Calgary, Alta – The Calgary Inferno welcome Tomas Pacina as the Head Coach for the 2017-18 season. Tomas and his team of talented coaches will stand tall behind the bench this season.
Tomas has previously worked in women’s hockey, with an impressive resume, coaching with the Calgary Oval X-Treme from 1999-2007, he also worked with the women’s national team from 2001-2003 as a skills coach. Tomas coached the X-Treme to four Western Women’s Hockey League (WWHL) championships, two Esso National Championships and two National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) championships. He has also worked extensively on the men’s side as a skills coach. He is currently with the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL and worked with numerous NHL teams including the Stanley Cup winning Pittsburgh Penguins.
“Whenever people gather to achieve a common goal, there is always an immense opportunity to grow, to let go of the old and to embrace the new,” remarked Tomas Pacina. “For individuals, there are many self imposed limits, but for a united team there are none. I am looking forward to this journey of discovering our barriers and collectively removing them.”
Another new addition to the team is assistant coach Juliane Jubinville. Juliane grew up playing hockey in Edmonton and played her college years with the University of Minnesota Duluth from 2003 to 2007; she also played with the Edmonton Chimos of the former WWHL. Juliane owns a fitness training company, so in addition to having a great deal of on ice hockey knowledge to share, she also brings expertise on fitness and nutrition. A couple of her accomplishments include competing in Red Bull Crashed Ice and an Ironman Triathalon finisher.
The other new member to the coaching staff is Kelly Bechard. a Saskatchewan native, with four gold medals in IIHF Women’s World Championships (2000, 2001, 2004 and 2007) and two silver medals (2005 and 2008). She was also part of Team Canada’s Olympic Gold Medal in 2002 at Salt Lake City. She played at the University of Calgary from 1997 to 2000 and in the NWHL, she played for the Oval X-Treme, the Brampton Thunder and the Toronto Aeros. Her past coaching experience includes three seasons as assistant coach at the University of Calgary and as the interim head coach in the 2013-14 season.
Gina Kingsbury is returning as an assistant coach with the Inferno in her third season, having coached with the Inferno in the 2015-16 Clarkson Cup Championship year and last season, 2016-17. Gina is a two-time Olympic Gold medalist (2006 and 2010) and six-time IIHF Women’s World Championship medalist (three gold 2001/2004/2007 and three silver 2005/2008/2009). She helped start the Okanagan Hockey Academy female prep team where she coached from 2010-2014, and was an assistant coach with the University of Minnesota Duluth from 2014-2015. Gina works for Hockey Canada as the Director of the National Women’s Teams Programs.