Wildcats Executive

 

Graham Baxter – Team Owner/President

 

Born and raised in Windsor, Wildcats owner Mr. Baxter is a self-made man. From humble beginnings, he earned Red Seal designations as a plumber and pipefitter, eventually creating the Baxter Group of Companies that includes G.C. Baxter Plumbing and Heating Limited, Baxter Sheet Metal, Fairline Electric, Valley Precision Welding, C-Tech Refrigeration, Annapolis Valley Charters, a vehicle leasing company and apartment rentals.

Mr. Baxter first became involved in hockey through the then-Kentville Minor Hockey Association, coaching and sponsoring his son Rodney’s team, approximately 40 years ago. In 2010 Mr. Baxter became president of the Valley Wildcats major bantam team and a year later the Wildcats major midget entry. He then completed the triumvirate by purchasing a Maritime Hockey League Junior A team for the Valley – the Halifax Shipbuilders – in 2013 and moving the club to Kentville, and eventually Berwick. Mr. Baxter says the reason he bought a junior team for the Valley is simple: “To give an opportunity for local kids to play here. There’s a lot of hockey talent in the Valley and now they don’t have to leave home to play at an elite level.”

A member of the Merit Nova Scotia Board of Directors since the organization’s inception, Mr. Baxter also served two terms on the Apprenticeship Board for the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency.

Mr. Baxter and his wife Anna have been married for 47 years and have residences in Cambridge and show and breed quarter-horses. They have two children, Rodney and Rhonda and four grandchildren, Lukas, Mitchell, Keisha and Laura.

 

Rhonda Baxter – Chief Financial Officer

 

A valued member of the Wildcats organization since Day 1, Rhonda is responsible for the team’s finances.

The Office Manager/Comptroller for the Baxter Group of Companies and serving as owner Graham Baxter’s “right hand”, Rhonda holds a Bachelor of Arts (English) from Acadia University.

Rhonda was born in Berwick and resides in Cambridge with her son Lukas and daughter Keisha. A softball player, Rhonda also finds time to serve as treasurer of the Nova Scotia Female Midget Hockey League.

 

Nick Greenough – General Manager

 

Nick has been with the Wildcats franchise since its inception, serving as Head Coach and General Manager for the club’s first four seasons before relinquishing coaching duties to Travis Young last season.

As a player, the Windsor native was a product of the Valley Wildcats major midget program before embarking on a four-year stint in the QMJHL split between the Val-d’Or Foreurs and Halifax Mooseheads. Undrafted by an NHL club, the aggressive forward attended big-league training camps of the Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild while enjoying a six-year minor professional career, spent mostly in the American Hockey League and ECHL.

After his playing days came to an end in 2007, Nick launched his coaching career with the Valley Wildcats midgets, leading the team to a berth in the 2013 Telus Cup national championship. Moving up the ladder to the junior ranks, Nick was named Maritime Hockey League (MHL) Coach of the Year in 2015 and was head coach of Team Canada East at the 2016 CJHL Top Prospects Game in Surrey, British Columbia. He was also a member of the Maritime Hockey League (MHL) coaching staff in a pair of Eastern Canada Cup tournaments (2015 and 2016).

Nick’s tireless work ethic and knowledge of the ‎game have enabled him to be extremely well respected in player development. He has helped numerous players move on to the major junior level and collegiate ranks in both Canada and the United States.

Nick resides in Avonport with his wife Jenn and three boys Jaxon, Tripp and Jett.

 

 

Wayne Hamilton – Director Of Off Ice Operations

 

A native of Annapolis Royal, Wayne spent 30 years in Yarmouth working as Events Coordinator with the South West Shore Development Authority, which eventually led to his involvement with the Maritime Hockey League’s Yarmouth Mariners. The Town of Yarmouth helped secure the Mariners franchise in 2002, recognizing the economic benefit to having junior A hockey in the community and Wayne assisted the program in an operations/promotions capacity and helped grow the Mariners into one of the league’s premiere franchises.

A skilled events planner, Wayne played a key role in luring the NHL’s New York Islanders to hold their training camp in Yarmouth in 2005 and 2006. Additionally, Wayne sat on the executive of the Yarmouth bantam AAA hockey team and various Yarmouth-based events such as the Chicks with Sticks female minor hockey tournament, Nova Scotia Music Week, Ride the Lobster Unicycle Race and the Western Nova Scotia Exhibition.

Now in semi-retirement and to live closer to his three Halifax-based children, Cindy, Crystal and Nathan, Wayne moved to Kentville with his wife Tanya and joined the Wildcats as a consultant last year before taking on his current role this season.

 

Rod Reeves – Director Of Marketing & Advertising

 

Born and raised in Berwick, Rod is a recognizable voice in the Annapolis Valley as he spent nearly 15 years on the airwaves of local radio stations.

A graduate of the Radio and Television Arts program at Kingstec in Kentville, Rod has now embarked on a career in marketing and business development.

A community-minded individual, Rod is a Councillor for the Town of Berwick, where he lives with his wife Dana. Between them they have five children: Melissa, Tyler, Abby, Maddie and Spencer.

When he’s not rooting for the Wildcats, Rod is cheering for the Montreal Canadiens.

 

Mike Trinacty – Director of Game Day Operations

 

Mike is in his fifth season with the Wildcats and oversees everything from ticketing, 50-50, concessions, sponsorship and intermission events.

Born in Halifax and raised in Windsor, Mike has called Berwick home since 1981 and is a provincial government retiree. A graduate of the Recreation Management Program at Acadia University, Mike enjoyed a lengthy career in the Valley as a consultant and manager in the field of sport and recreation.

Mike is also a councillor for the Town of Berwick and Chair of the Berwick Sports Hall of Fame Committee. Mike lives with his wife Brenda, who serves as a game-day volunteer. Their two daughters – Melanie and Jill – live in Ottawa.

 

David Salter – Director of Communications

 

Originally from St. John’s but with Nova Scotia and Valley roots, David now calls Halifax home and is entering his first season with the Wildcats.

A former print and television journalist, David has over 10 years’ experience in public relations highlighted by terms with the governments of Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia. Most recently, he spent five years as Director of Communications with the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League. The IceCaps were initially the primary affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets and then the Montreal Canadiens, before the team was transferred to Laval, Quebec. He also contributed to The Hockey News and worked for Hockey Night in Canada.

David has Bachelor of Arts degree (English) from Memorial University and a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of King’s College.

A long-suffering fan of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, David yearns for the return of his beloved Montreal Expos. He has two children: Madeline and James.

 

Trina MacDonald – Director of Community Involvement

 

Trina, a native of Moncton, enters her third season overseeing the Wildcats varied community relations program.

The Wildcats take great pride in their community outreach that includes player involvement in minor hockey, blood donor clinics, a school breakfast program and visits to schools, senior’s homes and the Berwick Public Library.

Former President of the Berwick Minor Hockey Association, Trina is Branch Administrator with Parkland Industries in Berwick.

She lives in Berwick with her husband John and teenage son Evan.

 

Cheryl Fancy – Director of Billeting

 

Cheryl was born Middle Sackville and has spent the past 26 years in Berwick working as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Now semi-retired, Cheryl works at the Nova Scotia Youth Centre in Waterville in the IWK Secured Care Unit and is a special events volunteer with the Town of Berwick.

Cheryl has three children: Taylor, Jordi and Reagan and three grandchildren: Braydon, Brielle and Brynn. This is Cheryl’s fifth season with the Wildcats.

 

Justin Halbersma – Team Chaplain/Statistician

 

 Justin, a preacher at the Kentville Christian Reformed Church in Upper Canard, enters his fourth season with the Wildcats and first as chaplain.

A Port Williams native and Kentville resident, Justin holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Associates Degree in Divinity from the Christian Leaders Institute.

Justin also coaches the West Hants girls under-15 soccer team and the Central Kings High School girl’s junior varsity soccer team.

He lives with his wife Emily and their two cats.

 

Matt Little –Play-By-Play Announcer

 

Truro-born Matt has been the Wildcats play-by-play broadcaster since the team’s inception.

An announcer at AVR Radio, Matt is a graduate of the Radio and Television Arts program at Kingstec in Kentville and spent 10 years with CKEC Radio in New Glasgow. While in Pictou County, Matt served as in-game announcer and did play-by-by for the Pictou County Weeks Crushers.