2015 Winter Universiade: Canadian hockey coaching staffs announced

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CALGARY (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport announcedThursday the coaching staffs that will lead the Canadianmen’s and women’s hockey teams at the 2015 WinterUniversiade in Granada, Spain.

2015 Winter Universiade website: http://www.granada2015.org/en/

Longtime University of Saskatchewan Huskies head coach DaveAdolph will lead the men’s squad, while Jon Rempel of theUniversity of Manitoba Bisons will serve as bench boss for thewomen’s contingent.

Both the Canadian men and women will bedefending 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 teamcomprised entirely of players from the Canada West conference,while the women’s squad will feature all-stars selected fromacross CIS.

Since 1997, selections from each of three CIS leagues havesported the Maple Leaf jersey on a rotating basis in men’shockey. The Canada West crew captured bronze medals in 1997 and2003, as well as silver in 2009 and will look to recapture the topstep of the podium after the Atlantic University Sport team wongold in 2013.

Adolph will lead the Canadian team for the second time in hiscareer after winning that bronze medal in 2003. He will be joinedon the staff by team leader Todd Johnson (University of Regina),associate coaches Mark Howell (University of Calgary) and MikeSirant (University of Manitoba), as well as video coach SpirosAnastas (University of Lethbridge). Chris Linder (University ofCalgary) and T.J. Mussbacher (University of Alberta) will serve asequipment managers and athletic therapists.

“It’s a true privilege to have the opportunity torepresent my university at the Winter Universiade,” saidAdolph, who took over the Huskies program in 1993 after fourseasons at the University of Lethbridge. “The opportunity tocoach the best players in Canada West does not come around veryoften, and I am looking forward to the challenge of coaching thisgroup.”

Adolph, who led the Huskies to an appearance in the championshipgame on home ice at the University Cup last March, sits just 10conference wins from breaking the all-time CIS mark set bylegendary Alberta head coach Clare Drake, thanks to his careerrecord of 368-275-57. In addition to his Universiade experience,Adolph was also head coach for Canada at the Nagano Cup in Japan in1996 and an assistant at the 2004 Lotto Cup in Slovakia.

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

In addition to the titles won by the all-AUS team in 2013 and2007, both in Italy, Canada was crowned in 1991 in Sapporo, Japan,while represented by the senior national squad, and in 1981 inJaca, Spain, when the University of Alberta Golden Bears wore theMaple Leaf uniform.

On the women’s side, the Canadians will head to Spain asthe three-time defending gold medallists, having reached thepinnacle of the podium each time the competition has been offeredas a Universiade sport, beginning in 2009. In their most recenttriumph, Canada dominated Russia with a 5-0 victory inTrentino.

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

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

The team selections for both men’s and women’shockey will be conducted through the fall and announced late thisyear.

TEAM CANADACOACHING STAFF – MEN

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 ofCalgary)
Equipment/Athletic Therapy: T.J. Mussbacher (University ofAlberta)

TEAM CANADACOACHING STAFF – WOMEN

Team Leader: Kelsie Graham (Saskatchewan Hockey Association)
Head Coach: Jon Rempel (University of Manitoba)
Assistant Coach: Bruce Donaldson (University of Prince EdwardIsland)
Assistant Coach: Jim Hunter (University of Windsor)
Equipment: Jean Huynh (McGill University)
Athletic Therapy: Nadine Smith (Carleton University)

UNIVERSIADE:CANADA’S ALL-TIME RESULTS IN MEN’SHOCKEY

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 ofAlberta)
1985 (Belluno, Italy): Canada did not participate
1983 (Sofia, Bulgaria): Canada did not participate
1981 (Jaca, Spain): gold (University of Alberta)
1978 (Spindleruv Mlyn, Czechoslovakia): no men’s hockeytournament
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 hockeytournament
1962 (Villars, Switzerland): Canada did not participate
1960 (Chamonix, France): no men’s hockey tournament

UNIVERSIADE:ALL-TIME MEDALLISTS IN MEN’S HOCKEY

2013 (Trentino, Italy) CANADA, Kazakhstan, Russia
2011 (Erzurum, Turkey): Russia, Belarus, CANADA
2009 (Harbin, China): Russia, CANADA, Slovakia
2007 (Turin, Italy): Canada, Russia, Kazakhstan
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, Finland
1987 (Strbske Pleso, Czechoslovakia): Czechoslovakia, USSR,CANADA
1985 (Belluno, Italy): USSR, Czechoslovakia, Finland
1983 (Sofia, Bulgaria): Czechoslovakia, USSR, Romania
1981 (Jaca, Spain): CANADA, Finland, Japan
1978 (Spindleruv Mlyn, Czechoslovakia): no men’s hockeytournament
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, Czechoslovakia
1964 (Spindleruv Mlyn, Czechoslovakia): no men’s hockeytournament
1962 (Villars, Switzerland): Czechoslovakia, USSR, Sweden
1960 (Chamonix, France): no men’s hockey tournament

UNIVERSIADE:CANADA’S ALL-TIME RESULTS IN WOMEN’SHOCKEY

2013 (Trentino, Italy): gold
2011 (Erzurum, Turkey): gold
2009 (Harbin, China): gold

UNIVERSIADE:ALL-TIME MEDALLISTS IN WOMEN’S HOCKEY

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-sportevent open to competitors who are at least 17 and less than 28years of age as of January 1 in the year of the Games. Participantsmust be full-time students at a post-secondary institution(university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from apost-secondary institution in the year preceding the event.

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

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

Official website: www.granada2015.org

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