Medvescak's roster for the 2015-16 KHL season is expanding. After nine new players in the club comes a new coach: Gordie Dwyer. This is the thirty-seven-year-old Canadian and former NHL player's first arrangement in the KHL, as well as his first time as Head Coach of a European team. Until now he has coached Canadian teams and was the assistant coach to Team Canada U18.
''This is a great opportunity for me and a big step forward in my career, which I intend to prove. I'm glad that Medvescak put trust in me and gave me this opportunity, and I promise that I will give it everything I can to give this team a winning character, make it a tough opponent, and to not disappoint its fans'', said Dwyer as he announced his arrival to Zagreb.
Dwyer retired from his career as a player in 2009 and immediately turned to coaching. Over the past six seasons he's been the Head Coach of numerous Canadian junior teams such as the Summerside Western Capitals (MJAHL) with whom he won the Kent Cup in 2011, Prince Island Rocket (QMJHL), and Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL) whom he brought to the quarterfinals for the first time in history, and in 2012 he stepped up to the national level as assistant coach of Canada's National U18 Team, winning them bronze medals.
''After I retired as a player, I was lucky to get to develop as a coach in a high quality Canadian league that I myself played in while growing up. Even though it’s a junior league, it's a huge organisation on a professional level in which you have the opportunity to develop players for the NHL and prepare them for a future in this sport in general. It was a great experience for me which brought me to Zagreb and Medvescak in the end.''
The Canadian highlighted some goals for the season...
''To grow from game to game and to be competitive. This season the team will be focused on young players who we will develop into competitive KHL players, but at the same time we would like to be successful, especially on home ice in front of our fans.''
Dwyer expects the players to...
''For starters I want them to come into the preseason in good shape and ready to fight for a spot on the team. I want us to be a fast and physically strong team that will give it their all on the ice and work hard from practice to practice and in game to game. I can already tell you that the training camp will be challenging and the only ones who will pass will be those who are most prepared, fittest, and toughest; in other words, the best.''