Your 2021 / 2022 Junior A Valley Wildcats Coaching Staff
Brandon Benedict – Head Coach & General Manager
Brandon is entering his third year as the Head Coach and General Manager of the Wildcats organization in 2021-22.
He played his entire major junior career with the Halifax Mooseheads followed by a four-year university career with the Acadia Axemen. His pro career saw him make stops in Texas, Denmark, Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Nottingham England. His love for the game was evident at every level Brandon played, and he looks forward to bringing that love for the game, along with his reputation as a digger and a hard-working mentality to his new position. His experience as an assistant coach with the Belfast Giants of the EIHL will certainly be an asset for the Avondale NS native.
Nick Croft – Assistant Coach
Nick Croft is no stranger to the Maritime Hockey League.
The Newfoundland native played four years with the Miramichi Timberwolves, for whom he was a first round draft pick. Croft would also go on to play AUS hockey with the Dalhousie Tigers, playing three years in USports. Croft has combined his passions of teaching and hockey, spending several years instructing students at Newbridge Academy, and coaching with the Newbridge Major Bantam program.
Carl Howard – Athletic Therapist/Equipment Manager
Born in Calgary Alberta, Carl moved to Nova Scotia at a young age, and is now a permanent resident of the Annapolis Valley.
Carl started his career as a primary care paramedic back in 2003. He now holds a diploma in Advanced Care Paramedicine, in which he has worked ground ambulance, air ambulance, industrial paramedicine, and as an Emergency Department paramedic.
Carl lives in Aylesford with his wife Cindy, and 2 children Caleb and Chloe. Carl has been an equipment manager and coach for minor baseball, minor hockey and soccer in the valley for the past 5 years.