June 18th, 2024

Aasman wins silver at World U-17 Hockey Challenge

By Lethbridge Herald on November 17, 2022.

By Justin Seward

Lethbridge Herald

The Lethbridge Hurricanes trio of players Miguel Marques, Tristen Doyle and assistant coach Ryan Aasman returned from the U-17 World Hockey Challenge in Delta and Langley, B.C. this week with a valuable learning experience.

For Aasman, however, it was an extra special opportunity as he was the video coach for the silver medal-winning Canada Red, who bowed to the United States 11-3 in the final on Saturday in Langley, B.C.

“It was good,” said Aasman.

“It’s a really tough tournament to win with Canada having 66 of the best kids in the country, compared to the U.S. having the best 20. But I thought we did really good and we competed really hard and I thought our team was really consistent throughout the whole tournament in the way that we played.”

He had a half of a year of video coaching experience last year and took that knowledge with him to this tournament.

“I definitely learned to work with the staff and what they needed,” said Aasman.

“I had to supply the video for pre-scout stuff for all three coaches. I  worked really close with our head coach on our five-on-five play and then in game, just making adjustments where I saw.”

Doyle and Marques suited up for the sixth place Canada White team.

“I think just being ready to go every day because obviously playing countries that you’ve never played before , like the top kids in your age group for  that tournament —,was a big learning experience, said Marques.

Doyle said it was a  great experience getting to meet new people and represent the country.

“Just keep getting better every day,” said Doyle.

“There’s always people that are better than you and you’ve just got to catch up to them.”

The tournament consisted of the three Team Canada teams, Finland, USA, Sweden and Czechia.

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