BOUTIQUE HOCKEY AGENCY ON THE PRAIRIES.
COMMITED TO OUR CLIENTS' SUCCESS.
01 / ANALYTICS
The evolving growth of traditional hockey statistics and analytics have become a major advancement in recent years. We work closely with numerous industry professionals and experts to explore the use of hockey-specific data analysis, as well to come up with creative solutions for our clients and hockey executives who are applying data-driven research in the game today.
Wingman Hockey Group is dedicated to leading the development and growth in hockey analytics. Our experience, wealth of knowledge and on-going research in advanced analytics is unparalleled as we aim to provide exceptional representation for each client, so they can continue to impact the game on and off-ice. We have proven success implementing the use of technology and real-time data in several key fundamental areas to secure our clients opportunities at every stage of their careers.
NHL Draft Preparation
NOT YOUR AVERAGE HOCKEY AGENCY.
CARSON SHIELDS, B.A.
Carson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Conflict Resolution Studies with a concentration in Negotiation and Communications, and he has also obtained his Career Employment Coach Certificate through the University of Winnipeg’s PACE program. Most recently, Carson completed his Sports Industry Essentials Certificate from Columbia University and became an agent with the PHPA.
Carson has been involved in scouting and player development since finishing his junior playing career in 2009. In that time, Carson has scouted for several Junior A teams and is a former recruiter for the Nipissing University Men’s Hockey Team (OUA). In 2018, Carson co-founded Wingman Hockey Group (formerly Wingman Player Consulting) and has since negotiated numerous professional contracts, CHL standard agreements and NCAA Division 1 scholarships. He puts an emphasis on the client relationship and strives to provide every opportunity possible for his players.
In 2014, Carson’s off-ice contributions to the game were recognized when was named a “Manitoba Hero” for his work in speaking out against hazing in sports as well as being a nominee for the RBC Transforming Lives Award.
As President, Carson is in charge of overseeing WHG’s day-to-day operations and ensuring that the firm is continually building strong relationships with present and prospective clients. Carson is excited to share his wealth of hockey knowledge and experience with players across the globe, and to help them achieve their goals both on and off the ice.
Vice President /
As Vice President, Rick oversees Wingman Hockey Group's hockey operations and player development initiatives.
With 15 years as a player, coach, and scout, Rick brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the WHG family. As a player, Rick was drafted by the WHL's Portland Winterhawks before going on to play in the MJHL, QMJHL, IHL, and SPHL. Once his playing career ended in 2008, Rick made the transition to coaching and scouting. Previously, Rick has worked as a scout for the Winnipeg Blues Junior A Program, and he has also coached at various ages and levels of minor hockey in Manitoba.
Throughout his career, Rick has gained a reputation for his tremendous work ethic, strategic planning skills, and passion for helping players maximize their potential. This reputation has enabled Rick to develop a strong network of working relationships with general managers, scouts, and coaches throughout the various levels of amateur and professional North American hockey. These attributes and connections make Rick a valuable member of the WHG family, as they will ensure that our players receive sound, insightful, and practical advice that will help them achieve their on-ice and off-ice goals.
Director of Hockey Analytics,
Research & Development
Since 2004, Gus has been a regular in the press box at the Winnipeg Arena and Bell MTS Place recording stats for the coaching staff and management of the Manitoba Moose and Winnipeg Jets. For 16 years, Gus has continued to learn and adapt to how stats and analytics have developed.
Communications-wise, Gus spent a season with the Winnipeg Blues developing their PR department. He also spent a season with the Winnipeg Jets as an intern, helping the PR staff with various duties.
Basically, Gus was born in a hockey rink with nearly 1000 professional games tracked with the Moose/Jets organizations.
Gus has gained reputation as a respectful hard-working man who puts others before himself. He speaks yearly to kids at St. Paul’s High School, his alma matter, who are looking to follow his footsteps.
Dave graduated from the University of Winnipeg’s Business Administration program in December of 2018, where he played for the baseball team prior to a shoulder injury. From there, he went on to play in the MMJHL for the Fort Garry Twins, winning Rookie of the Year for the league in his first season and proceeding to Captain the team in the following two years.
Upon his retirement from hockey, Dave launched his own production company, Strangers Media Co., where he specializes in providing visual services in the music industry - directing, shooting and editing music videos, as well as creating the artwork for album releases.
Dave is tasked with preparing visuals for the Wingman Hockey Group - from Graphics on our website and social media, to headshots/highlight reels, and corporate videos alike. His main task will be to produce high quality highlight videos for our clients that can be distributed to teams at the next level. The addition of Dave to the WHG team is one more step that we are taking to invest in our "Technology" pillar and continue our trajectory as the prairies boutique hockey agency.
Brayden grew up in and around the rink, spending a majority of his free time playing and watching hockey. He has since worked as a scout for DUBNetwork evaluating WHL Bantam Draft prospects as well as with Recruit Scouting creating reports and rankings for the NHL Draft. During this time, Brayden established relationships communicating with scouts and management across all levels of hockey including Junior A and the WHL. While working with DUBNetwork Brayden gained knowledge regarding the process of the Bantam Draft as well as the pathway from a second year Bantam up until they are a prospect of the NHL.
During high school, Brayden won both Minor and Major Athletic Distinction awards as well as Athlete of the Year. He graduated with Honours with Distinction and was awarded the Brothers Brothers Award for a student who exemplified athletic proficiency, academic achievement and an outgoing personality. Brayden is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Business and Organizational Administration with a minor in economics at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg.
Brayden aims to help create opportunities for local players to showcase their abilities at the next level and help them navigate the world of hockey. Brayden is hardworking, determined and always willing to talk hockey. You can find him in rinks across Manitoba with his notebook taking notes on prospects of all ages.
As a grassroots, Manitoba-born company, the Wingman Hockey Group takes great pride in giving back to the community they call home.
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