Paul has spent the past seven years working with individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in various roles, including ABA services at Donald A. Wilson Secondary School and providing social skills training to those in need.
The Whitby, Ont. product has been a head coach at the minor hockey level since 2010, most recently with the Clarington Midget AAA team from 2016-2018 after spending two seasons with the Whitby Midget AAA team. He was also the head of coach and player development for the 2017-2018 season.
Mike was an assistant coach for the Peterborough Petes of the OHL during the 2017-18 season after serving as a head coach with the ECHL's Elmira Jackals the previous season. On top of his duties with the Petes, he also was involved with the Peterborough Minor Hockey Association as a skills development coach and player evaluator.
The Toronto, Ont. product enjoyed an extensive nine-year professional playing career that saw him play 18 games in the NHL with the Florida Panthers and Vancouver Canucks, 267 games in the AHL, as well as time spent in the ECHL and Europe. Mike played parts of five seasons in the OHL with the Kitchener Rangers, where he was part of the 2008 J. Ross Robertson Cup winning team as OHL champions.
Tapper joins Okanagan Hockey Ontario from the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Grand Rapids Griffins where he is served as an assistant coach. Prior to joining the Griffins, the Whitby, Ont. native was the Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations with the Adirondack Thunder of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) during the 2017-18 season. Tapper has also served as an Assistant Coach with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves and Rochester Americans, as well as the ECHL’s Florida Everblades and Orlando Solar Bears. As a player, Tapper spent nine years playing professional hockey, including 71 games in the NHL with the Atlanta Thrashers and 132 games in the AHL where he won a Calder Cup with the Chicago Wolves in 2002. Prior to turning pro, Tapper was a second team All-American student athlete at Rensselaer Polytech Institute (RPI) from 1997 to 2000, registering 116 points (65-51-116) in 106 games.
Paul joins Okanagan Hockey Ontario after spending two seasons as an assistant coach with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). Prior to joining the UOIT coaching staff, Paul spent eight seasons playing professionally, which included 323 games at the NHL level with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Whitby, Ont. product played four seasons in the OHL with the Oshawa Generals and was selected in the sixth round, 183rd overall, by the Lightning at the 2002 NHL Draft.
Playing at OHA was an amazing opportunity. It gives you the chance to train like a pro everyday to develop your game. Playing in a great league, along with the on and off ice training gives you the upper hand on other competition. I am thankful to have had the chance to play there."