeydb: http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=52851
Blog: http://jpaluseo.wordpress.com/  


 

Jimmy Kendrick
Athletic Trainer
jkendrick@goicerays.com

Jimmy Kendrick has been an Athletic Trainer for over 38 years.  He served as a student trainer for the U. of Arkansas and was a member of the 1975 SWC Championship team, along with the Cotton Bowl Championship squad of 1976.  Jimmy also worked with the Seattle Seahawks during their first training camp and served as part of the medical staff.  Kendrick also had stints in NASCAR, Rodeo, MLS Soccer, WBA Dallas Diamonds, Pro Wrestling, and Texas Public Schools. 

Jimmy is a retired educator with over 34yrs of experience in the Texas public education program.  Kendrick is a licensed Athletic Trainer in the state of Texas and a member of the local Coastal Bend Athletic Trainers Association.  On the side of his everyday activities, Jimmy is the Mayor of Fulton, Texas located north of Corpus Christi. 

Jimmy enjoys Competition BBQ, golfing, and hunting.  He has been married to Shawn for 37 years and has two sons, Joe and David, along with one grandson Connor.