Sharks Ice, Inc. announced today that Brad Martin will take the position of Oakland Hockey Manager and President of the Oakland Bears Hockey Club (OBHC), effective Monday, October 17, 2022. Martin will oversee all hockey operations at Oakland Ice Center and assume club responsibilities for the Oakland Bears. Reporting directly to Robert Savoie, Sr. Hockey Director of San Jose Sharks Ice, Brad will maintain an office in the Oakland Ice Center and be fully dedicated to Oakland programming both on and off the ice.
“As hockey manager, my objective is to bring families, coaches, and players together in a fun and competitive hockey program that builds a stronger, healthier, happier community here in Oakland. I will give coaches the support they need to grow and develop. These coaches will be developing quality players and even better people in our community.”, said Martin. “We will work as a coaching group to build a curriculum to give every participant the best opportunity to succeed in their goals. Our club will strive to build a culture that unites our players and staff to work hard for each other.”
Brad grew up in Rhode Island where he started his hockey journey. At the age of 13, Martin moved to Florida and played for the Gulf Coast Flames AA and AAA programs out of Ellenton. He quickly became one of the top goaltenders in the Southeast area. At the age of 16, Martin began coaching High School goalies and started a private coaching practice. He relocated to the Bay Area in December 2016 to be closer to his family and to work with the OBHC. Since 2016, Martin served in a variety of Bears travel team coaching roles. He is currently the Head Coach of Bears 10U-1 and Head Goalie Coach for the UC Berkeley ACHA Club Team.
Martin enjoys playing pick-up hockey a few times each week, golfing, and grilling with friends and family.
We look forward to Brad facilitating the progression of our players and the overall growth of youth hockey in Oakland, CA, and surrounding communities.
If you have any questions regarding the Oakland Bears Hockey Club, please contact Brad directly at Bmartin@sharksice.com or stop by his office at OIC as his door is always open!
Please join us in giving Brad a warm welcome to the Bears organization!