Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce Mike Dyck (Lethbridge, Alta) as the Head Coach and Mike Mueller (Grande Prairie, Alta) as an Assistant Coach of Team Pacific that will compete at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
“This is a very talented age group of players and I am excited to take on this challenge with the rest of the coaching staff and get the process started,” said Dyck.
Mike Dyck has spent over 13 years coaching in the Western Hockey League. He held the title of assistant coach with the Medicine Hat Tigers (1996-97), Lethbridge Hurricanes (1997-2002), and Vancouver Giants (2002-05) before becoming the Head Coach of the Lethbridge Hurricanes (2005-2009). Dyck was also the head coach of Team Pacific in 2010. Currently he is the Director of Player Personnel for the Vancouver Giants.
Mike Mueller comes to Team Pacific from the Drayton Valley Thunder of the Alberta Junior Hockey league where he is an Associate Coach and Assistant General Manager. Mueller has over five years experience with Hockey Alberta coaching at U15 Skill Camps, Alberta Cup and U17 Provincial Camp.
This year, BC Hockey is responsible for providing an assistant coach, athletic therapist and an assistant director of operations to Team Pacific. Those positions will be announced at a later date.
Team Pacific staff is selected through an open application process. Education, Team Alberta program experience and involvement, prior coaching and playing experience, and coaching philosophy make up the selection criteria.
The 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba from December 26, 2010 to January 4, 2012. The event brings together the top players in the world born in 1994 or later. The tournament is made up of 10 teams: five from Canada (Pacific, West, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic) and five international teams.
Team Pacific is comprised of players from Alberta and B.C. Player evaluations for Alberta will start in May when Hockey Alberta selects 80 players to attend its U17 Provincial Evaluation Camp in Leduc.
The Under-17 Program is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence. Many players that 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.
Former Team Pacific players include: Jarome Iginla, Dion Phaneuf, Mike Green, Devin Setoguchi and Jay Boumeester.