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Ryan Papaioannou

Ryan Papaioannou

Head Coach & General Manager

Ryan Papaioannou enters his 8th season behind the bench of the Brooks Bandits, and his 9th season overall with the organization in 2016-17.

An AJHL and CJHL Coach of the Year award-winner in 2012-13, Ryan Papaioannou is the winningest and longest-tenured coach in franchise history.

Papaioannou has built the Bandits into a perennial contender in the AJHL and across national Canadian Junior A. In the last five seasons, the Bandits have finished first in their division four times, first overall in the AJHL twice, won three league championships, in 2012, 2013, and 2016, and one RBC Cup national championship, in 2013, with two appearances at that national championship tournament.

The program has also become one of the foremost sources of NCAA Division I talent among Canadian Junior A teams, with 16 players committed to Divison I schools on the 2015-16 roster, the most of any team in the CJHL, and more than 60 Division I committed players over the last six seasons.

In his most recent season at the helm, Papaioannou’s Bandits became the highest-scoring team in the AJHL in more than a decade, scoring 306 goals in a regular season in which the team went 49-9-2, and a further 12-1 in league playoffs, defeating the Spruce Grove Saints in 5 games to capture the team’s third league championship. After becoming the first team to ever post a 4-0 record at the Western Canada Cup round-robin, the Bandits defeated the Portage Terriers 2-1 to earn a berth at the 2016 RBC Cup.

In 2012-13, Papaioannou was named AJHL Coach of the Year and CJHL Coach of the Year after the best season in franchise history, a 53-4-3 regular season campaign capped off by the team’s second-ever AJHL title, and its first-ever RBC Cup national championship captured in Summerside, PEI. Papaioannou’s team set or tied AJHL records for regular season wins (53), fewest losses (4), most points (109), longest season-opening winning streak (20-0), and longest unbeaten streak in overlapping seasons, with a 31-game regular season win streak from the end of 2011-12 to the beginning of 2012-13.

In 2011-12, Papaioannou set team records for wins, fewest losses, goals for, and fewest goals allowed, as the Bandits registered a 47-7-6 regular season record and captured their first-ever AJHL championship with a 6-game win over the Fort McMurray Oil Barons.

Papaioannou became the Bandits’ Head Coach and General Manager on October 16, 2009, after having joined the team as an Assistant Coach for the 2008-09 season.

Prior to his time in the AJHL, Papioannou coached in the Lethbridge Minor Hockey system, serving as head coach of the city's Bantam AAA team in 2005-06, its Midget AA team in 2006-07, and its Midget AAA team in 07-08.

As a player, Papaioannou spent three seasons as a goaltender in junior hockey from 2001 to 2004, spending time with the Calgary Hitmen, Lethbridge Hurricanes, and Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League, as well as 1 season with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Papaioannou also dressed in 1 game for the Calgary Canucks of the AJHL in his final season of junior hockey, in 2003-04. Papaioannou is a graduate of the Calgary Northstars Midget AAA program.

As head coach of the Bandits, Papaioannou sports a regular season record of 288-88-33 (.744) and an AJHL playoff record of 82-38 (.683).

Papaioannou resides in Brooks with his wife, Jordana, and son, Ambrose.

Ryan Papaioannou - Brooks Bandits - Head Coaching Records


Reg. Season









2015-16 49-9-2 .833 20-4 .833 AJHL Champions
2014-15 42-13-4 .746 13-7 .650 South Division Champions
2013-14 39-13-8 .717 5-4 .556  
2012-13 53-4-3 .908 21-8 .724 RBC Cup National Champions
2011-12 47-7-6 .833 13-6 .684 AJHL Champions
2010-11 34-18-7 .636 6-4 .600  
2009-10 24-24-3 .500 4-5 .444 Interim HC Sep 18-26, Became Head Coach Oct. 16







Contact Information

Cell: (403) 363-9205

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