Owner-general manager Tim Dickieson of the Collingwood Ice of the new Canadian International Hockey League has named Marko Fiser as the team’s first-ever head coach.
Fiser joins the Ice with significant coaching and playing experience with teams and leagues in Slovenia, Slovakia and Sweden.
Fiser has been coaching since 2005, most recently for the top-ranked HDK Maribor semi-pro team in the Slovenian Ice Hockey League.
Originally from Slovenia, Fiser has degrees from the University of Ljubljana in physical education and sports and ice hockey coaching.
He also holds the highest level of Slovenia Ice Hockey Federation certification.
Collingwood has made another addition to its coaching staff.
Dickieson has confirmed that the Ice has hired Matthew Treadwell as its goalie and fitness coach.
Treadwell holds an associates degree in science with a major in sports nutrition and fitness management from Morrisville State College of New York.
As a goalie, Treadwell played Division 3, National Collegiate Athletic association hockey while attending Morrisville.
An Ontario-based junior league, membership in the CIHL currently stands at eight teams heading into the inaugural 2014-2015 season.
In addition to Collingwood, other CIHL teams are Central Ontario HTI Stars, Colborne Cramahe Hawks, Milton Battle Arts Cobras, St. Charles Spirit, Greater Sudbury Royals, Espanola Rivermen and Batchewana Attack.