Kevin Cheveldayoff is in his ninth season as General Manager of the Winnipeg Jets after being named to the position in June 8, 2011, eight days after the franchise relocated to Winnipeg from Atlanta, and has held the position ever since. He signed a multi-year contract extension on Sept. 7, 2017, along with Head Coach Paul Maurice.
The Jets have posted a winning record in seven of his eight seasons as General Manager and have reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time in franchise history. The Jets advanced to the Western Conference Final for the first time in franchise history in 2018 and won a franchise record 52 games during the 2017-18 regular season. Winnipeg has reached 40 wins in four of the last five seasons. Following the 2017-18 season, Cheveldayoff was a finalist for the NHL's GM of the Year Award, finishing second.
Winnipeg has compiled a strong crop of young players under Cheveldayoff’s leadership, including 2016 second overall pick Patrik Laine, and fellow first round picks Nikolaj Ehlers, Josh Morrissey, Kyle Connor and Jack Roslovic.
Prior to his time in Winnipeg, Cheveldayoff spent two seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks serving in the role of Assistant General Manager/Senior Director, Hockey Operations. During Cheveldayoff’s tenure, the Blackhawks won the 2010 Stanley Cup championship.
Before joining the Blackhawks in 2009, the Blaine Lake, Sask. native spent the previous 12 seasons as the General Manager of the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves, guiding the franchise to four league championships, which included the 2002 and 2008 AHL Calder Cup championships and 1998 and 2000 IHL Turner Cup championships. Overall, Cheveldayoff has been a part of seven league championships during his management career, which includes two Turner Cups in three seasons as the Assistant Vice president of Hockey Operations and Assistant Coach for the Denver and Utah Grizzlies.
Originally drafted by the New York Islanders with their first pick (16th overall) in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, Cheveldayoff began his career in the AHL with the Capital District Islanders, serving as the alternate captain from 1991 to 1993. He held the same role with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles in 1993-94, earning the team’s “Unsung Hero Award” after racking up a career-high 216 penalty minutes in 73 games. Known as a defensive defenceman during his playing days, a knee injury cut his professional career short after five seasons.
Cheveldayoff spent four seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL where he played in 214 games and collected 81 points (12G, 69A), as well as 759 penalty minutes.
Cheveldayoff resides in Winnipeg with his wife Janet. They have a son, Chase, and daughter, Lexi.
Senior Vice President & Director, Hockey Operations/Assistant General Manager
Craig Heisinger is in his ninth season with the Winnipeg Jets in his role as Senior Vice President & Director, Hockey Operations/Assistant General Manager. In his role, Heisinger also serves as the General Manager of the Manitoba Moose, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets.
In July 2017, Heisinger was honoured with the Thomas Ebright Award in recognition of career contributions to the AHL.
Heisinger joined the Jets organization after working with the Manitoba Moose in different capacities throughout the team’s initial 15-year existence in both the International Hockey League and American Hockey League. Most notably, he served as Manitoba’s General Manager for nine seasons and reached the Calder Cup Playoffs in eight of those years, including a berth in the Calder Cup Final in 2009.
Heisinger began his tenure with the Manitoba Moose as the team’s Equipment Manager in 1996. “Zinger” then transitioned to a managerial position when he became Assistant General Manager of the hockey club in 1999. Three years later, Heisinger was appointed General Manager of the Moose on July 15th, 2002, succeeding Randy Carlyle. Zinger retained that position until the end of the 2010-11 season. During that time, Heisinger was named the winner of the James C. Hendy Memorial Award as the outstanding executive in the American Hockey League following the team’s most successful season in 2008-09. That season, the Moose finished first overall in the AHL and reached the Calder Cup Finals.
Heisinger received his start in hockey as the Equipment Manager of the Fort Garry Blues of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League during the 1978-79 season. In 1988, after his final year with the Brandon Wheat Kings, he represented Canada as the trainer for the Gold Medal winning World Junior Team in Moscow. After the championships, Heisinger joined the Winnipeg Jets as Assistant Equipment Manager. In 1990, he became the Jets’ Senior Equipment Manager and was with the team until their move to Phoenix in 1996. In 1997 he worked with the Gold Medal winning Canadian Team at the World Championships, and in 1998 he was selected as the equipment manager for the Canadian Olympic Team in Nagano, Japan.
Heisinger and his wife Vickie, have four sons, Jake, Mack, Tucker, and Zachery.
Vice President & Assistant General Manager
Larry Simmons is in his ninth year with the club, joining the Jets upon their return to Winnipeg.
In his position as Vice President & Assistant General Manager of the Winnipeg Jets, Simmons assists Executive Vice President & General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff in all facets of the daily management of the hockey operations department, including player personnel decisions, management of staff, player contracts and salary cap management, scouting, and statistical and competitive analysis.
Simmons held the position of Vice President & Assistant General Manager with the Atlanta Thrashers from 2004 through the team’s relocation to Winnipeg in 2011. Simmons, who originally joined the expansion franchise in Atlanta before play began in 1999, held various roles within the hockey operations department prior to 2004, including player contract research and negotiations, player transactions and personnel management, salary arbitrations, strategic planning, budgeting, scheduling, and the administration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Simmons also served as the direct liaison between the Thrashers and the organization’s top development partners and was instrumental in developing and managing the minor league affiliations with the 2002 and 2008 AHL Calder Cup championship-winning Chicago Wolves and the 2001 IHL Turner Cup champion Orlando Solar Bears.
Prior to joining the Thrashers organization, Simmons spent six years working for RDV Sports in Orlando, the parent company of the NBA’s Orlando Magic and the Orlando Solar Bears, where he served as a key member of the start-up efforts of the Solar Bears IHL expansion franchise.
Simmons holds both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration degree.
He and his wife, Cheryl, reside in Atlanta with their daughter, Maci, and son, Rylan.
Paul Maurice is in his seventh season as Head Coach of the Winnipeg Jets after being appointed to the position on January 12, 2014. He signed a multi-year contract extension on Sept. 7, 2017.
Maurice, who coached in his 1,500th NHL game on February 5, 2019, led the Jets to their second consecutive playoff berth for the first time in franchise history. In the 2017-18 playoffs, he guided the Jets to their first appearance in the Western Conference Final. He has earned a career NHL coaching record of 695-619-215 in 21 seasons with the Jets, Carolina Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He became the second-youngest NHL coach to earn 500 wins after an 8-2 victory over Florida on January 13, 2015. and on Nov. 28, 2010, he became the 19th coach, and the youngest in history, to coach 1,000 NHL games. He passed Dick Irvin for the seventh-most wins in NHL history with his 692nd on March 23, 2019.
In his first head coaching stint with the Hurricanes, Maurice guided Carolina to the 2002 Eastern Conference title and two Southeast Division crowns as well as four consecutive winning seasons from 1998-2002. On March 16, 2010, he became just the 10th coach in NHL history to coach more than 800 games behind the bench for one franchise.
Prior to re-joining the Hurricanes, the Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. native collected a record of 76-66-22 during two full seasons as Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2006-08.
Internationally, Maurice served as an Assistant Coach for Team Europe at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and Canada at the 2014 World Championship.
Prior to moving to the NHL level during the summer of 1995 as an Assistant Coach with the Whalers, Maurice spent two seasons as Head Coach of the Ontario Hockey League’s Detroit Jr. Red Wings. While in Detroit, he compiled a regular-season record of 86-38-8 and led the team to the 1995 OHL Championship and an appearance in the Memorial Cup in Kamloops, B.C. That season, he finished second in voting to Guelph’s Craig Hartsburg for the Matt Leyden Trophy, which is annually awarded to the OHL’s Coach of the Year.
Maurice played his junior hockey with the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires (1984-1988). He was Philadelphia’s 12th choice, 252nd overall, in the 1985 NHL entry draft. Maurice had his career cut short due to an eye injury and began coaching as an assistant with the Spitfires shortly thereafter.
Jamie Kompon, who was born in Thunder Bay, Ont., is in his second season with the Winnipeg Jets as Associate Coach after serving as an Assistant Coach with the Jets for two seasons. Prior to joining the Jets, Kompon was Head Coach and General Manager of the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks from 2014-16. He led Portland to a 77-54-13 record over that time, taking the team to the playoffs in both seasons, including a trip to the Western Conference Final in 2015.
Kompon, 52, has extensive experience as an NHL Assistant Coach, including six seasons with the Los Angeles Kings from 2006-12 and two seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks from 2012-14. Kompon won the Stanley Cup in consecutive seasons - 2012 with Los Angeles and 2013 with Chicago. Prior to his time in Los Angeles, which included time as the Kings’ Director of Amateur Development from 2006-08, Kompon spent nine seasons with the St. Louis Blues from 1997-2006 in various roles which included: assistant coach, video coach and strength and conditioning coach.
Kompon was an Assistant Coach with the Baltimore Bandits of the American Hockey League for the 1996-97 season, and in 1994-95 he was named Co-Head Coach at McGill University in Montreal after spending three seasons with the Redmen as an assistant coach. Kompon played four seasons as a defenceman at McGill where he also earned a degree in education. He played professionally in the ECHL and in Germany.
Charlie Huddy is in his ninth season with the Winnipeg Jets as Assistant Coach with the club. Huddy has been integral in developing Jets' defensive players during his eight years with the club.
Huddy, 59, has been an Assistant Coach in the NHL for the past 17 seasons with the New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, Dallas Stars and currently, the Jets. The Oshawa, Ont. native’s longest coaching tenure was with the Edmonton Oilers as an Assistant Coach from 2000-2009, during which time he helped the Oilers reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2006.
Huddy had an 18-year professional playing career, during which he won the Stanley Cup five times (’84, ’85, ’87, ’88, ’90), all with the Edmonton Oilers. He played in 1,017 NHL games for the Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, Buffalo Sabres and St. Louis Blues.
Huddy compiled 453 points (99G, 354A) and 785 penalty minutes in his NHL career and played in 183 Stanley Cup Playoff games, recording 85 points (19G, 66A) and 134 penalty minutes.
Todd Woodcroft is in his fourth season with the Winnipeg Jets in his role as Assistant Coach.
Woodcroft, 46, has coaching experience in the NHL and international hockey. He was a Video Coach with the Minnesota Wild from 2000-05 and Washington Capitals for the 2005-06 season. He was a Video Coach with Canada at the 2004 IIHF World Championship, helping Canada to a gold medal win. Woodcroft has been an Assistant Coach with Belarus at three world championships in 2006, 2014 and 2016. He was an Assistant Coach with Switzerland at the 2015 World Championship and served with Team Sweden at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey as a special assignment coach.
Woodcroft joined the Jets’ organization after spending three seasons with the Calgary Flames as the team’s scouting director and professional scout. Woodcroft has an extensive scouting background, spending four seasons with the Los Angeles Kings from 2009-13 as European scout, winning the Stanley Cup in 2012. Prior to his time with the Kings, Woodcroft scouted for the Capitals and Wild and was the Assistant General Manager and Director of Player Personnel for Dinamo Minsk in the KHL in 2008-09.
Wade Flaherty is in his second season as an Assistant Coach after spending seven seasons with the Winnipeg Jets as Goaltending Coach.
Flaherty, 51, came to Winnipeg following three seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks as Developmental Goaltending Coach where he worked with Stanley Cup winners Antti Niemi and Corey Crawford. He was instrumental in helping Connor Hellebuyck post a franchise record 44-win season in 2017-18.
The Terrace, B.C. native ended his playing career in 2008 after 19 seasons of professional hockey between the pipes. During his pro career, Flaherty played in the IHL, ECHL, AHL and NHL, including 120 games between the San Jose Sharks, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, and Nashville Predators. Flaherty won the Calder Cup with the Milwaukee Admirals in 2004, earning playoff MVP honours.
Flaherty has a close connection to Winnipeg, having spent three seasons with the Manitoba Moose in the AHL from 2004-2007. In that time, Flaherty played in 112 games, compiling a record of 62-36-9 and nine shutouts. The Moose reached the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs in two of three seasons with Flaherty.
Matt Prefontaine is in his sixth season with the Winnipeg Jets as Video Coach.
The Winnipeg, Man. native is responsible for all the video needs of the Jets coaching staff, including pre-scouting upcoming opponents, analyzing game tape and producing game-day preparation videos.
Prior to joining the Jets, Prefontaine spent four seasons with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. He originally joined the IceHogs organization as a Broadcast Intern in 2010-11 and became their Video Coach the following season. Prefontaine attended Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont. before joining Rockford.
Matt and his wife Lisa reside in Winnipeg.
Director, Player Development
Jimmy Roy is in his ninth season with the Winnipeg Jets in a player development capacity, currently with a role as Director, Player Development. Roy's responsibilities include working with the Jets' prospects, both amateur and professional, as well as planning the annual Winnipeg Jets Development Camp.
Prior to joining the Jets, Roy spent five seasons playing for the Iserlohn Roosters of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. Roy retired in April 2011 from a 14-year professional hockey playing career. He began his professional playing career in 1997-1998 with the Manitoba Moose, and remained on the team until the end of the 2005-2006 season. In his nine seasons in Manitoba, Roy played in a franchise record 603 regular season games, tallying 101 goals, 111 assists and 1,434 penalty minutes. In the playoffs, the fan favourite compiled nine goals, seven assists and 148 penalty minutes in 59 games.
In 2002-2003, Roy won the AHL’s Yanick Dupre Memorial Award in recognition for his involvement in the community.
Director, Amateur Scouting
Mark Hillier is in his fifth season as Director, Amateur Scouting for the Winnipeg Jets. Hillier is no stranger to the club though, as he served as head scout for the previous five seasons. He is responsible for overseeing all amateur scouting activities and for the evaluation of all amateur talent on a worldwide basis.
Prior to joining the Jets, Hillier worked in the Atlanta Thrashers organization as an amateur scout. He was responsible for the evaluation of talent in the Ontario region and performed crossover scouting in other regions. Hillier spent 13 years with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization from 1990-2002, his last position with the Maple Leafs was Director of Amateur Scouting from 1999-2002. Hillier also worked as Director of Hockey Administration for Toronto’s top farm team, the St. John’s Maple Leafs, from 1993-95. Hillier earned a Sports Administration Diploma from Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology in Oshawa, Ontario, in 1990. He and his wife, Kelly, have two sons, Cole and Jamie, and reside in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Director, Pro Scouting
Peter Ratchuk is in his first season as Director, Pro Scouting for the Winnipeg Jets after serving as a pro scout for the past eight seasons. He responsible for overseeing the Jets scouting efforts of the NHL and AHL.
Prior to joining the Jets, Ratchuk had a 13-season professional hockey career from 1998-2011. A former first-round selection by the Colorado Avalanche in 1996, he played 32 games for the Florida Panthers from 1998-2001. He also played in 410 career AHL games, collecting 170 points (55G, 115A). He won the DEL championship in Germany with the Frankfurt Lions in 2003-04 – a season in which he led DEL defencemen in goals with 21 goals in 52 games.
Ratchuk resides in Buffalo, New York with his wife Julie, daughters Carly and Anna, and son Sam.
Head European Scout
Evgeny Bogdanovich is in his ninth season as Head European Scout with the Winnipeg Jets. In this capacity, Bogdanovich is responsible for evaluation of talent in Europe and coverage of major European tournaments.
Bogdanovich came to the Jets from the Atlanta Thrashers organization. He joined the Thrashers as a part-time area scout prior to their inaugural season in 1999-00 and was given full-time status on Aug. 1, 2005.
The native of St. Petersburg, Russia, who speaks English and Russian, graduated from St. Petersburg State University. Following graduation, he worked with a local St. Petersburg newspaper's sports department. He resides in St. Petersburg, Russia with his wife Olga.
Head Equipment Manager
Jason McMaster is in his ninth season as Head Equipment Manager for the Winnipeg Jets. McMaster served as equipment manager with Team Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Belarus and for Team Europe at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Prior to joining the Jets, McMaster spent one season as an Assistant Equipment Manager with the Los Angeles Kings. Before his time in the National Hockey League, McMaster completed three seasons as Equipment Manager for the Manitoba Moose. He came to the Moose from the Memorial Cup champion Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League. McMaster joined the Giants in 2005 and spent two seasons in Vancouver. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Trainer with the Lethbridge Hurricanes for one season in 2004 and Head Trainer for the La Ronge Ice Wolves of the SJHL for two seasons.
Assistant Equipment Manager
Mark Grehan is in his ninth season with the Winnipeg Jets as Assistant Equipment Manager after spending five seasons with the Manitoba Moose. A member of the Canadian Athletic Therapist Association, Grehan received a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (Athletic Therapy) Degree from the University of Manitoba. Grehan spent the 2009-10 season as the Head Athletic Therapist for the Victoria Salmon Kings of the ECHL before spending the 2010-11 season as Head Equipment Manager for the Moose.
Originally from Kingston, Ont., "Lloyd" has called Winnipeg home for 15 years. He and his wife Robyn are proud parents to Kale and Hillary.
Assistant Equipment Manager
Mike Flaman is in his ninth season with the Winnipeg Jets as Assistant Equipment Manager. Flaman made his transition to the Jets after spending two seasons in the same role with the Manitoba Moose. While obtaining a Business Administration Degree from the University of Winnipeg, "Flamer" volunteered with the Manitoba Moose from 2006-2008 working as a game day assistant.
Originally from Regina, Sask., Flaman lives in Winnipeg with his wife Cassie and son Luke.
Head Athletic Therapist
Rob Milette is in his ninth season with the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club as the Head Athletic Therapist. Milette worked his 1,000th professional game Jan. 26/16. He worked as Head Therapist for gold medal-winning Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic and silver medal-winning Team Canada at the 2017 World Championship in France and Germany. Milette spent nine seasons with the Manitoba Moose, six of those years in the head athletic therapist role. Prior to his time with the Moose, Milette was the Therapist and Equipment Manager for the University of Manitoba Bison men's hockey team for two seasons. He was also an Assistant Trainer with the Winnipeg Goldeyes during the 2000 season.
"Mullet" is a member of the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association and received a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (Athletic Therapy) degree at the University of Manitoba. Milette and his wife Camille have two children, Bauer and Janelle, and live in St. Adolphe, Man.
Assistant Athletic Therapist
Brad Shaw is in his ninth season as Assistant Athletic Therapist for the Winnipeg Jets. Prior to his time with the Jets, Shaw spent the 2010-11 season as Head Athletic Therapist with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL. From 2007-10, he had a dual role with the Western Hockey League's Kootenay Ice acting as Head Athletic Therapist and Equipment Manager. The Cardale, Man. native started his career in his home province spending four seasons as the Head Athletic Therapist for the Winnipeg Goldeyes.
"Shawzy" is a member of the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) and received a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (Athletic Therapy) degree from the University of Manitoba. Shaw and his wife Cori reside in Niverville, Man. with their son and daughter.
Al Pritchard is in his ninth season as Massage Therapist for the Winnipeg Jets. A native of Roland, Man., Pritchard has been working independently as a massage therapist since he graduated in 2002.
A valuable member of the team’s medical staff, Pritchard worked with the Manitoba Moose for five years in a dual role as a Game Day Assistant and Massage Therapist. After studying at the Massage Therapy College of Manitoba for two years, Pritchard earned his certification as an Advanced Remedial Massage Therapist.
"Pritchy" and his wife Rachel reside in Niverville, Man. with their two children Nicholas and Addison.
Manager, Team Services
Chris Kreviazuk is in his ninth season with the Winnipeg Jets, and sixth in the role of Manager, Team Services. In this capacity, Kreviazuk’s main responsibilities include the coordination of logistics related to team travel and hospitality, as well as managing the day-to-day itinerary of the Winnipeg Jets.
Director, Team Security
Executive Assistant, Hockey Operations
Katie Ferniuk is in her sixth season in the role of Executive Assistant, Hockey Operations for the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club. In this capacity, she assists the General Managers of the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose, as well as looks after a wide range of tasks in the hockey operations department.
In this fast-paced environment, her responsibilities include coordinating player and family relocation, immigration, and assisting with hockey special events. She is the liaison for the Winnipeg Jets Wives & Girlfriends group and is responsible for all aspects of coordinating and executing their charitable initiatives. During the 2018-19 season the Wives & Girlfriends group raised nearly $60,000 for local charities. Katie is also a member of the Project 11 team, an arm of the True North Youth Foundation. Project 11 was inspired and created in honor of Rick Rypien, a former player of the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose. It is available to support and educate students in kindergarten through eighth grade with virtual tutorials educating students about mental wellness.