Hockey Canada Network |
News
Mike Mondin Named Head Coach of Canada's National Sledge Team for 2010-11 Season Selection Camp to Be Held September 10-12 in Petawawa, Ont.
NR.106.10
|
September 8, 2010
|
|

CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced on Wednesday that Mike Mondin (Trail, B.C.) has been named head coach of Canada’s National Sledge Team for the 2010-11 season. It was also announced that Billy McGuigan (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) will join Mondin behind the bench as an assistant coach.

Mondin has spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Sledge Team, winning gold medals at the 2008 World Sledge Hockey Challenge and 2009 Hockey Canada Cup. He also helped Canada to a silver medal at the 2009 World Sledge Hockey Challenge, and bronze at the 2009 IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship.

A former coach in BC Hockey’s Best Ever program, Mondin served as a guest coach with Canada’s National Sledge Team in 2007-08 before joining the staff in a full-time role the following season.

Mondin replaces Jeff Snyder, who spent six seasons as head coach of Canada’s National Sledge Team, leading the team to gold medals at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games, 2008 IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship, 20 World Sledge Hockey Challenges and 2009 Hockey Canada Cup. Snyder will remain with Hockey Canada in an advisory role.

“Mike has a terrific knowledge of our players and our program, and we are excited that he will be leading the National Sledge Team this season,” said Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations and national teams. “We look forward to a successful season, and the continued growth of sledge hockey across Canada. We would also like to thank Jeff Snyder for his six years of service and his contributions to our program and to the development of the sport.”

McGuigan, the current head coach and general manager of the Miramichi Timberwolves of the Maritime Hockey League, joins the staff of Canada’s National Sledge Team, bringing a wealth of playing and coaching knowledge to the team. He has also served as head coach and GM of the Charlottetown Abbies of the MHL, and played parts of four seasons of professional hockey in the Colonial Hockey League, West Coast Hockey League and Central Hockey League with Detroit (CoHL), Saginaw (CoHL), Alaska (WCHL), Fort Worth (CHL) and Idaho (WCHL).

Canada’s National Sledge Team will kick off the 2010-11 season with a selection camp from September 9-12 at CFB Petawawa in Petawawa, Ont.

Thirty players have been invited to take part in the selection camp, with a final roster of 15 being chosen on Sunday, September 12. Those selected will remain in Petawawa for Canada’s National Sledge Team orientation camp, September 13-15.

The roster announced for camp includes 11 of the 15 players who were on the ice for Canada at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. Four players – captain Jean Labonté, Herve Lord, Todd Nicholson and Paul Rosen – announced their retirements from competitive sledge hockey on Tuesday.

The 15 players chosen from the group in Petawawa will participate in a number of international events over the course of the 2010-11 season, including a pair of three-game series against the United States in October and November, a tournament in Japan in February and the 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge, which will be held in April 2011 in a Canadian city still to be determined.

The sledge players will be on the ice a total of five times in three days in Petawawa, with a pair of practices and three Red vs. White games.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Adam Crockatt, Hockey Canada’s Manager of national men’s teams, is on-site and can assist with media requests (acrockatt@hockeycanada.ca/ (403) 874-2023)


For more information:

André Brin
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557
abrin@hockeycanada.ca

Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4564
fdupont@hockeycanada.ca

Jason LaRose
Manager, Content Services
Hockey Canada
403-777-4553
jlarose@hockeycanada.ca

Kristen Lipscombe
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427
klipscombe@hockeycanada.ca

Keegan Goodrich
Coordinator, Media
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
kgoodrich@hockeycanada.ca

facebook.com/hockeycanada

twitter.com/hockeycanada

youtube.com/hockeycanadavideos

Videos
Photos
2014 Esso Cup: SUD 6 - FRA 3
Apr 24, 2014
A trio of Lady Wolves scores two goals each to lead Sudbury over Fraser Valley.
2014 WU18C: CAN 3 - SUI 2
Apr 24, 2014
Konecny’s late goal sends Canada to the semifinals in Lappeenranta.
2014 Esso Cup: WEY 3 - MON 2
Apr 24, 2014
Weyburn wrapped up its preliminary games with its fourth win of the Esso Cup.
2014 TELUS Cup: HFX 5 - OKA 4
Apr 24, 2014
Halifax scored four times in the third period to stun Okanagan.
2014 Esso Cup: SUD 3 - EDM 2
Apr 23, 2014
A pair of power play goals in the second led Sudbury to its third win.
2014 Esso Cup: FRA 7 – MON 2
Apr 23, 2014
The Phantom fired 50 shots on net in picking up its first win of the Esso Cup.
2014 TELUS Cup: HAL 3 - CHA 7
Apr 23, 2014
Eight players had multi-point games to lead Châteauguay to its first win.
2014 TELUS Cup: TOR 4 - MJ 2
Apr 23, 2014
Marco Bozzo’s hat trick helped the Young Nationals to another win.
2014 Esso Cup: STC 3 - WEY 2
Apr 23, 2014
The Sabres scored three in the first and hung on to defeat the Gold Wings.
2014 TELUS Cup: OKA 1 - PA 1
Apr 23, 2014
Kjargaard and Bryshun traded goals in yet another tie game.
2014 TELUS Cup: TOR 3 - HFX 0
Apr 22, 2014
Longo a marqué deux fois pour procurer un premier gain aux Young Nationals.
2014 Esso Cup STC 2 – SUD 1
Apr 22, 2014
A shorthanded goal from Alexa Vasko late in the second was the difference.
Schedule
Close
Credit  
Close
Photo Credit: