MNJHL’s Tri City Ice Hawks Add OHL Experience At Head Coach

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The MNJHL has been increasing the quality of Head Coaches it has been bringing into the league the last few seasons.  Last year the Dells Ducks with the addition of Bill Zaniboni went from next to last place to within one over time goal of representing the MNJHL at USA Hockey’s Tier III National Championships.  This year, Marty Quarters has been taken the Head Coaching position of the Central Wisconsin Saints.

Following Zaniboni and Quarters is now OHL verteran Saginaw Spirit Assistant Coach George Daniel.  Daniel takes over an Ice Hawks team that was vastly improved last season.

George started his coaching career at the prep level coaching the Riverview Varsity Hockey team (2000-2005).  In his five years at Riverview, the team overachieved each season.  By season three Riverview would win the first of three league titles, followed by back to back regional titles only to lose to Division 3 powerhouse Cranbrook.  At Riverview Daniel earned league coach of the year honors twice.

(2006-2010) Daniel accepted a position as Head Coach of the Detroit Compuware Midget Major team as well as became Compuware Youth Hockey Director.  During his time at Compuware a large number of players were moved on to NAHL, USHL, and OHL teams. Developing players has always been Daniel’s forte.  Standout players that developed through the Compuware system during Daniel’s tenure include Dan Dekeyser (Detroit Red Wings), Torey Krug (Boston Bruins), Jacob Trouba (Winnipeg Jets), and Stefan Noesen (Anaheim Ducks).
In 2010 Daniel accepted a position as Assistant Coach with the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL.  In Daniel’s first season with the Spirt, Saginaw captured the first division championship in franchise history, as well as first playoff series victory.  At Saginaw Daniel was responsible for developing the teams forwards and penalty kill.  In his time with Saginaw the special teams unit never finished outside of the top ten in the league.
This level of experience, and the connections to higher levels of junior hockey will serve incoming Ice Hawks players very well.  Who will be next to join the list of players Coach Daniel has worked with?  If you would like to add your name to this list, contact Coach Daniel today.  georgedaniel09@hotmail.com
Ø Torey Krug (Boston Bruins, Michigan State)
Ø  Dan Dekeyser (Detroit Red Wings, Western Michigan)
Ø  Brandon Saad (Chicago Black Hawks)
Ø  Garret Ross (Chicago Black Hawks, Rockord Ice Hogs)
Ø  Vincent Trocheck (Florida Panthers, Plymouth Whalers)
Ø  Jacob Trouba (Winnipeg Jets)
Ø  Pat Sieloff (Calgary Flames, Windsor Spitfires)
Ø  Dalton Prout (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Ø  Ben Chiarot (Winnipeg Jets)
Ø  Jordan Swarz (Phoenix Coyotes)
Ø  Josh Shalla (Nashville Predators)
Ø  Jimmy Lodge (Winnipeg Jets, Saginaw Spirit)
Ø  Jake Patterson (Detroit Red Wings, Saginaw Spirit)
Ø  Nick Moutrey (Colombus Blue Jackets, Saginaw Spirit)
Ø  Eric Locke (Buffalo Sabres,)
Ø  Justin Kea (Buffalo Sabres, Saginaw Spirit)
Ø  Chad Pietilla (Northern Michigan)
Ø  Austin Levi (Plymouth Whalers)
Ø  Jared Knight (Boston Bruins, London Knights)
Ø  Stefan Noesen (Anaheim Ducks, Plymouth Whalers)
Ø  Travis Lynch (UofM)
Ø  Blake Pietilla (New Jersey Devils, Michigan Tech)
Ø  Brady Vail (Montreal Canadians, Windsor Spitfires)
Ø  Cason Hohman (Boston College),
Ø  Craig Duninick (Sarnia Sting)
Ø  Jacob MacDonald (Cornell)
Ø  Josh Malecki (Barrie Colts)
Ø  Mike Ferrantino (MSU)
Ø  Joe Cox (MSU)
Ø  Will Ford (Princeton)
Ø  Lukas Hafner (WMU)
Ø  Kyle Schemmpp (Ferris State)
Ø  Ryan Lowney (Ferris State)
Ø  Zach Nagelvort (UofM)
Ø  Ian Miller (LSSU)
Ø  Andrew Copp (Winnipeg Jets, UofM)
Ø  Dominic Shine (Ohio State)
Ø  AJ White (UMASS Lowell)
Ø  Craig Pierce (Alabama-Huntsville)
Ø  Mike Monteith (Mercyhurst)