Hockey Manitoba Program of Excellence coaching staffs will lead their respective programs through the team selection process, team preparation process, and their respective championship events. The Male U-16 Team Manitoba contingent will compete at the 2020 WHL Cup in Calgary, Alberta with a roster featuring the province’s top male players born in 2005. In early November, Female U-18 Team Manitoba will compete at the U-18 Women’s National Championship hosted by Hockey Canada in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. The U-18 Women’s National Championship is held each year in November, but is skipped every fourth season when the women’s hockey competition at the Canada Winter Games takes its place.
Leading U-16 Team Manitoba behind the bench will be Jeff Sveinson (Winnipeg), currently the Head Coach of the Winnipeg Bruins (Manitoba Midget AAA League). Sveinson returns after spending last season as Head Coach with the U-16 team that earned a Silver medal at the 2019 WHL Cup in Calgary. Sveinson is also a two-time Assistant Coach in the Female U-18 POE (2011, 2015) having won medals both occasions. Jeff will be joined by assistant coaches David Anning (Winnipeg) and Jordan Wohlgemuth (Winnipeg). Anning was most recently the Head Coach of the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings (2016-19) and he returns to the U-16 program after serving as Head Coach within the program (2011) as well as an Assistant Coach with Team West (2012 & 2013) in the former U-17 program. Wohlgemuth returns as an Assistant Coach of U-16 Team Manitoba after being an Assistant Coach of the U-16 team that earned a Silver medal at the 2019 WHL Cup. Director of Operations for the Male U-16 POE will be Bernie Reichardt (Hockey Manitoba).
Female U-18 Team Manitoba will be led by Head Coach Neil Chow (Winnipeg) who has been a Head Coach and Assistant Coach in the U-18 program multiple times with his most recent stint coming as a Head Coach for the U-18 program in 2013. Neil is currently the Head Coach of the Winnipeg Titans in the Winnipeg Female Bantam AA Hockey League. Before that Neil coached Male Bantam AAA for many years. Neil will be joined by Assistant Coaches Jessica Kaminsky (Winnipeg) and Alana Serhan (Winnipeg). This will be Jessica’s first year as a coach within the Female U-18 program. Jessica is currently in her second year as an Assistant Coach with the Winnipeg Ice in the U-18 AAA Manitoba Female Hockey League. Jessica played multiple years of NCAA Division 1 Hockey with Union College. This will also be Alana’s first year as a coach within the Female U-18 program. Alana is currently in her first year as a Head Coach with the Bantam AA Twins in Winnipeg. Alana played five seasons for the University of Manitoba Bisons where she won a National Championship in 2018. Director of Operations for the Female U-18 POE will be Dustin Stewart (Hockey Manitoba).
The Program of Excellence process will begin in early April in Winnipeg with the Top-100 male athletes and the Top-68 female athletes. The U-16 POE Spring Camp will be held April 3-5 at Bell MTS Iceplex, meanwhile the U-18 POE Spring Camp will run April 10-12 at Seven Oaks Arena. Following the POE Spring Tournament, approximately forty players from each program will be invited to the POE TOP-40 Camps held in May in Winnipeg.
Hockey Manitoba is pleased to recognize Canad Inns, CCM Hockey and the Western Hockey League as Official Partners of the Program of Excellence, along with Gatorade as the Official Sport Drink of Hockey Manitoba. The POE is our high performance program that offers developing athletes who are on track to be elite with the opportunity to represent their province while providing a solid development path to the National and International stages.
For more information about the Hockey Manitoba Program of Excellence please visit www.hockeymanitoba.ca/programs/poe/.