The Superior International Junior Hockey League, in conjunction with Hockey Northwestern Ontario and Hockey Canada, has announced that Fort Frances Lakers head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan has been selected to work with Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence (POE) National under-17 Team Experience in 2017.
The National Team Experience is a two-part development program geared towards coaches who’ve contributed immensely to their respective branches in coaching and high performance development.
The first part of this program is the 2017 POE Coaches Seminar, which will be held June 8-11 in Calgary at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park – the home of Hockey Canada.
The POE Coaches Seminar is a four-day event where POE coaching staffs participate in conferences, interactive rotators and workshops on technical, physical and mental performance.
Strachan will be part of one of three National U-17 coaching staffs and will assist in each team’s planning process during the seminar.
The second part is the National Under-17 Development Camp held in late July.
“We at the SIJHL extend out congratulations to Wayne on earning this honour to work at a national level through this program,” offered league commissioner Bryan Graham.
“His success and achievements over the years speak for themselves and this opportunity will only benefit his already stellar coaching career, the Fort Frances Lakers and the SIJHL” added Graham.
A record five-time recipient as SIJHL Coach of the Year, Strachan is the league’s longest serving tenured coach and GM.
Under his guidance, he has led the Lakers to a trio of Bill Salonen Cup SIJHL championships.
As a player, Strachan won a Dudley-Hewitt Cup with the Thunder Bay Flyers in 1991 as well as two NCAA hockey championships as a member of the Lake Superior State Lakers in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. in the mid-1990s.
Source: Hockey Canada