2019 U16 Team ALLIANCE Staff Announced, News (Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario)

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2019 U16 Team ALLIANCE Staff Announced
Submitted By ALLIANCE Hockey on Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Stratford, ON - The ALLIANCE Hockey U16 Policy Committee is pleased to announce the 2019 U16 Team ALLIANCE Staff:   
Director of Operations: Gary McFarlane (Hamilton)   
Head Coach: Dean DeSilva (Ayr)
Assistant Coach: Jason Polera (Sarnia)
Assistant Coach: Tyler Tolton (Mitchell)
Trainer: Eric Corda (Sarnia)   
Trainer: Greg Henning (Kitchener)  
Goaltender Coach: Tim Whitson (LaSalle)

"As always, the process was very challenging.  We had a good group of applicants and appreciate everyone who applied and showed an interest in the program.  We feel confident that the selected Staff will work well with the players and be excellent representatives of ALLIANCE Hockey at the 2019 OHL Gold Cup," stated Gary McFarlane, Team ALLIANCE Director of Operations.

A variety of events hosted throughout the season, along with the regular season games will assist in identifying potential Team ALLIANCE players who will compete at the 2019 OHL Gold Cup including:

Congratulations and welcome to the 2019 U16 Team ALLIANCE Staff!  


Director of Operations: Gary McFarlane (Hamilton) 
McFarlane is High Performance 1 certified and is entering his sixth OHL Gold Cup Event as Team ALLIANCE Director of Operations.   McFarlane is a current NCCP Facilitator, HP1 Group Leader, Field Evaluator and Initiation Program Lead Facilitator.    

Head Coach: Dean DeSilva (Ayr)  
DeSilva is High Performance 1 certified and is currently the Head Coach of the Kitchener Jr. Rangers Minor Midget AAA team.  He has also been named Assistant Coach for Team Ontario Men’s Hockey at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta.  DeSilva has participated at the Hockey Canada U17 National Development Program as a Development Coach and acted as the Assistant Coach of Team Canada at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Norway and 3 Nations Cup in Finland.  DeSilva will be entering his third OHL Gold Cup event with Team ALLIANCE.   
 

Assistant Coach: Jason Polera (Sarnia)
Polera 
is High Performance 1 certified and is currently the Head Coach of the Lambton Jr. Sting Minor Midget AAA team.  Polera brings with him numerous years of coaching and playing experience.  Polera will be participating in his second OHL Gold Cup as an Assistant Coach with Team ALLIANCE.

Assistant Coach: Tyler Tolton (Mitchell)
Tolton is High Performance 1 certified and is currently the Assistant Coach of the Huron Perth Lakers Minor Midget AAA team.  Tolton has previously coached with the Lakers at the bantam and midget AAA levels.  Tolton's playing background includes 5 years with the Mitchell Hawks and he has been involved with the OHL Gold Cup for numerous years in an administrative role.

Trainer: Eric Corda (Sarnia)  
Corda is a Level 3 Trainer and Registered Massage Therapist.  Corda is currently the OHL Sarnia Sting Team Massage Therapist.  Corda has specialized training/certification in a variety of injury management procedures, including sports medicine acupuncture.  Corda has a lengthy history of involvement with the U15, U16 and U17 Programs of Excellence and will be entering his seventh OHL Gold Cup Event as a Trainer with Team ALLIANCE.
Eric was recognized as the 2011 ALLIANCE Hockey Trainer of the Year.   


Trainer: Greg Henning (Kitchener) 
Henning is a Level 3 Trainer and currently a Trainer with the Waterloo Wolves Midget AAA team. Henning also has a lengthy history of involvement with the U15, U16 and U17 Programs of Excellence.  Henning’s experience and his years of service in hockey make him an asset to the team.  Greg was recognized as the 2010 ALLIANCE Hockey Trainer of the Year.   

Goaltender Coach: Tim Whitson (LaSalle)
Whitson is a High Performance 1 coach and is currently Goaltender Coach with the Windsor Jr. Spitfires AAA Zone.  Whitson brings years of coaching experience and will be participating in his second OHL Gold Cup with Team ALLIANCE.


About the OHL Gold Cup:
The 2019 OHL Gold Cup will feature the best 2003-born players in Ontario competing in a 8-team tournament with representation from each of the following organizations:  ALLIANCE Hockey, GTHL(2 teams), HNO, NOHA, HEO and OMHA(2 teams).  The tournament is being held to identify potential players for Hockey Canada's 3 teams who will compete for a gold medal at the 2019 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge.  The OHL Gold Cup is a key component of the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence.

 

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