General Manager and Head Coach: Rick SWAN
Coaching Career: Rick completed his 8th year with the PONTIACS organization and has been the Bonnyville PONTIACS Head Coach and General Manager since 2013. Previously Rick began with the PONTIACS as the Assistant General Manager and Associate Coach in 2012.
- Co-Head Coach with Team AJHL for the 2019 Junior Club World Cup in Sochi, Russia winning a silver medal;
- Nominated as the A.J.H.L. Coach of the Year in 2018/19;
- Head Coach of the 2018 Team Canada West for the World Junior 'A' Challenge winning a bronze medal;
- Assistant Coach with the gold medal champion Team Canada West at the 2017 World Junior 'A' Challenge;
- Head Coach for Team West in the 2017 C.J.H.L. (NHL) Top Prospects Game in Cornwall, Ontario;
- Assistant Coach / Video at the 2016 World Junior 'A' Challenge;
- Awarded the 2015-2016 'AJHL Coach of the Year' in the Alberta Junior Hockey League;
- Nominated as a finalist for the Canadian Junior Hockey League Coach of the Year in 2016;
- Nominated as a finalist for the 2015 A.J.H.L. Coach of the Year;
- 2015 guest coach with Team Canada West (WJAC);
- K of C PATS Midget AAA Head Coach from 2008 to 2012; 2008/09 awarded the AMHL Midget AAA ?Glen SATHER? Coach of the Year;
- 2007/08 awarded the league Midget AAA Minor Coach of the Year;
- Two time 'back-to-back' Sherwood Park Kings Club "Ken HITCHCOCK" Coach of the Year (2004/05 and 2005/06);
- Sherwood Park Minor Hockey Coach of the Year (2003/04);
- 2009/10 awarded the prestigious K of C Hockey Merit Award for Contribution to Coaching;
- 2011 recognized as the Edmonton Police Service Community Kiwanis Top Cop Honorable Mention;
- 2011 selected for the Canadian hockey coach exchange with the Chinese Ice Hockey Federation to mentor, present and instruct coaches in that country;
- Involved with Hockey Alberta (Alberta Cup, U15, U16 and U17 teams);
- Hockey Alberta Coach Mentor;
- 2011 Western Challenge Cup - Gold Medalist (Team Alberta U16);
- Head Coach and On-Ice Administrator of Louis St. Laurent High School Hockey Barons Skills Academy 2009 to 2012.
So far through Rick's tenure as head coach of the PONTIACS 87 Pontiac players have committed to College and Universities across North America.
Playing Career: Lake Forest College Foresters (Illinois) N.C.A.A. - top scorer / Cole Harbor Junior 'A' Colts - MVJAHL (Cole Harbor, Nova Scotia) - league MVP / U of A Golden BEARS - Canada West University (CWUAA) Scoring Champion (Dave Sweeny Schriner Trophy winner); Alberta Golden Bears Assistant Captain and Canada West All-Star / CIS Championship All-Star / Played professional hockey - Germany - Bundesliga (top scorer) - Essen, Germany.
Education: High Performance 1 Hockey Canada - N.C.C.P. 3; Bachelor of Physical Education / Recreational Administration Major degree from the University of Alberta. Edmonton Police Service member prior for 26 years.
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