Maloney recognized as Canada West head coach for 2020 WJAC

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Chilliwack Chiefs head coach and general manager Brian Maloney has been named the head coach for Team Canada West for the 2020 World Junior A Challenge (WJAC).

Due to the current pandemic, the event has been cancelled, but Hockey Canada recognized the coaching staffs for both Canada West and East in a release today.

“It’s an honour anytime you get the chance to represent your country,” said Maloney. “I got a little taste of it last year and it was a great experience to be around that setting. It’s a nice feeling personally, but it goes beyond that. It’s good for our organization. It means we must be doing something well.”

The event was set to take place this December in Cornwall, Ont.

Maloney was also part of the Canada West coaching staff in 2019, but this would have been his first time as head coach.

“I would like to extend my congratulations to all of the successful coaching applicants who would have been on-site for this year’s event,” said Brent Ladds, president of the CJHL. “I know that in the tradition of the WJAC, the Canadian teams would have represented Hockey Canada, the CJHL and our country in a manner that would have made us very proud.”

Cornwall is expected to host the event in 2021 at a date yet to be determined.

The full Canada West staff:

Head coach – Brian Maloney (Chilliwack Chiefs/BCHL)
Assistant coach – Paul Dyck (Steinbach Pistons/MJHL)
Assistant coach – Adam Manah (Sherwood Park Crusaders/AJHL)
Assistant coach – Clayton Jardine (Camrose Kodiaks/AJHL)