Joining General Manager/Head Coach Justin Falk and Goaltending Coach Jesse Deckert, the Winkler Flyers are excited to announce the addition of Ryan White as Assistant Coach to a two year contract.
The Brandon, Manitoba product who played 4 seasons with the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen, was a 3rd round, 66th overall draft pick to the Montreal Canadiens and went on to enjoy a 13 year professional playing career. With respective stops in the Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, Arizona Coyotes and Minnesota Wild organizations, White went on to amass 313 NHL games.
“Adding someone to our staff of Ryan’s playing experience and character, to say is exciting is a massive understatement. The exact definition of heart, passion, will and leadership as a player, I look forward to seeing him utilize those characteristics as he inputs them into coaching, leading, and teaching within our group. When speaking on behalf of our organization, City of Winkler, and the Pembina Valley, we are fortunate to have him and extend a warm welcome to Ryan and his family.” said General Manager, Justin Falk.
White had this to say, “First of all I would like to thank Caleb Suderman, Justin Falk and the Winkler Flyer Organization for giving me this exciting opportunity to continue my career in hockey in Winkler. I would also like to thank TruSkills and Tyler Dittmer for giving me my start in coaching, encouraging me to chase my goals and become the best coach I can be. It is an honor and privilege to be joining the Flyers storied hockey club and the community of Winkler. Playing with and against Justin Falk over the last 15 plus years, I know what kind of character, work ethic and family values he will bring to the rink everyday, which made this decision an easy one for us to make and commit to the club. With the Flyers new professional outlook I know it is going to be the best place for me to not only help the players succeed in their goals in becoming better men and better hockey players but also the best environment for me to learn as a young coach and further my own career in hockey. Finally I would like to thank my entire family and especially my wife, Sarah for their countless sacrifices and unwavering support throughout my career. I know without their support I wouldn’t be able to whole heartily jump into this new adventure and put my best foot forward. As a family we are more than excited to become integral parts of our new community in the Pembina Valley and chase our goal of winning a championship. Let’s Go Flyers!”
With training camp approaching Ryan and his family will be relocating to Southern Manitoba in preparation for the upcoming season.
Welcome to the Flyers, Ryan!