April 28, 2020
It is with regret, that the NVMHA Board of Directors announces the resignation of Dan Cioffi, Executive Director of Hockey Operations, effective May 31, 2020.
Dan has worked with NVMHA tirelessly for 8 years shaping our hockey club into a focussed and highly competitive minor hockey organization. He has developed and streamlined the NVMHA Rep tryout process making it reliable and equitable, admired and duplicated by other minor hockey associations.
During his time, Dan has developed many players who have gone on to play hockey in various levels of Junior. He has also spent many hours developing and mentoring coaches, and in recognition for his outstanding contribution to coaching development and coaching programs in the lower mainland district, he was honoured by PCAHA with the John Ptucha Coaching Development Award in 2016-17.
Coaching has always been Dan’s passion and he has imparted his wisdom on many players and younger coaches while also coaching in many divisions. One of Dan’s most notable teams was the Bantam A1 team that won the PCAHA league in flight 1, the Tier 1 PCAHA Championship, and made it to the final game at the BC Hockey Bantam A Championship in the 2018-19 season.
Dan partnered NVMHA with the Canadian Tire First Shift program, running the program every year in the fall, teaching youth new to hockey basic skills, encouraging and fostering the fun and love of the game to the those who attended. Always believing that our players should be given a send-off before moving onto other levels of hockey or pursuing a post secondary education, Dan also organized the annual Graduating Midget Game at Rogers Arena.
So, it is with mixed feelings that we say goodbye to Dan - he’ll surely be missed. We wish Dan the best in his future endeavours, which will have him spending more time with his family, potentially undertaking further education, and pursuing professional coaching as the Head Coach of the Coquitlam Express (Junior “A” BCHL) for the upcoming 2020-21 season.
Please join the NVMHA Board of Directors in thanking Dan for all his work and the legacy that he leaves, which has made NVMHA a better place to learn and play hockey.