The Langley Rivermen Junior “A” Hockey club is pleased to announce Dan Cioffi has agreed to join the Rivermen scouting staff. Cioffi most recently was the Associate Head Coach with the Delta Icehawks in the PJHL and is happy to start a new chapter in the Hockey world so close to home.
“I am very excited to join the Rivermen organization and have the opportunity to work with the staff and players in the Player Development role. Living in Langley and having this opportunity to work with the Langley Rivermen is a privilege that doesn’t present itself very often in your own backyard. The Langley Rivermen have taken pride in immersing itself in the community and giving back and I am honoured to be part of that,” said Cioffi.
As a player, Cioffi played Junior “A” for the Pickering Panthers from 1996-1998 and then went on to play at the University of Ottawa where he obtained a Human Kinetics degree. Cioffi has experience working with NHL players as he landed an internship as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach under Randy Lee of the Ottawa Senators. Cioffi is also familiar with the BCHL as he has worked with the Express organization as an Associate Coach and Director of player development in 2007-2008, 2009-2010 and then went on to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks as an Associate Coach in 2011.
Cioffi paid very close attention to the ‘Men last season as he and his wife Kelly billet Mitch McLain. Cioffi was pleased with what he witnessed in 2012-2013 and expects the team to only get better,
“Expectations in hockey always have to be managed, but with the returning core of players and new recruits I believe the team will build off its first playoff appearance from last season and carry it forward. Experience of the returning players will be the catalyst of bringing the team together early on in the season. The opportunity for this team is very high but you still need things to fall in place that can’t be controlled like staying healthy,” he said.
Cioffi and McLain remain in close contact with one another since he has gone back home to Minnesota for the off-season. The new captain of the Rivermen was very happy when he heard the news and believes Cioffi is a strong asset to the organization,
“Dan is a prototypical Hockey guy. He knows the game very well and is committed to helping each player reach their potential. He brings a competitive attitude and knows what kind of mental focus and edge a team needs to play with in order to be successful. I am very excited for Dan getting this opportunity and we are fortunate to have him on board,” finished McLain.