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Shawnigan Lake names Compton head coach of Midget Varsity

Shawnigan Lake School today announced that Jeff Compton has been named the Head Coach of their Midget Varsity team, while David Chant will return as an Assistant Coach.

“Jeff has done a tremendous job in his many roles here at Shawnigan Lake School, “said Kevin Cooper, Director of Hockey. “His work on attracting great young people to the school, to supporting the growth of the hockey program, he is a valued member of our team and a great mentor to our students. Jeff is looking forward to taking the lead role with the Varsity team and continuing to develop our athletes. He is a great coach and most importantly understands the balance here at Shawnigan.”

Compton has been the Assistant Hockey Director at Shawnigan Lake School since 2014, while also serving as an Assistant Coach, Skills Coach and Fitness Coach. He is also currently the Skills and Conditioning Coach for the Western Hockey League’s Victoria Royals.

While earning his B.Sc. in human performance, Compton played five seasons with the University of Ottawa Gee Gees, before going on to complete his master’s degree at the University of Victoria. Compton has consulted and worked with several NHL teams including the Dallas Stars, Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets and the New York Rangers. For 15 seasons, he was the Fitness Coordinator for BC Hockey’s High Performance Men’s programs, and also co-authored the HP1 and HP2 course curriculum for Hockey Canada.

Chant returns as an Assistant Coach of the Midget Varsity team after serving in the same role last season, helping lead the team to a Canadian Sport School Hockey League Championship.

“David is moving back into his role as Assistant Coach with the Varsity team,” said Cooper. “David is a great teacher and educator who offers our student athletes a valued connection to the classroom and ice. His communication skills have made him an important coach to his players and offers them a leader they can connect with.”

Prior to joining Shawnigan Lake School, Chant was the Head Coach of the Trinity College School varsity ice hockey team, guiding them to the school’s first senior boy’s hockey championship since 1949.

As a player, Chant played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Brampton Battalion and Barrie Colts before playing one season professionally in the East Coast Hockey League. Chant graduated with a degree in English from St. Mary’s University where he also played on the men’s ice hockey team. In 2006, Chant was named the recipient of the Dr. Randy Gregg Award, which is presented annually to the U Sports hockey player that exhibits outstanding achievement in hockey, academics and community involvement.

Chant completed master’s degree in English Literature at the University of Glasgow and then served as the Goalie Coach for the Queen’s University men’s ice hockey team while in PhD program in English.