Kyle Prystupa, Manager of Development & Communications, has accepted a new position and will be leaving Hockey Manitoba after 10 seasons on the organization’s staff. The branch would like to sincerely thank him for his years of commitment to advancing the game in our province.
Over the last decade, working with Hockey Manitoba’s development team, Kyle has played a pivotal role in improving and expanding branch development programs. This includes the Directors’ Cup Prospects, CCM Rising Stars and Rising Stars Plus+, WHL Skills Combine, CCM POE Skills Camps, Bantam AAA Showcase, Hockey Manitoba Face-off Festivals; in addition to a variety of other events and branch initiatives such as the Hockey Manitoba Cup. Kyle also worked directly within the Coach Development program in his early years with the branch.
Kyle served as Director of Operations for the Male U-16 Program of Excellence seven times, including the 2015 Canada Games. He was also Director of Operations for the Female U-18 Program of Excellence three times including the 2011 Canada Games. His consistent passion and focus on improving player and coach development, particularly within the Program of Excellence, has paid dividends throughout the years. He has worked closely with the Western Hockey League, and had the opportunity in 2015 to attend Hockey Canada’s World U-17 Hockey Challenge as Director of Operations for Canada Team Black.
Kyle has been instrumental in growing and improving Hockey Manitoba’s branding, visibility and connection with members and hockey families across the province. His attention to detail and vision have pushed the branch forward in many ways, such as with the development of a new branch logo and re-structured website.
Hockey Manitoba has made significant modifications in recent years at both the Initiation (cross-ice) and Novice (half-ice) levels, and Kyle has been a strong advocate on behalf of the branch on the benefits of following long term player development principles, age appropriate training, improved seasonal structures and multi-sport athletes. Although moving on, Kyle will no doubt continue to promote these positive changes.
Kyle’s dedication to development and continued efforts to achieve excellence will be missed.
On behalf of President Bill Whitehead, the Board of Directors, staff and the expanded Hockey Manitoba family, thank you Kyle and best of luck in all of your future endeavors!