The Okanagan Hockey Academy is pleased to congratulate former coach Tim Hunter on being named the Head Coach of the Canadian National Men’s Under-18 team for the 2015 IIHF U18 World Championship, April 16-26 in Zug and Lucerne, Switzerland.
Hunter recently completed his first season as head coach of the Moose Jaw Warriors, guiding the Club to a 32-35-4-1 record. Previously, Hunter spent 14 seasons as an assistant coach in the National Hockey League with the Washington Capitals, San Jose Sharks and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Prior to coaching, Hunter spent parts of 16 seasons as a player in the NHL with the Calgary Flames, Quebec Nordiques, Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks. He won a Stanley Cup in 1989 with the Flames and appeared in a total of three Stanley Cup Finals.
The veteran of 947 NHL games spent the 2011-12 season as the head coach of the Okanagan Hockey Academy Varsity Red team, guiding them to a Canadian Sport School Hockey League regular season title. Hunter also attended Okanagan Hockey Camps in the summer months while growing up.
The coaching staff was selected by Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence policy committee, alongside Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations and national teams, and Tom Renney, Hockey Canada’s president and chief executive officer.
Ryan Jankowski, director of player personnel with Hockey Canada, will select Canada’s roster for the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, with support from the coaching staff. The roster will include players whose CHL teams either missed the playoffs or are no longer competing in the playoffs.
Joining Okanagan Hockey Academy was the best decision I made to advance my hockey development. I grew as a person and as a player thanks to our amazing coaches. My education was held to a very high standard by our education advisor and tutors. I also met people who will be lifelong friends."