Staff

HOCKEY OPERATIONS

Mark Bomersback, General Manager

Bomersback returned as GM of the Storm in May of 2022. He was previously the GM of the team from 2017-2019. As a player, Bomersback played 4 years in the AJHL for the Canmore Eagles from 1999-2003, en route to breaking the AJHL all time career scoring record with 394 points, which he still holds  today.  From Canmore, Mark moved on to play Division 1 college hockey for the Ferris State Bulldogs, graduating in 2007 with a degree in Sports Management. Bomersback would later spend 5 years playing professionally in North America and overseas before retiring in 2013.

Bomersback brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, from being a player that has gone through the league and moved up to play at higher levels. He knows what it takes as a player to get there and would like to help as many current and future Storm players do the same, while bringing a strong on ice product that the people of Grande Prairie and the fans can be proud of. ” We want to win hockey games , we want to win championships and we want to give our players the best chance to succeed and move on to play higher levels of hockey. The AJHL is such a great league and  Grande Prairie a great city and larger community. We’re grateful for a great fan base and playing in such a beautiful facility like Bonnetts makes Grande Prairie one of the best places to play,” notes Bomersback. His main goal is to bring an on ice product that the people of Grande Prairie and the fans can be proud of.

“I would like to thank the Community, Volunteers, Fans, Billets and Board of Directors for their continued support. In the end the combined efforts of all of these people are the sole reason of why this organization will get to where it needs to be. Thank you to you all.”

Chris Schmidt, Head Coach

Schmidt moves into the Head Coach position after spending three years with the team as the Storm’s Assistant Coach. Schmidt is also the Director of Hockey at the Academy with the Grande Prairie Public School Division. Prior to coming to the Storm, Schmidt served as the head coach for the GPAC U18AAA team in Grande Prairie for four seasons. He grew up in Beaverlodge, and played U15AAA in Grande Prairie before spending four years on the Seattle Thunderbirds roster in the WHL. Schmidt was drafted by the LA Kings in the 5th round of the 1994 NHL draft. After spending four years in Seattle, he went on to enjoy a successful 17-year professional hockey career. This included nine years in North America, where he played for the LA Kings in the 2002-03 season and represented the Canadian National Team during 1999-2000. He then spent another eight years playing in Germany, competing in two World Championships, as well as the 2010 Vancouver Olympics for Team Germany.

Brandon Wells, Assistant Coach

Joining Schmidt behind the bench is returning Assistant Coach, Spirit River native Brandon Wells. Wells played AAA hockey in Grande Prairie before his Junior A career that led him to Melville, Spruce Grove, and Trail. Wells went on the play for four years at SUNY Plattsburgh in New York, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and Marketing with minors in Coaching and Business. Wells is in his third year with the Storm, first serving as goalie coach and last season as the Assistant Coach and goalie coach. Wells has done extensive work with the Junior Storm programming, coaching summer camps, winter and spring break programs, young goalies, and the Junior Storm 2011 Gold spring team. He also works with local goaltenders of all ages with the company he founded, Accel Goaltending Coaching and Training.

Jordan McTaggart, Director of Performance and Therapy

Rounding out the Hockey Operations team is Storm alum Jordan McTaggart, who will serve as the team Director of Performance and Therapy. McTaggart, a Grande Prairie born player, played U18AAA in Grande Prairie before playing on the Junior A Storm for three seasons. McTaggart then played for Red Deer College and University of Alberta- Augustana, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. From 2019-2022, he served as the Assistant Coach for the U18AAA team under head coach Chris Schmidt. McTaggart continued his studies in Australia, and recently returned home to the Peace Country with a Doctor of Physiotherapy degree from Bond University. McTaggart also owns and operates Tags Athletic Gym, where he provides strength and conditioning training for athletes.

FRONT END

Nicole Menzies, Executive Director

Nicole Menzies was born and raised in Westchester County, New York, before moving to Grande Prairie in 2010. She has spent most of her career teaching both Business and Elementary Education for the University of Alberta and NWP (formerly Grande Prairie Regional College), and holds Masters degrees in both Teaching and Administration and Supervision. Menzies has volunteered extensively in the Grande Prairie community, primarily with Grande Prairie Minor Hockey and the Mamas for Mamas charity, and is grateful to live in a vibrant and supportive community like Grande Prairie. As Executive Director, Nicole looks forward to leading the Storm organization with an eye on community engagement, fiscal responsibility, and strong development opportunities for players. She lives in Grande Prairie with her husband, Jordan (Storm alumni, 1999-2003) and three hockey-loving children.

Chanda Peddie, Billet Coordinator

Moved to Grande Prairie from Ontario in 1998 so GP is now my home!

Married to Mark, mom to Ashley and Brandon. Grandma to Wesley and soon-to welcome a new grand-daughter this winter!

Works as an Administrative Assistant for GPPSD at École Montrose. My passion for French culture, day to day learning and the wellbeing of children has blossomed throughout my many years in the education system.

In 2008, the Storm trainer approached me while working at school asking if I knew a French family that could help out our Junior A hockey program and billet a new French player moving to town. We chatted as a family and decided to join the team! 15 years later, I am still here 😊

In 2016 I started coordinating. Being a mom, makes this volunteer job that much easier! It’s my passion to find the best families to care for all “my boys”. The Stom organization has certainly welcomed me and my billet families as part of their team!

I do this for the love of the game! Such a rewarding experience. I continue to chat/visit with quite a few of my players. It absolutely warms my heart when I get hello text messages, especially on Mother’s Day! I now get wedding invitations and birth announcements and these boys will forever be part of my family.

 

Scouts

Norm Lacombe
Phil Mercer
Doug Auchenberg
Tyrel Vandemark
Barry Pins

GAME DAY

Ward Livingston, PA “Voice of the Storm”
Laura Gardner, 50/50 and Volunteer Coordinator
Chris Millsap, Play by Play
Carter Dyck, DJ (Flip Entertainment)
Stormy, Mascot