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Staff

KEN PEARSON - HEAD COACH AND GENERAL MANAGER

Ken Pearson is one of the most respected and admired coaches throughout western Canada. For over 20 years he has scouted and coached in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, Saskatchewan Junior Hockey and the Western Hockey league.

Pearson began his coaching career in Neepawa in 1994 as an assistant coach helping the Natives clinch the Allard Division title. From 1995 to 1998, Pearson also served as the Manitoba scout for the Tri City Americans of the WHL.

In 1996 he moved behind the Flyers bench as an assistant to Jeff Wiest until 1998, winning the MJHL title in 1998. He was an assistant coach for the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders for the bulk of the 1997-98 season but returned to Winkler for the ’98 post-season.

He stayed with the Winkler Flyers organization until 2002 taking over as Head Coach and General Manager in 1999.

Under the leadership of Pearson, the Flyers of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s were a force, winning numerous division championships, making MJHL finals appearances in 2001 and 2002, along with setting many team records. Also during that time a large number of players accepted scholarships to NCAA Division I schools and other quality programs.

Pearson moved to the Brooks Bandits (AJHL) from 2002-2004 where he was named a Coach of the Year Finalist in 2003.

He then moved back to Manitoba where he coached the Winnipeg South Blues from 2004-2008. There he led the Blues to an MJHL Championship in 2006, setting numerous team records while being nominated for the Coach of the Year award twice.

Most recently, Pearson was the Head Coach and General Manager of the SJHL’s Battlefords North Stars where he was once again nominated for the Coach of the Year award in 2010.

From 2005 through 2011, Pearson was a member of the NHL Central Scouting team serving as an area scout identifying draft eligible players for the NHL draft.

Pearson also has experience coaching at the pro level. On two occasions he has been a guest coach during the Manitoba Moose training camp. Some of his other coaching accomplishments include the CJAHL Top Prospects game, Team Canada West World Junior A Champions and Team Manitoba Canada Games.

Ken finished his playing career with the Neepawa Natives Junior A Hockey Club in 1994, at which time he then accepted a position as an assistant coach with Neepawa.

Here is a complete list of Pearson’s coaching achievements: 

2016-2017         Coach of the Year Finalist- MJHL
2015-2016         Coach of the Year Finalist - MJHL
2009-2010         Coach of the Year Finalist- SJHL
2007-2008         Coach CJAHL Prospects game (Winkler MB) 2007-2008         Guest Coach Manitoba Moose (AHL) Training Camp
2006-2007         Assistant Coach – Team Canada West World Junior A Champions
2006-2007         Guest Coach Manitoba Moose  (AHL) Training Camp
2006-2007         Set Franchise Record for wins in a Season (40)
2005-2006         Anavet Cup Finalist (Manitoba – Saskatchewan)
2005-2006         Manitoba Junior Hockey League Champions
2005-2006         Coach of the Year Finalist – MJHL
2005-2006         Set Franchise Record for wins in a Season (39)
2005-2006         Addison Div Prospects Team Head Coach/Dir of Hockey Ops.
2004-2005         Coach of the Year Finalist – MJHL
2004-2005         NCCP Advanced 1 Level Coach
2002-2003         Coach of the Year Finalist – AJHL
2001-2002         Manitoba Junior Hockey League Finalists
2001-2002         Addison Division Champions
2001-2002         Addison Division All Star Team Head Coach/General Manager
2001-2002         Set Flyers Franchise Record for wins in a Season (47)
2001-2002         Assistant Coach MJHL Viking Cup
2001-2002         Guest Coach Team Manitoba Canada Games
2000-2001         Manitoba Junior Hockey League Finalist
2000-2001         Addison Division Champions
2000-2001         Addison Division All Star Team Head Coach/General Manager
2000-2001         Set Franchise Record for wins in a Season (45)
2000-2001         Coach of the Year Finalist – MJHL
1999-2000         Won Vladislav Tretiak Friendship Cup (Chicago, Illinois)
1999-2000         Coach MJHL Viking Cup
1999-2000         General Manager of the Year Finalist – MJHL
1997-1998         Anavet Cup Finalist (MB – Saskatchewan)
1997-1998         Manitoba Junior Hockey League Champions
1997-1998         Allard Division Champions
1997-1998         Set Franchise Record for wins in a season (44)
1996-1997         Allard Division All Star Team Assistant Coach
1995-1996         Manitoba Junior Hockey League Finalist
1995-1996         Allard Division Champions
1995-1996         Allard Division All Star Team Assistant Coach

STEVE MULLIN - ASSISTANT COACH

Mullin played two seasons in Winkler in the early 2000's before playing NCAA Div I hockey with the Maine Black Bears. He coached the Pembina Valley Hawks to the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League championship in 2010 and also guided them to the finals of the Telus Cup West Regionals that season.

Mullin, a native of Cartwright, was an All-Star defenseman for the Flyers in 2002 and was named the MJHL's Top Defenseman during his final season as a Flyer. He earned a scholarship to the University of Maine where he played four seasons. Mullin and the Black Bears went to the NCAA Frozen Four Tournament all four season. He was an assistant captain with both the Flyers and the Black Bears. He went pro following university, playing one season with the Texas Wildcatters of the ECHL. He also captained the Morden Redskins to the SEMHL championship in 2013-2014.

Staff

NAME POSITION HOMETOWN
KEN PEARSON HEAD COACH/GENERAL MANAGER NEEPAWA, MB
CRAIG ANDERSON ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER/HEAD SCOUT BRANDON, MB
STEVE MULLIN ASSISTANT COACH MORDEN, MB
MARK FRIESEN GOALTENDING COACH WINKLER, MB
ERNIE SUTHERLAND TRAINER CARMAN, MB
RYAN SAWATZKY TEAM PHOTOGRAPHER WINKLER, MB
DR. KEVIN EARL TEAM PHYSICIAN MORDEN, MB
WINKLER DENTAL CLINIC TEAM DENTISTS WINKLER, MB
DR. RICK CORBETT TEAM CHIROPRACTOR WINKLER, MB
DR. ANDREW AIKEN CLARITY VISION CENTRE - TEAM OPTOMETRIST WINKLER, MB
MATT FRIESEN DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & BUSINESS OPERATIONS  WINKLER, MB
ANITA HIEBERT BILLET CO-ORDINATOR MORDEN, MB
GARRY FRIESEN TEAM CHAPLAIN/MENTOR WINKLER, MB
SCOTT UNGER SCOUT WINNIPEG, MB
RICK McCONNELL SCOUT PILOT MOUNT, MB
CHAD COSSEY SCOUT TOFIELD, AB
KORI PEARSON SCOUT MINNESOTA
JORDAN HUMPHRIES SCOUT NORTH DAKOTA

Executive

NAME POSITION HOMETOWN
DAN GIESBRECHT GOVERNOR WINKLER, MB
NATHAN ELIAS PRESIDENT WINKLER, MB
PHIL LETKEMAN MEMBER AT LARGE WINKLER, MB
WARREN DYCK SECRETARY TREASURER WINKLER, MB
PAUL McDONALD MEMBER AT LARGE ROSETOWN, MB
CHRIS GRAHAM MEMBER AT LARGE WINKLER, MB
TONY DYCK MEMBER AT LARGE WINKLER, MB
FRANK PETERS COMMUNITY MEMBER WINKLER, MB