Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Omaha Hockey Hires Aubry As Goaltender Coach

Omaha Hockey announced the hiring of Peter Aubry as Associate Coach on July 21. The 46-year-old was born in Windsor, Ontario.

Aubry was most recently a developmental goaltending coach for the Rockford IceHogs.

“Peter Aubry is a great addition to the Mavericks, and we are very excited to have him here in Omaha with us," said Omaha head men’s hockey coach Mike Gabinet. “The amount of experience at the professional and Division I level he is bringing with him will make an immediate impact on our culture.”

With the IceHogs, Aubry coached six goaltenders who made their NHL debuts: Anton Forsberg, Kevin Lankinen, Collin Delia, Arvid Soderblom, and Dylan Wells. In November 2021, he worked with three-time Stanley Cup winner Marc Andre Fleury (of the Blackhawks) during a two-week stint with the NHL team.

Delia alluded to the “culture” aspect of Aubry’s coaching style in a Chicago Sun-Times profile in August 2019. “He’s more than just a coach,” Delia said. “He really cares about the human aspect of his goaltenders. He’s very in touch with the nuances of the game still — he obviously played professionally — but he’s very aware of what we’re going through mentally and physically. He really nurtures the human side of the position.”

After three years as goalie at Mercyhurst, he played in the AHL for the Saint John Flames, the ECHL for the Johnstown Chiefs, the UHL for the Elmira Jackals, and the ECHL for the Alaska Aces. He was with the Cardiff Devils from 2005-06, and then Germany’s Essen Mosquitos, the Newcastle Vipers (EIHL), the Texas Wildcatters (ECHL), and Germany’s Landberg 2000 EV. He returned to the Cardiff Devils again in 2008-09. He ended his career playing for the French Angers (Ligue Magnus) from 2009-2011.

Aubry coached at his alma mater from 2011-14 as an assistant coach. He was an assistant at Lake Superior State University during the 2014-15 season before joining the Rockford IceHogs in 2015. 

Aubry has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Mercyhurst. 

He completes the 2023-24 coaching staff that includes Gabinet, Associate Head Coach Dave Noel-Bernier and Assistant Coach Bennett Hambrook. Omaha Hockey is also expected to announce a new Director of Hockey Operations (or Director of Player Development) before the 2023-24 season, as Hambrook was elevated to assistant coach on July 7. (Hambrook was an interim assistant coach in 2022-23 with the health challenges and eventual death of Associate Head Coach PJ Jerrard.)

Aubry’s paid coaching role is a new one for the Omaha hockey program. The NCAA Division I Council voted in January 2023 to increase the number of men’s hockey coaches to four per team, effective July 1. At the San Antonio NCAA Convention, the council voted to eliminate the voluntary coach designation, instead allowing Division I hockey programs to have four “countable coaches.” Omaha Hockey had a volunteer goaltending coach, Rob Couturier, during the 2022-23 season.