DeSilva Added to Team Ontario Men’s Hockey Coaching Staff
Date: Sep, 12, 2018 12:00 PM EDT
Cambridge/Ottawa/Thunder Bay, Ont. – Head Coach of the Kitchener Jr. Rangers Minor Midget AAA team, Dean DeSilva, has been named to the coaching staff for Team Ontario Men’s Hockey at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta.
DeSilva (Kitchener, Ont./ Kitchener Jr. Rangers Minor Midget AAA) will be joining Head Coach Jeff Jordan, and will serve as Assistant Coach alongside Steve Devine.
“We are extremely excited to bring Dean on board. He brings with him previous experience at the National level with Hockey Canada and a wealth of experience in helping players develop. Dean will be a tremendous asset to our coaching staff,” said Darrell Woodley, Director of Operations for Team Ontario Men’s Hockey.
DeSilva has a proven track record of success on the Provincial, National and International stages having served as Head Coach of Team ALLIANCE at the OHL Gold Cup, participated at the Hockey Canada U17 National Development Program as a Development Coach and acted as the Assistant Coach of Team Canada at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Norway and 3 Nations Cup in Finland.
“I’m honoured to be a part of the hockey staff of Team Ontario for the upcoming Canada Winter Games- to have an opportunity to work with the staff and high-level athletes at such an event is not something that comes along every day,” said DeSilva. “I’m looking forward to working with the staff and players to ensure a positive experience for all athletes as they continue to push their limits and expectations.”
Darcy Findlay, who was previously named to the coaching staff, has accepted the position of Associate Coach with the Flint Firebirds (OHL) and will no longer be available to participate with Team Ontario at the Canada Winter Games.
“We would like to wish Darcy the best of luck with this new endeavor and on the season ahead,” said Woodley.
Woodley, with the support of the coaching staff, will be evaluating players throughout the start of the 2018-19 season with the final team being named in early January. Prior to departing for the tournament, a mini-camp will take place with all team members.
About Team Ontario – Team Ontario Men’s Hockey consists of the top U-16 hockey players from across the province. In the last 13 Canadian Winter Games, Team Ontario has earned five gold medals, one silver medals and two bronze medals, including the defending champion from the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, BC, having defeated Team Alberta in the Gold Medal Game. This team included current OHL standouts Nick Suzuki, Owen Tippett and Michael DiPietro.
About the 2019 Canada Winter Games – From February 15 until March 3, 2019, the eyes of the nation will be on Red Deer, Alberta as they host the 2019 Canada Winter Games - the largest multi-sport and cultural event for youth in Canada and the largest event to be hosted in Red Deer’s history. Featuring over 150 events in 19 sports and a major arts and cultural festival, the 2019 Canada Winter Games will welcome up to 3,600 athletes, managers and coaches and more than 100,000 spectators, with a forecasted economic impact of over $132 million. The 27th edition of the Canada Games, the 2019 Games is set to provide a stage for Canada’s next generation of national, international and Olympic champions to compete and will leave a legacy for athletic and leadership greatness in Red Deer. For more information on the 2019 Games, please visit: canadagames.ca/2019.
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