Hockey Canada has named Halifax Mooseheads Assistant Coach Sylvain Favreau to the staff for November’s 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
“It’s always an honour to represent your country and I’m really looking forward to it,” Favreau said.
“It’s special for me because the process with Hockey Canada really started a few years ago when I was the Head Coach of the U16 Gold Cup prospects tournament in Ontario which eventually led to Hockey Canada calling me and giving me an invite to be a guest coach.”
Favreau will be an Assistant Coach for Canada Black, one of three Canadian teams entered in the event that runs from November 3rd-10th in Saint John & Quispamsis, NB. The 40-year-old is entering his second season behind the Mooseheads bench after spending several seasons as a Head Coach in the CCHL. The Orleans, ON native has previously worked with Hockey Canada as a guest coach at last year’s U17 development camp. As a player, Favreau suited up the in the CJHL for four seasons between Kanata Valley, Ottawa, Gloucester and Hawkesbury before playing professionally in France and Germany for five seasons.
“It’s kind of been a series of events for me that have led to this point. It goes to show that if you work hard and do a good job, with a little luck you’ll get noticed.”
He will join Hockey Canada for this summer’s development camp July 21-27 in Calgary where 111 players will be divided into six teams for on- and off-ice training, fitness testing, practices, intrasquad games, and classroom sessions. Following camp, players will continued to be evaluated through the early season before 66 will eventually be named to one of the three Canadian national teams – Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red and Team Canada White. 28 players from the QMJHL have been invited to July’s development camp.
“To be able to work with the elite kids in Canada that are within their age group is pretty special. It’s about developing players who are, for the most part, going into their NHL draft year and to be part of that is great.”
Canada Black will be led by Head Coach Dennis Williams of the Everett Silvertips while Troy Smith of the Saginaw Spirit will also serve as an Assistant Coach. Louis Robitaille of the Victoriaville Tigres is the bench boss for Canada Red with Dave Matsos (Hamilton Bulldogs) and Mark O’Leary (Moose Jaw Warriors) as the Assistants. The Canada White coaching staff consists of Head Coach Brett Gibson (Queen’s University) and Assistants Dylan Hunter (London Knights) and Daniel Renaud (Shawinigan Cataractes).
Xavier Parent (4 Goals 3 Assists) and Justin Barron (1 Goal) of the Mooseheads teamed up to help Canada Red win a silver medal at last year’s U17 tournament in Dawson Creek, BC. Newly drafted import player Samuel Fagemo won Gold with Sweden in 2016 and was among the tournament scoring leaders with 7 points. Fellow import pick Marcel Barinka had 2 points for the Czech Republic in last year’s event. Other Halifax players to participate in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in recent years include: Jared McIsaac (Canada White 2016), Raphael Lavoie (Canada White 2016), Benoit-Olivier Groulx (Canada Red 2016), Filip Zadina (Czech Republic 2015), Antoine Morand (Canada Red 2015), Arnaud Durandeau (Canada Black 2015), Jocktan Chainey (Canada Black 2015), Walter Flower (Canada Red 2015), Otto Somppi (Finland 2014) and Jordan Maher (Canada White 2014).
Favreau said as exciting as the U17 program will be, he can’t stop thinking about the task at hand with the Halifax Mooseheads as the team prepares to host the Memorial Cup this coming season.
“There’s a definite buzz and level of excitement around the team right now. Reality set in for me at the QMJHL Draft when we (Favreau and Jon Greenwood) got to sit down with our new Head Coach (Eric Veilleux) and really brain storm some ideas. It’s a lot of fun to know that we’ll be playing hockey until May.”
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