Craig Heisinger enters his fourth 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. In three seasons the IceCaps have compiled a 121-84-10-13 record (.581 points percentage) and have reached the Eastern Conference Finals twice. Last season, the club earned a trip to the Calder Cup Finals, losing to the Texas Stars in five games.
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
After an 11-year playing career and two seasons behind the bench, Jason King moves to the front office as Director of Hockey Operations for the IceCaps.
Drafted in the 7th round (212th overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks, the Corner Brook, Newfoundland native made his NHL debut in the 2002-03 season. A year later, King made a splash with the Canucks when he was featured on a line with perennial all-stars Henrik and Daniel Sedin, and earned Rookie of the Month honours for November while scoring 12 goals in 47 games that season.
King finished his pro career a veteran of 59 NHL games, 335 AHL games and 140 DEL games (Germany). A fan favourite upon signing with the IceCaps in 2011, King spent two seasons with St. John’s from 2011-2013, leading the club in goal scoring in 2011-12 and earning Community Man of the Year honours for his efforts in the community. In 2013-14, his first season behind the bench, King helped coach the IceCaps to their first-ever Calder Cup Finals after a fourth place finish in the AHL’s Eastern Conference and a franchise record 99 points.
A former draft pick of the Calgary Flames, Keith McCambridge remains the only head coach in IceCaps’ history. In his first season behind the bench in 2011-12, McCambridge led the IceCaps to an Atlantic Division title and guided his squad to the Eastern Conference Finals before losing to the eventual Calder Cup champions, the Norfolk Admirals. He was also selected as bench boss for the Eastern Conference All-Stars that season. Last season, McCambridge coached the IceCaps to their first-ever Calder Cup Finals appearance, losing to the Texas Stars four games to one.
In three seasons as head coach, McCambridge has amassed a 121-84-10-13 regular season record (.581 points percentage) plus a 19-17 mark in the playoffs.
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 fourth season is former New York Rangers draft pick Mark Morrison. In 2011-12, 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. In 2013-14, Morrison was part of an IceCaps coaching staff that helped their team reach the Calder Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history.
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.
Max Markowitz enters 2014-15 in his first season as Video Coach with the IceCaps. Prior to joining the team, Markowitz spent six seasons with the University of North Dakota’s women’s hockey program as video coordinator.
Markowitz also worked with the Finnish women’s national team at the 2013 IIHF World Championships and the 2013 Four Nations Cup, and was then given the opportunity to work with the team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Developmental Goaltending Coach
A newcomer to the Winnipeg Jets organization last season, Dusty Imoo enters his second season as Developmental Goaltending Coach. In his first campaign, Imoo helped IceCaps goaltenders finish in the top-10 among all AHL teams in goals against. As a team, the IceCaps’ .914 save percentage was the highest in the franchise’s three seasons.
Imoo spent the previous two seasons as the Goaltending Coach for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League. He was responsible for on-ice development, drill preparation and one-on-one mentorship for all goalies in the Thunderbirds system.
Prior to joining the T-Birds, Imoo was a Goaltending Consultant for the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL for three seasons. Since 2009, Imoo has owned and operated RDT – Real Deal Training, which creates off-season conditioning and training programs for hockey players and other athletes. He is also a Goaltending Consultant with Pro Goaltending Development in Surrey, British Columbia.
Imoo played 15 seasons of pro hockey in the JIHL, IHL, AHL and ECHL. He also played for Japan in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano and participated in four World Championships. Imoo started Junior Hockey at age 15 playing two seasons in the BCHL and then four seasons in the WHL with three different teams – the New Westminster Bruins, Lethbridge Hurricanes and Regina Pats. He was selected as a WHL All-Star while with Lethbridge.
Training & Equipment Staff
Assistant Athletic Therapist & Strength and Conditioning Coach
Assistant Equipment Manager