barry wolff

Barry Wolff named head coach of Canada West for 2016 World Junior A Challenge

Marc Berry, Mike Reagan and Rick Swan named assistant coaches

CJHLHockey.ca
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August 5, 2016
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The Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL), in partnership with Hockey Canada, announced today that Barry Wolff, head coach and general manager of the British Columbia Hockey League's Coquitlam Express, will be the head coach of Team Canada West at the 2016 World Junior A Challenge, scheduled for Dec. 11-17 in Bonnyville, Alta.

Wolff will be joined by assistant coaches Marc Berry (head coach and general manager, Dauphin Kings, Manitoba Junior Hockey League), Mike Reagan (head coach and general manager, Flin Flon Bombers, Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League) and Rick Swan (head coach and general manager, Bonnyville Pontiacs, Alberta Junior Hockey League).

“It is a great honour to be selected as the head coach of Team Canada West and I look forward to working with the elite level players and a great staff,” said Barry Wolff. “I am excited for this opportunity to represent Canada again at the World Junior A Challenge.”

Barry Wolff , 50, is making his third appearance with Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge, having been an assistant coach in 2010 and 2015. This will be his first time as the head coach. Wolff has been head coach and general manager of the Coquitlam Express for the past three seasons, leading the team to the BCHL championship in 2014. He also won the BCHL championship with the Surrey Eagles in 2005. Wolff was a guest coach evaluator for Team Canada West in preparation for the 2014 World Junior A Challenge.

Marc Berry , 41, will make his second appearance with Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge after serving as video coach in 2014. Entering his first year as head coach and GM of the Dauphin Kings and sixth year with the organization, Berry was the head coach of Team West at the 2011 CJHL Prospects Game, and was a guest coach evaluator for last year’s gold medal-winning Team Canada West.

Mike Reagan , 37, will be an assistant coach with Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge for the second time, having won a gold medal as part of the coaching staff in 2015. He has been the head coach and general manager of the Bombers for the past nine years, fashioning a record of 277 wins and 192 losses. Reagan has been part of the selection process for players coming out of Saskatchewan for the World Junior A Challenge for the past three seasons, and was a guest coach evaluator at selection camp in 2014.

Rick Swan , 55, will make his first appearance with Team Canada West at the 2016 World Junior A Challenge. Swan has been the head coach and general manager for the Bonnyville Pontiacs for four years, and was named AJHL Coach of the Year in 2015-16. He was also a guest coach evaluator ahead of the 2015 World Junior A Challenge. Prior to that, Swan was involved with the Hockey Alberta Program of Excellence for several years, and served as an assistant coach with Alberta’s U16 team in 2011.

Team Canada West has appeared in seven of the 10 gold medal games at the World Junior A Challenge, winning gold in 2006 (Yorkton/Humboldt, Sask.), 2007 (Trail/Nelson, B.C.), 2012 (Langley, B.C.) and 2015 (Whitby/Cobourg, Ont). It also won silver in 2008 (Camrose, Alta.), 2009 (Summerside, P.E.I.), and 2012 (Yarmouth, N.S.), and won bronze in 2013 (Yarmouth, N.S.). It finished fourth in 2010 (Penticton, B.C.) and was sixth in 2014 (Kindersley, Sask.).

For more information on the 2016 World Junior A Challenge, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca/wjac, or follow along through social media at www.facebook.com/wjrac and www.twitter.com/hc_wjac.

For more information:

Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 284-6484 

emadziya@hockeycanada.ca 

Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 777-4567

ssharkey@hockeycanada.ca

Jeremy Knight
Manager, Corporate Communications
Hockey Canada

(647) 251-9738

jknight@hockeycanada.ca

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