NSWC announces new hockey director, structure

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May 31, 2013


Today North Shore Winter Club General Manager, David Long announced the appointment of Dave Babych as Executive Director of Hockey Development, Jeff Oldenborger as the new Director of Hockey Operations, and Kelvin Cech as Assistant to the Director of Hockey Operations.

Dave Babych, in addition to posting a long and illustrious 17 year NHL career, starting as the number 2 pick in the 1980 draft, has been a long time NSWC member, and has recently served as the president of the NSWC Minor Hockey Association.

(See http://canuckslegends.blogspot.ca/2007/09/dave-babych.html for more info on Dave’s career.)

The Executive Director position is a new one for the club, and Babych will be providing direction to Oldenborger, who will be responsible for the day to day operations of the hockey program, as well as to General Manager, David Long, according to board director spokesman, Darwin Schandor.

The new Director of Hockey Operations is Jeff Oldenborger, who was recently hired to run the female program and assumed role of interim Hockey Director, after the departure of Todd Harkins in April.

Kelvin Cech joined the NSWC last year as coach mentor after coaching Bantam AAA in Alberta; he also was assistant manager of the NW Giants Major Midget team last year, helping the team on finish first in BC.

Here is the announcement from NSWC GM, David Long:

I am delighted to announce that Dave Babych has agreed to continue in an advisory capacity to the General Manager as the Executive Director of Hockey Development. Jeff Oldenborger will be our new Director of Hockey Operations and Kelvin Cech will be assisting with the delivery of our Hockey Programming.


David Babych -Executive Director Hockey Development
Dave for 19 seasons earned a reputation for excellence and integrity in the NHL. Dave will be providing those same qualities and his knowledge of the game to advise and guide our development program to ensure that NSWC has the very best Hockey program available, anywhere, delivered in a competitive spirit through Honesty, Integrity and Trust. Dave, since his career, has continued to stay involved in hockey, coaching, youth sports, and development and leadership. He has also agreed to teach me the finer points of Hockey if I can show him the finer points of Rugby.
Jeff Oldenborger Director of Hockey Operations
Jeff has for several months been our interim Hockey Director and Female Hockey lead. He comes to his new role with outstanding qualifications and results. Jeff is an NCCP level III and High Performance I certified level coach and played major junior hockey for the Kamloops Blazers and the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL. Jeff has extensive experience at the university and provincial level as a coach and has ringing endorsements from respected, professional hockey leaders including top WHL Coaches and the national scouting community. Jeff has demonstrated a great work ethic and is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and pitch in. As well as his passion Jeff brings a high Hockey IQ and I have no doubt regarding his integrity and desire to create the very best experience for the kids in their Hockey development.

Kelvin Cech

Kelvin also joins the club and will be assisting Jeff and the team to deliver on our commitment of excellence for developing a first class program and development environment for NSWC female and male hockey players. Kelvin has been a great addition to the club providing stable leadership and executing on our young player development programs, while also coaching at the club.

I want to thank the many applicants who applied from as far afield as Ontario, Texas and Australia. This is truly an exciting time to be part of the North Shore Winter Club and I welcome the new look Hockey Department to the rest of my leadership Team already in place in our other sport offerings.

Our Goal is to continue and build upon the great legacy of this Club and to ensure we excel in all areas of every sport and athletic endeavour that we undertake. Through this culture we will ensure that our children become valued and respected members of society and set the bar high for others to emulate.

David Long, GM NSWC