Craig Heisinger enters his second season with the Winnipeg Jets organization in his role as Senior Vice-President & Director, Hockey Operations/Assistant General Manager and General Manager of the St. John’s IceCaps. The IceCaps’ inaugural season was a proven success as the team earned a 43-25-5-3 regular season record and reached the Conference Final.
Heisinger joined the Jets organization after working with the Manitoba Moose in different capacities throughout the team’s 15-year existence in both the International Hockey League and American Hockey League. Most notably, he served as Manitoba’s General Manager for the past nine seasons during which time the Moose accumulated a record of 381-254-35-50 (0.588 winning percentage) and reached the Calder Cup Playoffs in eight of nine seasons, including a berth in the Calder Cup Final in 2009.
Craig Heisinger began his tenure with the Manitoba Moose as the team’s Equipment Manager in 1996. “Zinger” then transitioned to a managerial position when he became Assistant General Manager of the hockey club in 1999. Three years later, Heisinger was appointed General Manager of the Moose on July 15th, 2002, succeeding Randy Carlyle. Zinger retained that position until the end of the 2010-11 season. During that time, Heisinger was named the winner of the James C. Hendy Memorial Award as the outstanding executive in the American Hockey League following the team’s most successful season in 2008-09. That season the Moose finished first overall in the AHL and reached the Calder Cup Finals.
Heisinger received his start in hockey as the Equipment Manager of the Fort Garry South Blues of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League during the 1978-79 season. He spent the next eight years in the Western Hockey League with the Winnipeg Warriors and Brandon Wheat Kings. In 1988, after his final year in Brandon, he represented Canada as the Trainer for the Gold Medal winning World Junior Team in Moscow. After the championships, Heisinger joined the Winnipeg Jets as Assistant Equipment Manager. In 1990, he became the Jets’ Senior Equipment Manager and was with the team until their move to Phoenix in 1996. In 1997 he worked with the Gold Medal winning Canadian Team at the World Championships, and in 1998 he was selected as the Equipment Manager for the Canadian Olympic Team in Nagano, Japan.
Heisinger and his wife, Vickie, have four sons, Jake, Mack, Tucker, and Zachery.
Director of Hockey Operations
A native of Nova Scotia, Brad has a law degree from Western New England University and a business degree from Saint Mary’s University. He spent three years working in Reebok Hockey’s marketing department and recently assisted the Washington Capitals hockey operations department with multiple salary arbitrations. Andrews also worked at a number of AHL All-Star Games and Hockey Canada events, including the 2003 World Junior Championships.
A former draft pick of the Calgary Flames, Keith McCambridge became the first head coach in St. John’s IceCaps history last year. In his first season behind the bench, McCambridge led the IceCaps to an Atlantic Division title in 2011-12 with a 43-25-5-3 record and guided his squad to the Eastern Conference Finals before losing to the eventual Calder Cup champions, the Norfolk Admirals. The first-year AHL coach was also selected as bench boss for the Eastern Conference All-Stars for finishing with the best record in the conference as of the league’s predetermined cut-off date.
Prior to joining the IceCaps, McCambridge served as assistant coach for the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose where he worked with current Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel. McCambridge helped lead the Moose to the North Division Final in 2011 in which they lost to the Hamilton Bulldogs in seven games.
Before coaching with the Moose in 2009, McCambridge guided the Alaska Aces of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) to the third round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs in 2007-08, and led the Aces to the finals in 2008-09 before being eliminated by the South Carolina Stingrays. McCambridge won the Kelly Cup in 2006 as a playing coach with the Aces, defeating the Gwinnett Gladiators in five games.
McCambridge’s professional playing career spanned 11 seasons and included stints in the AHL (Saint John Flames, Providence Bruins, Houston Aeros and Cleveland Barons), IHL (Las Vegas Thunder, Long Beach Ice Dogs and Manitoba Moose) and ECHL (Alaska Aces). In addition, McCambridge spent four seasons in the Western Hockey League with the Swift Current Broncos and Kamloops Blazers.
Joining McCambridge as an assistant coach for a second season is former New York Rangers draft pick Mark Morrison. Morrison helped guide the IceCaps to a first place finish in the Atlantic Division and an appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals, where the club lost to the Norfolk Admirals, the eventual Calder Cup Champions.
Before joining the IceCaps, Morrison served as head coach and general manager of the Victoria Salmon Kings of the ECHL, where he spent four years. Prior to his time with the Salmon Kings, Morrison coached and played with the Fife Flyers of the British National League, winning Coach of the Year honours three times.
As a player, Morrison won the Adams Cup with the Central Hockey League’s Tulsa Oilers and was named Most Sportsmanlike Player in the 1980-1981 Memorial Cup. Morrison played 10 games in the NHL with the Rangers from 1981-1984.
Ian Andersen returns to the organization for a second season as the team’s video coach. A graduate of St. John’s University in Minnesota, Andersen worked for three years at Notre Dame and two more at Michigan State, as the Director of Hockey Operations.
After working in college hockey for a short period, Andersen joined the Minnesota Wild as their video coordinator. In that role he was responsible for analyzing the team’s play during the game, and helping the coaching staff make adjustments between periods. He also handled the pre-scouting duties.
Having been involved in coaching competitive hockey since 2000, Andersen’s expertise will be an added benefit to the IceCaps coaching staff.
Training & Equipment Staff
Assistant Athletic Therapist & Strength and Conditioning Coach
Assistant Equipment Manager