REGINA & WINNIPEG – Hockey Manitoba and Saskatchewan Hockey Association are pleased to announce the coaching staff for Team West participating in the 2014 World U-17 Hockey Challenge held December 28th – January 5th, 2014 in Cape Breton, NS.
Malcolm Cameron, 43, will return to the Team West coaching staff for the second consecutive year as the head coach of the program after being assistant coach with Team West at the World U-17 Challenge in Drummondville/Victoriaville, Quebec. Malcolm has been the Assistant Coach of the Regina Pats in the WHL for two seasons and will be returning next fall. He had been coaching professionally for the previous 10 years in leagues across North America. Malcolm was the assistant coach with the Acadia University Axemen 1998-2000 and was involved with the Program of Excellence in the Atlantic provinces working with U-17 Team Atlantic.
Kevin Hasselberg, 36, will make his first appearance with Team West as an assistant coach. Kevin has been the Head Coach & General Manager of the Battlefords North Stars for the past two years after spending 6 years in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Kevin also has experience at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge where he served as an assistant coach with Team Pacific in 2010 at the event in Timmons, ON.
Josh Dixon, 30, will also make his first appearance with Team West as an assistant coach. Josh is currently an Assistant Coach with the Regina Pats in the WHL and will be entering his third season with the team. He has coached for the past 12 years in various leagues in Alberta, British Colombia and Ontario (including 8 years at the University level) and graduated from the National Coach Institute.
Barrett Leganchuk, 30, will act as assistant coach responsible for video. Barrett has previously worked in this capacity the past few years with the Winnipeg Blues of the MJHL and served this season as the Assistant Video Coach and video scout with the Winnipeg Jets of the NHL.
Team West also announces goaltending coach, Brent Zelenewich, who works with Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL. This will mark the first time Team West has held the goalie coach position. When not working with the Wheat Kings Brent is employed by True North Sports & Entertainment working at the MTS Iceplex running the Goaltender Ice Lab. Rounding out the staff are Nicole Renneberg (SHA), who returns for a third year as the Athletic Therapist and Jamie Leblanc of the Swift Current Broncos (WHL) as the Equipment Manager.
In the coming weeks Hockey Manitoba and Saskatchewan Hockey Association will release the invite roster for the Team West Summer Camp to be held August 7-11, 2013 in Portage la Prairie, MB (PCU Centre). The camp will feature sixty-eight 1997 born players in total, thirty-four (34) invites from each province.