Hockey PEI has completed its selection process of team staffs for the 2019 Canada Winter Games to be held in Red Deer, Alberta. Kyle Dunn will lead the men’s team as head coach while Chris Harkness has been selected to lead the female team for the 2019 Canada Winter Games.
Dunn a native of Charlottetown is currently the head coach of the Kensington Wild of the NB PEI Major Midget Hockey League. He brings a wealth of coaching experience to the position. Dunn spent the past 5 seasons behind the bench of the Kensington Wild receiving coach of the year honors in 2016. Dunn also coached in the Hockey PEI Program of Excellence from 2012-2017. Dunn completed his High Performance 1 coach training in 2015.
Joining Dunn as his assistants with the team are Will Zafiris (Charlottetown) and Cory Parsons (Kensington). Zafiris is currently the head coach of the Eastern Express Major Bantam AAA team and Parsons is the head coach of the Mid Isle Matrix Major Bantam AAA team. In addition, both Zafiris and Parsons have been part of the Hockey PEI Program of Excellence in the past in the role of assistant and head coach.
All three members of the coaching staff will also lead the Hockey PEI Under 16 team at the 2017 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Challenge this April in Boisbriand, QC.
Harkness to Lead Female Team
Chris Harkness has an extensive coaching history both on PEI and his native BC. As Head Coach, Chris led Team PEI U18 to bronze medals at the 2015 and 2016 Atlantic Challenge Cup. Harkness was also an assistant coach with the UPEI Women’s team from 2011-2014. Prior to arriving on PEI, Harkness coached throughout many levels in BC from 1998-2010.
Joining Harkness on the bench as assistants are Genna Phelan (Charlottetown) and Ferran Brown (Cascumpec). Phelan served as assistant coach at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George and team trainer with the women’s team at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax. She led the U15 female team to gold at the 2011 Atlantic Challenge Cup.
Brown is relatively new to the coaching profession. She is currently an assistant coach with Mid Isle Wildcats Midget AAA team and head coach of the O’Leary Atom A team. Brown has been part of the Hockey PEI Program of Excellence 2010-2015. Brown is a recent graduate of the UPEI Panthers hockey program in which she played from 2010-2015.
Both coaching staffs were selected by a committee comprised of member’s representing the Hockey PEI board of directors. Team managers and trainers will be appointed in the near future. Staffs will begin the process of player identification at the 2017 Spring Program of Excellence Camp in May.
The 2019 Canada Winter Games will be held from February 15 to March 3, 2019 in Red Deer, Alberta.
Program of Excellence
The Hockey PEI Mark’s Work Wearhouse Program of Excellence (POE) is a development opportunity for all Under 14 and Under 15 male players; and all Under 15 and Under 17 female hockey players. Registered players attend the Spring Camp from which up to forty-five players in each group are identified and selected to attend a summer selection camp. From this camp, players are selected to Team PEI at the annual Atlantic Challenge Cup. This Spring Camp is open to all age appropriate players who are residents of Prince Edward Island. Every fourth year the Program of Excellence also helps to identify and prepare players for their potential involvement in the formation of the Provincial teams participating in the Canada Winter Games.