Trent Cassan, Head Coach/ Associate General Manager
A native of Medora, Manitoba, Trent enters his sixth season with the Terriers and fourth full season as the teams Head Coach and Associate GM. In the 2012-2013, Trent was named SJHL Coach of the Year after leading the Terriers to a 36-14-4 regular season record to a first place finish and a SJHL League Championship. In just over three seasons as the head coach Trent has compiled 103 regular season wins, two division pennants, three Sherwood Conference playoff titles, one runner up for SJHL Coach of the Year, one SJHL Coach of the Year and one SJHL League Championship.
The 2013-14 season will also see Trent experience his first international experience as he will be an Assistant Coach for the Team Canada West entry at the World Junior A Challenge in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
Before taking over as Head Coach, Trent served as the Assistant Coach and Marketing Director for the Terriers. Trent is a former Terrier himself having played three seasons with the Terriers from 2001 to 2004.
Upon completion of his junior career Trent played four seasons for the Geneseo State Ice Knights at the NCAA Division III level. During his time at Geneseo the Ice Knights captured back-to-back league championships. Trent was also Team Captain his senior season and named to the Conferences All-Academic team for two seasons. Trent graduated from Geneseo State in May of 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication and Business Minor.
Casey O'Brien, Assistant Coach
Casey in his third season as the Assistant Coach of the Terriers. He was an integral part of the 2013 SJHL Championship working with the defensemen. In October 2013, he served as an Assistant Coach for Team Saskatchewan at the Western Canada U16 Branch Cup.
From Gloucester, Ontario, Casey played his junior hockey in the CJHL (now renamed CCHL) for the Nepean Raiders and Ottawa Jr. Senators. After junior hockey, he played five seasons for the University of Guelph Gryphons in the CIS.
After Guelph, Casey played two seasons professionally in Norway as a player coach. He also had a brief stint in the SPHL for the Twin Cities Cyclones. Before joining the Terriers, he was the Player Development Coach at the Banff Hockey Academy for two years.
Casey and his wife, Laura, a grade 9 teacher at St. Henry's Senior School, reside in Melville with the two dogs, Kota and Teddy.
Don Chesney, General Manager/ Marketing Director
Don Chesney’s hockey career started in Yorkton where he played minor hockey. He played in the first ever SJHL All-Star Game as a member of the Melville Millionaires. He has coached at all levels of hockey for over 30 years. At the Junior B level he won Coach of the Year in the Prairie Junior Hockey League with the St. Phillips Rangers. He has coached the Canora Cobras where he was named an All-Star Coach. Chesney led the Fort Knox to a Silver medal at the Keystone Cup. He has also served as an Assistant Coach of the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League. Most recently he scouted for two seasons for the Waywayseecappo Wolverines of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.
His SJHL coaching career has spanned 12-years where he coached the Melville Millionaires, Lebret Eagles and the Yorkton Terriers. During his time he was twice named SJHL Coach of the Year.
The Terriers 2013 SJHL League Championship was Don's first title in his storied career in the SJHL.
Andre Huberdeau– Athletic Trainer/Equipment Manager
The Yorkton Terriers are pleased to announce that Andre Huberdeau will be joining the hockey club for the upcoming 2013-14-hockey season as the teams Athletic Trainer/Equipment Manager. Andre graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2012 with a Bachelor of Kinesiology and Recreation Management with a degree in Athletic Therapy. He has also recently completed the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association certification exam.
Prior to joining the Terriers staff Andre worked with the Yellowhead Chiefs of the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey league as their Athletic Therapist.
The Terriers play a 56-game schedule from September through February in the 12-team SJHL. The league playoffs begin in early March and end in mid to late-April with the SJHL Canalta Cup being awarded to the League Champion. The League Champion moves on to play in the Western Canada Cup. The Western Canada Cup replaced the Anavet Cup in the 2012-13 season. The Anavet Cup was a seven game series between the SJHL and MJHL champions with the winner advancing to the national championship.
The Western Canada Cup is the qualifier for the National Championship. The BCHL, AJHL, SJHL and MJHL Champions will all participate in the WCC along with the host team. The two top teams after the WCC play down will advance to the National Junior “A” Championship, the RBC Royal Bank Cup. The four leagues will rotate every four years for hosting the WCC. The Nanaimo Clippers of the BCHL hosted the inaugural event last season. The Dauphin Kings of the MJHL will be hosts in April 2014. Fort MacMurray Oil Barons will be hosting the 2015 WCC. The SJHL is awarded the 2016 WCC.
The SJHL has enjoyed a great deal of success on the intra provincial and national level, winning the ANAVET CUP twenty-six times in its thirty-four year existence. At the Royal Bank Cup Championship the SJHL traditionally has done very well. Humboldt (2003), Weyburn (2005) and Humboldt (2008) have all won the event in recent years with Yorkton (2006) and Kindersley (2004) finishing as national finalists.
The Terriers average three games a week, participiate in dryland training, and have practices the mornings of all non-game days.
The hockey club supplies players with all outer equipment (helmets, sticks, gloves, pants, socks and jerseys), and gets great discounts on all other equipment needed by the players. Because of Yorkton's central location, most road trips are less than three hours. While on the road, the Terriers use a state-of-the-art charter bus fully equipped with VCRs, TVs, CD players and washroom facilities.
The Yorkton Terrier Hockey Club is operated by a community-owned not-for-profit organization under the leadership of a volunteer board of directors elected at the annual meeting. The hockey club and its hundreds of volunteers carry out extensive fund-raising projects to support the team and its players.