Prairie Hockey Academy name Dustin Friesen as U17 Prep Head Coach


Prairie Hockey Academy, Saskatchewan’s first Hockey Canada Accredited School is pleased to announce the signing of Dustin Friesen as the U17 Prep Head Coach and Director of Strength & Conditioning. Dustin, who is originally from Waldheim, SK, grew up playing his minor hockey in the province, including four seasons with the Swift Current Broncos of the WHL.

“I am very excited to announce Dustin Friesen as the new Head Coach of the U17 Prep team at Prairie Hockey Academy. Dustin understands what it means to be a student-athlete, being a double degree graduate from UNB. He holds his Bachelors in Education as well as Recreation and Sport Studies. He has an incredible passion for young student athletes and helps them develop in the classroom, as individuals, on the ice and off ice. This will be evident in his character, work ethic and preparation.” – PHA President, Justin Simpkins

Dustin joins PHA after a long professional playing career. His playing resume includes Swift Current Broncos (WHL), University of New Brunswick (CIS), Utah Grizzilies (ECHL), Idaho Steelheads (ECHL), Bridgeport Soundtigers (AHL), Chicago Wolves (AHL), Fischtown Pinguins (DEL2) , and most recently the ERC Ingolstadt (DEL). Along his stops, Dustin has consistently been selected for a leadership role on almost every team he played, while being the team Captain of the Swift Current Broncos, UNB Varsity Reds and most recently with ERC Ingolstadt in the DEL. He has also had success on ice, having won two National Championships at the University of New Brunswick and a Defenseman of the Year league award in Germany.

On top of his head coaching role, he will take on the Director of Strength and Conditioning at PHA. During summer months, Dustin has trained many Midget, Junior and Professional athletes in the gym. He has also spent time as a Skills coach and Power Skating for junior and youth programs in Germany over the last number of years.

“I look forward to having Dustin join our management team at PHA and helping us continue to improve our programming for student athletes. Dustin and his wife Katherine, along with their three daughters will be a great addition to PHA and the town of Caronport, SK.” – PHA President, Justin Simpkins

If you would like to speak to Dustin Friesen, you can contact him at or 639-317-4237

For more information contact:

Justin Simpkins