Coaches Announced for 2023 Female U18 and Male U16 Team Saskatchewan Programs
By Hockey Saskatchewan
REGINA, Sask. – Hockey Saskatchewan’s 2023 coaching staffs have been chosen to lead their respective Sask First high-performance programs through the remainder of the player selection process, team preparation process, and their championship events.
From Nov. 5-11, Female Under-18 (U18) Team Saskatchewan will compete at the National Women's U18 Championship in Dawson Creek, B.C. The Male Under-16 (U16) Team Saskatchewan contingent will compete Oct. 17-22 at the 2023 WHL Cup in Red Deer, Alta., with a roster featuring the province’s top male players born in 2008.
Heading into next season, both the Female U18 and Male U16 teams will be led by head coaches, Robin Ulrich and Ryan McDonald, respectively.
“We are excited to announce both Team Saskatchewan staffs for the fall. The vast majority are returning coaches who represented the province at the 2023 Canada Winter Games in Prince Edward Island. I can’t wait to see how these dedicated individuals use their experience from the east coast and build on it back here in Western Canada,” said Joel Houseman, Director of Operations of Sask First.
Hockey Saskatchewan offers its congratulations to those selected and wishes them all the best in the coming season.
Female U18 Program
Robin Ulrich (Saskatoon, SK) will return as the Head Coach for Team Saskatchewan Female U18. Ulrich serves as Head Coach for the Saskatoon Stars in the Saskatchewan Female U18 “AAA” Hockey League (SFAAAHL). In addition, Ulrich has been heavily involved with the Sask First program for many years.
Alana Serhan (Regina, SK) will return to serve as Assistant Coach for Team Saskatchewan Female U18. Serhan played five seasons with U Sports’ Manitoba Bisons and won a national championship with the women’s hockey team in 2018. In addition, Serhan has been heavily involved with the Sask First program.
Kori Herner (Saskatoon, SK) will return as Assistant Coach for Team Saskatchewan Female U18. Herner serves as an Assistant Coach for the Saskatoon Stars of the SFAAAHL. In addition, Herner served as an Assistant Coach on the Team Saskatchewan Female U16 program for the past three seasons.
Angela Mallory (Regina, SK) will serve as the Video/Goaltending Coach for Team Saskatchewan Female U18. Mallory has coached the SFAAAHL’s Notre Dame Hounds and U Sports’ Regina Cougars. In addition, Mallory was a two-time consecutive champion in Saskatchewan’s Female Senior A division.
Male U16 Program
Ryan McDonald (Prince Albert, SK) will return to serve as the Head Coach for Team Saskatchewan Male U16. McDonald serves as an Assistant Coach for the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League. In addition, McDonald has worked with the Team Saskatchewan Male U16 program for the past four seasons.
Brett Pilkington (Wilcox, SK) will return as Assistant Coach for Team Saskatchewan Male U16. Pilkington serves as Head Coach/General Manager for the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL). In addition, Pilkington has worked with the Team Saskatchewan Male U16 program for multiple seasons.
Mark Peterson (Saskatoon, SK) will return to serve as Assistant Coach for Team Saskatchewan Male U16. Peterson serves as Head Coach for the Saskatchewan Male U18 “AAA” Hockey League’s Saskatoon Contacts. In addition, Peterson has been involved with the Sask First program for many years.
Todd White (Warman, SK) will return as the Video Coach for Team Saskatchewan Male U16. White has spent the past several seasons as an Assistant Coach for the U15 Martensville Marauders of the Saskatchewan AA Hockey League (SAAHL). In addition, White has been heavily involved as a Sask First coach.
About SASK FIRST
The Sask First Program was introduced by Hockey Saskatchewan in 1988 and since that time the program has brought great pride and accomplishment within our province. The Sask First Program was designed to provide a better understanding of the game as well as to promote the development of quality players, coaches, trainers, officials and administrators. The participants are enriched as individuals and can achieve self-satisfaction and enjoyment as part of the hockey community.
About HOCKEY SASKATCHEWAN
Hockey Saskatchewan was established in 1912 and is the governing body for organized hockey in the Province of Saskatchewan. With a mission to Lead, Develop and Promote Positive Hockey Experiences, Hockey Saskatchewan encourages competition at all levels – from recreational to high performance. Hockey Saskatchewan has grown through the years and is Saskatchewan’s largest sports organization with over 43,000 members comprised of players, coaches, and officials. For more information, please visit www.hockeysask.ca or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.