Clayton Jardine will have a chance to work with Canada’s top Junior A players this winter.
The Lacombe native was named Thursday to the coaching staff for Canada West at the World Junior A Hockey Challenge that will take place in Dawson Creek, B.C. from Dec. 7-15.
The 28-year-old, who actually suited up for Team Pacific at the 2008 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, will support the team as video coach.
“It’s exciting to see our coaches moving into new roles with the two Canadian teams at the World Junior A Challenge, and to welcome coaches who are new to international competition,” said Brent Ladds, Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) president in a Hockey Canada press release.
“We believe this year’s coaching staffs for both teams will benefit the players selected to participate, and bring their international experience back to their club teams.”
As a rookie coach last year in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, Jardine guided the Kindersley Klippers 35-15-3-2 record, which was second overall in the 12-team league. For his efforts, he earned the league’s Coach of the Year award.
In May, Jardine was named head coach for the Camrose Kodiaks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. During his playing days, Jardine won two AJHL Championships with the Kodiaks and was the captain in his final season.