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Hockey Operations

Chris Dawson- GM & VP Hockey Operations 

Dawson brings more than 9 years of experience working in hockey management in the NOJHL.  

The Lethbridge, Alberta native won an NOJHL with the Jr. Trappers in 2012-13 and was the chair of the 2013 Dudley Hewitt Cup Committee that North Bay hosted.  

Dawson's role has him working with the Voodoos OHL affiliate, the North Bay Battalion, who have a handful of prospects developing for the OHL team in Powassan each season.  

Along with an NOJHL title, Dawson also received accolades as the chairman of North Bay's Kraft Hockeyville victory back in 2007

Dawson has been named the NOJHL Director of the Year in 2010-11 with the Trappers and was named the NOJHL First All-Star Team General Manager, as the league's top GM in both 2015-16 & 2016-17.   

Dawson is also a goaltending instructor with 360 goaltending.
Cell (705) 497-4371
Email: powassanvoodoos@gmail.com

 

Mike Mackley - Associate General Manager 

Mackley, joined the Voodoos organization as a scout in 2014 and moved up to Director of Player Development in 2015 and moved to Associate General Manager in the spring of 2017. 

 
The Pickering, Ontario product has junior hockey experience and is a hockey instructor in the Greater Toronto area.  
 
Mackley is a tireless worker and has served as a scout for HockeyProspect.com doing reports for the OHL and NHL drafts in 2016-17 along with his key recruiting responsibilities with the Voodoos.  

Tel: (289) 388-9715

 

BRUCE CAZABON- INTERIM HEAD COACH

Cazabon led the Widdifield Wildcats to their first NOSSA hockey title back in 2009 and has more than 20 years of coaching experience in the area. 

The longtime North Bay resident first started coaching at the minor hockey AAA level back in 1981. 

During that time he guided future junior and professional players such as Mike Yeo and Craig Rivet, along with North Bay's latest NHL draft pick and former Voodoos affiliate goaltender Colton Point.  

Cazabon, was also a scout with the North Bay Centennials when assistant coach Vital Yachmenevi was part of the Cents 1994 OHL championship.

 
 

VITALI YACHMENEV - ASSISTANT COACH

Yachmenev, whose son Tomas is a forward with the Voodoos, has been an assistant coach for the past 4 seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia with Traktor Chelyabinsk. 

Yachmenev is a veteran of 487 NHL games, scoring 83 goals and 216 points with the Los Angeles Kings and Nashville Predators. 

Yachmenev, who has owned a home in the North Bay area since his NHL days, was on the bench for his first game on Friday, February 16th.  

Born in 1975, the Russian product took the OHL by storm and was named the CHL rookie of the year as an 18-year-old under legendary Centennials coach Bert Templeton.  In 1994, he led the Cents to their only OHL title while leading the team with 61 goals and 113 points in 66 games.  In his second year, he netted 53 goals and 105 points in 1994-95.  The 218 points were the arguably most productive back to back seasons for any Centennials player for the franchise which left for Saginaw in the spring of 2002.  

JOSH DALE - ASSISTANT COACH 


Josh Dale, a Powassan native, has been on the bench as an assistant coach since the fall of 2017. 

The Powassan native has run the Canadian Hockey Skills Hockey School for nearly a decade and has a wealth of minor hockey coaching experience in the Powassan area. 

Goaltending Coach 
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