Wright Construction brings in Dave King to honour coaches


February 4, 2013, Saskatoon SK (ISN) – The host executive committee for the 2013-14 CIS men’s hockey PotashCorp University Cup presented by Co-op is pleased to announce that Wright Construction will support a special brunch to honour Saskatchewan Minor Hockey League coaches.

The brunch will be held on Saturday, March 16th 10 am at the Radisson Hotel, with special guest former University Cup champion, member of the Order of Canada and National Hockey League coach Dave King.

Thanks Coach is an opportunity for minor hockey teams to send their coach(es) to an exclusive brunch to hear from NHL coach Dave King. “I’ve always believed that if you learn something, you should share it,” said Dave King who coached the Canadian men’s national hockey team for 9 years. “I want to make the game better and I want kids to enjoy it longer regardless of achievement. So ultimately, if coaches do better and kids have more fun, I think that can happen.”

Following the brunch, the coaches will join their players at the Saturday afternoon game of the PotashCorp University Cup presented by Co-op, which will include a special tribute to the participating coaches. “We believe minor hockey helps kids throughout their lives and it’s the coaches that allow that opportunity,” said Lorne Wright, President of Wright Construction. “We want to celebrate the coaches and give them a chance to hear from one of the best, while offering them a chance to see a national championship game with their players.”

“A long time supporter of Huskie men’s hockey, Wright Construction has once again demonstrated its commitment to our community,” said Grant Kook, Chair of the PotashCorp University Cup presented by Co-op. “Bringing in Huskie legend and NHL coach Dave King will give these dedicated coaches a personalized glimpse into the world of the NHL and coaching in general, which will ultimately benefit their players.”

In support of the Thanks Coach Brunch and game, a special Team Pak can be purchased for $250.00. Packages include 3 coaches’ tickets to the luncheon plus up to 17 players and 3 coaches for the game! Each coach will be recognized in a special publication at the championships for their great work in our community, building the stars of the future. Availability is limited and tickets are expected to go quickly. Please reserve your spot as soon as possible by calling the Team Pak Group Ticket Hotline: 306-966-1048.

Dave King:

Dave King was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. He has more than 38 years of coaching experience and is currently coaching with the Phoenix Coyotes. King coached the U of S Huskies to the 1983 CIS national title. At the same time, he was the head coach of Canada’s national junior team, and helped guide the team to a gold medal at the 1982 IIHF world junior championships and a bronze medal at the 1983 world junior championships. He was head coach of the Canadian national team at the 1984, 1988, and 1992 Winter Olympics, finishing fourth in 1984 and 1988, and winning a silver medal in 1992. He also coached the Canadian national team at five IIHF world championships. In 1987 he coached Canada to the gold medal in the Izvestia Cup tournament in Moscow, becoming the first Canadian team to defeat the Soviet national team in U.S.S.R. since the 1972 Summit Series.

About CIS PotashCorp University Cup presented by Coop:

It’s Real. Tough. Hockey. The University Cup is awarded annually to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s hockey champion. The tournament will be held at Saskatoon’s Credit Union Centre March 14-17, featuring the top six university teams from across the country. The PotashCorp University Cup will also host a number of community events and initiatives. Learn more at www.huskies.usask.ca/universitycup Ticket packages are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.ca, by calling 306-938-7000 or at any Ticketmaster outlet. Connect with us on facebook.com/CISUniversityCup and Twitter @UniversityCupSK for the latest news and exclusive content.