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Calgary Canucks Firm Up Hockey Operations Staff for 2019-20 - Add an Assistant General Manager

May 24th, 2019 @ 12:10 pm

Calgary, Alberta:  The Calgary Canucks Junior A Hockey Club announced that they have firmed up their coaching and hockey operations staff heading into the 2019-2020 season.  Returning to the team are Tyson Avery as Assistant Coach, and Ben Vandervies as Goalie / Video Assistant Coach. Wayne Andrews returns as well with expanded responsibility as Assistant General Manager and Head Scout.

“This is a critical time of the year as we prepare for the upcoming season and start to build our pipeline of prospects for the next several years.  Having the full contingent of coaching staff on hand will definitely be a big help," said Brad Moran, Head Coach and General Manager. “Tyson’s work ethic, dedication and enthusiasm is infectious and he is a great asset to the team.  Ben really stepped in and helped our goalies last season, and connected well with the players.  Wayne is a Calgary Canucks alumni who fills a void we have had in our organization in recent years and brings a wealth of experience with him.”

TThe Canucks have opened up extra spots for their Spring Camp which is set for June 7-9; interested players are encouraged to sign up at http://canucks.info/SpringCamp as soon as possible.  Unfortunately, there is still a waitlist for goalies, but interested goalies can email calgarycanucks@outlook.com to be added to that list.

Season tickets for the upcoming Canucks season are now on sale, with new offerings for Seniors, Students, Youth and families.  The Early Bird offer expires on June 15th, and tickets can be secured at http://canucks.info/tickets

Interested sponsors can contact sponsor@calgarycanucks.ca to learn more about ways to get involved and support the team in their efforts.

Tyson Avery is returning for his second year as an assistant coach with the Canucks.  He played 3 years of NCAA hockey at Morrisville state college where he earned a degree in Agronomy.  He started coaching with the High River Flyers and was there for three years; one year as an assistant coach and two years as their head coach.  Tyson joined the Canucks after his third year in High River.

Ben Vandervies has been coaching goaltenders individually for 5 years, and with AJHL clubs for the past 3 seasons (Drumheller Dragons, 2016-2018; Calgary Canucks, 2018-2019).  After the completion of his playing career with UMASS Dartmouth of the NCAA, he returned to Calgary to successfully achieve a Master's Degree in sport psychology while coaching goaltenders full time.

Wayne Andrews is a former College player with over 25 years of coaching experience at various age and skill levels including Junior A and College. He was a coaching member for three National College Championships (Mount Royal), one Junior A National Championship (Calgary Canucks Centennial Cup) and has completed his Advanced 2 (High Performance 2) Certification.  Wayne has over 15 years of teaching, mentorship and coach development experience and currently is a course conductor for Hockey Alberta.

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