Established in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Wingman Player Consulting is a player-first service that is dedicated to advising hockey players at every stage of their careers and providing them with an elite hockey education and life-planning experience.
Unlike most player consulting firms, we recognize and embrace the fact that our responsibilities extend far beyond the rink and the gym, and we take great pride in providing our clients with a personalized, “feet-on-the-ground” approach to player representation. This means that we believe in forging long-term working relationships that are built on trust, honesty, and open communication, as well as making ourselves personally accessible to our clients and their families at all times.
Wingman Player Consulting is comprised of a team of advisors and partners who understand how the business of hockey works because we have been around the game our entire lives. As such, we know what it takes to succeed, and we have assembled a team that possesses a wealth of experience and expertise in a variety of key areas, including: strength and conditioning training, on-ice skills development, and psychological support. Our team works with our clients to develop personalized plans designed to equip them with the fundamental skills and knowledge that they will need in order to achieve optimal performance and to reach their full emotional and physical potential.
Our commitment to our clients’ success is driven by a tireless work ethic and a passion for moulding confident and motivated hockey players. Our purpose is to help our clients and their families make informed decisions, develop their hockey and life skills, and, ultimately, to make their dreams a reality.
MEET THE TEAM
CARSON SHIELDS, B.A
President of Client Affairs
Carson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Conflict Resolution Studies with a concentration in Negotiation and Communications, and he has also obtained his Career Employment Coach Certificate through the University of Winnipeg’s PACE program. Most recently, Carson completed his Sports Industry Essentials Certificate from Columbia University and became an agent with the PHPA.
Carson is the former head coach of the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League’s Fort Garry/Fort Rouge Twins. During his coaching career, Carson worked with players ranging between 11 and 21 years of age, and his work was guided by a philosophy that emphasizes a coach’s role as an advocate and mentor. Carson’s dedication was recognized in 2017, when he was named as the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League’s Coach of the Year.
In addition to coaching, Carson has been involved in scouting and player development since finishing his MJHL/SIJHL playing career in 2009. In that time, Carson has scouted for several Junior A teams and is a former recruiter for the Nipissing University Men’s Hockey Team (OUA). Carson’s resume also includes considerable experience in an advisory capacity that includes guiding players through the WHL Bantam Draft to negotiating contracts at various professional levels.
In 2014, Carson’s off-ice contributions to the game were recognized when was named a “Manitoba Hero” for his work in speaking out against hazing in sports as well as being a nominee for the RBC Transforming Lives Award.
As President of Client Affairs, Carson is in charge of overseeing WPC’s day-to-day operations and ensuring that the firm is continually building strong relationships with present and prospective clients. Carson is excited to share his wealth of hockey knowledge and experience with players across the country, and to help them achieve their goals both on and off the ice.
Vice President, Director of Scouting & Player Development
As Vice-President and Director of Scouting and Player Development, Rick oversees the internal scouting network, analytics, player development and research.
With 15 years as a player, coach, and scout, Rick brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the WPC family. As a player, Rick was drafted by the WHL's Portland Winterhawks before going on to play in the MJHL, QMJHL, IHL, and SPHL. Once his playing career ended in 2008, Rick made the transition to coaching and scouting. Previously, Rick has worked as a scout for the Winnipeg Blues Junior A Program, and he has also coached at various ages and levels of minor hockey in Manitoba.
Throughout his career, Rick has gained a reputation for his tremendous work ethic, strategic planning skills, and passion for helping players maximize their potential. This reputation has enabled Rick to develop a strong network of working relationships with general managers, scouts, and coaches throughout the various levels of amateur and professional North American hockey. These attributes and connections make Rick a valuable member of the WPC family, as they will ensure that our players receive sound, insightful, and practical advice that will help them achieve their on-ice and off-ice goals.
Director of Hockey Analytics,
Research & Development
Since 2004, Gus has been a regular in the press box at the Winnipeg Arena and Bell MTS Place recording stats for the coaching staff and management of the Manitoba Moose and Winnipeg Jets. For 16 years, Gus has continued to learn and adapt to how stats and analytics have developed.
Communications-wise, Gus spent a season with the Winnipeg Blues developing their PR department. He also spent a season with the Winnipeg Jets as an intern, helping the PR staff with various duties.
Basically, Gus was born in a hockey rink with nearly 1000 professional games tracked with the Moose/Jets organizations.
Gus has gained reputation as a respectful hard-working man who puts others before himself. He speaks yearly to kids at St. Paul’s High School, his alma matter, who are looking to follow his footsteps.