Daily Dose of the Dub: Dyck named Head Coach for Hlinka Gretzky Cup, Kakkonen heads back to Finland

Dyck replaces Lambert as head coach of Hlinka Gretzky Cup Team

Vancouver Giants head coach Michael Dyck has been named head coach of Team Canada for the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup taking place from August 5-10th in the Czech Republic. Dyck will be replacing Dan Lambert who had been named head coach prior to accepting a role with the NHL’s Nashville Predators. He will be joined on his staff by Everett Silvertips head coach Dennis Williams who had previously been named to Lambert’s staff.

Dyck is coming off his first season as head coach of the Vancouver Giants helping them reach the WHL Championship Final. He had also previously been named Head Coach of Team Canada White for the World U-17 Challenge taking place in November, but Hockey Canada says they will be seeking out another coach to assume that role.

Kakkonen heads back to Finland

Winnipeg ICE defenseman Valtteri Kakkonen is heading back to Finland, signing a two-year contract with JYP of the Finnish Liiga. Kakkonen spent one season in the ICE organization playing in 52 games scoring one goal and adding nine assists. The then-Kootenay ICE selected Kakkonen with the 11th overall pick in the 2018 CHL Import Draft. The ICE will now be allowed to select two players in this month’s import draft as defenseman Martin Bodak has graduated from the league. The ICE will hold the fourth overall pick and the 64th overall pick in the Import Draft which takes place on June 26th.

WHL official recognized by Hockey Canada

WHL official Sean Raphael has been awarded the Hal Lewis Award by Hockey Canada. The award recognizes “the staff person who best exemplifies the commitment to the values and objectives of Hockey Canada, exhibits pride and respect for the organization and its participants and demonstrates team spirit both in the office and in one’s life”.  Also receiving the award is former Lethbridge Hurricanes staff member Esther Madziya.

Kern commits to Powell River

The Powell River Kings of the BCHL announced the commitment of defenseman Ian Kern on Friday. Kern was selected by the Seattle Thunderbirds in the 10th round of the 2017 Bantam Draft.  He played with the Greater Vancouver Canadians of the BCMML this season, registering three goals and 11 assists in 36 games.


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