DYHA is proud and honored to have two extremely experienced players and now coaches heading up the organization. Both Sean and Alex are excited to help all players and coaches develop their games to the highest level.
Coach-in-Chief, Hockey Director
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After a successful 4 year OHL Junior career, spent primarily in Guelph, right-winger Sean Whyte was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 1989 and played 21 games with them during the seasons of 1991-92 and 1992-93.
In a total of 11 years, Sean’s playing stats are as follows:
- 1032 games
- 339 goals
- 530 assists
- 869 points
- 1442 minutes in penalties.
Whyte led the Phoenix Roadrunners in scoring one year and was also an IHL All-Star. When the Roadrunner franchise folded following the 1995-96 campaign, the fans honored Whyte by naming him to the All-Time Roadrunner All-Star Team as top right-winger.
Sean finished off his career back in Phoenix with a new club, called the Mustangs, a West Coast Hockey League franchise. During his time with the Mustangs, he also served as the club’s Assistant Coach, and in 2000, he helped them capture the WCHL championship.
Whyte also had an accomplished inline hockey career, playing a total of 6 seasons with the Anaheim Bullfrogs and the Phoenix Cobras. He also won a gold medal for Team Canada in the IIHF World Championships in 1998.
For the past 29 years, Sean has been involved with instructing and coaching young hockey players. He has worked for well-known hockey schools such as Can/Am, Huron, and Hawkesbury. Sean owned and ran his own hockey school in Canada for 9 years, called Northern Edge Hockey School. He has also run many other schools, clinics, and private lessons throughout the US and Canada in both ice hockey and roller hockey.
Sean states, “I take great pride in developing young hockey players. The most important aspect to remember when playing hockey is to have fun.
Assistant Director, Travel Teams & Coaches
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Alex Hicks played his college hockey at the University of Wisconsin at Eau-Claire where he was named to the NCHA First All-American team in both 1991 and 1992. After graduating, he spent time playing for Toledo of the ECHL, Adirondack of the AHL and Las Vegas of the IHL.
He was signed as a free agent by Anaheim in August 1995 and played his first NHL game as a Mighty Duck. In his first NHL season, he totaled 21 points in 64 games for Anaheim. He played 18 games for the Ducks the following year before being traded to Pittsburgh in October as part of a multi-player deal. He had 20 points in 55 games for the Penguins. Added to the eight he had tallied in Anaheim, the 1996-97 season was his best with a total of 28 points.
His made a return appearance with the Pens in 1997-98, playing in 58 games and earning 20 points. San Jose signed Hicks as a free agent in October 1998, but after only four games with the Sharks he was traded to Florida. He finished that season and began the next with the Panthers organization, but a knee injury suffered during training camp kept him sidelined for most of the 1999-2000 season. Hicks rehabbed his injured knee throughout the winter and made it back to play the final 8 games of the regular season and the playoffs. Alex spent the next 6 years playing hockey in Germany in the DEL, with stops in Berlin for a year and Cologne for 5 years.
Hicks retired after the 2006 season and moved to Arizona and immediately began coaching youth at Ozzie Ice where Sean Whyte was the hockey director. When Sean Whyte took over DYHA Hicks joined him the following year. Whyte soon hired Hicks on as an assistant hockey director where he continues his position today.