San Diego Gulls Hockey Operations
 

Bob Ferguson - General Manager

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​Bob Ferguson enters his 10th season with the Anaheim Ducks organization and fourth as General Manager of the San Diego Gulls. Ferguson is a hockey lifer, having been involved in either professional or amateur hockey for the past 38 years, either as a player, coach, or member of a front office.

In his three previous seasons as a General Manager with the Gulls, Ferguson helped build teams that have a combined 118-71-10-5 record (.615 points percentage) along with a pair of appearances in the Pacific Division Finals in 2016 and 2017. San Diego’s 118 wins since the club and division’s inception in 2015 rank first among Pacific Division clubs.

The 2016-17 club went 43-20-3-2 for 91 points, second in the Western Conference and third in the American Hockey League (AHL), while defeating Ontario in the first round of the postseason before falling in the Pacific Division Finals to San Jose (five games). The Gulls were named winners of the 2016-17 President’s Award as the AHL Team of the Year, given to an AHL organization for overall excellence as voted on by all 31 (previously 30) AHL team presidents. In the club’s inaugural season in 2015-16, the team finished with a 39-23-4-2 record for 84 points, earning earned second place in the Pacific Division and the club’s first berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs. Under Ferguson’s guidance, San Diego won its first-ever playoff series over the Texas Stars, 3-1, prior to falling to Ontario in the second round (five games).

Ferguson was the Assistant General Manager of the Norfolk Admirals for the previous three seasons (2012-2015) and prior to that manned the same position for the Ducks’ prior AHL affiliates, the Syracuse Crunch (2010-12) and Iowa Chops (2008-09). He also spent one season as a college/amateur scout for the Ducks in 2009-10.

Before joining the Ducks organization, Ferguson spent 26 seasons on the bench as a head coach in the professional and junior ranks. He had head coaching stints with Augusta (ECHL, 2005-08), Florida (ECHL, 1998-2001) and Indianapolis (IHL, 1995-98). In his nine seasons as a professional head coach, Ferguson’s teams never missed the playoffs. He is a two-time John Brophy Award winner as ECHL Coach of the Year, winning the honor in consecutive seasons with the Florida Everblades in 1998-99 and 1999-2000.

Ferguson’s illustrious 17-year career as a head coach in the United States Hockey League with Sioux City (1981-90) and Des Moines (1990-95, 2001-04) garnered 517 career wins, the third-most in league history. Ferguson guided Sioux City to a pair of Clark Cup championships and won three Clark Cups with Des Moines. He is a three-time Gold Cup winner (U.S. Junior ‘A’ National Champion), five-time USHL Coach of the Year and five-time USHL General Manager of the Year.

Jillian Reddin - Director, Hockey Operations

​Jillian Reddin, daughter of Susan and Henry Samueli, enters her 10th season with the Anaheim Ducks organization, her fourth in San Diego. Primarily responsible for player contracts, transactions, immigration, travel and the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Reddin regularly coordinates with the Anaheim Ducks Hockey Operations department.

 

Reddin previously spent three seasons in the same role with the Norfolk Admirals (2012-14) and two with the Syracuse Crunch (2010-12). Prior to her stint with Anaheim’s AHL affiliates, Reddin spent a year in the Ducks front office.

 

A native of Newport Beach, Calif., Reddin graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (Los Angeles) in 2006, receiving a degree in Merchandise Marketing.

Dallas Eakins - Head Coach

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​The only coach in San Diego Gulls history, Dallas Eakins is now in his fourth season as head coach of the Gulls. Named to his current post on June 26, 2015, Eakins led the Gulls to a 36-28-3-1 record last season. In his three seasons behind the bench in San Diego, Eakins has led San Diego to a 118-71-10-5 record (.615 points percentage) and a pair of appearances in the Pacific Division Finals in 2016 and 2017.

Entering 2018-19, San Diego’s 118 wins under Eakins since the club’s inception in 2015 lead the Pacific Division, while the club’s .615 points percentage is the second highest all-time by a head coach of an Anaheim Ducks primary affiliate and the 118 wins rank tied for second (also Moe Mantha from 1996-00) behind Kevin Dineen’s 135 wins.

Under Eakins, San Diego has advanced to the Pacific Division Finals in each of the club’s first two seasons, leading the club to a 3-2 series win over Ontario in in the opening round of the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs before falling in the Division Final to San Jose (five games). In 2016, Eakins guided San Diego to the club’s first postseason series victory with a 3-1 series win in the First Round over Texas before being eliminated in the Division Finals by Ontario (five games).

On Nov. 12, 2016, Eakins earned his 200th career AHL win as the Gulls defeated the Manitoba Moose, 6-3, while he also appeared in his 500th game behind an AHL bench on Mar. 6, 2018 vs. the Cleveland Monsters.

Eakins previously served as Head Coach of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers from 2013-14 (113 games) after spending eight years in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization.

Eakins was Head Coach of the Toronto Marlies (AHL) from 2009-13, leading the team to a 157-114-41 record in 312 games. The Marlies finished atop the North Division during Eakins’ final two seasons behind the bench winning four of six playoff series. In 2012 and 2013, Eakins was named as one of two head coaches representing the Western Conference for the AHL All-Star Games. During the 2011-12 campaign, Eakins led the Marlies to a division-best 44-24-8 record and an appearance in the Calder Cup Final. Eakins has a career 275-185-25-31 record as Head Coach in the AHL.

Selected by Washington in the 10th round (208th overall) of the 1985 NHL Draft, Eakins appeared in 120 NHL contests with the Winnipeg Jets, Florida Panthers, St. Louis Blues, Phoenix Coyotes, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Islanders and Calgary Flames. The defenseman collected 0-9=9 points with a +6 rating and 208 PIM in his NHL career. Eakins also played in both the AHL and International Hockey League (IHL) during his professional career, winning both the Calder Cup (2002) and Turner Cup (2000). Eakins recorded his best season with the Chicago Wolves in 1999-00, recording 5-26=31 points in 68 contests. His final professional season was with the Manitoba Moose (AHL) before retiring on May 26, 2004.

Sylvain Lefebvre - Assistant Coach

​Sylvain Lefebvre is in the midst of his first season as Assistant Coach with the Gulls. Lefebvre spent the previous six seasons as Head Coach of Montreal’s primary AHL affiliate in Hamilton (2012-15), St. John’s (2015-17) and Laval (2017-18). Prior to his AHL assignment with Montreal, he served as Assistant Coach with Colorado for three seasons (2009-12) after spending two years (2007-09) as Assistant Coach with the Avalanche’s AHL affiliate in Lake Erie.

Lefebvre is a veteran of 945 career NHL games with Montreal, Toronto, Quebec/Colorado and the New York Rangers. He recorded 30-154=184 points with a +108 rating during his 14-year NHL career. Lefebvre was part of Colorado’s first Stanley Cup championship team in 1996 and went on to appear in 129 career Stanley Cup Playoff games. Lefebvre also played parts of four AHL seasons with Sherbrooke (1987-89) and Hartford (2001-02), earning 18-61=79 points in 171 career regular-season games.

David Urquhart - Assistant Coach

​David Urquhart is in his first season as Assistant Coach for the Gulls. Urquhart joins the Anaheim organization after serving as Assistant Coach with McGill University in Montreal for four seasons from 2014-18. He also served as Head Coach for Team Serbia at the 2018 IIHF World Hockey Championship Division II. Urquhart appeared in 130 career AHL games from 2008-11, collecting 6-17=23 points with a +8 rating with Hartford and Hamilton. The Thorold, Ontario native also played three seasons in Italy from 2011-14, highlighted by a league championship victory in 2013-14.

 

Urquhart played four collegiate seasons with the McGill Redmen from 2004-08 and earned a commerce degree in 2008. Named to the 2006-07 All-Canadian Second Team, Urquhart recorded 23-84=107 points in 147 career games and led McGill to the Ontario University Athletics conference championship as captain in 2007-08. The three-time All-Star concluded his time at McGill tied with Mike Babcock as the eighth-highest scoring defenseman in Redmen history. Inducted into the McGill Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 11, 2018, Urquhart is currently completing a master’s degree in Sports Psychology at McGill.

Brett Ferguson - Assistant Coach

​Brett Ferguson is in his fourth season with the San Diego Gulls, and second as Assistant Coach after spending the two previous seasons as Video Coach with the club. He enters his ninth season as a coach for the Anaheim Ducks’ AHL affiliate having previously served as Video Coach with both the Norfolk Admirals (2012-15) and the Syracuse Crunch (2010-12).

 

Ferguson has helped lead the Gulls to the most wins in the Pacific Division since its creation in 2015 (118), including back-to-back Calder Cup Playoff appearances in 2016 and 2017. In three seasons with the Gulls, Ferguson has helped San Diego to a 118-71-10-5 record, with two appearances in the Pacific Division Final in each of the club’s first two seasons.

 

Prior to joining the Ducks organization, Ferguson was an assistant coach with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League (USHL). Born in Sioux City, Iowa and raised in West Des Moines, Ferguson graduated from the University of South Carolina at Aiken in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in history. He was a three-time Iowa High School State champion as a member of the Des Moines Capitals.

J.F. Labbe - Goaltending Coach

​J.F. Labbe is in his third season as goaltending coach for the San Diego Gulls. Labbe previously served as goaltending coach for the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) in 2015-16.

 

A native of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Labbe posted a 3-6-0 record with a 3.44 GAA and .889 SV% in 15 career NHL games with the New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets from 1999-03. He also played 10 seasons in the AHL from 1993-03, going 202-151-52 with a 2.77 GAA and .913 SV% in 420 career games. Labbe ranks 12th all-time in wins as well as eighth in shutouts (27). He is also fourth all-time in postseason contests by a goaltender (82), and his 46 playoff wins and seven playoff shutouts are both tied for second-most in AHL history. Labbe won the Calder Cup with Hershey in 1996-97 and Hartford in 1999-00. He was a four-time AHL-All Star, the 1996-97 AHL MVP and was inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame in February 2016.

Joey Guilmet - Head Equipment Manager

​Joey Guilmet is in his second season with the Gulls as Head Equipment Manager and his sixth season in the Anaheim Ducks organization. A native of Ocean Beach, Calif., Guilmet has 20-plus years of experience between the NHL and AHL. He most recently spent two seasons as equipment manager for Arizona State University’s men’s ice hockey program. He was named to ASU’s staff prior to their inaugural NCAA Division I season in 2015-16.

 

Guilmet spent four seasons working as the equipment manager for Anaheim’s primary AHL affiliate with the Norfolk Admirals (2012-15) and Syracuse Crunch (2010-12). He also served 12 seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers in the NHL. Additionally, Guilmet was an equipment manager at the 2007 NHL All-Star Game and the 1992 MLB All-Star Game.

 

Guilmet has represented Team USA on five occasions, serving as part of the staff at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games as well as three IIHF Men’s World Championships (2001, 2008, 2009), and was the equipment manager for Team USA’s gold medal team at the 2017 World Junior Championships.

 

Guilmet received a degree from Mesa College in San Diego, and Gwinnett Tech in Duluth, Ga. He earned his certification in the Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA) in 1995. Additionally, he conducted a workshop demonstrating equipment repair for professional and college equipment managers at the 2006 AEMA Meetings and also hosted a workshop on carbon fiber/kydex skate guard protection at the 2008 Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers Meeting. Guilmet is currently working on his bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership at Arizona State University.

Ryan Tall - Assistant Equipment Manager

​Ryan Tall enters his third season as Assistant Equipment Manager of the San Diego Gulls where he handles the club’s equipment needs under Joey Guilmet. Tall was named to his post in March 2017. He was most recently the Head Equipment Manager of the Utah Grizzlies in 2016-17, Anaheim’s affiliate in the ECHL, and represented the club as an equipment manager at the 2017 ECHL All-Star Game. He also served as an intern in the equipment department with the Grizzlies from 2014-16.

Mike Ermatinger - Head Athletic Trainer

​Mike Ermatinger enters his first season as Head Athletic Trainer of the San Diego Gulls. Ermatinger previously served as Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Arizona Coyotes hockey from 2011-17, assisting with the daily prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of hockey players’ injuries.

 

Ermatinger previously served as the Head Athletic Trainer/Strength and Conditioning Coach for the San Antonio Rampage from 2008-11. He also served in the same roles with the Mississippi SeaWolves (ECHL) for the 2007-08 season and the Youngstown Steelheads (CHL) from 2005-07. He was an intern in the strength and conditioning and athletic training departments for the Reading Phillies (2005) and the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL (2004-05).

 

A native of Cedar Springs, Mich., Ermatinger earned a bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Central Michigan University in addition to a master’s in Sports Leadership from Northeastern University.

Ryan Ledwon - Assistant Athletic Trainer

Ryan Ledwon is in his first season as Assistant Athletic Trainer for the San Diego Gulls. Ledwon joins San Diego following two seasons with the National Hockey League Department of Player Health Management as Athletic Trainer from 2016-18.

 

Ledwon previously served as the Head Athletic Trainer with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL and the Iowa Cubs as an Intern Athletic Trainer.

 

A native of Chicago, Ledwon earned a master’s degree in Athletic Training from Western Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Illinois State University. 

Justin Roethlingshoefer - Strength and Conditioning Coach

​Justin Roethlingshoefer enters his second season as Strength and Conditioning Coach for the San Diego Gulls where he is responsible for all aspects of the club’s strength and conditioning, nutrition and supplementation programs. He is also a licensed massage therapist.

 

Prior to joining the Gulls, Roethlingshoefer served as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Miami University (Ohio) hockey program from 2014-16. He spent one year at University of Louisville in 2013-14 as a sport performance graduate assistant with several Olympic sports teams.

 

Prior to his time at Louisville, Roethlingshoefer served strength and conditioning internships with the Columbus Blue Jackets (2011-13) and Edmonton Oilers (summer of 2012), the Springfield Falcons (2011-12) along with Castleton State College (2009-10), Quinnipiac (summer of 2011) and Louisville (2012-13) in the NCAA.

 

Roethlingshoefer earned a bachelor’s degree in Movement Science from Westfield State University and a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Louisville, and is a certified strength and conditioning coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is also Precision Nutrition certified, kinesiotape certified and possesses a U.S. Weightlifting level one certification.

 

He also played four years of men’s hockey at Westfield State as a goaltender in addition to four years of Canadian Jr. A hockey. He served as team captain in 2009 and was named MVP of the Cornwall Colts while also winning the Canadian Junior Scholastic and Ability Player of the Year award. Justin Resides in San Diego.

Colin Reddin - Strength and Conditioning Coach

​Colin Reddin enters his fourth season as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for the San Diego Gulls, working with Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Justin Roethlingshoefer to ensure the overall fitness, strength and conditioning, nutrition and supplementation programs of the club’s players.

 

Reddin played professional hockey from 2011-13 with stints in the ECHL (Evansville, San Francisco and Las Vegas), earning 1-7=8 points in 23 games. He also appeared in 73 career Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) games with Huntsville and Mississippi, scoring 20-38=58 points with 84 PIM.

 

Reddin also played five seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL), earning 33-68=101 points with 184 PIM in 232 games with Regina (2010-11), Prince Albert (2009-10) and Portland (2008-09). He began his hockey career with the U.S. National Under-18 Team in 2007-08 where he collected 3-1=4 points with 26 PIM in 22 contests with the development program.

Jeff Goduti - Team Services Manager

Jeff Goduti enters his fourth season as Team Services Manager with the San Diego Gulls and seventh with the Anaheim Ducks primary affilate. Goduti has been with the organization since its inception in 2015, and is responsible for all hockey club travel arrangements with plane, bus and hotel companies. In addition, Goduti also assists team operations personnel with training camp, player and staff travel needs, and coordinates special events.

Prior to joining San Diego, Goduti spent eight seasons (2007-15) with the Norfolk Admirals as Hockey Operations Assistant and Business Manager. Goduti was part of the hockey operations staff during Norfolk's Calder Cup championship in 2012. Goduti earned a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Radford University.