2019 WUG/Universiade - Winter (Krasnoyarsk, RUS)

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    So, USPORTs has started the process of finding a coach and staff for the USPORTS v Team Canada Jrs and Team Canada at WUG
    - 2019 Winter Universiade is in Krasnoyarsk, Russian Siberia next year.
    - The proposed dates are March 2 to 12th. The University Cup starts on the 14th

    High Performance Program

    I couldn't find any reference to a salary, so it looks like a Volunteer position where you cover your own costs, plus the 'play to play' fee ($900 for TCJr and $4200 for WUG)

    I can see a number of coaches jumping at the TCJr positions, not sure about the WUG.

    No reference as to how the players will be selected - more to come I'm sure.

    This coming season was intended to be the AUS's rotation, but with the dates of the event in early March - the AUS informed USPORTS last year they would not be taking the lead role.
     
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    The Universiade for hockey would be a nice Christmas event.
     
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    The dates for this event always seem to be all over the place.
     
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    USPORTS posted an ad back in May looking for a pair of coaching and support teams as part of their High Performance program; USPORTS All-Star team, to play team Canada prior to the World Junior tournament (in Vancouver/Victoria) as well as USPORTS WUG All-Star team, to play at WUG in Russia (dates remain the same as above).

    No news yet. The deadline for submissions was June 14th.

    The team will be 'the best from the rest' as players will likely come from teams not advancing to the playoffs or eliminated in the first round. However, I doubt they will take anyone from an advancing team due to the FISU team roster filing dates - they like to have the paperwork, visas, etc. done a few weeks in advance, so taking someone from a team eliminated 3 days before leaving is likely not going to happen.

    Lots of logistic challenges to this approach - would have preferred an event date in late January or early February where a 'best of the best' would be likely and a USPORTS teams would only be out one player, possible 2 at the most and would likely not miss them too much.

    If I wasn't working, I'd love to work the GM office for this - scouting, planning, organizing - looking for 22 players.
     
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    Players would likely be coming from:

    AUS
    - Dal or UdeM

    OUA-E
    Nipissing, Laurentian & RMC

    OUA-W
    Toronto, Waterloo, Windsor and/or Laurier

    CW
    - Regina (Lethbridge is hosting UCup and not likely going to release anyone)

    Slim pickings
     
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    They'll have 8 teams from the OUA, and one each from the AUS and CW from which to choose. That's 2 or 3 players per team. Even weaklings can provide that.
     
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    They may not have access to first-round losers if the deadline for the roster is 28 days prior to the event starting (that's February 2nd) and most OUA teams will have one remaining weekend of regular season to play. That leaves you with 2 teams each form East & West for four in total, not eight, plus the 2 other teams from AUS & CW for a total of 6 teams to select from - 4 players per team. That's slim pickings.

    Balance this against the stacked Russia team that will be in the tournament and winning gold will be a challenge.
     
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    A significant factor that could play into this will be the visa requirements. Unless there is an athlete exemption for this, processing times can take a long time, with costs for expedited visas adding to costs that will add to your "pay to play" fee. The process and paperwork is tedious (speaking from experience) and costs even more if you hire a visa assistance service to help with it. Interestingly enough, the Russia government is talking about extending the fan visa exemption that was in place for FIFA, but I have yet to read anything in regards to delegates/athletes.

    The Russian team will be highly competitive and will no doubt be a favourite for winning gold, especially on home ice for both the Men's and Women's tournaments.
     
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    Yup - one more wrench in the mix.
     
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    A little bit to add here from the USPORTS release about the coaching staff for the All-Star game vs Team Canada Juniors.

    All-Star Game Press Release

    "Joining the bench staff are Graham Sirman as General Manager, Dick White, Chair of the U SPORTS Men’s Hockey Sport Technical Subcommittee and Western Mustangs head coach Clarke Singer, who will serve as General Manager of the men’s hockey program at the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade. Singer will work closely with Howell on player selection for the FISU Games scheduled for Mar. 2-12 in Krasnoyarsk, Russia."

    Not sure why they say Clarke will work closely with Howell on the FISU team selection since those positions (FISU Team Canada coaching staff) have yet to be announced (unless Mark is going to skip coaching Calgary through the playoffs?). I also do not see many of the players going to Victoria being available for FISU.
     

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