Introducing our new coaching staff…

The Charleswood Hawks are happy to announce the appointment of Will Kinsman as their new Head Coach. Joining Will behind the bench will be Assistant Coach Dillon Smith, the former Hawks’ defenceman.  Hunter Ploszay, last year’s Goaltending Coach, will return for his second year with the club.


Will Kinsman
Head Coach

Will spent last season with the Winnipeg Freeze of the MJHL as an Assistant Coach.  Prior to that he served as Head Coach of the Vincent Massey mens’ team in the WHSHL.  There he greatly changed the culture and competitive trajectory of the entire program.  As a player, Will played Junior A in Ontario before heading south of the border to Minot State University, where he won a national championship in 2013.

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“I am extremely excited to join the Charleswood Hawks!  This is an organization with the deepest tradition in Manitoba hockey anywhere at any level.  This is a great privilege & honour to become Head Coach.  I’m confident Dillon & I will get the Hawks back into contention quickly.  There are some great people directing the program right now.  We are all in.”

– Will Kinsman

Dillon Smith
Asst. Coach

Dillon has spent the last 3 seasons coaching at the high school level with Vincent Massey Collegiate.  Most of his time was spent working with the defence and power play units.  As a player, Dillon won 4 championships with the Charleswood Hawks and served 3 years as Captain.  Following his Junior years, Dillon’s hockey career continued at Minot State University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education.  He currently works as a Physical Education Teacher within the Winnipeg School Division. At the Hawks’ 50th year celebration, Dillon was named Charleswood’s “Player of the Decade.”

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“As a Hawks’ alumni, my roots are deeply invested into the organization.  I’m very motivated & excited to begin my new role.”

– Dillon Smith

Hunter Ploszay
Goalie Coach

Hunter grew up in Stonewall where he played minor and AAA hockey prior to his 4 years tending goal for the MMJHL’s Stonewall Jets.  In addition to winning the Jack McKenzie Trophy as the league champions in 2016, Hunter was the Playoff MVP and on the First All Star Team.  In 2017, he was awarded the MMJHL’s Goaltender of the Year.  Hunter has been a Goaltending Coach with Tailor Goaltending since 2015.

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