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Flin Flon’s Struch to Coach in Canada/Russia Series

By Carter Brooks

Photo by Liam Richards

On Friday the Western Hockey League announced its coaching staff for the upcoming 2019 Canada/Russia series. 

Flin Flon’s Struch to Coach in Canada/Russia Series

Dave Struch – who is currently beginning his second season as head coach of the Regina Pats after taking over for fellow Manitoban John Paddock – has been named an assistant. He will serve alongside fellow assistant Marc Habschield (Prince Albert Raiders) and under head coach Mitch Love (Saskatoon Blades).

The 48-year-old Flin Flon product has been coaching in the WHL since beginning as an assistant with the Saskatoon Blades in 2006. He has previously represented Canada as head coach of Team Black at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, as well as serving in an assistant role for the 2019 Canadian National Under-18 at the IIHF U-18 World Championship.

The six-game Canada/Russia Series will take place across Canada in six different CHL cities, moving from the east coast to Saskatchewan from November 4-14. Russia won the event in 2018, for the first time in four years. 

Full schedule below: 

Game 1 – Monday, November 4 at Saint John, N.B.

Game 2 – Tuesday, November 5 at Moncton, N.B.

Game 3 – Thursday, November 7 at Kitchener, Ont.

Game 4 – Monday, November 11 at London, Ont.

Game 5 – Wednesday, November 13 at Saskatoon, Sask. 

Game 6 – Thursday, November 14 at Prince Albert, Sask.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at

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