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Kevin McDonald - General Manager

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Kevin McDonald was named General Manager of the San Antonio Rampage and Pro Scout for the St. Louis Blues on Aug. 28, 2018.  McDonald originally joined the Blues organization prior to the 2001-02 season as a professional scout. He scouted professional talent for the Blues for two seasons before the organization promoted him to Director of Professional Scouting in 2003. In June 2005, he was given the added responsibilities of being the General Manager of the Blues’ former American Hockey League affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.  In May 2009, McDonald was named Assistant General Manager for the Blues.  McDonald works closely with Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong in coordinating the transfer of players and in acquiring professional hockey players. 

 

The 2019-20 season is McDonald’s 32nd season working in the NHL and his second season as general manager of the Rampage. He began his career in professional hockey in 1988 as a member of the communications department of the New York Rangers. Following the 1993-94 season, when the Rangers won the Stanley Cup, he moved into the Rangers’ hockey operations department and worked as an assistant to Rangers General Manager Neil Smith during the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season.

 

A native of Lawrence, Massachusetts, McDonald resides in North Andover, Massachusetts, where he lives with his wife Lauren, his two children Sean and Kayleigh, and his three step-children Joseph, Jenna, and Daniel.

Drew Bannister - Head Coach

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Drew Bannister was named the 12th head coach of the San Antonio Rampage on June 5, 2018. Bannister, 45, will begin his second season as coach of the Rampage in 2019-20.

 

The Rampage finished 31-38-6-1in Bannister’s rookie coaching season in the American Hockey League. Though the team did not reach the post-season, Bannister’s team met or exceeded several franchise records. The Rampage won 23 games at the AT&T Center in 2018-19, matching the franchise marks for home victories in a season. The Rampage also set new franchise records for home winning and unbeaten streaks under Bannister, winning 12 straight home games from Dec. 8 to Jan. 5 and earning at least a point in 17 straight (15-0-2) at the AT&T Center from Dec. 8 to Mar. 5.

 

A Belleville, Ontario native, Bannister served three seasons (2015-2018) as the head coach of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League before joining San Antonio. He led the Greyhounds to their best record in franchise history in 2017-18, finishing the year 55-7-6 en route to an OHL Finals appearance. Bannister was awarded the Matt Leyden Trophy as the OHL’s Coach of the Year, as well as the Brian Kilrea Award as the Canadian Hockey League’s Coach of the Year. He was also recognized as Sault Ste. Marie’s Sportsperson of the Year with the HP Broughton Award in 2019. Bannister finished his tenure in Sault Ste. Marie with a 136-50-18 record, with three playoff appearances.

 

Prior to leading the Greyhounds, Bannister served as an assistant coach with the Owen Sound Attack of the OHL. He also served as a player-coach from 2010 to 2012 while playing in the Elite Ice Hockey League in the United Kingdom.

 

Bannister was a second-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992. His professional playing career spanned 18 seasons, including 164 NHL games played with Tampa Bay, Edmonton, Anaheim, and the New York Rangers. He also played in 204 AHL games with Hartford, Cincinnati, and Binghamton, notching 20 goals, 84 points, and winning a Calder Cup with the Wolf Pack in 2000. Bannister’s career also included stops in the International Hockey League, Finland, Russia, Germany, and the UK.

Jim Johnson - Associate Coach

EDM_Johnson_Jim[1] copy.jpgJim Johnson was hired as Associate Coach on August 8, 2019, and joins Head Coach Drew Bannister’s staff for his first season in San Antonio. 

 

Johnson, 56, has served as a coach for five National Hockey League organizations since the 1999-00 season. He most recently served three seasons with the Edmonton Oilers (2015-18) as an assistant coach. Johnson was also an assistant coach with the San Jose Sharks for three seasons (2012-15), serving in both organizations under Head Coach Todd McLellan. Johnson worked with current St. Louis Blues Senior Consultant Larry Robinson in San Jose, then an associate coach with the Sharks.

 

The New Hope, Minnesota native served as an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals (2011-12) and Tampa Bay Lightning (2009-10), as well as a development coach in the Lightning organization (2008-09). Johnson was the interim head coach for the Phoenix Coyotes in 1999-00, and he was the head coach with the American Hockey League’s Norfolk Admirals for a portion of the 2009-10 season.

 

Johnson worked with the US National Team Development Program from 1999-02, serving as an assistant coach at the World Junior Championships three times.

 

A veteran of 829 NHL games, the former defenseman recorded 29 goals and 195 points with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota North Stars, Dallas Stars, Washington Capitals, and Phoenix Coyotes. Johnson won WCHA Championships in 1984 and 1985 at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and he represented the US at the World Championships in 1985, 1986, 1987, and 1990.

Daniel Tkaczuk - Assistant Coach

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Daniel Tkaczuk returns for his second season behind the bench in San Antonio in 2019-20, serving as an assistant on Head Coach Drew Bannister’s staff. Tkaczuk has worked with the Blues organization as a skills specialist and assistant coach at the AHL and NHL level since 2016.

 

Tkaczuk, 39, was an assistant and skills coach with the St. Louis Blues in 2017-18 under Mike Yeo, and he served as an assistant coach in the American Hockey League in 2016-17 with the Chicago Wolves under then-head coach Craig Berube. He has also worked as an assistant coach in junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League. Tkaczuk spent five seasons with the Owen Sound Attack (2011-2015), where he was an assistant coach with Bannister for three seasons, and also with the Kitchener Rangers (2015-16) of the OHL.

 

Tkaczuk, a first-round draft pick of the Calgary Flames in 1997, played 12 professional seasons across eight leagues. Tkaczuk played 19 NHL games for the Flames in 2000-01, tallying four goals and 11 points. He played 286 American Hockey League games with St. John, Worcester, Bridgeport, Syracuse, Rochester, and Hartford, totaling 59 goals, 168 points, and 191 penalty minutes. Tkaczuk was named to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team in 1999-00 with St. John, where he also won a Calder Cup in 2001.

 

A Toronto, Ontario native, Tkaczuk’s playing career also included stops in the ECHL, Finland, Italy, Germany, Austria, and the United Kingdom. He won championships in Italy in 2005 and in 2006 playing with Milano, and he also won an EIHL championship in 2011 with Nottingham.

Steve Passineau - Equipment Manager

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Steve Passineau returns for his ninth season as Head Equipment Manager of the San Antonio Rampage.  He has worked 13 seasons in professional hockey, joining the Rampage in 2011 after working one season with as head equipment manager with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades in 2010-11 and four seasons as an assistant equipment manager with the AHL’s Albany River Rats from 2006-10. A native of Albany, NY, Passineau has worked over 900 professional games as a head equipment manager.

Passineau also worked as head equipment manager of the Albany Firebirds of the Arena Football 2 League (2008-09). Passineau first worked with the River Rats from 2003-06 as a locker room attendant while attending Hudson Valley Community College.

Passineau lives in San Antonio with his wife Meghan.

 

Jack Markwardt - Assistant Equipment Manager

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Entering his fourth season with the San Antonio Rampage, Jack Markwardt works alongside Steve Passineau as the Assistant Equipment Manager. Markwardt, 30, joined the Rampage in the summer of 2016 after six years working in college hockey and professional football.

 

A Buffalo, NY native, Markwardt served as an intern on the equipment staff of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills from 2013-15. During that time, he continued to work in hockey as Rink Coordinator for the Harbor Center in Buffalo, NY, where he managed the Pro Shop and helped facilitate rink management. Markwardt also served as the equipment manager at Division-I Canisius College (2012-14) and Division III SUNY-Fredonia (2010-12) at the NCAA level.

 

Jack has a Masters in Sport Administration from Canisius College.

Koryd Lavimoniere - Athletic Trainer

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Koryd Lavimoniere enters his second season as Head Athletic Trainer for the San Antonio Rampage. A native of Dartmouth, MA, Lavimoniere is a Board Certified Athletic Trainer and a certified Strength and Conditioning specialist entering his fifth season in professional hockey. Lavimoniere spent the past two years with the ECHL’s Norfolk Admirals and worked with the Louisiana IceGators of the Southern Professional Hockey League during the 2015-16 season. Prior to that, he served internships with the Peoria Rivermen, Portland Pirates, and Texas Stars. He is the nephew of former Rampage coach Scott Allen.

Lavimoniere graduated Sacred Heart University in 2015 with a Masters degree of Science in Exercise Science and Nutrition, and he earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Westfield State University in 2012. He lives in Stone Oak with his fiancée Melissa and his dog Brink.

Abe Edson - Strength and Conditioning Coach

Edson_Headshot.pngAbe Edson begins his second season as Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Rampage. Edson, 27, is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Edson has spent parts of three seasons working in the American Hockey League, spending two seasons with the Bakersfield Condors as an intern before joining the Rampage.

A native of State College, PA, Edson graduated from Penn State in 2017 with a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology. He interned for two years with Penn State strength and conditioning. He has also worked at Prentiss Hockey Performance in Connecticut.

Edson is currently finishing his Master's Degree in Exercise Science with a focus on Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention from California University of Pennsylvania. He lives in San Antonio with his girlfriend Zoey and Dog Dudley.

Manny Sanchez - Physical Therapist

Sanchez_Headshot.pngManny Sanchez returns for his ninth season as Physical Therapist for the Rampage. He has 26 years of experience in sports medicine and orthopedics, previously serving as the Assistant Athletic Trainer for the University of Texas at San Antonio and the Head Athletic Trainer for the San Antonio Iguanas and Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League. Sanchez graduated from Texas Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry in 1989 and received his athletic trainer’s license in 1990. He earned an Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapy Assistance from St. Phillip’s College in 1993 and later returned to earn his Master of Physical Therapy from The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 2008.