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June 26,2014(ISN) – CALGARY (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Thursday the coaching
staffs that will lead the Canadian men’s and women’s hockey teams at the 2015 Winter
Universiade in Granada, Spain.


Longtime University of Saskatchewan Huskies head coach Dave Adolph will lead the
men’s squad, while Jon Rempel of the University of Manitoba Bisons will serve as
bench boss for the women’s contingent. Both the Canadian men and women will be
defending their gold medals won last December in Trentino, Italy.

At the biennial multi-sport event, which will run from Feb. 4-14, Canada will be
represented in men’s hockey by a team comprised entirely of players from the Canada
West conference, while the women’s squad will feature all-stars selected from across

Since 1997, selections from each of three CIS leagues have sported the Maple Leaf
jersey on a rotating basis in men’s hockey. The Canada West crew captured bronze
medals in 1997 and 2003, as well as silver in 2009 and will look to recapture the
top step of the podium after the Atlantic University Sport team won gold in 2013.

Adolph will lead the Canadian team for the second time in his career after winning
that bronze medal in 2003. He will be joined on the staff by team leader Todd
Johnson (University of Regina), associate coaches Mark Howell (University of
Calgary) and Mike Sirant (University of Manitoba), as well as video coach Spiros
Anastas (University of Lethbridge). Chris Linder (University of Calgary) and T.J.
Mussbacher (University of Alberta) will serve as equipment managers and athletic

“It’s a true privilege to have the opportunity to represent my university at the
Winter Universiade,” said Adolph, who took over the Huskies program in 1993 after
four seasons at the University of Lethbridge. “The opportunity to coach the best
players in Canada West does not come around very often, and I am looking forward to
the challenge of coaching this group.”

Adolph, who led the Huskies to an appearance in the championship game on home ice at
the University Cup last March, sits just 10 conference wins from breaking the
all-time CIS mark set by legendary Alberta head coach Clare Drake, thanks to his
career record of 368-275-57. In addition to his Universiade experience, Adolph was
also head coach for Canada at the Nagano Cup in Japan in 1996 and an assistant at
the 2004 Lotto Cup in Slovakia.

Canada has tallied an impressive 13 medals in 14 all-time appearances at the
Universiade men’s hockey tournament, including four gold, three silver and six

In addition to the titles won by the all-AUS team in 2013 and 2007, both in Italy,
Canada was crowned in 1991 in Sapporo, Japan, while represented by the senior
national squad, and in 1981 in Jaca, Spain, when the University of Alberta Golden
Bears wore the Maple Leaf uniform.

On the women’s side, the Canadians will head to Spain as the three-time defending
gold medallists, having reached the pinnacle of the podium each time the competition
has been offered as a Universiade sport, beginning in 2009. In their most recent
triumph, Canada dominated Russia with a 5-0 victory in Trentino.

Rempel, a two-time Canada West coach of the year who has led the Bisons to five CIS
championship appearances, will be assisted by Bruce Donaldson (UPEI) and Jim Hunter
(University of Windsor) with the Canadian team. Kelsie Graham from the Saskatchewan
Hockey Association will serve as team leader, while Jean Huynh of McGill (equipment)
and Nadine Smith from Carleton (athletic therapy) round out the support staff.

“I am extremely proud to be representing our country, CIS, the University of
Manitoba, and Bison women’s hockey at such a prestigious event as the Winter
Universiade,” said Rempel, who will enter his 11th season with the Bisons this fall.
“It is an honour for me to have the opportunity to work with a great staff including
Bruce and Jim, a great support staff, as well as what will be an outstanding group
of student-athletes. We are all looking forward to carrying on a great tradition of
performances by team Canada at all different levels of international women’s

The team selections for both men’s and women’s hockey will be conducted through the
fall and announced late this year.


Team Leader: Todd Johnson (University of Regina)

Head Coach: Dave Adolph (University of Saskatchewan)

Associate Coach: Mark Howell (University of Calgary)

Associate Coach: Mike Sirant (University of Manitoba)

Video Coach: Spiros Anastas (University of Lethbridge)

Equipment/Athletic Therapy: Chris Linder (University of Calgary)

Equipment/Athletic Therapy: T.J. Mussbacher (University of Alberta)


Team Leader: Kelsie Graham (Saskatchewan Hockey Association)

Head Coach: Jon Rempel (University of Manitoba)

Assistant Coach: Bruce Donaldson (University of Prince Edward Island)

Assistant Coach: Jim Hunter (University of Windsor)

Equipment: Jean Huynh (McGill University)

Athletic Therapy: Nadine Smith (Carleton University)


2013 (Trentino, Italy): gold (AUS)

2011 (Erzurum, Turkey): bronze (OUA)

2009 (Harbin, China): silver (Canada West)

2007 (Turin, Italy): gold (AUS)

2005 (Innsbruck-Seefeld, Austria): 5th (OUA)

2003 (Tarvisio, Italy): bronze (Canada West)

2001 (Zakopane, Poland): silver (AUS)

1999 (Poprad-Tatry, Slovakia): bronze (OUA)

1997 (Muju-Chonju, South Korea): bronze (Canada West)

1995 (Jaca, Spain): Canada did not participate

1993 (Zakopane, Poland): Canada did not participate

1991 (Sapporo, Japan): gold (senior national team)

1989 (Sofia, Bulgaria): Canada did not participate

1987 (Strbske Pleso, Czechoslovakia): bronze (University of Alberta)

1985 (Belluno, Italy): Canada did not participate

1983 (Sofia, Bulgaria): Canada did not participate

1981 (Jaca, Spain): gold (University of

1978 (Spindleruv Mlyn, Czechoslovakia): no men’s hockey tournament

1975 (Livigno, Italy): no men’s hockey tournament

1972 (Lake Placid, USA): silver

1970 (Rovaniemi, Finland): Canada did not participate

1968 (Innsbruck, Austria): bronze (University of Toronto)

1966 (Sestriere, Italy): Canada did not participate

1964 (Spindleruv Mlyn, Czechoslovakia): no men’s hockey tournament

1962 (Villars, Switzerland): Canada did not participate

1960 (Chamonix, France): no men’s hockey tournament


2013 (Trentino, Italy) CANADA, Kazakhstan, Russia

2011 (Erzurum, Turkey): Russia, Belarus, CANADA

2009 (Harbin, China): Russia, CANADA, Slovakia

2007 (Turin, Italy): Canada, Russia,

2005 (Innsbruck-Seefeld, Austria): Russia, Czech Republic, Finland

2003 (Tarvisio, Italy): Russia, Slovakia, CANADA

2001 (Zakopane, Poland): Slovakia, CANADA, Ukraine

1999 (Poprad-Tatry, Slovakia): Ukraine, Slovakia, CANADA

1997 (Muju-Chonju, South Korea): Czech Republic, Finland, CANADA

1995 (Jaca, Spain): Kazakhstan, Czech
Republic, Russia

1993 (Zakopane, Poland): Russia, Kazakhstan, Slovakia

1991 (Sapporo, Japan): CANADA, USSR, Finland

1989 (Sofia, Bulgaria): USSR, Czechoslovakia,

1987 (Strbske Pleso, Czechoslovakia): Czechoslovakia, USSR, CANADA

1985 (Belluno, Italy): USSR, Czechoslovakia,

1983 (Sofia, Bulgaria): Czechoslovakia, USSR,

1981 (Jaca, Spain): CANADA, Finland, Japan

1978 (Spindleruv Mlyn, Czechoslovakia): no men’s hockey tournament

1975 (Livigno, Italy): no men’s hockey tournament

1972 (Lake Placid, USA): USSR, CANADA, USA

1970 (Rovaniemi, Finland): Czechoslovakia, USSR, Finland

1968 (Innsbruck, Austria): USSR, Czechoslovakia, CANADA

1966 (Sestriere, Italy): USSR, Romania,

1964 (Spindleruv Mlyn, Czechoslovakia): no men’s hockey tournament

1962 (Villars, Switzerland): Czechoslovakia, USSR, Sweden

1960 (Chamonix, France): no men’s hockey tournament


2013 (Trentino, Italy): gold

2011 (Erzurum, Turkey): gold

2009 (Harbin, China): gold


2013 (Trentino, Italy) CANADA, Russia, USA

2011 (Erzurum, Turkey): CANADA, Finland, Slovakia

2009 (Harbin, China): CANADA, China, Finland

About the Winter Universiade

The Winter Universiade is a biennial international multi-sport event open to
competitors who are at least 17 and less than 28 years of age as of January 1 in the
year of the Games. Participants must be full-time students at a post-secondary
institution (university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from a post-secondary
institution in the year preceding the event.

The Granada Universiade will feature 9 compulsory sports and 1 optional sport.
Compulsory sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, ice hockey, curling, nordic skiing,
short track speed skating, figure skating, synchronized skating, snowboarding.
Optional sport: freestyle skiing.

NOTE: Biathlon and nordic skiing will take place in Strbske Pleso and Osrblie,
Slovakia from January 24 to February 1, prior to the start of the Games in Granada.