For Immediate Release: August 22, 2017
The RHA Nationals and the Hockey RINK Corp. are excited to announce the Bantam Prep coaching staff for the 2017/18 season.
Returning for his second year as head coach of the RHA Bantam Prep Nationals will be Brad Purdie. He will be joined by newcomer assistant coach Sandy Henry from Alberta.
Brad Purdie, Head Coach
After a 15 year playing career, including the IHL, ECHL and Europe, as well as representing Team Canada on three different occasions, Brad retired and joined the University of Manitoba Men’s Hockey coaching staff. Over the last four seasons with the U of M, Brad was responsible for overseeing the forwards and power play. Brad has a High Performance 1 coaching certificate and has worked with Hockey Manitoba and the Program of Excellence U16 on three separate occasions, most recently as the head coach of the 2015 team that took part 2015 Western Canada Bantam Challenge, capturing the silver medal. Brad was also a part of the coaching staff that won Bronze at the 2015 Canada Winter Games. He is extremely proud and excited to be associated with the RINK Hockey Academy to help further develop young hockey players.
Sandy Henry, Assistant Coach
Born and raised in Alberta, Sandy has spent the last 4 years coaching the CFR Bison AAA midget team in the AMHL. He has been to the Alberta final the last 3 years and has one appearance at Telus Cup national championship. He has been a WHL scout (Red Deer) for the last 4 years, a defense skills coach in Jr. A for last 6 years and spent 2 years as a player rep for a large sports management company. Both his sons played in the WHL, one is still playing pro, having lots of experience from the parent side as well. Sandy spent the last 10 years operating his own defense skills clinic in Alberta. He is extremely excited to be joining the RINK Hockey Academy staff.
Rink Hockey Academy is a proud member of the CSSHL, a league recognized as the nations’ leader in education based hockey.
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