CALGARY, AB –
Hockey Canada will work together with six Canadian Hockey League (CHL) coaches to
guide Canada’s national under-17 teams at the 2023 World Under-17
Hockey Challenge in Charlottetown and Summerside, PE next month.
John Dean (Don Mills, ON/Sault Ste Marie, OHL), and
Carl Mallette (Montreal, QC/Victoriaville, QMJHL) will
serve as head coaches of Team Canada White and Team Canada Red,
Joining Dean on the Canada White bench will be assistant coaches
Eric Bouchard (Montreal, QC/Shawinigan, QMJHL)
and Brennan Sonne (Maple Ridge, BC/Saskatoon, WHL).
Rounding out the Canada Red staff are assistant coaches
Matt Anholt (Prince Albert, SK/Lethbridge, WHL)
and Norm Milley (Toronto, ON/Ottawa, OHL).
“The under-17 program is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of
Excellence, and we are excited to welcome coaches from across the CHL to
help introduce the country’s top young players to our program,” said
Scott Salmond (Creston, BC), senior vice-president of
hockey operations. “All of these coaches bring a unique skill set,
combining playing and international and junior hockey experience, and we
look forward to the coaching staff helping deliver a world-class event for
Dean has been head coach of the Sault Ste. Marie
Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for the last five seasons
(2018-23). Prior to joining the Greyhounds, he spent three seasons
(2014-17) as an assistant coach with the OHL’s North Bay Battalion. Dean
also served as an assistant and head coach of the North York Rangers of the
Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) for five seasons (2009-14) and as
assistant general manager and head coach of the OJHL’s Toronto Patriots for
two (2017-18). He made his international coaching debut at the 2017 World
Junior A Challenge, serving as video coach for Team Canada East, and won a
bronze medal with Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team at the 2023 IIHF
U18 World Championship.
Mallette has been the head coach of the Victoriaville
Tigres of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) for the past three
seasons (2020-23), prior to which he was an assistant coach with the team
for three seasons (2017-20). He also served as an assistant coach with Team
Canada Red at the 2021 Capital City Challenge and Team Canada Black at the
2022 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Anholt is entering his third season as an assistant coach
with the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League (WHL). Prior to
that, he spent two seasons as the Hurricanes’ skills and development coach.
Ahead of the 2021-22 season, Anholt added assistant general manager to his
title, working alongside his father, Lethbridge GM Peter Anholt.
Bouchard was named as an assistant coach of the QMJHL’s
Shawinigan Cataractes in June. This will be his second season in the QMJHL,
having spent the 2022-23 season as an assistant with with the Val-d’Or
Foreurs. Prior to his time in Val-d’Or, he spent three seasons (2019-22) as
head coach of College Francais de Longueuil of the Ligue de hockey junior
AAA du Québec (LHJAAAQ), winning coach of the year honours in 2019-20 and
Milley has spent the past six seasons (2017-2023) as an
assistant coach with the OHL’s Ottawa 67’s and made his international
coaching debut as an assistant with Team Canada White at the 2022 World
Under-17 Hockey Challenge. He entered the coaching world after a 17-year
professional playing career with stops in the NHL, AHL and DEL in Germany.
He represented Canada on four occasions, including the 1998 Four Nations
Cup and a trio of Deutschland Cups (2009, 2011, 2013).
Sonne is entering his third season as the head coach of
the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades. Prior to arriving in Saskatoon, he spent four
seasons (2017-21) as head coach of Angers in the Ligue Magnus in France and
three seasons (2014-17) as an assistant coach with the WHL’s Everett
Silvertips. Last season, Sonne earned the Dunc McCallum Trophy as WHL coach
of the year.
The Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown will play host to 12 games during the
2023 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, including both medal games and a
Canadian double-header on Nov. 4.
Ten games will be played at Credit Union Place in Summerside, beginning
with Team Canada White facing Czechia on Nov. 2, as well as an all-Canadian
matchup on Nov. 3.
Tickets are on sale now, with packages starting at $120.
to secure your seat.
TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, will broadcast the
medal games. Preliminary-round games, quarterfinals and semifinals will be
available by livestream at
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