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Ryan Papaioannou

Ryan Papaioannou

Head Coach & General Manager

Ryan Papaioannou enters his 10th season behind the bench of the Brooks Bandits as head coach, and his 11th season overall with the organization in 2018-19.

An AJHL and CJHL Coach of the Year award-winner in 2012-13, Papaioannou is the winningest and longest-tenured coach in franchise history, as well as a four-time AJHL champion.

Papaioannou has built the Bandits into a perennial contender in the AJHL and across national Canadian Junior A. In the last seven seasons, the Bandits have finished first in their division five times, first overall in the AJHL thrice, won four league championships, in 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017, and one RBC Cup national championship, in 2013, with three total 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 a franchise-high 16 players committed to Divison I schools on the 2015-16 roster, the most of any team in the CJHL, and more than 75 Division I committed players over the last eight seasons.

In his most recent season at the helm, Papaioannou led the Bandits to their fifth-winningest regular season in team history, with a 45-14-1 regular season record. The team once again led the AJHL in NCAA Division I commitments, while reaching the AJHL South Division Final for the seventh consecutive year.

In 2016-17, Papaioannou led the Bandits to the fourth-winningest season in AJHL history, as the team finished first overall with a 51-5-4 record. The Bandits went 12-0-1 in the playoffs en route to their second straight AJHL championship, before becoming the first-ever undefeated team at the Western Canada Cup, going 5-0 and winning the regional title for the first time in franchise history. At the 2017 RBC Cup, the Bandits reached the national final for the second time, falling in overtime. But weeks later, the team experienced its first ever directly-drafted players into the NHL, as Cale Makar was selected fourth overall by the Colorado Avalanche, and Parker Foo was taken 144th overall in the 5th round by the Chicago Blackhawks.

In 2015-16, 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 329-90-35 (.763) and an AJHL playoff record of 103-31-10 (.750).

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

Ryan Papaioannou - Brooks Bandits - Head Coaching Records


Reg. Season









2017-18 43-12-1 .777 9-5-1 .633  
2016-17 41-2-2 .933 21-1-2 .917 Western Canadian Champions
2015-16 49-9-2 .833 20-3-1 .854 AJHL Champions
2014-15 42-13-4 .746 13-6-1 .675 South Division Champions
2013-14 39-13-8 .717 5-4 .556  
2012-13 53-4-3 .908 21-5-3 .776 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 4-2-3 .611 Interim HC Sep 18-26, Became Head Coach Oct. 16






Overall: 484-138-47 (.759)

Contact Information

Cell: (403) 363-9205

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