Men’s Hockey News

TORONTO — Brett Gibson of the Queen’s Gaels has been selected as Head Coach of the 2023 U SPORTS Men’s Hockey All-Stars set to compete at Canada’s National Junior Team Selection camp from Dec. 12-13.

Besides Gibson, Calgary’s Mark Howell (Associate Coach), McGill’s David Urquhart (Assistant Coach) and RMC’s Richard Lim (Assistant Coach) will also be behind the bench for the U SPORTS squad. Rounding out the U SPORTS staff are Calgary’s Alexander Jozsa (Video Coordinator), Queen’s University’s Jamie Nicholl-Carne (Equipment Manager) and University of Windsor’s Adam Ellwood (Athletic Therapist).

This will mark the eighth year the U SPORTS All-Stars have faced off against Canada’s National Junior Team Prospects, who are vying for roster spots at the 2024 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship being held in Gothenburg, Sweden from Dec. 26, 2023 - Jan. 5, 2024.

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Head Coach – Brett Gibson, Queen’s University 

Queen's University Men’s Hockey Head Coach, Gibson coached his 400th game with the program last season. Gibson's tenure with the Gaels started in 2006 and has included more than 200 regular season wins, a CIS Coach of the Year award in 2013-14, and a Queen's Cup victory at the end of the 2018-19 season.

During his tenure at Queen's, Gibson was named to Team Canada's coaching staff for the 2021 FISU Winter Universiade, and served as Head Coach for Canada at the 2017 Winter Universiade, leading the team to a bronze medal. The 2021 Winter Universiade was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the spring of 2019, Gibson was named the head coach of the Canada National Men's Under-18 Team for the 2019 IIHF U18 World Championship in Sweden and led Canada to a fourth-place finish.

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Associate Coach – Mark Howell, University of Calgary

Howell is in his 15th season as head coach of the University of Calgary Dinos, coming off his most successful season to date a year ago. Howell guided the Dinos to a program-record 25-3 regular-season mark before claiming the program’s latest Canada West Championship in 2022-23. For his efforts, he was named the U SPORTS Coach of the Year for the second time in his career, as well as claiming his third Canada West Coach of the Year honors.

Howell has coached the Dinos to postseason competition in every year he has patrolled the bench for the Scarlet & Gold. He has also led the program to the U CUP three times and recently claimed his 300th U SPORTS win while serving as Calgary’s head coach.

The Red Deer, Alta. native also has extensive experience coaching at both the provincial and national levels. Just this past January, he helped coach Team Canada to a gold medal at the FISU World University Games in Lake Placid.

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Assistant Coach – David Urquhart, McGill University

Urquhart was appointed full-time head coach of the McGill University men's hockey team in May, 2021. A 2018 inductee to the McGill Sports Hall of Fame, Urquhart spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach of the AHL’s San Diego Gulls.

The 38-year-old native of Thorold, Ont., is 13th former McGill player to take the helm of his alma mater. Urquhart played for McGill and served four years as a full-time assistant coach (2014-2018) under the direction of Kelly Nobes. He also was head coach of the Serbian national team at the 2018 IIHF Div. 2 world hockey championship.

Urquhart went on to a solid pro playing career, including stints in the AHL (Hartford and Hamilton) and the ECHL (Charlotte and Wheeling). He played three years in Italy, with Valpellice, Pontebba and Ritten-Renon.

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Assistant Coach – Richard Lim, Royal Military College of Canada

 Lim is a former Paladin and graduate of RMC, with a BEng in Civil Engineering and a MASc in Structural Engineering. During his five seasons as a Cadet at RMC, Lim played the third-most games in program history and sits fifth all-time in points. He served as an Assistant Captain for two seasons before being named Captain in his graduating year.

With his National HP1 certification, Lim has experience coaching in Hockey Alberta’s High Performance program, in addition to three seasons as an Assistant Coach for the Paladins before taking over as RMC's Head Coach in 2015. During his tenure, he has transformed a program that was struggling to be competitive, to a playoff contender.

In 2019, Lim was a member of the coaching staff for the Bronze Medal U SPORTS team at the FISU Winter Universiade in Kransoyarsk, Russia. During the 2019-20 season, Lim coached the Paladins to a pair of program milestones: beating USMA West Point for the first time since 2002 in their annual rivalry game, and making the playoffs for the first time since 2006.




Brett Gibson

Head Coach

Queen’s University

Mark Howell

Associate Coach

University of Calgary

David Urquhart

Assistant Coach

McGill University

Richard Lim

Assistant Coach

Royal Military College of Canada

Alexander Jozsa

Video Coordinator

University of Calgary

Jamie Nicholl-Carne

Equipment Manager

Queen’s University

Adam Ellwood

Athletic Therapist

University of Windsor