The Bandits Hockey Association is proud to announce the 2018/19 Bandits team rosters:
Steve is a level 4 certified USA Hockey coach and has been part of the Bandit program since the doors opened in 2010. Originally from Natick, Ma; Steve played three years of division 1 High School Hockey and 4 years of College at UMass Boston. Currently he is the GM and Hockey Director of The ICE Complex.
Under the direction of Coach Whitfield; in the 2017/18 season, the Bantam AA Bandits, won two championship tournaments, including the SYTHL playoffs. In 2016/17 the Bandit Bantam A team posted a 42-11-2 record, capturing three tournament championships and one tournament finalist position. In 2015 the Bandit Peewee AA team went undefeated in SYTHL play. Also included in his many accomplishments as head coach with The Bandits Hockey Association, is the 2011/12 season, in which Coach Whitfield led the Bandit Bantam team to an undefeated season in SYTHL play and winning 3 of 5 tournaments including the State Championship and a trip to the 2012 USA Hockey National Tournament.
Bantam AA (National Bound Team)
Keith O’Brien is a level 3 certified USA Hockey coach. Keith grew up playing hockey in Chicago, starting at the age of 4 playing mite hockey and continuing thru high school AAA hockey. Keith currently plays with the Atlanta Amateur Hockey League. Keith has been with the Bandit Hockey Association since 2010, has served as volunteer and staff at the Bandit camps and clinics, as well as head coach for Bandit Select and Travel teams, Keith brings many years of hockey knowledge and experience to the Bandit Hockey Association.
Coach O’Brien has served as head coach for both our Select and Bandit travel teams at the Mite, Squirt, Peewee, and Bantam levels, since 2010. Among Coach O’Brien’s accomplishments as a head coach with the Bandit Hockey Association, are the Squirt A SYTHL 2013/14 league championship and several tournament champion and finalist placements during the 2016/17 season, as head coach of the Peewee AA Bandits. Coach O’Brien will be head coach for the Bandit Bantam AA team for the 2018/19 season. The Bantam AA Bandits will be a National Bound Team.
Head Coach: Tim Gampel
Assistant Coach: Steve Whitfield
Tim is a level 4 certified USA Hockey coach. Tim is originally from Newburyport, MA, where he played youth travel and high school hockey. Tim currently plays with the Atlanta Amateur Hockey League and volunteers his time in many areas of hockey. Tim is a co-coach of The Super Canes for kids with Autism, as well as the Sled Hockey team - coaching players such as Gold Medalist Greg Shaw and current Olympian Chris Douglas. Coach Gampel has been with The Bandit Hockey Association since 2010.
As head coach, Coach Gampel led the 2016/17 U16 A team to three tournament championships and the SYTHL championship. As assistance coach, Coach Gampel has been a part of several successful Bandit team seasons - with teams from Peewee thru Midget levels. Among his accomplishments as a coach with The Bandits Program, are the 2011/12 Bandit Bantam undefeated season in SYTHL play and winning 3 of 5 tournaments including the State Championship and a trip to the 2012 USA Hockey National Tournament. The 2015 Bandit Peewee AA undefeated season in SYTHL play. The 2016/17 Bandit Bantam A season as the team posted a 42-11-2 record, capturing three tournament championships and one tournament finalist position. And most recently the 2017/18 Bantam AA season in which the team won two championship tournaments, including the SYTHL playoffs. Coach Gampel will be head coach for the Bandit Peewee A team for the 2018/19 season.
Dan is a level 2 certified USA Hockey coach. He is originally from North Andover, Ma where he began playing hockey at the age of 4, and continued through college. He moved to Atlanta in 1996 and joined the Atlanta Amateur Hockey League, where he continues to play today. Dan has also been a volunteer with the AAHL Charity Foundation (a foundation to benefit current and former players and their families in their time of need) for the past 15 years.
Coach Bowes is new to The Bandits Hockey Association coaching staff for the 2018/19 season, but has been a part of The ICE Complex and Bandit Select Programs for several years. Coach Bowes has been an instrumental part of the development of the Bandit Mite Select program for the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons, helping to create and maintain a hockey environment that is both fun and a great learning experience for players and coaches alike. Under Coach Bowes leadership, the Mite Bandit Select teams have had the opportunity to participate in numerous Jamborees and Travel Tournaments, bringing home several championship banners along the way. Coach Bowes will be head coach for the Bandit Squirt A team for the 2018/19 season and is looking forward to working with the Squirt team to develop both individual and team skills in the spirit of the Bandit Hockey Association Mission Statement - ensuring the players gain a love and respect for both the game and teammates, that will be instrumental in their overall future in the game of hockey.
Dan Bowes – Head Coach
Tim Gampel – Head Coach
Steve Whitfield – Assistant Coach
Keith O'Brien – Head Coach
Steve Whitfield – Head Coach
The Bandits Ice Hockey Association's mission is to provide a positive, character building, sports experience for youth; while creating a passion and respect for the great game of ice hockey.
Bandits Hockey believes the development of every individual; with an emphasis on education, personal growth and skill development, teamwork, and sportsmanship; will result in team depth, diversity, respect and cohesion. Ultimately providing a level of confidence that brings success not only in the environment of competitive ice hockey; but builds a foundation for success in future adult and business life as well.
The conduct of our coaching staff, players, and parents will be maintained and held to high standards in order to ensure a positive culture and environment to honor and respect the sport and players, and exemplify an organization in which to be proud of.