Coaches

Chris Sinclair

Head Coach

 

My name is Chris Sinclair and I was born and raised in Kenora, ON where I grew up playing minor hockey at the AA level at all age groups and at the AAA level in Midget. After graduating from Beaver Brae High School, I would leave Kenora for good as my family had relocated to Fort Frances and I moved on to continue my hockey career at the junior level. I spent 1.5 years playing in the MJHL with the Dauphin Kings and the Beausejour Blades and then 1.5 years playing in the SIJHL for the Fort Frances Sabres, where I was honoured to captain the team in my new hometown. 

 

I was then fortunate enough to continue my hockey career at the NCAA level where I played for and attended the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN for 4 years, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology. I then decided to continue my education and attend Lakehead University where I received my Bachelor of Education degree. Upon graduation, I moved home to Fort Frances and have been working with the RRDSB School Board as a Physical Education teacher.

 

Although my playing career was over, I still wanted to be involved in the game. Since moving back to Fort Frances I have had the opportunity to coach in different roles and at different levels. I spent 3 seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Fort Frances Lakers, where we won 2 League Championships. I also spent 1 season as the Teacher Rep/Assistant Coach with the Muskie Boys hockey team, where we hosted OFSAA. I then furthered my role as a coach and became Head Coach of the Fort Frances Muskie Girls team. After 1 season of coaching the girls, I made the switch to the boys program and am excited to build off and continue the history and tradition previous coaches have left with the program.


Tyler Miller

Assistant Coach

My name is Tyler Miller and I was born and raised in Fort Frances, ON. I grew up playing minor hockey in Fort Frances and also played for the Muskie hockey program for three seasons. I continued my hockey career at the junior level and played in the OJHL for 3.5 years with the Port Hope Predators and the last half of my final year of eligibility with the Thunder Bay Bearcats in the SIJHL. 

After my junior career, I played 4 years at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth,MN and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Educational Studies and minor in Native Studies. I received offers to continue to play hockey in the CHL as well as in Europe, but felt the urge to return back to Northwestern Ontario and continue with my education, completing my Bachelor of Education degree from Queen’s University. During this time I was a member of the Senior AAA Thistles and we played in the Allan Cup. I am currently employed as a teacher at Seven Generations Education Institute.

Still wanting to be active with hockey, I decided coaching was a way to give back to young athletes. Over the past 5 years I have been coaching at the Peewee and Bantam AA level in Fort Frances, as well as the Bantam AAA level in NWO. Through all of my experiences, my passion for hockey has always been an important part of my life. I am looking forward to passing my knowledge and devotion to the game onto the athletes. I am excited to be a part of the Fort Frances Muskies hockey program yet again.

 

 

 

 

 

Kyle Turgeon

Assistant Coach


My name is Kyle Turgeon and I was born and raised in Fort Frances, ON where I played my minor hockey up to the Bantam level. I then made the move to Thunder Bay to play for the AAA Kings program for 1 season before returning back home to play with the Muskie Hockey Program in Fort Frances, where we represented NorWOSSA at the OFSAA Championships. During my senior year of high school, I had to opportunity to play hockey at the next level with the Fort Frances Jr. Sabres in the SIJHL where I played for 2 years. I then spent my final 2 years of jr. hockey playing in the MJHL with the Portage Terriers, where we won a league championship and represented the Western Region at the RBC Cup in Camrose, AB.

That concluded my hockey career as I then decided to further my education and attended the University of Manitoba where I graduated with a Bachelor of Physical Education degree.

Upon moving back home to Fort Frances, I decided that teaching wasn’t for me, and I got into the trades and have been working carpentry for the past few years. Currently I am working for Precision Construction and have been attending Trade School at Algonquin College. 

I always knew I wanted to coach to give back to the game that I love. After spending 1 year as an assistant coach with the Girls Muskie program, I made the move over to the boys program when Chris accepted the Head Coaching position. Although my coaching career is young, I am excited to give back to the program that helped me get where I am today.

 

 

Paul "Big Dog" Cousineau
Equipment Manager/Trainer

 

Paul brings his lifelong love of the game to the Muskie boys hockey program. Paul has been involved in the Fort Frances hockey community for over 15 years. He has been committed to the Muskies for the past five seasons, and his hard work and dedication to the team definitely doesn’t go unnoticed.

 

Paul currently has his Hockey Canada Level II trainer and CPR & First Aid certifications. Over the past five seasons Paul has been responsible for managing players’ equipment and is jokingly referred to as the boys’ "personal skate sharpener”. He is also responsible for the assessment and treatment of player injuries.

 

Paul, and his wife, Lisa, have three children, two of which are still involved with hockey. Donovan plays Junior A in Manitoba for the Portage Terriers, their younger son Chandler has played two seasons with the Muskies, and their daughter Jessica is a college graduate with a Greenhouse Tech. diploma.

 

Jennifer Leishman
Athletic Director