The Winkler Flyers have rounded out their coaching staff for the 2014-15 season with the hiring of Garry Childerhose as Assistant Coach and Mark Friesen as Goaltender Coach. Childerhose is new to the organization, while Friesen served in the same capacity during the 2013-14 campaign.

Garry Childerhose, who is an Altona, Manitoba native, completed his Bachelor in Personal and Professional Communication Degree at the State University of New York at Geneseo (SUNY) last season. Childerhose played four seasons for the SUNY Men’s Hockey team (NCAA Div III).

He suited up for the Winkler Flyers for one game during the 2006-07 season as an AP, playing full time with the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League’s Pembina Valley Hawks. He then went on to play the next three seasons with the Melfort Mustangs of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

“Just coming out of College hockey, he will be able to relate well to the players and will bring a strong work ethic to our group just like he did when he was a player.” Said Flyers Head Coach and General Manager Ken Pearson.

“His familiarity with this arena will be key for us going forward as well.” Added Pearson.

Mark Friesen joined the Flyers as a Goaltending Coach last season after completing his five year WHL Career (Chilliwack, Swift Current) followed by one season at the University of Manitoba.

“We’re glad to welcome Mark back to our coaching staff. It’s nice to have the continuity, and speaking with Adam Vander Linden (Flyers goaltender), he is very happy to have Mark back and felt he showed great improvement last season working with him.” Stated Pearson.

Flyers Main Camp will begin on Wednesday, August 27th with the annual Orange vs Black Intrasquad game taking place on Saturday, August 30th at 12:00pm.

The Flyers would like to welcome Mark back for another season and are glad to welcome Garry to the Flyers family.

– photo credit to Dan Hickling –