2019-2020 Coaches for the High Performance Development Stream (HPDS) of Bantam AA, Midget AA and Intermediate AA.

October 20, 2018

The Etobicoke Dolphins are pleased to announce the 2019-2020 Coaches for the High Performance Development Stream (HPDS) of Bantam AA, Midget AA and Intermediate AA.

The HPDS was established 2 years ago to ensure a close working relationship on and off the ice within the 3 teams to help prepare players to succeed at the elite levels within the Dolphins organization.  For those athletes considering playing at a post-secondary institution, significant emphasis is placed on preparing for that next part of their hockey journey as a student-athlete.

Joe Butkevich – Head Coach – Intermediate AA

Joe, is a Hockey Canada HP1 certified coach, and is entering his 3rd season Coaching the Etobicoke Jr. Dolphins (PWHL) program as Head Coach. He also has Hockey Canada Level 1 & 2 Goalie Coach certifications and is a D1 Coach Evaluator.

Besides coaching Hockey in Canada, Joe has spent the past 5 years as an Ambassador with the Hamilton, New Zealand Inline Hockey Club.

Over the past three seasons, the Etobicoke Jr. program has had 25 players earn Canadian or American athletic scholarships as student/athletes. Last season, the Etobicoke Jr. program captured  both the Stoney Creek Silver Division & Tournoi de Hockey Feminine de Quebec Championships. During the 2017-18 season the Etobicoke Jr. program had a 17-1-2 tournament record for the year.

Joe can be reached at butkevich23@hotmail.com or on his cell at 647-403-9877.

Tyler Fines -Head Coach – Midget AA

The Etobicoke Dolphins are very pleased to announce the return of Tyler Fines for his third season as the Etobicoke Dolphins Midget AA Head Coach for 2019-2020. Previous to joining the Dolphins, Tyler was the Head Coach of the Brampton Thunder of the CWHL.  In that role, Tyler had the opportunity to coach Team Canada Olympians and NCAA/CIS graduates.  With Brampton, Tyler was named CWHL Professional Coach of the Year in 2015-16.

Tyler’s focus is to provide exposure for the players looking to pursue opportunities in the PWHL and NCAA/CIS. In 2017 the Etobicoke Dolphins Midget program graduated 5 players to the PWHL and 1 to CIS (Windsor University).

Midget AA is the preparatory level to develop and enhance the skills, concepts and systems that are required to be successful in the PWHL and beyond.  With Tyler’s extensive background as a Head Coach, including his successful work with the highest performing female hockey players in Canada, Tyler is extremely well positioned to ensure the players are instructed for success in Midget AA and for the important years that follow. Tyler is the Director of Scouting and Player Development for Draftday Hockey.

Tyler can be reached at finestprospects@gmail.com or on his cell at 519-215-0966.

Kelly McDonald – Head Coach – Bantam AA

Kelly is currently in her second season as assistant coach for the Etobicoke Jr. Dolphins of the PWHL. She works closely with coach Joe Butkevich to develop well-rounded players in preparation for post-secondary playing opportunities. She takes part in planning and implementing practice, scouting and recruiting, and position-specific skill development. Additionally, she has worked with Tyler Fines of the Midget AA team as a branch between programs, assisting in practices throughout the year. This past summer, Kelly was a Head Coach at the Ontario Summer Games – mentored by Dan Church of Hockey Canada and York University.

Prior to coaching, Kelly was a captain while playing Division I for the University of Maine. She also was named a ‘Distinguished Scholar’ for achieving at least a 3.0 GPA in each semester of her four-year Hockey East career. After graduating, she worked full time in Power Skating and Hockey Development and went on to play in the National Women’s Hockey League. She holds a degree in Secondary Education, which she currently applies as a teacher. In addition to having her ‘Speak Out’ and ‘Respect in Sport’, she is currently ‘Development 1’ trained and will be ‘HP1’ certified in the Spring ’19.

Kelly can be reached at kellymcdonald91@hotmail.com or on her cell at 289-684-8752.