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.