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Photo of head coach Yanick Evola.



On June 1, 2010, Yanick Evola became the sixth head coach in the history of the women's hockey program.  He is now going into his fourth year as the head coach of the University of Ottawa women’s hockey program.

The Boucherville, Québec native joined the University of Ottawa after spending the past three years at the helm of the Édouard-Montpetit College AA women's hockey team, during which time he led the team to two consecutive provincial championship titles. Read more >


From 2003 to 2007, Evola worked at the professional level, serving as head coach and director of operations for the Montreal Axion in the National Women's Hockey League. Under his direction, the team won the Clarkson Cup in 2006. Since 2003, he had also been a coach for the sport-études hockey program at De Mortagne high school (Boucherville, Qué.), as well as a technical coach for the city's minor hockey league.

Evola was an all-star forward for the St-Francis Xavier University men's hockey team from 1998 to 2002 and served as assistant captain of the 2001 CIS silver medal team. On the ice, Evola amassed an impressive 199 regular season points during his five year career with the X-Men and proved to be a dominant player throughout his university career in Antigonish. A three-time CIS all-Canadian (1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01), he obtained a bachelor's degree in physical education as well as a bachelor of education from St-FX, and later pursued studies in sport psychology at the University of Montreal. Evola also made his mark in the Quebec Junior Minor Hockey League (QMJHL), amassing over 300 points in four seasons with the Shawinigan Cataractes and the Foreurs de Val D’Or.

Evola continues to be involved in the community ot help the development of women's hockey in the national capital region.

Photo of assistant coach Philippe Bergeron.



In July of 2014, the University of Ottawa Gee-Gee women’s hockey program announced that Philippe Bergeron has joined the team as a full-time assistant coach for the 2014-15 season. Philippe spent the last four years coaching at Sport-étude hockey DeMortagne program in Boucherville. As an assistant coach, he led his bantam AAA team to the Dodge cup championship (provincial champions) in 2012. He coached the U13 and U14 Gaulois du Richelieu’s team and won the provincial championship once again. Last year, he also served as the head coach of the Édouard-Montpetit College AA women's hockey team and was their strength and conditioning coach for the last three years.

As a player, the Verchères native reached the LHJAAAQ level with the Contrecoeur Eperviers in 2003.  He obtained a bachelor degree in Kinesiology from UQTR in 2011 and also worked with young athletes from the Boucherville region in many hockey specific program and as a power skating instructor.

Photo of goalie coach Jean-Roch Thibert.



Jean-Roch Thibert has been a passionate goaltender since childhood. In high school, he went to a sport-études program at Nicolas-Gatineau, before being chosen as the third goalie for the Gatineau Olympiques in the QMJHL. He was then recruited by the Thunder Bay Wolverines in the SIJHL. He went on to play with the New England Huskies in Boston in the EJHL Tier 2 league, before ending his career with the Shawville Pontiac in the EOJHL.

Jean-Roch then started his coaching career at the Maxtech hockey school before getting involved with Hockey féminin de l’Outaouais. After joining the Goaler U clinic in Ottawa, Jean-Roch is proud to join the uOttawa Gee-Gees coaching staff. He hopes to guide the athletes and help them improve their technical, tactical and psychological abilities.


Photo of equipment manager Bob Bowes.



Bob graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1977 with a Masters in Science in Human Kinetics and is currently self-employed as a fitness and lifestyle consultant in Ottawa.

Bob’s volunteer involvement with the University of Ottawa Women’s hockey team began in 2004 assisting with fitness testing and conditioning. The past 5 years Bob has been working as the team equipment manager. Bob is in charge of the transportation, repairs and regular service of Gee-Gee equipment which includes skate sharpening. Bob is more than an equipment manager, as his hard-working and motivating character positively influence the Gee-Gee team atmosphere.


Photo of strength and conditionning coach Mike Kelly.



Mike Kelly joined the Gee-Gees as the strength and conditioning coach in 2014, having been involved in sports and fitness for over 30 years, including training of various varsity level athletes. Mike believes strongly in athlete education to empower them and maintain their training consistency. Mike is a canfitpro PRO TRAINER and trained and certified hundreds of trainers in Canada, specialising in areas related to sports movement and balance. In addition to being a strong advocate of sport-specific strength, he believes structural tolerance for injury prevention is paramount.

Mike is responsible for the implementation and maintenance of all fitness aspects of the team's training, including fitness testing, BodyMetrix ultrasound assessments, workout programs and cardiovascular training.

Photo of peak performance coach Raymond Perras.



Raymond Perras joins the staff of the Women’s Hockey Program for the 2012-2013 season as Peak Performance Coach. Raymond has been involved as a peak performance coach at the University of Ottawa with varsity sports since 1993 (Football, Soccer, Men’s Hockey and both Basketball Programs).

Raymond is a professional engineer (University of Ottawa 1972), a Certified Professional Coach and a Certified Instructor/Facilitator who works with leaders in both business and sports up to the professional level. His contribution will be in implementing a team framework to ensure maximum results and continuous improvement of the team process. He will also help with mental preparation for the athletes.

Raymond is a published author. His peak performance work is based on the concepts of his book entitled AïM for Life Mastery. His leadership training expertise is available in a book entitled 10 Discussions for Effective Leadership.

Photo of team physician Marie-Josée Klett.



Dr Marie-Josée Klett is an MD graduate of the University of Ottawa. She became involved with the team in 2007 while completing her Sport Medicine Fellowship and has continued to follow the team since.

In addition to sporting event coverage she practices a mix of family and sport medicine within the community. She has extensive experience covering hockey, including the 2009 IIHF World Juniors, women’s hockey at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games and the 2011 U18 national women’s camp. She also covers several other summer sports, and most recently worked at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. Her goal is to help keep all the players healthy and performing at their best!

Photo of Ariane Fecteau.



Ariane Fecteau, originally from Barrie, Ontario, is currently completing her fourth year in B. Sc. Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa, and is aspiring to become a sports physiotherapist. Ariane has been involved in sports since a young age, and competed in swimming at a high level for 5 years.

Photo of Martine Laplante


Martine Laplante, originally from Granby, Quebec, holds a degree in education from the University of Ottawa (2012) and is currently completing her third year in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. She is aspiring to become a sport therapist. Martine had been involved in many competitive sports since her young age, but her favorite sport is soccer. In university, she is involved in intramurals programs.

Photo of physiotherapist Isabelle Aubé.



Isabelle Aubé graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2000, with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy.  She joined the Gee-Gees varsity staff as a physiotherapist in Fall 2003.  She also worked regional and national events with various sports; mainly hockey, figure skating and gymnastics.

As an athlete, Aubé competed in ice hockey more than eight seasons for the Ottawa Raiders in the NWHL/CWHL.  She also represented Canada with the U22 National Team from 1998-2000 and was invited to Senior National team camps. She was team captain of the 1999-2000 U22 team. In addition, she won gold with Team Canada at the 2007 Women’s World Ball Hockey Championships.