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Pistons’ Dyck named assistant coach with Canada West

Steinbach Pistons’ Head Coach Paul Dyck has been named an assistant coach with Canada West, which will compete in the 2015 World Junior A Challenge scheduled for Dec. 13-19 in Whitby and Cobourg, Ont.

Dyck, 44, will make his first appearance with Canada West at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge. He was named head coach of Team West for the 2014 CJHL Prospects Games. Paul has been the head coach and general manager in Steinbach for the past three seasons, guiding the Pistons to the MJHL final in each of his three years, winning the league title in 2013.

Dyck was a guest coach evaluator in 2013 and 2014 at Canada West selection camps.

Dyck will work with Team West head coach Tim Fragle, who is head coach and general manager of the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Sherwood Park Crusaders., will be the head coach of Canada West at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge, scheduled to take place.

Fragle will be joined by assistant coaches Barry Wolff (head coach and general manager, Coquitlam Express, British Columbia Hockey League) and Mike Reagan (head coach and general manager, Flin Flon Bombers, Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League).

“I’m honoured to have been appointed the head coach of Canada West and truly excited to get the opportunity to work with the top CJHL players from Western Canada,” said Fragle. “I look forward to working with the staff in preparations for the selection camp and the World Junior A Challenge in December.”

Canada West has appeared in six of the nine gold medal games at the World Junior A Challenge, winning gold in 2006 (Yorkton/Humboldt, Sask.), 2007 (Trail/Nelson, B.C.), and 2012 (Langley, B.C.). It also won silver in 2008 (Camrose, Alta.), 2009 (Summerside, P.E.I.), and 2012 (Yarmouth, N.S.), and won bronze in 2013 (Yarmouth, N.S.). It finished fourth in 2010 (Penticton, B.C.).

For more information on the 2015 World Junior A Challenge, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca/wjac, or follow along through social media at www.facebook.com/wjrac and  www.twitter.com/hc_wjac.