Sherwood Park, AB: Hockey Canada has announced that Crusaders head coach Adam Manah has been named an assistant coach for Team Canada West for the 2020 World Junior A Challenge.
?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,? CJHL president Brent Ladds in the CJHL press release. ?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.?
Unfortunately, the 2020 World Junior A Challenge has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cornwall, Ontario, was scheduled to host the event, however, they will now instead host the event next year.
?While the cancellation of the annual World Junior A Challenge is a disappointment, we are all supportive of the process undertaken to arrive at a decision and of the decision itself,? stated CJHL president Brent Ladds.
Manah has coached the Crusaders to back-to-back regular-season first-place finishes in the North Division, and in 2019 took the team to the North Division finals. He has been with the organization since 2015 when he began as an Assistant Coach. In 2016, Sherwood Park named him the teams new Head Coach and currently holds a record of 154-79-7. Last season, the Crusaders finished with their best record in franchise history.
?At the conclusion of a very thorough application and interview process, I am confident that we selected a first-class staff that would have represented the west very well,? said director of operations for Team West Jamie McCaig.
The Crusaders organization would like to congratulate Adam and his family on his fantastic achievement.