Hockey Operations

Head Coach: James Gaertner

The Nanaimo Buccaneers are excited to announce the hiring of James Gaertner as the team’s new Head Coach and Assistant General Manager.

This will be James second season in the VIJHL, having coached the Kerry Park Islanders Jr. B team in the 2019/2020 season.

Originally from Vancouver, James moved to Vancouver Island 10 years ago when he joined the BCHL’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs for one season before moving to Victoria where he coached for a season with the South Island MML team. James then spent two years with the Victoria Grizzlies (2012-14), before joining the staff of the University of Victoria Vikes men’s hockey team for 5 seasons (2014-19).

Welcome to the team James.

Equipment Manager/Associated on ice Coach: Ryan Ollech

Ryan comes to the buccaneers with 2 years of experience playing in the western states hockey league and home town Nanaimo hockey Player.

He spent a successful season under James Gaertner as the Equipment manager/on ice coach with the Kerry Park Islanders.

Welcome to the team!

General Manager/Owner: Carl Ollech

Carl comes to the buccaneers with multiple years of experience in hockey with coaching and mentorship of young players. With spending the last season with Kerry Park islander hockey team, he is very excited with the new move to his home city Nanaimo.

Manager/Owner: Marnie Ollech

Marnie comes to the team with multiple years experience in the accounting and managing hockey teams for Kerry park islanders and Nanaimo Minor Hockey.

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