Calgary, AB – The Canadian Hockey League in association with the
Western Hockey League today announced the coaching staff for Team WHL
that will compete in the 2012 SUBWAY® Super Series November 14 in
Vancouver, BC, and November 15 in Victoria, BC.
Spokane Chiefs’ Head Coach Don Nachbaur will be behind the bench as Head Coach for both Team WHL games along with Edmonton Oil Kings Head Coach Derek Laxdal, who will serve as Assistant Coach. Longtime Vancouver Giants Head Coach Don Hay will also serve as an Assistant Coach for the game in Vancouver, while the Victoria Royals’ Dave Lowry will join the coaching staff as an Assistant for the game in Victoria.
The SUBWAY® Super Series features regional teams of CHL All-Stars
competing against the Russian National Junior Team in a six-game event
serving as an integral part of the identification process for Team
Canada prior to the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. The OHL
hosts the middle leg of the six-game series with the first two games
hosted by the QMJHL, and the final two games played in the WHL. Last
season the CHL prevailed with their eighth series win in nine years of
this event earning a 10-8 victory in points which included three
regulation wins, two losses, and one defeat by shootout. Team Canada
later captured bronze at the 2012 World Junior Championship in Calgary
and Edmonton, AB.
Don Nachbaur is in his third season as the head coach of the Spokane Chiefs and his 15th
season as a head coach in the WHL. Last season he became only the
sixth coach in WHL history to hit the 500-win milestone. The native of
Kitimat, B.C., began his WHL career as a player for the Billings
Bighorns from 1977-79, and was drafted by the Hartford Whalers in the
third round of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. Having played 233 games in the
NHL with the Whalers, Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers, and four
years overseas, Nachbaur began his WHL coaching career with the Seattle
Thunderbirds in 1994-95, guiding the T-Birds to the 1997 WHL final.
Nachbaur also spent six seasons at the helm of the Tri-City Americans,
leading the Ams to back-to-back U.S. Division titles in 2007-08 and
2008-09. Nachbaur is also a three-time recipient of the Dunc McCallum
Memorial Trophy as the WHL’s Coach of the Year, earning the award with
the Thunderbirds in 1994-95, with the Americans in 2007-08, and with the
Chiefs in 2010-11. He is also the only coach in WHL history to have
won WHL Coach of the Year honors with three different teams.
Derek Laxdal is now in his third season as the Head Coach of the
Edmonton Oil Kings. Laxdal came to the Oil Kings after serving five
seasons as the Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations for the
Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL. While there he compiled an impressive
217-108-35 record and captured a Kelly Cup Championship in 2007. A
native of Stonewall, MB, Laxdal played for the Brandon Wheat Kings and
Portland Winterhawks in the mid-1980s, capturing a Memorial Cup with the
Winterhawks in 1983. Laxdal was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in
1984 and played 67 career NHL games with the Leafs and the New York
Islanders. Last season he guided the Oil Kings to franchise records for
wins (50) and points (107) en route to the team's first WHL
Championship in the modern era.
Don Hay is in his ninth season as Head Coach of the Vancouver Giants and 15th
season as a head coach in the WHL. A two time winner of the Dunc
McCallum Trophy as the WHL coach of the year in 1999 and 2009, Hay also
has reached the 500-win milestone as a Head Coach in the WHL. His
coaching experience stretches into all levels of hockey including the
NHL, AHL, World Junior Championship and the MasterCard Memorial Cup.
Dave Lowry is in his first year as Head Coach of the Victoria Royals and
5th season coaching in the WHL. After four seasons with the
Calgary Hitmen serving as an Assistant, Associate, then Head Coach,
Lowry was hired by the Calgary Flames and spent three seasons in the NHL
as an Assistant Coach before joining the Royals this year.
The Team WHL support staff was also named for the final two games of
the Subway Super Series; in Vancouver the Giants’ Nick Murray will serve
as Athletic Trainer while Chad Scharff is the Equipment Manager and in
Victoria Khore Elliott has been named Athletic Therapist for Team WHL,
while Matt Auerbach is the Equipment Manager.
The 2012 SUBWAY® Super Series is supported by CHL associate sponsors, Bank of Montreal, Old Dutch, and Post.
All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet with the two QMJHL games shown on TVA Sports.
The Team WHL roster will be announced on Thursday October 25, 2012.
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