Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Steve Hamilton To Coach At World U-17's

Press Release

Red Deer, AB - The Team Pacific Management Committee (BC Hockey, Hockey Alberta, Western Hockey League and Hockey Canada) announced Wednesday the staff for Team Pacific that will compete at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.  The 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will be held December 29, 2013 - January 4, 2014 in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Oil Kings Associate Coach Steve Hamilton will be the Head Coach for the prestigious event.  A pair of Oil Kings prospects have been given the invite to the Summer Development Camp next month in Calgary including goaltender and St. Albert native Patrick Dea along with forward Andrew Koep who hails from Lloydminster.

Head Scout
Wade Klippenstein
Coaldale, AB
Team Pacific
Director of Operations
Justin Fesyk
Sylvan Lake, AB
Hockey Alberta
Head Coach
Steve Hamilton
Edmonton, AB
Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
Assistant Coach
Enio Sacilotto
Vancouver, BC
Victoria Royals (WHL)
Assistant Coach
Brent Kisio
Calgary, AB
Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Goalie Coach
J.F. Martel
Calgary, AB
Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
Video Coach
Adam Hayduk
Port Alberni, BC
Alberni Valley Bulldogs (BCHL)
Coach Mentor
Barry Medori
Onoway, AB
Hockey Alberta
Athletic Therapist
Khore Elliot
Victoria, BC
Victoria Royals (WHL)
Equipment Manager
Kristen Dmytruk
Calgary, AB
Calgary Mustangs (AJHL)

Steve Hamilton has been an Assistant Coach with the Edmonton Oil Kings since 2010.  Prior to this position he was the Head Coach/General Manger of the Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL).  He served as an Assistant Coach with Team Pacific last year when the event was held in Quebec.
“It’s quite a privilege to be selected as head coach and I’m excited for the opportunity to work with this coaching staff and the Team Pacific Management Committee,” said Head Coach, Steve Hamilton. “With the modified format of taking the top 22 players, the staff has the opportunity to build a greater connection with the players and shape this roster with a winning formula.”

Team Pacific will be comprised of the top 22 players from the Pacific region. Each province identified 23 players (3 G, 7 D, 13 F) to move on to the Team Pacific Summer Development Camp that will consist of 46 players.  The Team Pacific Summer Development Camp will be held July 24-28 in Calgary, AB.  From this camp players will be scouted with their club team until the Team Pacific roster is named in November.


Team Pacific has included some of the top hockey players that Canada has ever produced.  Some notable graduates who have competed on Team Pacific include:

  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2010)
  • Evander Kane (2008)
  • Brent Seabrook (2002)
  • Dion Phaneuf (2002)
  • Mike Green (2002)
  • Jarome Iginla (1994)
  • Joe Sakic (1986)
The Under 17 program is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence. Many players who compete at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge go on to represent Canada with the National Men’s Under 18 Team, National Junior Team and National Men’s Team.

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