The Winnipeg Freeze are excited to announce the addition of Nick Trudel and Tyler Brown to this seasons coaching staff. Both coaches are Winnipeg residents who grew up playing minor hockey in the city.
Trudel, a former member of the Freeze is stepping off the ice and behind the bench for his first season as a coach. “ I owe a big thanks to the Freeze and 50 below for this opportunity to continue my hockey journey! I’m excited to get the season going, and to help these players develop into the best versions of themselves as the year progresses.” Coach Mahesh was also excited to welcome Nick onto the bench this season. “Having someone like Nick who is very familiar with the competition is going to be a big help to me this season. With me being new to the league myself it was important to add someone who had knowledge of the teams we will play against in order help us be as prepared as possible” Mahesh also added he liked Nicks energy and ability to engage with the players.
Also joining the staff is Tyler Brown who served as the Freeze goaltending coach last season before the league was shut down. Tyler has an extensive junior background having played for the Winnipeg Blues and the Regina Pats/Saskatoon Blades of the WHL. Tyler then went on to play at the U of M after his junior days. Tyler is currently a kinesiology student at the U of M. Tyler is going to be able to use is knowledge in both areas this season as he will also be the team’s strength and conditioning coach. When asked about his thoughts on coming back to the Freeze Tyler emphasized that point “I’m really excited to come back to the Freeze for me second year as the goalie coach and taking on a new role as the team’s strength and conditioning coach. It is going to be awesome to watch and be apart of these young men’s development in junior hockey, as well as just being a part of the game again. It’s a great opportunity as a kinesiology student to start working with elite athletes in a sport I have always been passionate about.” Coach Mahesh added “Tyler’s experience having played several years of high level hockey in juniors and college is going to make him a great mentor for our goalies this season. Also having him double as the team’s strength and condition coach is going to be a great resources to the young players as Tyler is commits himself heavily to his own personal fitness.”
Coach Mahesh also added he liked the idea of having a young staff as it goes along with the young energetic roster he plans to ice. “When looking at the players and staff it was important to establish a culture that could grow both on and off the ice. Having a coaching staff that shows energy and enthusiasm is contagious to the players as well.”
The Winnipeg Freeze will officially open their training camp on September 1st at their new home at the Dakota Community Centre in St.Vital