San Diego Gulls Hockey Operations
Bob Ferguson - General Manager
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 11th season with the Anaheim Ducks organization, her fifth 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.
Kevin Dineen - Head Coach
Kevin Dineen enters his first season as head coach of the San Diego Gulls, his fourth overall in the Anaheim Ducks organization.
Named to his current post July 15, 2019, Dineen was an assistant coach for the Chicago Blackhawks from 2014-18, helping lead the club to a Stanley Cup championship in 2015. A native of Quebec City, Quebec, Dineen previously served as head coach of the Florida Panthers from 2011-13, guiding the club to a 56-62-28 record, including its first Southeast Division title in 2011-12.
Dineen spent six seasons as head coach of the Portland Pirates (AHL) from 2005-11, leading his teams to a 266-155-59 record in 480 games. Portland, which was Anaheim’s primary development affiliate from 2005-08, went 135-76-29 (.623%) with two trips to the Eastern Conference Finals (2005, 2008) under Dineen. He was named the recipient of the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL's outstanding coach in 2005-06.
Internationally, Dineen led the Canadian women’s national team to a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. He also led Canada's men's national team to a bronze medal at the 2014 Under-18 World Championship and a second-place finish at the 2018 Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland.
Selected by the Hartford Whalers in the third round (56th overall) of the 1982 NHL Draft, Dineen played 19 NHL seasons from 1984-2003, recording 355-405=760 points and 2,229 penalty minutes (PIM) in 1,188 career games with Hartford, Philadelphia, Carolina, Ottawa and Columbus. He is one of eight NHL players to record more than 300 goals and 2,000 PIM. Dineen also appeared in 59 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with Hartford, Philadelphia and Carolina, collecting 23-18=41 points. He also served as team captain while playing for Philadelphia, Hartford and Carolina.
As a player, Dineen appeared in two NHL All-Star Games (1988, 1989), and was named the NHL’s Man of the Year in 1990-91 in recognition of his involvement with charitable activities. He was also named a finalist for the Bill Masterton Trophy on three occasions, awarded annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.
Dineen represented Canada in numerous international tournaments as a player, including the 1984 Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. He also helped lead Team Canada to the 1987 Canada Cup and appeared in three World Championships for Team Canada, winning silver on two occasions (1985 and 1989).
Kevin and his wife, Annie, have four children: Hannah, Emma, William and Declan.
Sylvain Lefebvre - Assistant Coach
Sylvain Lefebvre enters his second season as Assistant Coach with the Gulls. In his first season with San Diego, Lefebvre was a member of the staff that guided the club to a guide the club to a 36-24-5-3 record and the club’s first trip to the Western Conference Finals.
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.
Sylvain and his wife, Marie Claire, have four children: Jade-Isis, Djan-Alexandre, Jordan and Alexanne. The family also has two grandchildren: Sky and Flynn.
David Urquhart - Assistant Coach
David Urquhart begins his second season as Assistant Coach with the San Diego Gulls. Urquhart helped guide the Gulls to 36-24-5-3 record and the club’s first trip to the Western Conference Finals in his first year coaching in professional hockey.
A native of Thorold, Ontario, Urquhart served 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. Urquhart 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.
J.F. Labbe - Goaltending Coach
J.F. Labbe enters his fourth season as goaltending coach for the San Diego Gulls in 2019-20. Labbe helped lead San Diego to 36-24-5-3 record and the club’s first Western Conference Finals appearance in 2018-19.
A native of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Labbe joined the Gulls after serving as goaltending coach for the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) in 2015-16.
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. Inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame in February 2016, he 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 appearances 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, and was named the 1996-97 AHL MVP.
Labbe and his wife, Kathy, and their three children, twins Mya and Emily, and son Kyan, reside in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
Austin Violette - Video Coordinator
Austin Violette enters his first season as Video Coordinator with the San Diego Gulls. Violette joins the organization after spending serviing 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.
Joey Guilmet - Head Equipment Manager
Joey Guilmet is in his third season with the Gulls as Head Equipment Manager and his seventh 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 fourth 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 second 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 second 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.
Justus Schafer - Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Justus Schafer enters his first year in professional hockey, serving 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 spent the previous three years in the San Antonio Spurs organization, serving as the Athletic Development QAA from 2017-19, 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 now resides in San Diego.
Colin Reddin - Strength and Conditioning
Colin Reddin enters his fifth season in a Strength and Conditioning role for the San Diego Gulls, working with the team and coaches 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 fifth 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.