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Hockey Operations


Ryan Papaioannou

Head Coach & General Manager

Ryan Papaioannou enters his 12th season behind the bench as head coach of the Brooks Bandits, and his 13th season overall with the organization in 2021-22.

A two-time Canadian National Junior A Champion, and a two-time AJHL Coach of the Year in 2012-13 and 2018-19, Ryan Papaioannou is the winningest and longest-tenured coach in franchise history, as well as a five-time AJHL champion.



Taylor Makin

Assistant Coach

Taylor is in his second season as Assistant Coach with the Bandits, after the spending the one season coaching with the Grande Prairie Storm. A Bandit alumnus who won an AJHL and National Championship with Brooks in the 2012-13 season.

Following his time in Brooks, Makin attended and played for Acadia University (USports), followed by a season as a pro with Brest in France, and finished his playing career with the Evansville Thunderbolts of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). Prior to his playing career in Brooks, Makin played 178 games in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Prince George Cougars and Vancouver Giants.


Keven Sajinovic

Goaltender Coach

Keven Sajinovic enters his 3rd season with the Brooks Bandits as Goaltender Coach in 2020-21. Prior to working with Brooks, Sajinovic served as the Goaltending Coach for the Calgary Canucks.



Kevin Yellowaga

Skills Coach


Karyn Fanstone

Athletic Therapist

Karyn Fanstone is in her 5th season with the Brooks Bandits as Athletic Therapist in 2021-22.

Prior to joining the Bandits, Fanstone had served as Athletic Therapist and Equipment Manager in the AJHL for three seasons, spending two years with the Drayton Valley Thunder and one with the Bonnyville Pontiacs.

Karyn is a Mentor Athletic Therapist with Hockey Alberta. She most recently was the Athletic Therapist for the Team Alberta U16 male hockey team that travelled to Red Deer for the 2019 Canada Winter Games, winning a bronze medal. She has also completed camps with Hockey Canada, working with U18, Development and Senior level athletes for the Women's National Program.

She was also the trainer for Team Alberta at the Western Canada Challenge Cup, and for teams at the Alberta Cup, in both 2015 and 2016. A Certified Athletic Therapist, Fanstone graduated from the University of Manitoba with her Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2014.


Andrew Luchies

Equipment Manager

Luchies enters his 3rd season with the Brooks Bandits as Equipment Manager in 2021-22.




Front Office

Nathan Crosby

Business Manager & Play by Play Announcer

Nathan Crosby is in his 5th season with the Brooks Bandits. He oversees the team's finances, corporate partnerships and advertising, fundraising, marketing, community relations and leads the day-to-day office operations. He also serves as the team's play-by-play commentator for radio and online broadcasts.

Born and raised in Didsbury, AB, he began playing at the age of 6 in the Didsbury Minor Hockey Association. He spent four years with Golden West Broadcasting in Drumheller, AB, where he was a Radio Sales Consultant and play-by-play announcer for the AJHL's Dragons.

He joined the Bandits in June of 2017 as the team's Sales & Marketing Manager, being promoted to Business Manager in May of 2020. He served on the 2019 National Junior A Championship Host Committee and and co-chaired the host committee for the 2021 AJHL Showcase in Brooks.


Terri-Lea Yeaman

Office Manager

Terri-Lea Yeaman is in her 6th season as Office Manager for the Brooks Bandits, and 8th season with the organization overall in 2021-22.

In her role, Yeaman oversees and manages the Bandits' office, including ticket administration, sales, as well as team finances, merchandise and inventory.

Born and raised in Brooks, Yeaman worked at the local Chinook Credit Union for 20 years before joining the Bandits organization as Administrative and Accounting Assistant in 2014. She and her family have been attending Bandit games since 2004. She resides in Brooks with her husband Sean, daughter Kiara, and son Kayden.


Dreyson Kuiper

Digital Media Coordinator

Dreyson joined the Bandits as a staff member in the July of 2021, but has volunteered with the team since 2014 in media and gameday production. Born and raised in Brooks, he's a graduate of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technoglogy's Television program in 2020. While at SAIT, he worked on the Trogans media production in hockey and other sports. He also interned with the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation, getting experience with the Calgary Flames, Hitmen and Roughnecks.

Dreyson leads all gameday media prodcution responsbilities, and produces game highlight packs, player features and other video content. He can be reached at

Scouting Staff


Head Scout | Alberta & Western Canada | 403.793.1997






Eastern Canada | Cell: 905.691.2863

USA | Cell: 206.396.0800
Edmonton Area | Cell: 780.975.3415
Eastern USA | Cell: 203.640.6787


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