Photo credits to Chad Goddard Photography
Alex Mandolidis was born and raised in Calgary, playing minor hockey for the Crowchild Hockey Association and North West Calgary Athletic Association. He received awards for Top Forward in Bantam AAA and the Peter Schiller Award (awarded to the Midget AAA player who best exemplifies leadership, commitment, community involvement, and hard work) while playing for the Midget AAA Flames. After graduating from NWCAA, Alex played three years in the Alberta Junior Hockey League for the Calgary Canucks, where he served as Assistant Captain for two seasons and was awarded Top Rookie, Most Popular Player and named Assistant Captain for the 2004 AJHL Prospect Game. Alex then finished his junior career playing for the Drayton Valley Thunder. After attending Wilfrid Laurier University, he began coaching with the NWCAA as an Assistant Coach and has coached at the quadrant level for the last ten seasons.
Alex enters his first year with the Calgary Mustangs as their Assistant Coach. Prior to joining the Calgary Mustangs, Alex coached at the Midget AAA level for the past five seasons; as the Head Coach of the NWCAA Midget AAA Flames for two seasons, Assistant Coach of the CNHA Midget AAA Northstars for one season, and Head Coach of the CNHA Midget AAA Northstars for the past two seasons.
Alex is a full time Hockey Coach with the National Sport Academy and Calgary Hockey Development where he works with young student athletes in developing their individual hockey and life skills, and is also involved with the National Coaching Certification Program, Hockey Alberta, and Hockey Calgary initiatives. He coached in the Alberta Cup over the past four seasons with Team Central, Team South, Calgary South, and Edmonton Yellow and has also served as the Video Coach for Team Alberta at the 2017 U16 WHL Cup.
Alex is honored and thrilled to be appointed to the Calgary Mustangs coaching staff. He brings with him experience, knowledge and passion as the Mustangs implement and promote the values of teamwork, discipline and integrity to this year’s group of athletes. Alex is excited to be part of the Mustangs’ process to develop leaders, mentors and role models to Hockey Calgary, Hockey Alberta and the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
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