Strachan picked for national program


Wayne Strachan will have an extra busy off-season.
The head coach and general manager of the Fort Frances Lakers will have to divide his time between his own squad and helping evaluate talent on a national level after being selected to work with Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence (POE) National under-17 Team Experience.
“We at the SIJHL extend our congratulations to Wayne on earning this honour to work at a national level through this program,” league commissioner Bryan Graham said in a press release this morning.
“His success and achievements over the years speak for themselves, and this opportunity will only benefit his already-stellar coaching career, the Fort Frances Lakers, and the SIJHL.”
The National Team Experience is a two-part development program geared towards coaches who have contributed immensely to their respective branches in coaching and high-performance development.
The first part of this program is the 2017 POE Coaches Seminar, which will be held June 8-11 in Calgary.
POE coaching staffs will take part in conferences, interactive rotators, and workshops on technical, physical, and mental performance.
Strachan will be part of one of three national U17 coaching staffs and will assist in each team’s planning process during the seminar.
The second part is the National under-17 Development Camp held in late July.
Strachan, the all-time leader with five SIJHL coach-of-the-year awards, has led the Lakers to three SIJHL crowns.
In related news, the Lakers are expected to announce the first two players being invited to try out for this year’s team later today as the SIJHL signing period begins.