Coach and Division Director Announcement

Posted by Spokane Youth Hockey on Jun 08 2019 at 03:52PM PDT in 2018-19 Season

The Spokane Jr. Chiefs announce the return of our Division Coaching Directors and 12U-A1 Head Coach.

16/18U DCD – Dustin Donaghy
14U DCD – Dustin Donaghy
12U DCD – Tysen Azevedo
10U DCD – TBD*
8U DCD – Chris Foster
12U-A1 Head Coach – Mike Pankey
Director of Goaltending Development – TBD**

On behalf of the Board of Directors, our organization is excited to have them back in these positions. Last year we saw tremendous results in player skill development that helped SAYHA claim 5 out of the 7 PNAHA State Titles that we competed for (10U-Silver, 12U-Gold, 12U-Silver, 14U-Tier 2, 16U-Tier 2). Specifically, Coach Pankey did a fantastic job leading our 12U-A1 team to a PNAHA Gold State Championship and a West Kootenay League Championship.

Welcome back! We’re thrilled to see what the 2019-2020 season brings!

*We are constantly evaluating the local 10U hockey environment. We strive to not only provide the highest quality player development, but also a family friendly experience. With the limited number of quality home and local 10U-A1 games available, we are currently discussing the best options for our 10U players and families. This will include either a stand-alone 10U-A1 team or a 10U-A1 tournament team in which the players would also play on one of three blended A2 teams. As we weigh the options and make a decision about our 10U Rep program, we will keep you informed.

**As many of you may have heard, Coach Kyle Knudsen recently moved to Tri-Cities. We appreciate all the goalie development he provided over the past three seasons and wish him luck with his new job and town. We are currently looking for a Director of Goaltending Development to oversee all of our goaltenders and the goalie specific coaches. We will let you know as soon as we find our next Goalie Director.

It’s an exciting time to a Spokane Jr. Chief! Our programs and player development model are growing everyday. If you’re looking for a way to keep your player active this summer, please check out all of our summer hockey opportunities starting next week. Registration for all of the programming can be found above under “Register.”

Go Jr. Chiefs!
Neil Runbeck