Junior hockey: Kelowna Rockets add new assistant coach to staff

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It whitethorn beryllium the mediate of summer, but the Kelowna Rockets are engaged putting unneurotic the pieces for the 2021-22 season.

On Tuesday, the squad announced that it added Josh MacNevin arsenic portion of Kris Mallette’s coaching staff.

MacNevin is replacing Vern Fiddler, who near the nine to walk much clip with his household successful Texas.

The Rockets person hired Josh MacNevin arsenic an adjunct coach. The 44-year-old has spent the past six seasons with the @WHLHurricanes arsenic an adjunct coach.

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MacNevin spent the past six seasons with the Lethbridge Hurricanes arsenic an adjunct manager nether erstwhile Kelowna caput manager Peter Anholt.

Rockets president and wide manager Bruce Hamilton is highly excited astir adding an adjunct manager with a coagulated resume.

“Obviously, he’s a feline that we were precise funny successful passim the process here, with each the resumes and everything other we went through,” Hamilton told Global News.

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Meanwhile, MacNevin said he’s excited to beryllium successful the Okanagan.

“I’m highly excited to beryllium a portion of the Rockets organization. With everything that they’ve accomplished, they’re 1 of the astir storied franchises successful the Western Hockey League,” helium said.

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Before his coaching stint with Lethbridge, MacNevin served arsenic an adjunct manager for the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns men’s squad during the 2013-14 season.

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A defenceman during his playing career, MacNevin was primitively drafted by the New Jersey Devils successful the 4th round, 101 overall, successful the 1996 NHL draft.

After turning pro, helium went connected to a playing vocation that spanned much than a decade, with stops successful the American Hockey League, Italy, Austria, Germany, Sweden and Finland.

Hamilton points to Mallette’s comfortableness with MacNevin arsenic a cardinal origin successful hiring him.

“I think, astir importantly, Kris is precise comfy with him. And I consciousness that helium volition bring thing coaching broadside that assistance and adhd to Kris’ resume, arsenic good and payment our players present archetypal and foremost,” said Hamilton.

Mallette said “his playing acquisition overseas allows him to spot the crippled differently. He was an offensive-minded defenceman and I deliberation that volition complement the imaginativeness that I’m trying to instil into our group, careless of position.”

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