Robert Ginnetti

Head Coach


Robert Ginnetti, "Bobby", a long time coach for the Burnaby Winter Club, will be the hockey director for the HK Typhoons this coming season.  Bobby will start training our kids during the July Summer team training Camp and CCM Beijing tournament. 

Bobby started his hockey career at the Burnaby Winter Club at the age of 7.  He played with many great players who went on to play in the NHL, like Cliff Ronning, Craig Redmond and Glenn Anderson to name a few. Bobby started  Jr A in 1981 at the age of 16 with the Vancouver Bluehawks in the BCJHL, and played in the Western Hockey League with the New West Bruins and Seattle Breakers.  Along the way he lead the BCJHL in scoring and set a record for most assists  111, which still stands today. After Jr , he went on to play professionally in Europe for 12 years, in Italy and Germany, in there Div. 1 leagues. He was fortunate to represent Team Italy in the 1992  Winter Olympics, and played for Italy in the 1991 and 1992 World Ice Hockey Championships. After his ice hockey career in 1998, Bobby went back to Vancouver to start a family, and has two sons, Taylor and Cameron. During this time he coached at the Burnaby Winter Club for 15 years, one of the best Minor Hockey Associations in Canada.  Both his sons played at BWC, and Cameron is going to Clarkson University in the 2017 year on a full scholarship.  Bobby has coached many Championship teams at BWC along with some very good players who will be playing in the NHL in the near future, Dante Fabbro and Mathew Barzal among them.

Bobby is very passionate, and expects and demands a lot from the players.  He teaches the fundamentals ( ie skating , passing, stick handling and shooting) of the game first, then works on how to execute them in games.  He wants the players to have fun  but work hard at the same time, learning both ice hockey and life skills.

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Tsukasa Arinami

Senior Coach 


Tsuki has coached in Hong Kong and is well known in the APAC ice hockey community.  He has achieved the highest education in hockey coaching (Level 5) recognized by the IIHF, Sports and Leisure Management degree with a minor in ice hockey coaching from Vierumaki, Finland.  Prior to his Head Coaching positions at Hokay and Pioneers Hockey Clubs in Beijing, China, he coached at Nippon Sports Science University in Japan leading his team to promotion to top division for the first time in school history.

Tsuki graduated from Vierumaki Sports Institute of Finland, the only coaching program recognized by the International Ice Hockey Federation. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports & Leisure Management and a Minor in Ice Hockey Coaching. Tsuki coached for Nippon Sport Science University in the top Japanese Collegiate League. He also coached the Japanese University National Team Development programs before arriving in China. In his earlier years, Tsuki played professionally in Estonia, HK PURIKAD. In addition, Tsuki played Junior A hockey in Finland for Heinolan Kiekko. Tsuki has been in China for the past four years, leading the Pioneers Hockey Club and Hokay Ice Hockey Club.

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Denis Afanakin



Denis joins the Typhoons coaching team having spent time coaching in Ontario, Canada after having played professional hockey in Russia. Since 2013, Denis coached in Moscow working with kids from under 18 years old but mostly focusing on kids 9-13 years old, developing the latter group for the pro junior league.  His coaching experience commenced in Canada where he was assistant coach for a local Ontario junior team.  

He has been playing hockey since age 6, beginning his hockey career with HC Avangard, Omsk.  Denis was invited to the Russian National Junior Team when he was 14 in Moscow.  The 2008-2009 season saw Denis play for HC Dynamo Moscow in the VHL (VHL Russia's Supreme Hockey League and the second highest level of Russian hockey).  After Dynamo he played in the Greater Metro Junior 'A' Hockey League for the Brock Bucks (this team became Bobcaygeon Bucks).  In 2010, Denis returned to Russia playing in the VHL for Ermak Angarsk.  In 2011-2013 he played for SKA, Silver Lions in the MHL. 

Denis' passion remains hockey and over the course of his hockey experience, he decided to develop more on coaching kids as it allows him to share his passion with the younger generation.  He is a seasoned player and received his Master's degree in Sport and Hockey Coaching from the Russian Government University of Physical Education.  His interests are travelling, psychology, yoga and crossfit.

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Intern Coaches


Joshua Ho

Josh Ho is a former Typhoons Ice hockey player who is 17 years old and will be helping out as a coach and a ref this season. He has played hockey full time for 6 years seeing action as both a goalie and a player. He has already been involved in teaching the basics of skating in Hong Kong and has spent a season as a level 1 ref.

He is excited to build on this experience with the Typhoons for the 16/17 season. Seeing different aspects of the game as a player and ref give him a unique perspective that will be a valuable asset to the Typhoons. Josh is excited to have the opportunity to continue with the Typhoons for the 16/17 season and wants to pass on the passion, skills and values he has learned from hockey to this years Typhoons Players.




Cosney Lee

Cosney is a recent Typhoons graduate who will be helping out coaching and as a ref. He is 17 years old and plays both ice and inline hockey and has been paying with the Typhoons since he was 6 years old. He has also been an integral part of the selects travel teams over the last few years and recently represented Hong Kong at the U18 World Championships in New Zealand in 2015.

Cosney has also received his level 2 referee qualification from HKIHOA given him a greater understanding of the rules and last year made the jump to the Standard League as a player. For the 16/17 season Cosney is on the move again and will be a player in the CIHL. Cosney is thrilled to be on board for this season and is excited to have the ability to pass on the skills and knowledge of the game he loves to the next generation of Typhoons Players.




Fenton Garvie

Fenton Garvie is former Typhoons Ice hockey player who originally joined the Typhoons in 2005. Fenton is a 17 year old who was born in Hong Kong, has spent most of his life here and also is a Canadian Citizen. He has been a member of the Typhoons since 2005 and was an important member of the Selects program every season he played while also gaining the experience of playing for the Hong Kong national Junior team. The experience that he has received from travelling to North American and Asia to compete in various tournaments will be a valuable asset for today’s Typhoons players. Fenton is currently enrolled at Chinese International School and continues to play competitive adult hockey in Hong Kong. He will be receiving his ref qualification and is excited to learn a new side of the game.

Fenton is excited to have the opportunity to continue with the Typhoons for the 16/17 season and wants to pass on the passion, skills and values he has learned from hockey to Hong Kong’s next generation of players.