Head Coach Shawn McNeil
Born in Pembroke, Ontario and drafted 78th overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, McNeil enjoyed a 16 year professional career in Canada, Europe and the U.S. and amassed the most games played by a professional hockey player in the state of Louisiana. McNeil’s professional career started with the Louisiana IceGators of the ECHL in 1999 after playing with the Red Deer Rebels and Kamloops Blazers of the WHL during his Junior Hockey years. McNeil then had stints with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the AHL before playing eight years in Germany and returning to Louisiana for five more seasons before retiring in 2015. McNeil served as the Team Captain, was the leading scorer of the team and was the MVP of the SPHL as the oldest player in the league during his tenure with the Louisiana IceGators. Furthermore, he led the team in blocked shots, was always on the ice for crucial offensive and defensive faceoffs and knows what it takes to have the tangibles to develop and become a complete two way hockey player. Shawn lives in Lafayette with his wife Stephanie and son Aidan.