2024-2025 AA Coaching Staff Announcement

The Etobicoke Dolphins are excited to announce the return of our AA/Elite Coaching Staff for the 2024/2025 season:

U22 (Junior) Joe Butkevich – Head Coach (Extended)

Joe, is a Hockey Canada HP1 certified coach, and is in his 7th season Coaching the Etobicoke Jr. Dolphins (PWHL) program as Head Coach. He also has Hockey Canada Level 1 & 2 Goalie Coach certifications and is a D1 Coach Evaluator.

In 2019, Joe was selected to be a part of both the OWHA Team Red & Team Blue Coaching staffs at the 2019 National Championships in Morden, Manitoba. And was once again selected to be on the Coaching staff of Team Ontario Blue at the 2021 Ontario Series at Nottawasaga Resort, in Alliston, Ontario.

Besides coaching Hockey in Canada, Joe has spent the past 8 years as an Ambassador with the Hamilton, New Zealand Inline Hockey Club. And in 2020, he was selected to be an Assistant Coach with the 2020 Team China U18 World Championship team in Katowice, Poland. Where Team China won their 1st ever IIHF medal at the U18 World Championships.

Over the past six seasons, the Etobicoke Jr. program has had 56 players earn Canadian or American athletic scholarships as student/athletes. 

During the 2019-20 season, the Etobicoke Jr. Dolphins won their first ever PWHL Regular Season Championship, with a record of 27-4-6. 

This season, the Junior program has captured the 2021 Stoney Creek Showcase and are back-to-back Champions at the prestigious Stoney Creek showcase. Also, during his tenure with the Etobicoke Jr. program, they have also captured the following:

  • Stoney Creek Showcase Silver Division Champions
  • Tournoi de Hockey Feminine de Quebec Championship
  • USA-Canada Cup (Kitchener) Showcase Championship
  • OWHA Provincial Championship

Joe can be reached at: butkevich23@hotmail.com or on his cell at 647-403-9877.

Head Coach Wayne Gagne (Extended)

Wayne is returning to the Dolphins organization to coach the U18AA program again. In 2008 Wayne lead the U18AA team to the Provincial Semis leading to the Esso cup. During that time he also ran the Player and Coach Mentorship programs with the Dolphins for 6 years. Wayne brings a wide variety of Professional Coaching skills. Being a Physical Education teacher and a former Professional player for 7 years, he has acquired and developed an excellent approach for teaching today’s youth. His teaching and motivational methods, as well as his ability to demonstrate and model proper techniques so they are effectively utilized in game situations have been the key to his success as a Coach.   

Wayne coached men’s Jr. “A” hockey (Caledon Canadians) in Ontario for 2 years and then moved to coaching youth hockey. His son’s 97 Toronto Marlboros Team and daughter’s Brampton teams won a combined 4 All Ontario Championships. Wayne’s 1997 Toronto Marlboros team won the Minor Midget North American Silverstick Championship, and 7 GTHL Scotiabank 1st place Cups, 6 GTHL Championships, and was the FINALIST at the prestigious OHL CUP. 14 Players from his team were drafted to the OHL.   

As a player Wayne won the All Ontario Championship with his Henry Carr Junior team, a CCHA NCAA Championship with his WMU team, and a Professional Championship with the Brantford Smoke in the Colonial league.   While with Western Michigan Univ. he was a Two Time All American and a Hobey Baker Runner Up his senior year. He finished 2nd in the NCAA scoring as a “defenceman” with 89 points, and held 8 NCAA records. He then skated with Team Canada and was drafted to the Montreal Canadians where he mainly played in  the AHL, the IHL and  ended his career in Europe playing in the Elite leagues in Switzerland, Holland, and Denmark. Currently Wayne has been teaching in the Peel Board for the past 28 Years.

U15 AA – Steve MacNeil – Head Coach (Extended)

With a 25-year legacy of excellence in athlete promotion and development, Coach MacNeil continues to shape the future of the Etobicoke Dolphins through his unwavering dedication and commitment to the success of his athletes. With an unwavering commitment to athlete development and a proven track record of success, he has become a respected figure in the world of sports coaching.

As an Athletic Director Coach MacNeil believes in a holistic approach to athlete development, focusing not only on physical skills but also on character, discipline, and teamwork. Over the course of his career, countless athletes have progressed from grassroots levels to collegiate, national, and even professional levels.

Coach MacNeil has guided numerous teams to championship titles at various levels, showcasing an ability to lead players to peak performance when it matters most. As a mentor and leader, he has instilled values of dedication, perseverance, and sportsmanship in athletes, creating a culture of success both on and off the ice.

As a High Performance Coach, he has received multiple coaching awards and accolades, highlighting his contributions to the sport and athlete development. He has successfully placed many athletes in prestigious collegiate programs and professional organizations, making a significant impact on their future careers.

For inquiries, or more information, please contact Steve MacNeil at 27mac@rogers.com or 647-620-1477