Former Team ALLIANCE U16 Coach Named to Team Canada Staff for the 2016 Youth Olympics
Stratford, ON - Congratulations to former Team
ALLIANCE U16 Head Coach Dean De Silva for being selected as an Assistant Coach with Team Canada who will compete in the 2016 Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway!
De Silva who resides in Kitchener, ON is the current Head Coach of the Minor Midget AAA Kitchener Jr. Rangers and has a long history of Coaching within ALLIANCE Hockey and throughout Hockey Canada. De Silva was an Assistant Coach with Team ALLIANCE U16 in 2014 and Head Coach in 2015. Coach De Silva has held the Head Coaching title with the Jr. Rangers since 2013 and prior to that had Head Coaching positions with the Jr. B Elmira Sugar Kings and Waterloo Siskins. He has also spent many years in a variety of positions at the minor and junior hockey levels for a variety of Associations. De Silva’s international experience includes the 2011 3 Nations Cup that was hosted in Helsinki, Finland where he was an Assistant Coach for Team Canada.
“I'm very honoured and humbled by the opportunity and will undoubtedly bring my experiences back to the Minor Midget AAA program”, said De Silva following the announcement.
De Silva will be working alongside Team Canada Head Coach Martin Raymond. Martin has coached with Tampa Bay of the NHL, Drummondville of the QMJHL and was an Assistant Coach with Team Canada who won gold in Toronto/Montreal at the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championships. The other Assistant Coach is Michael Dyck who was Head Coach of Team Alberta at the 2015 Canada Winter Games and has coaching experience in the WHL.
The Team Canada Staff will spend a few days of preparation in Calgary prior to the players' arrival on
February 7th. The Team will practice and play an exhibition game before they fly to Norway on February 10th. The 2016 Youth Olympics competition will run from February 12-21, 2016.
Congratulations again to Coach De Silva and we wish you the best of luck in Norway! Go Canada Go!
For more information: 2016 Youth Olympics