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Ryan Mougenel

HEAD COACH

Ryan Mougenel enters his first season as head coach of the Providence Bruins after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant coach for the team. Prior to joining the P-Bruins in 2018-19, he spent four seasons as an assistant coach with San Jose’s AHL affiliates. He began working under head coach Roy Sommer in 2014 with the Worcester Sharks and kept his role as when the franchise relocated to San Jose as the Barracuda. Mougenel’s teams made the playoffs each of those seasons highlighted by a Pacific Division Championship and run to the Conference Finals in 2017. His first taste of AHL coaching experience came in 2013-14 as an assistant coach with Hershey.

The native of Scarborough, Ontario got his coaching start in the ECHL with the Fresno Falcons from 2005-2009. Working as the assistant coach, his team made the postseason in each of his first three seasons. He then moved on to become the head coach of the ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers from 2009-13. The Wranglers qualified for the postseason with Mougenel at the helm in each of his four seasons, highlighted by a run to the Finals in 2011-12. He was a head coach in the 2011 ECHL All Star game and was promoted to General Manager of Las Vegas during his final ECHL season.

Prior to coaching, Mougenel played parts of six pro seasons between the AHL and ECHL. His lone season of AHL action came with Rochester in 1999-00, suiting up in 20 games for the Amerks registering a goal. He spent five years in the ECHL from 1997-03 with Atlantic City, Chesapeake, Hampton Roads and Jackson scoring 105 points (46g-59a) and 271 penalty minutes over 180 games. He was part of Atlantic City’s 2003 Kelly Cup Championship team, scoring a goal and eight assists over 17 playoff games.

Trent Whitfield

ASSISTANT COACH

Trent Whitfield enters his sixth season as an assistant coach for the Providence Bruins. He recently served as assistant coach of the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2015-16. The previous season he was assistant coach of the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2014-15.

Whitfield enjoyed a successful 15-year playing career at the ECHL, AHL and NHL levels. The 5-foot-11, 209-pound forward skated in 194 NHL games with the Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals and N.Y. Rangers, compiling 11 goals and 18 assists for 29 points with 104 penalty minutes. He also made 18 NHL playoff game appearances, including four with the Bruins. Whitfield played in 812 games at the AHL level with the Providence Bruins, Peoria Rivermen and Portland Pirates, totaling 247 goals and 349 assists for 596 points with 564 penalty minutes. During his final season as a pro, Whitfield was the alternate captain of HC Bolzano of the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL) in 2013-14, where he recorded 14 goals and 18 assists for 32 points in 54 games.

Whitfield served as a captain on six teams, in addition to his one season as an alternate captain for HC Bolzano in 2013-14. He wore the “C” for the Providence Bruins in 2009-10, 2011-12 and 2012-13, for the Peoria Rivermen in 2008-09 and for the Spokane Chiefs (WHL) in 1996-97.

The Alameda, Saskatchewan native was originally selected by the Bruins in the fourth round (100th overall) of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

Matt Thomas

ASSISTANT COACH

Matt Thomas enters his first season as an assistant coach of the Providence Bruins in 2021-22. Thomas, 45, has served as head coach of the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones since the beginning of the 2018-19 season, leading the club to a 89-30-12-4 (W-L-OTL-SOL) record in 135 games with two consecutive playoff appearances. In his first season with Cincinnati, Thomas led the Cyclones to a league-best 110 points, with the club capturing the Brabham Cup as ECHL regular season champions for just the second time in franchise history. The team recorded a record of 30-2-2-2 on home ice, tying an ECHL record for most home wins and fewest home losses as Thomas took home the John Brophy Award, awarded annually to the league’s Coach of the Year.

A native of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Thomas has served as a head coach for the past 17 seasons, both in the ECHL and NCAA. His head coaching career began in 2004 with the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies. After two seasons in Atlantic City, Thomas was named head coach of the Fresno Falcons, where he spent three and a half seasons as head coach with Mougenel serving as an assistant coach for the duration of Thomas’s tenure. Thomas went on to coach the Stockton Thunder and University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves before joining the Cyclones organization in 2018.

Nick Neary

VIDEO COACH

Nick Neary enters his second season as the video coach of the Providence Bruins in 2021-22. Orginally from Pelham, New Hampshire, Neary graduated from Elmira College in 2019. Neary's first video experience began in August of 2019 when he served as a Video Coordinator at USA Hockey's Women's National Festival. Following his role with USA Hockey, Neary went on to earn the title of Director of Hockey Operations for the women's hockey team at Holy Cross from August 2019 - February 2021 before joining the P-Bruins. 



Team Support Staff

Rob Tagle

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HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER

Rob Tagle is entering his third season with the Providence Bruins and his first as Head Athletic Trainer. A native of West Freehold, New Jersey, Tagle spent two seasons with the ECHL's Worcester Railers, serving as the Head Athletic Trainer and Strength Coach. Prior to his time in Worcester, Tagle served as the Head Athletic Trainer with the Western Hockey League's Everett Silvertips. Before moving out west to Everett, Tagle spent one season with the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins as the team's Assistant Athletic Trainer. 

Dan Hickey

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Dan Hickey

ASSISTANT ATHLETIC TRAINER

Dan is currently in his first season with the Providence Bruins after spending seven seasons at The College of the Holy Cross (2014-2021) working with the men’s ice hockey and men's rowing programs. Prior to his time at Holy Cross, Hickey’s professional experience included serving as an assistant athletic trainer for the football team at Boston College (2012-2014) in addition to being the head athletic trainer for the softball team. Hickey earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Exercise and Sports Science from Fitchburg State University in 2010, with a concentration in Clinical Exercise Physiology. He then went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Athletic Training from Plymouth (N.H.) State University in 2012. Hickey interned with several American Hockey League teams, including the Worcester Sharks (2010), the Lowell Devils (2006-2009) and the Lowell Lock Monsters (2005-2006). Hickey currently resides in Leominster, MA with his wife Kaitlyn and daughters Teagan and Finnley.

David Pezzullo

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST

Entering his 11th season with Providence, David Pezzullo is the P-Bruins Physical Therapist. Prior to working with the Providence Bruins, Pezzullo served as the Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist for the University of Rhode Island Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey team. Pezzullo received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s of Science in Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh. He currently resides in Narragansett, Rhode Island with his wife Shelby and their two children, Alyssa and Thomas. 

Anthony Pelleccione

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HEAD EQUIPMENT MANAGER

In his eighth season with Providence, Anthony Pelleccione is in his fifth year as the Head Equipment Manager for the P-Bruins. Prior to his promotion, Pelleccione was an Assistant Equipment Manager for the P-Bruins for nearly two years and broke in with the organization as a member of game night equipment staff. Pelleccione obtained a Bachelor of Science from New England Institute of Technology in Criminal Justice in 2016 and currently resides in North Kingston, Rhode Island. 

Corey Wood

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ASST. EQUIPMENT MANAGER

Corey Wood is in his third season with the Providence Bruins as the Assistant Equipment Manager. Prior to being hired by the P-Bruins, Wood served as the Assistant Equipment Manager for the AHL's Albany Devils. Wood served on Albany's staff for both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.

Pat Dugan

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Pat Dugan

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH

Pat Dugan enters his first season with the Providence Bruins in 2021-22. Dugan's career began during grad school in the summer of 2018 as an intern at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. In the Fall of 2018, Dugan began working at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning (MBSC) before graduating from Merrimack in 2019. Following graduation, Dugan continued working for MBSC and retuned to Merrimack College as a volunteer Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach until December of 2019 when he moved on to Clarkson University as an Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach. Dugan holds an undergraduate degree from University of New England and a Master’s degree in Exercise & Sports Science from Merrimack College.

Chris Krenn

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COMMUNICATIONS

Chris Krenn enters the 2021-22 season in his third year with the Bruins and will serve as a Communications Specialist and the primary media contact for Providence. Prior to being hired by the Bruins, Krenn served as the Brian Fishman Intern with USA Hockey in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Plymouth, Michigan. Before joining USA Hockey, Krenn worked in Columbus, Ohio as the Communications Graduate Assistant with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Before his time in Columbus, Krenn's career in hockey began with the Tampa Bay Lightning as a Public Relations Intern.

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