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Emanuel “Manny” Viveiros begins his second season leading the Silver Knights in 2021-22. Golden Knights General Manager Kelly McCrimmon introduced Viveiros on August 31, 2020 as the first head coach of the Henderson Silver Knights, and he led the team to 25 wins and the best regular-season record in the Pacific Division.

Prior to joining the Silver Knights, Viveiros was Head Coach of the Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs for the 2019-20 season. He was also an assistant coach for the Edmonton Oilers during the 2018-19 season and served as General Manager, Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel for the WHL’s Swift Current Broncos from 2016-18.

Viveiros, 54, has spent over 14 years coaching in North America and internationally. In his one season with Spokane, the Chiefs ranked fourth overall in the WHL with a 41-18-4-1 record in 64 games played before the season was cut short due to COVID-19. During his time with Swift Current, he led the Broncos to the 2018 Rogers WHL Championship and was named the WHL’s 2017-18 Coach of the Year.

The St. Albert, Alta. native began his coaching career in 2007 with Klagenfurter AC of the Austrian Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL) and was their Head Coach until 2012. He moved on to a role as Sports Manager with the same organization from 2012-14, winning an EBEL Championship in 2013. Viveiros coached in the DEL in Germany from 2014-16 with ERC Ingolstadt.

Viveiros worked as Head Coach of Team Austria at multiple international tournaments, including the Men’s World Championship from 2012-14 and the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Before moving behind the bench, Viveiros was selected in the sixth round, 106th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1984 NHL Draft. His distinguished junior career with the Prince Albert Raiders lasted from 1982-86, where the defenseman collected 321 points (60G, 261A) in 251 career regular season games, helping lead the team to the WHL Championship and Memorial Cup in 1985. He still holds single-season records for most points and assists by a Raiders defenseman, recording 93 assists and 109 points in 1983-84. He’s also tied for most career goals with 60 and collected the most career assists with 261 in franchise history.

He played for the Minnesota North Stars in 29 NHL games from 1985-87 and spent time in the AHL and the International Hockey League (IHL) from 1986-91. Viveiros finished his playing career overseas playing in the EBEL and German DEL from 1991-2007. He competed for Austria in the 2005 IIHF World Championship.


Jamie Heward returns for his second season as an assistant coach for the Henderson Silver Knights. Prior to coming to the Silver State, Heward served as an associate coach for the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants.

Heward joined the Giants after spending the past six seasons with the Swift Current Broncos, working as both an Assistant Coach and Director of Player Development. Internationally Heward has served as an Assistant Coach for Canada at two World Under-17 Hockey Challenge tournaments in 2015-16 and 2016-17. Heward was a member of Manny Viveiros’ staff in Swift Current from 2016-18.

Before embarking on his coaching career, the Regina, SK native spent two decades playing pro hockey after being drafted by Pittsburgh in the first round, 16th overall, in the 1989 NHL Draft. As a defenseman he played for multiple leagues across North America and Europe including the WHL, IHL, AHL, NHL and NLA. Across those leagues, Heward played in a total of 1,278 games, 394 of which were played in the NHL and 186 in the AHL.


Joel Ward is back for his second season as an assistant coach with the Silver Knights. Ward announced his retirement from the NHL in April 2020. When he moved behind the bench for the Silver Knights in 2020-21, it was his first professional coaching job.

In an NHL career that spanned 11 seasons, Ward developed a reputation as a reliable two-way forward. In the 2009-10 season with the Predators, Nashville was 21-3-2 when Ward had a point. He had two 20-goal seasons: One with the Capitals in 2013-14 and one with the Sharks in 2015-16. Throughout his career he played in a total of 726 games for Minnesota, Nashville, Washington and San Jose. He was also selected to represent Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Championship, where he notched nine points (6G, 3A) in eight games played.

Ward’s playing career included games played in the NHL, AHL, and WCHL, as well as Canadian university hockey and the Ontario Hockey League. Ward was named the CIS Most Valuable Player in 2005 and the Most Sportsmanlike Player in consecutive years in 2004 and 2005.


Andrew Doty is in his second season as Video Coach of the Silver Knights. Before joining Manny Viveiros’ staff, Doty spent six seasons with the Western Hockey League’s Lethbridge Hurricanes. During his time with the Hurricanes, he served as a video coach, an assistant coach and the assistant to the General Manager. He also captured gold as a video coach for Team Canada at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Tournament in Edmonton. Andrew and his wife Kaella have three children.


Fred Brathwaite was announced as the first Goaltending Coach in Henderson Silver Knights history on January 3, 2021, now in his second season in Henderson.

He most recently served as a goalie coach for the New York Islanders during the 2017-18 season. Brathwaite also worked as the goaltending coach for Hockey Canada with their Under-18 team for three seasons and held the same role with Canada’s Under-20 team. He was a goalie coach for his former club, Adler Mannheim of the German Professional League (DEL) during the 2013-14 season.

The Ottawa, Ontario, native spent nine seasons playing in the NHL, where he appeared in 254 games and posted an 81-99-37 record with a 2.73 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage. Brathwaite came into the league with the Edmonton Oilers and went on to play with the Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues and Columbus Blue Jackets. He also spent time with the Syracuse Crunch, the Chicago Wolves, Ak Bars Kazan and Avangard Omsk of the Russian Superleague (now the Kontinential Hockey League) and Adler Mannheim of the DEL. Brathwaite won Goaltender of the Year honors in the RSL in 2005-06 and won Player of the Year in 2008-09 in the DEL with Adler. Before embarking on his pro career, Brathwaite won a Memorial Cup in 1990 with the Oshawa Generals.


Todd Richardson begins his second season working in professional hockey with the Silver Knights in 2021-22. Richardson is the staffs longest-tenured Vegas resident, joining the team after spending the past 16 years working for Cirque du Soleil. Richardson joined Cirque du Soleil in 2004 and served as the Head Therapist at Viva Elvis and Michael Jackson: One. Richardson was also a therapist on the staff for Mystere and “O”.

A native of Melville, Saskatchewan, Richardson attended the University of Alberta in Edmonton for both his undergraduate and graduate studies between 1990 and 1998, during which time he worked in both hockey and football. He worked as a therapist, and became Head Athletic Therapist, while working with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League from 1998-04. Richardson was a member of the Eskimos’ 2003 Grey Cup Championship team.

Richardson lives in Henderson with his wife Nadine, sons Josh and Evan, and dog Shadow.



Jeff Conkle begins his second season with the Henderson Silver Knights and his fifth season as the minor league Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Vegas Golden Knights. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Conkle worked with Golden Knights prospects with the Americans Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves from 2017-20.

Prior to joining the Golden Knights, Conkle served four years as the minor league Head Strength Coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets, working with the Springfield Falcons from 2013-15 and then with the Cleveland Monsters 2015-17. Conkle was a member of the staff for the Monsters’ 2016 Calder Cup Championship. Conkle was also a full-time intern with the Blue Jackets at the NHL level from 2011-13.

Conkle earned his BS in Health and Exercise Science, with a minor in Nutrition, from the Ohio State University in 2011. He earned his MA  at Ohio State with a focus on Kinesiology  in 2013.


Hayato Ikeda joins the Silver Knights for his second season working with the team. A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Ikeda worked in 2019-20 as a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Merrimack College, and as an Assistant strength and Conditioning Coach with the school’s Division 1 Men’s Hockey program. Ikeda also worked in prior internships with  the Strength and Conditioning programs for the Division 1 football program at the University of Wisconsin. He interned at EXOS, a health and wellness company.

Ikeda earned his B.S. in Athletic Training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his M.S. in Exercise and Sports Science at Merrimack College. He is a certified Athletic Trainer and a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Jorge Lopez

Jorge Lopez joins the Silver Knights for his first season with the Vegas Golden Knights organization. The native of Laredo, Texas was the Head Equipment Manager of the Western Hockey League’s Seattle Thunderbirds from 2018-2021. Lopez is working his 14th season, previously serving as the Head Equipment Manager with the  ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies (2015-16), the SPHL’s Huntsville Havoc (2010-11), Fayetteville FireAntz (2016-17), and the Mississippi RiverKings (2017-18), and the CHL’s Laredo Bucks (2011-12).

He also worked as the Assistant Equipment Manager Laredo (2008-10) and the AHL’s Texas Stars (2012-15).


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