BORN AT TWO HILLS, ALBERTA IN CANADA on June 28th 1957, he began competition hockey here in 1980 as a 22 year-old with the Footscray Pirates in the Victorian League where he was the state association's Best Defenseman in 1981. In 1982, he joined the Warringah Bombers in the inaugural season of the NSW Superleague, then transferred to the Canberra Knights in 1983. Both Chuck Naish and he were recruited as player-coaches. He was head coach of the Knights in 1984 and 1985 while a player.
He competed there for five seasons in which time Canberra went from wooden spooners in 1982, to runners-up in 1983, and CP Air Super League champions in 1984. He represented Australia in the 1986 World Championships in Spain and the 1987 Worlds in Perth where Australia won gold, the nation's first international medal. He was also coach of the Australian National U18 Team with John Botterill for four years from 1984, kicking-off a long career that has now spanned three decades. Fuyarchuk is credited with starting the National Youth Team (NYT) program and its work at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. NYT program co-coach, John Botterill, described this as a major step forward. It introduced professionalism to the national program and to the sport in general.
He left the Knights after the 1987 season and became an assistant coach with the Brandon Bobcats in the Canada West Universities Athletic Association where he remained for two seasons. He moved to the Brandon Wheat Kings (1990-92) in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League and the New Brunswick Varsity Reds in the Atlantic Universities Athletic Association. He spent a short time in South Africa working with the National Senior Men’s Team, which competed at the C-Pool World Championships in Barcelona, Spain in 1994.
He coached 5 years in the Great Britain Superleague (1995-99), of which 3 were with the Bracknell Bees organization. He took them to the first final in their history. He served as Head Coach of the Brandon University Bobcats (CIS) and spent four years with the Waywayseecappo Wolverines (2007-10). He was a scout for the Portland Winterhawks for two seasons and then in 2014 he coached the Miskolci Jegesmedvék U18 Ice Hockey Club in Hungary. He coached Team Western (Hockey Canada—POE) in the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence with the U17 World Challenge in Nova Scotia in 2001.
A member of the Hockey Manitoba Coach Mentorship Program, he is a professional educator and in 2016 he was Head Coach for the Neepawa Natives of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, one of the ten Junior A Leagues in the CJHL. "No, I'm not surprised I'm still employed in hockey," he said in 2010 when he was with the Manitoba League’s Waywayseecapo Wolverines. "Since I was a kid in Two Hills, Alberta, I always planned to make the game my career. That’s why I studied coaching and sports management at university. But would I have predicted when I started coaching pro twenty-five years ago that I’d work for twelve teams in four countries, including Australia, England, and South Africa? No, probably not. But then no one in this business should be surprised with where their career path takes them."
Back in the eighties, Jim Fuyarchuk, the co-coach of Australia's first National Youth Team, had a vision. Since 1983, the national association had poured unprecedented resources into international competition, two Junior Worlds (1983, 1984), three Youth Internationals (1984, '85, '86), and the Senior Worlds (1986). These events were always held in the northern winter when their players were at their peak and Australia's had finished their season many months earlier. They lacked the fine touch with the puck and fitness in skating that usually stands out late in the season. Even if they stayed fit and trained over that period, the competition element was missing.
To combat this, Coach Fuyarchuk proposed to align the Australian fixture more closely with the those in the norther winter, by moving the regular season fixture here forward a few months to run between July and mid-December. It was intended this would better cater to the needs of elite players without denying everyone else in the sport a four month break or their summer holidays.
The national association did approve this 1986 proposal for adoption at their meeting of December 7th 1986. (CT 18 Dec 1986:23) The national junior league (AJIHL) straddles the Xmas break, in synch with both the U18 Worlds (early-April) and the U20 Worlds (26 Dec- 5 Jan). The national women's league (AWIHL) is similar. In principle, these are working examples of Fuyarchuk's proposal. The bind is the National Senior Team because of the potential for conflict with the playing season of imported players.
Imports can improve the international competitiveness of national team players by raising national league quality, but optimal scheduling for imports is sub-optimal for international competitiveness. This is a logical fallacy. The national team is not at its peak when it competes internationally, but its opponents are.
See National Ice News, Vol 1 No 3 Sep 1986. (Copy in images below, courtesy Carl Di Piazza).
Ross Carpenter, 'Fuyarchuk, Jim (1957 - )', Legends of Australian Ice, Melbourne, Australia, http://icelegendsaustralia.com/bio_fuyarchuk.html, accessed online .
National Ice News, Vol 1 No 3 Sep 1986.
Canberra Knights, Legends article, Ross Carpenter Online