Spartans Organization

David Forde

General Manager


Forde has led the Spartans organization since the club relocated from Mattawa to Almaguin in 2014. During this time period the Spartans have enjoyed incredible success on and off the ice with tremendous fan support, 2 North Division Playoff Titles, 2018 Regular Season Title and a 2018 Russell Cup Championship. Forde has been instrumental in recruiting a highly competitive team each year and building a world renowned program that has attracted players from 19 countries.


  • Almaguin Spartans General Manager 2014-Present
  • Over 45 player advancements in the last 6 seasons
  • 2018 Russell Cup Champion


Andy Palfrey

Assistant General Manager


  • Over 10 years experience in ownership, scouting and manaegment at the Junior “A” level
  • 2018 Russell Cup Champion
  • With the Spartans since 2015


Coaching Staff

Andrejs Savicevs

Head Coach


Playing Career
  • 2003 USHL Draft Pick-Chicago Steel
  • 2004 Lativa World Junior Team (Bronze Medal)
  • 6 seasons Lativa 1st Division
Coaching Career
  • Assistant Coach Daugavplis Latvia 1st Division
  • Head Coach 2017-2020 HC Klaipeda U17
  • Head Coach 2020 Baltu Ainai/HC Klaipeda Lithuania 1st Division
  • Assistant Coach 2020 Lithuania U18 National Team
  • Head Coach 2020 Lithuania U16 National Team


Andre Laperriere

Goaltending Coach/Associate Coach


Playing Career
  • NOJHL (Blind River and North Bay)
  • CHL (Port Huron)
Coaching Career
  • Coaching at the Junior “A” Level for 11 seasons
  • 2018 Russell Cup Champion
  • With the Spartans since 2016


Brandon Blanche

Associate Coach


Playing Career
  • NOJHL (Temiscaming Royals)
Coaching Career
  • Coaching at the Junior “A” Level for 6 years
  • With the Spartans since 2019


Scouting Staff

Ivan Skvortsov

Team Scout Russia

Playing Career
  • GMHL (Almaguin Spartans and West Nipissing Lynx)
  • 2018 Russell Cup Champion


Brent Cooper

Director of Player Development

  • Over 25 years experience in scouting and management in the NOJHL, OJHL and GMHL.
  • With the Spartans since 2017
  • 2018 Russell Cup Champion



Supporting Staff

Andrew Torrance

Athletic Therapist


Erin Torrance

Billet Coordinator
Academic Advisor