It’s been almost a year and a half since BC Hockey announced the team staff for the 2015 U16 program which will be competing in the Canada Winter Games held in Prince George, February 13-March 1, 2015.
Every four years the team represents BC in a national championship held as part of the CWG. In non-CWG years, the team plays in the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, a competition contested between the four western provinces, hosted by the WHL.
North Shore Winter Club Bantam A1 head coach Jim Dinwoodie as well the team’s assistant coach Mitch Pinsky are key players in this year’s program; with Dinwoodie as head coach and Pinsky as director of operations.
Dinwoodie will be joined behind the bench by assistant coaches Ryan Weber of Richmond, South Delta and Seafair MHAs, and Eric Blais of Kelowna.
Dinwoodie and Pinsky have coached the NSWC Bantam A1 program together for several years, and have also been previously involved with BC Hockey High Performance programs.
In 2012-2013 Dinwoodie and Pinsky lead the NSWC club to wins at the Chilliwack Tournament, the St. Albert John Reid Memorial, a provincial championship, and to the finals of the Western Canadian Bantam Championship. Last year they won the Westerns with NSWC and this season the team is again the favorite to win the BCs.
Dinwoodie has been involved in the BC Hockey Male U16 and U17 High Performance Programs as both a coach and assistant coach. He coached the Male U16 Team BC to a fourth place finish at the 2009 Western Branch Challenge.
Pinsky has served as a District Evaluator for the BC Hockey Male High Performance program since 2010 and has attended numerous High Performance Events ranging from the Male U17 Provincial Camp to the Lower Mainland U16 District Camp. As Director of Operations, he helped Team BC win the gold medal at the 2012 Western Branch Challenge.
Weber has been involved with Richmond, South Delta and Seafair Minor Hockey Associations over the past 10 years as coach, assistant coach and trainer. He has also been part of the coaching staff for various Male High Performance events and he led Team BC to a gold medal at the 2012 Western Branch Challenge. Weber spent a couple seasons coaching in the BC Major Midget League (MML) with the Valley West Hawks and Greater Vancouver Canadians.
Blais has been coaching with the Kelowna Minor Hockey Association for over 10 years at various levels and positions. During the 2011-2012 season, he was awarded the BC Hockey Coach of the Year award and the Kelowna Minor Hockey Coach of the Year award. Blais coached the Kelowna Midget Tier One (1) team to a BC Hockey Championship this past season and has also been a volunteer with the BC Hockey Male High Performance Program. He was named head coach of the Kelowna Minor Hockey Association last June.