Strachan named all-star coach

Press Release

The SIJHL announced Thursday the coaches and officials for its all-star game and skills competition, which is slated for this Wednesday (Nov. 28) at the Ice For Kids Arena.
Wayne Strachan of the Fort Frances Lakers was named as head coach for the Team Canada.
Strachan, a five-time recipient of the SIJHL’s coach-of-the-year award, also is the winningest coach in league history.
Joining him behind the Canadian bench will be Robert DeGagne of the Thunder Bay North Stars.
Dwayne Sinclair (Lakers) will serve as the team’s equipment manager, with Derek Ouellette (Dryden GM Ice Dogs) and Jake Witherspoon (Lakers) selected as the squad’s athletic trainers.
As for Team U.S.A., named to guide them are the Thief River Falls Norskies’ staff of Wilson Housley (head coach), David Defever (assistant coach), Brandon Schroeder (equipment manager), and Ben Lember (trainer).
The SIJHL also announced Thursday that Andrew Bartlett and Duane Turriff will referee the game, while Pete Ledrew and Matt McLellan will be the linesmen.
One other note for Team U.S.A. saw Mason McIntosh (Norskies) named to its roster to replace Aaron Koivunen (Minnesota Iron Rangers), who is unable to participate in the game.
The skills competition goes at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, which will be followed by the game at 7:30.
Advanced tickets, which includes both the game and skills competition, are available by contacting Milt Strachan at 275-5255 or via e-mail at
Tickets cost $12 for adults, $8 for students, and $5 for children.
Both events also will be streamed live online at