estern Hockey League Commissioner Ron Robison announced today the appointment of Dustin Schwartz as WHL Goaltending Consultant, effective immediately.
In his new part-time role, the 38-year-old native of Stettler, Alta., will be responsible to oversee the WHL Goaltending Advisory Committee, which will consist of representatives from the four Western Canada provincial hockey associations (BC Hockey, Hockey Alberta, Saskatchewan Hockey Association and Hockey Manitoba), goaltending coaches from WHL Clubs in each of the Western provinces and a WHL Hockey Operations staff member.
Schwartz will work closely with the four Western provincial hockey associations to implement a development plan for the top U14, U15 and U16 goaltenders within the minor hockey development system. Additionally, he will be a participating member of the National Goaltending Advisory Group along with other Canadian Hockey League (CHL) and Hockey Canada goaltending representatives.
A graduate of the WHL’s Medicine Hat Tigers and Red Deer Rebels, Schwartz played in 129 regular season games in the WHL from 1996-97 through 1999-00. Following his graduation from the WHL, he spent five seasons with the University of Alberta Golden Bears of the Canada West Universities Athletics Association (CWUAA) where he utilized his WHL Scholarship to obtain degrees in both Physical Education and Education.
Following his playing days, Schwartz has served as the Goaltending Consultant for the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings since the 2010-11 season, helping the club claim two WHL Championships (2012, 2014) as well as a Memorial Cup title in 2014. Midway through the 2014-15 campaign, he was appointed Goaltending Coach for the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, a role he still holds. He has also provided instruction at Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence Goaltending Camp, which brings together netminders vying for invites to U17, U18 and U20 summer camps. In 2013, he was a member of Hockey Canada’s gold-medal winning coaching staff at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.
“The WHL is very fortunate to have someone of Dustin’s background and experience to lead us in creating a new goaltending plan in Western Canada,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “We appreciate the Edmonton Oilers organization making Dustin available to us to provide the leadership we need with this new development initiative.”