Midget A – Coach Candace Kourounis
Transitioning into her first year as a head coach in2019-2020, Candace has spent the 2018-2019 season as an assistant coach with the Dolphins Midget AA program. Totaling over 20 years of playing experience, Candace had the opportunity to play with the OWHA Midget Prospects team, in addition to being an assistant coach at the Women’s U18 Team Ontario SelectionCamp in 2013.
Following her minor hockey career, Candace attended theUniversity of Windsor where she was co-captain for the Windsor Lancers. During her time, Candace helped lead the team to a 7th overall national ranking. Following her university career, she found employment with thePittsburgh Penguins of the NHL, where she was the Programs Assistant in theYouth Hockey Department. During her time in Pittsburgh, Candace had the opportunity to work closely with numerous NHL players, both on and off the ice, including Sidney Crosby and Gary Roberts, and was apart of the 2016 Stanley Cup winning team. She was also the head coach of the U10 and U16 Penguins Selects development program.
Candace is currently the Tournament Operations Supervisor with Canlan Ice Sports. She hopes to bring with her the knowledge and passion to help implement a strong development system for players both on and off the ice, and be a guiding force for players looking to achieve higher success.
Atom BB – Coach Madison Johnston
The Etobicoke Dolphins are very pleased to announce Madison Johnston as the Head Coach of the Atom BB team for the 2019-20 season.
Madison Johnston has played hockey for the last 24 years. In her Junior year, Madison played on the Toronto Aeros. She then completed 4 years of university hockey at Elmira College, in New York. For two years in a row, Madison was named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) West All-Academic team for her effort in the classroom. In her final season (2012-2013), she earned a spot on the ECAC All-Conference Second team. Madison helped her team win the NCAA Division III national championship in her final season at Elmira.
Upon graduating, Madison became a Toronto Firefighter and currently plays on the Toronto Fire Women’s Hockey team.
In addition to her playing career, Madison has worked for several years as a hockey instructor at summer hockey camps where she honed her skills as an instructor and as motivator and mentor for young athletes. Madison was assistant coach of the Etobicoke Dolphins Novice B team in the 2018-2019 season. As defense coach she worked closely with the defense group but was also able to provide valuable coaching to all players on the team. She also helped develop and run team practices.
As head coach, Madison will strive to create an atmosphere that fosters passion for the game and compete and drive to improve as an individual and a team. Madison will work on developing core fundamental skills of being a hockey player, on and off the ice.
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