Vancouver, B.C. – The Vancouver Giants are proud to announce that Dean Chynoweth has been named the club’s new Associate Coach.


“We are very pleased to add Dean to our staff,” said Glen Hanlon, General Manager. “One of his many responsibilities will be to work with our young defencemen, and with the wealth of hockey knowledge and the experience Dean brings from his playing and coaching careers, we know they will benefit from having the chance to learn from him.”


Chynoweth, 48, played defence for the Medicine Hat Tigers before being drafted 13th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. The Calgary native went on to play 241 NHL games over nine years with the Islanders and Boston Bruins.


After his retirement, Chynoweth went into coaching. He was the bench boss of the Seattle Thunderbirds from 2000-2004 before joining the Swift Current Broncos as Head Coach and General Manager from 2004-2009. He also spent three seasons as an Assistant Coach in the NHL with the Islanders and four years as a Head Coach of the Colorado Avalanche’s American Hockey League affiliates in Cleveland and San Antonio.


Chynoweth’s father, Ed, was the President of the WHL for over 20 years and founded the Edmonton/Kootenay Ice franchise. The WHL’s championship trophy is named after him.


“I am very excited for the opportunity to join the Vancouver Giants coaching staff,” said Chynoweth. “I am looking forward to working with Glen Hanlon, Peter Toigo and Jason McKee. The WHL and junior hockey have influenced me tremendously from my days as a player and a coach as well as my father’s contributions to the league as President and later as an owner. This history has had a significant impact on me and my family, and I am looking forward to returning to the WHL with the Giants organization.”