Jr. B Avalanche - Ryan Kuwabara Named Coach of the Year
Ancaster Avalanche’s Ryan Kuwabara is the recipient of the Tom Kelly Memorial Trophy as the Golden Horseshoe Conference Junior B coach of the year.
The 41-year-old Hamilton native is in his fourth season as general manager and coach of the Avalanche (the former Stoney Creek Warriors). During his tenure the club has risen from seventh place in the GHC to fifth place this season.
Kuwabara beat out Mike Bullard of the Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs, Chris Johnstone of the Fort Erie Meteors, Terry Masterson of the Niagara Falls Canucks, Yvan Charrios of the Port Colborne Pirates, Frank Girhiny of the St. Catharines Falcons, Ed Pizzo of the Thorold Blackhawks, and Keith Osborne of the Welland Junior Canadians.
Kuwabara played for the Hamilton Kilty B’s Junior B team in 1988-89 before embarking on a three-year Junior A stint with the Ottawa 67s of the Ontario Hockey League. He went on to play in the American and the East Coast hockey leagues before launching a 15-year professional career in Japan. During that time he played as a member of the Japanese National Team in the 1998 Nagano Olympic Games in Japan plus six World Hockey Championships between 1999 and 2003. He played for the Senior AAA Dundas Real McCoys in 2009-10.
For more information regarding the Jr. B Avalanche, contact Brian Lewis at (905) 973-9149 or [email protected].