The Niverville Nighthawks hired Tyler Anderson as an assistant coach prior to the team’s inaugural season. Born and raised in Niverville, the chance to contribute to the new team and his community is one he’s not taking for granted. Tyler played for the Eastman Selects when he was growing up and now he gets to help usher in the next wave of young players moving into their junior hockey years.
“I’m looking forward to grow the player development side of the game, especially in young defencemen,” Tyler says.
A defenceman himself, Tyler graduated from Eastman and moved on to Junior A stops in the SJHL with the Kindersley Klippers and the BCHL with the Prince George Spruce Kings and West Kelowna Warriors, a team with which he won a national championship (the Fred Page Cup, which is now called the Centennial Cup).
Following junior hockey Tyler attended a Washington Capitals development camp before embarking on a Division 1 college career with the Superior State Lakers, a team that won the GLI Cup.
“It is awesome to finally have a team here in Niverville,” Tyler says. “As a local it’s something I wish we would have had back in my junior days. I think it will really bring the community together and it will be a fun night out on the town for local families, It’s especially important for the younger kids to see this quality of hockey and look up to it. Billets will have a player move in, who will turn into an older brother for the young kids living in the house and you’ll have a friend for life. This will help put Niverville on the map.”