Team Saskatchewan Coaching Staffs Announced for 2019 Canada Winter Games
Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 - The Saskatchewan Hockey Association (SHA) is pleased to announce their coaching staffs for the 2019 Canada Games which are set to be hosted in Red Deer, Alberta from February 15th to March 3rd next year.
The SHA held a call for applications beginning in November and after conducting a series of interviews with the applicants, the 2019 Team Saskatchewan coaching staffs were selected.
The coaching staffs will now start preparations and begin the evaluation process of players at the spring tournaments being held in Regina this April. A short list of players will then be invited to take part in a series of camps over the spring, summer and fall before the final rosters are selected in December.
|MALE U16 TEAM SASKATCHEWAN|
|Head Coach||Gordon Burnett||Kootenay Ice (WHL)|
|Assistant Coach||Devan Praught||Notre Dame Hounds (SMAAAHL)|
|Assistant Coach||Rod Dallman||Prince Albert Minor Hockey|
|Head Scout||Bill Gibson||Vancouver Giants (WHL)|
|FEMALE U18 TEAM SASKATCHEWAN|
|Head Coach||Terry Pavely||Swift Current Wildcats (SFMAAAHL)|
|Assistant Coach||Greg Slobodzian||Saskatoon Stars (SFMAAAHL)|
|Assistant Coach||Tegan Schroeder||Notre Dame Hounds (SFMAAAHL)|
|Video Coach||Jean Fauchon||Saskatchewan Hockey Association|
|Head Scout||Blaine Stork||Saskatchewan Hockey Association|
ABOUT THE CANADA WINTER GAMES
MENS - Held every four years, the Canada Winter Games are a showcase of the best under-16 players in the country, representing their home province. Men’s hockey debuted at the inaugural Canada Games in 1967, with the University of Alberta Golden Bears beating the UBC Thunderbirds to win the first gold medal. The tournament replaced the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge every four years through the 1990s and 2000s, before it became a U16 event beginning with the 2011 Games.
WOMENS - Replacing the National Women's Under-18 Championship every four years, the Canada Winter Games highlights the future of the women's game in a province vs. province showdown for a gold medal. Women’s hockey was added to the schedule beginning with the 1991 Games in Charlottetown, P.E.I., when Hayley Wickenheiser scored the gold-medal-winning goal for Alberta as a 12-year-old, giving a glimpse of what was to come during a record-setting career with Canada’s National Women’s Team.