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Bob Ferguson - General Manager

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Bob Ferguson enters his 13th season with the Anaheim Ducks organization and sixth 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 40 years, either as a player, coach or member of a front office.  

In his five seasons as a General Manager with the Gulls, Ferguson helped build teams that have a combined 184-114-21-10 record to lead the Pacific Division in all-time wins, points (399) and points percentage (.606%) since the division’s inception in 2015. The Gulls are the only Pacific Division club to finish among the top four teams in all five AHL seasons. Ferguson has also led San Diego to three Calder Cup Playoffs appearances, including the club’s first appearance in the Western Conference Finals in 2019.  

The Gulls (three times), Toronto Marlies (four times) and Hershey Bears (three times) are the only AHL teams to advance to the Division Finals on three-or-more occasions since the inception of the current division format in 2015. Under Ferguson, San Diego owns the most playoff wins (17) and series wins (4) among Pacific Division teams. 

Under Ferguson, San Diego completed the 2019-20 season with 30-19-6-2 record for 68 points and tied for third in the Pacific Division, sixth in the Western Conference. The 2018-19 club compiled a 36-24-5-3 record for 80 points and third in the Pacific Division, while also representing the division in the Western Conference Finals for the first time. San Diego defeated San Jose (four games) and Bakersfield (six games), before falling to Chicago in six games. 

The 2016-17 club went 43-20-3-2 for 91 points, second in the Western Conference and third in the 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 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. 

A native of Kingston, Ontario, Ferguson’s illustrious 17-year career as a head coach in the United States Hockey League (USHL) 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. 

Bob and his wife, Lisa, have two children: Brett and Kaylee; and two grandchildren: Caleb and Aiden. The family resides in San Diego. His son Brett serves as the Ducks’ video coach. 

Jillian Reddin - Director, Hockey Operations

Jillian Reddin, daughter of Susan and Henry Samueli, enters her 12th season with the Anaheim Ducks organization, her sixth with the San Diego Gulls. Primarily responsible for player contracts, transactions, immigration, travel and the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Reddin regularly coordinates with the Anaheim Ducks Hockey Operations department. She is also an Alternate Governor for the AHL Board of Governors. 

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 received a degree in Merchandise Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (Los Angeles). 

Jillian and her husband, Colin, reside in Encinitas. 

Joel Bouchard - Head Coach

Joel Bouchard enters his first season as head coach of the San Diego Gulls, becoming the third head coach in Gulls AHL history. 

Named to his current position on July 9, 2021, Bouchard spent the past three seasons as the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens' primary development affiliate in Laval, guiding the club to an 83-67-14-10 record. He led the Rocket to a 23-9-3-1 record in 2020-21 to win the Frank S. Mathers Trophy as winners of the Canadian Division while posting the second-highest points percentage in the AHL (.694).

A native of Montreal, Quebec, Bouchard spent seven seasons from 2011-18 as general manager of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), while also serving as head coach from 2014-18. In 272 games behind the Armada bench, he posted a 160-80-23-9 record, including consecutive QMJHL President Cup Finals appearances in 2017 and 2018. He also served as an assistant coach with the Montreal Junior of the QMJHL from 2008-11 before the franchise relocated to Blainville-Boisbriand in 2011.

Internationally, Bouchard served as the general manager of the Canadian National Junior Team for two years, assembling a roster that won a gold medal at the 2018 World Junior Championship and silver in the 2017 tournament.

Selected by the Calgary Flames in the sixth round (129th overall) of the 1992 NHL Draft, Bouchard played in 364 career NHL games with Calgary, Nashville, Dallas, Phoenix, New Jersey, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh and New York Islanders, recording 22-53=75 points. He also appeared in 293 career AHL games, earning 37-108=145 points while being named an AHL All-Star in 1994-95 and 1995-96. Bouchard helped Canada to gold medals at the 1997 World Championship and back-to-back World Junior Championships in 1993 and 1994.

Austin Violette - Video Coordinator

Austin Violette enters his second season as Video Coordinator with the San Diego Gulls. In his first season, Violette helped the club to a 30-19-6-2 record and 68 points, tied for third in the Pacific Division, upon the 2019-20 season’s cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Violette joined the organization after serving as Video Coach/Assistant Coach for the Maine Mariners of the ECHL in 2018-19. A native of Gorham, Maine, Violette helped the Mariners to a 37-32-2-1 record for 77 points in his first season in a hockey operations role. 

Austin now resides in San Diego. 

Joey Guilmet - Head Equipment Manager

​Joey Guilmet is in his fourth season with the Gulls as Head Equipment Manager and his eighth 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 fifth 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 third season as Head Athletic Trainer of the San Diego Gulls, overseeing injury prevention, injury rehabilitation and all factors pertaining to athlete performance optimization.  

Ermatinger previously served as Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Arizona Coyotes hockey from 2011-17. He 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 of the ECHL (2007-08) and the Youngstown Steelheads of the CHL (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/Athletic Training from Central Michigan University in addition to a master’s in Sports Leadership from Northeastern University. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer through the NATA’s Board of Certification. 

Mike, his wife, Riann, and their son Bo, reside in Ocean Beach. 

Ryan Ledwon - Assistant Athletic Trainer

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

Ledwon previously served as the Head Athletic Trainer with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL (2015-16). 

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. 

Ryan resides in Pacific Beach. 

Justus Schafer - Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

Justus Schafer enters his second season in professional hockey as the Gulls’ Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, working with the team and coaches to ensure the overall fitness, strength and conditioning, nutrition and supplementation programs of the club’s players.  

Schafer previously spent three years in the San Antonio Spurs organization (2016-2019), serving as the Athletic Development QAA, while also working in the same role for the Austin Spurs, San Antonio’s affiliate of G-League, during the 2016-17 season. 

Schafer, an NSCA certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), earned a bachelor’s degree in Applied Exercise Physiology and a master’s degree in Sports Physiology from Texas A&M University. 

A native of Grapevine, Texas, Justus and his wife Laura Lee, reside in San Diego.  

Colin Reddin - Strength and Conditioning

An original member of the AHL Gulls, Colin Reddin enters his sixth season with the San Diego Gulls, working with Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Justus Schafer 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 and 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 USA Hockey National Team Development Program in 2007-08, collecting 3-1=4 points in 22 games. 

A native of Corona Del Mar, Calif., Reddin and his wife Jillian reside in Encinitas.

Jeff Goduti - Team Services Manager

Jeff Goduti enters his sixth season as Team Services Manager with the San Diego Gulls and eighth with the Anaheim Ducks primary AHL affiliate. An inaugural member of the AHL Gulls, Goduti is responsible for all hockey club travel arrangements with plane, bus and hotel companies, overseeing the team’s season calendar, player ticket allotment and meals. In addition, Goduti also assists with training camp, player and staff travel needs, and coordinates special events. 

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

A native of Newport News, Va., Goduti earned a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Radford University while playing club hockey for the Highlanders. 

Jeff, his wife Michelle, and their daughter Harper, reside in Poway. 

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