Michael Dyck is in his first year as head coach of the Vancouver Giants, and he’s been selected as the WHL’s Western Conference coach of the year. (Chris Relke/Vancovuer Giants)

Coach of the year in first season with the Giants

Michael Dyck is being lauded by the Western Hockey League for transforming the junior hockey team

It may only be his first season as head coach of the Vancouver Giants, but Michael Dyck is being recognized for his efforts with the hockey franchise.

The Vancouver Giants announced that Dyck has been named the WHL’s Western Conference coach of the year.

The Western Hockey League announced all league award finalists for both the Western and Eastern Conference Wednesday, and in doing so confirmed the title for Dyck – who joined the Langley-based team back in June.

In his first season as coach, Dyck has led the team to a Western Conference leading record of 48-15-3-2 and the second best overall record in the Western Hockey League.

READ MORE: Vancouver Giants name Michael Dyck as new head coach

The Giants winning percentage of .743 was the second highest recorded in the 18-year history of the franchise.

With Dyck at the helm, the G-Men surrendered the third fewest goals-against (162) and had the fourth-best goal differential (+66).

The Giants also finished in the top-five in both power play (24.6 per cent, fourth) and penalty kill (84.9 per cent, second). Nine different Giants either matched or surpassed their previous career highs in points this season with Dyck in charge.

For his career, Dyck’s WHL record behind the bench is 180-135-21.

Internationally, Dyck has served as Team Canada Pacific’s head coach twice (2009-10 and 2011-12) at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

He also served as Alberta’s head coach at the 2015 Canada Winter Games, and as an assistant coach for Canada at the Youth Olympic Games in 2016.

Dyck’s playing career in the WHL spanned five seasons (1985-1989). He played with the Calgary Wranglers, Brandon Wheat Kings and Regina Pats.


The Eastern Conference coach of the year was Marc Habscheid of the Prince Albert Raiders. Either Dyck or Habscheid will receive the Dunc McCallum Trophy for WHL coach of the year at the WHL awards banquet, which will take place on Wednesday, May 1 in Red Deer, Alta.

Dyck’s Giants will take the ice for Game 1 of their first-round WHL Playoff matchup with the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday, March 22 at 7:30 PM at the Langley Events Centre.


Just Posted

VIDEO: Surrey Vaisakhi Parade floods Newton streets

Hundreds of thousands of people attended the annual event

Setting the stage for emerging performers

Variety fundraiser and ongoing open-mics showcase local talent

VAISAKHI EXPLAINED: Founding of the Khalsa was a seminal event in Sikh history

There are five K’s – articles of faith – worn by baptized Sikhs

Four Surrey students head to New Brunswick for Canada-wide science fair

Three projects move to nationals following regional fair at KPU

Man ‘seriously’ injured in crash after driving wrong way on Highway 17: Surrey RCMP

Police say the sedan hit a transport truck, then another car

Dashcam captures close call between minivan, taxi at busy Vancouver intersection

To make the footage more nerve-wracking, a pedestrian can be seen standing at the corner

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. mom wages battle to get back four kids taken from her in Egypt

Sara Lessing of Mission has help from Abbotsford law firm

VIDEO: Fire guts Peachland home

Crews are still on scene pumping water onto the blaze in the Okanagan neighbourhood

$6K raised in one day’s time for family of woman gunned down in Penticton

GoFundMe launched for family of Darlene Knippelberg, to pay for funeral costs and other expenses

B.C. mountain biker sent home from hospital twice, despite broken vertebrae

Released in Maple Ridge to go home with three fractured vertebrae

Seven tips to travel safely this Easter long weekend

An average of three people are killed, and hundreds more injured, each Easter long weekend in B.C.

Seattle’s 4-20 ‘protestival’ enjoys tolerance, some support – and B.C. could do the same

Seattle’s Hempfest a large-scale occasions with vendors, prominent musical acts and thousands of attendees

Most Read

l -->