PERSONNEL

President & General Manager

Frank Demasi

The Toronto native enters his 5th season with the Shield. Frank was the Head Coach & General Manager for the team the previous 4 seasons (2014-2018) amassing a coaching record of 111 – 45 – 12. Frank has been promoted to Team President and will hand over the coaching reigns to long-time Assistant Coach Anthony Gambacorta.  Prior to his coaching days, Frank's professional hockey resume spanned 8 seasons in Europe. In 8 seasons of Professional hockey Frank won 6 Championships, and 3 league scoring titles, to go along with 2 Team MVP awards.  Before joining the Professional ranks, Frank attended Lake Forest College in Illinois where he played 4 seasons of hockey in the NCAA.  Frank’s experience, relationships, and contacts in college hockey in the USA and Europe play a huge part in giving our club an edge over others in the league to advancing players. Frank, his wife Megan and their sons Arthur & Joe make Muskoka their home. 

Head Coach

Anthony Gambacorta

Anthony was born in Toronto and played 7 years of minor hockey in the GTHL AAA level for the Don Mills Flyers, Jr. Canadiens, Vaughan Kings and North York Rangers. Anthony advanced to the Junior level lacing up the skates for 5 seasons for the Toronto Moose, Innisfil Lakers, and the South Muskoka Shield. During this span Anthony was a 3 time All-Star, and was consistently on the top of the charts in leading all defensemen in points. After retiring as a player Anthony began coaching in the GMHL for the Lefroy Wave before moving on to coach the South Muskoka Shield and in that season earned the right to coach in the 2013 All Star game. As an Assistant coach the previous 4 seasons with the Shield Anthony was tasked with running the team’s defensemen, powerplay, video analysis, scouting and using his various contacts to assist in player advancement.  Anthony is a seasoned veteran of the GMHL and his experience and knowledge of the game and the league are an asset to our hockey club and our players.

Assistant Coach

Michael Gambacorta 

Michael is the younger brother of Head Coach Anthony Gambacorta. Michael began his Junior career with the Lefroy Wave before playing for the Shield from 2012/13 to 2014/15. Michael played 165 games in the GMHL and amassed a whopping total of 191 points. Michael was an offensive defenseman & we are excited to see him pass on his knowledge of the league and the defense position. Michael's main role will be working with our defensemen.

Trainer

George Becker

This is George's 10th season with the Shield.  A native of Muskoka, George ensures all our players are treated for any injuries and provides feedback and assistance in the rehabilitation process.    

Equipment Manager

Ryan Morgan

Ryan has a wealth of experience as an equipment manager.  Ryan grew up & played his minor hockey in Muskoka and we are happy that he is continuing to be involved in the hockey community as a member of our hockey club. This is Ryan's first season with our team.