The Team Pacific Management Committee (BC Hockey, Hockey Alberta, Western Hockey League and Hockey Canada) announced Wednesday the staff for Team Pacific that will compete at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. The 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will be held December 29, 2013 - January 4, 2014 in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
|Head Scout||Wade Klippenstein||Coaldale, AB||Team Pacific|
|Director of Operations||Justin Fesyk||Sylvan Lake, AB||Hockey Alberta|
|Head Coach||Steve Hamilton||Edmonton, AB||Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)|
|Assistant Coach||Enio Sacilotto||Vancouver, BC||Victoria Royals (WHL)|
|Assistant Coach||Brent Kisio||Calgary, AB||Calgary Hitmen (WHL)|
|Goalie Coach||J.F. Martel||Calgary, AB||Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)|
|Video Coach||Adam Hayduk||Port Alberni, BC||Alberni Valley Bulldogs (BCHL)|
|Coach Mentor||Barry Medori||Onoway, AB||Hockey Alberta|
|Athletic Therapist||Khore Elliott||Victoria, BC||Victoria Royals (WHL)|
|Equipment Manager||Kristen Dmytruk||Calgary, AB||Calgary Mustangs (AJHL)|
Steve Hamilton has been an Assistant Coach with the Edmonton Oil Kings since 2010. Prior to this position he was the Head Coach/General Manger of the Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL). He served as an Assistant Coach with Team Pacific last year when the event was held in Quebec.
“It’s quite a privilege to be selected as head coach and I’m excited for the opportunity to work with this coaching staff and the Team Pacific Management Committee,” said Head Coach, Steve Hamilton. “With the modified format of taking the top 22 players, the staff has the opportunity to build a greater connection with the players and shape this roster with a winning formula.”
Team Pacific will be comprised of the top 22 players from the Pacific region. Each province identified 23 players (3 G, 7 D, 13 F) to move on to the Team Pacific Summer Development Camp that will consist of 46 players. The Team Pacific Summer Development Camp will be held July 24-28 in Calgary, AB. From this camp players will be scouted with their club team until the Team Pacific roster is named in November.
“I can’t remember a group that is this deep and special; both Alberta and BC were in the Gold medal game at the Western Canada Challenge Cup and what many of these players have already done with club teams is very exciting to the staff,” says Head Scout, Wade Klippenstein. “We can’t wait to get all 46 athletes on the same sheet of ice to see who will fit in the best in terms of short-term competition and leadership so we can have the best team possible.”
Team Pacific has included some of the top hockey players that Canada has ever produced. Some notable graduates who have competed on Team Pacific include:
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2010)
- Evander Kane (2008)
- Brent Seabrook (2002)
- Dion Phaneuf (2002)
- Mike Green (2002)
- Jarome Iginla (1994)
- Joe Sakic (1986)
The Under 17 program is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence. Many players who compete at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge go on to represent Canada with the National Men’s Under 18 Team, National Junior Team and National Men’s Team.