Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals are proud to announce that Assistant Coach Enio Sacilotto, Strength, Conditioning and Skills Coach Jeff Compton and Goaltending Coach Brady Robinson have re-signed with the club for the 2012-13 season. The Royals have also added Assistant Coach Geoff Grimwood and Athletic Therapist Khore Elliott to the team.
These individuals will join Head Coach Dave Lowry, Assistant Coach Ben Cooper and Equipment Manager Matt Auerbach as part of the hockey operations department.
“We are very pleased to have Enio, Jeff and Brady all returning to the team this season,” Royals’ General Manager Cameron Hope said. “The skills these three possess and the continuity they bring are important to the culture we are trying to create. Dave Lowry and I are both excited to welcome Geoff and Khore to the coaching and training staff respectively. Their additions strengthen our staff and will help us provide top end support for our players.”
Sacilotto, 54, has been a coach in the Western Hockey League (WHL) for the last three seasons. This year will be his second season as the team’s top assistant coach and his third year with the Victoria Royals/Chilliwack Bruins franchise.
Before joining the Bruins’ organization in 2010-11, Sacilotto spent one year in Croatia, coaching their national U-20 and U-18 teams.
The Vancouver, BC native has over 30 years of coaching experience including nearly 20 years as a head coach in various professional leagues across Europe including Switzerland, Italy, Denmark and England. Highlights from his time overseas include back-to-back Italian Serie A2 championships with Merano and Courmaosta as well as a gold medal in Swiss National League A with Lugano during the 1998-99 season.
Sacilotto also spent three years in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) as head coach and general manager of the Penticton Vees and was named BCHL Coach of the Year for the 1994-95 season.
Compton enters his second season with the Royals as the team’s strength, conditioning and skills coach. The 45-year-old also serves as a consultant with Hockey Canada, BC Hockey and Nike SPARQ Training.
Prior to his time with the Royals he spent three seasons with the Victoria Salmon Kings of the ECHL where he was the team’s Strength and Conditioning Coach. He also spent four seasons with the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders in a similar capacity.
Compton holds a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, and has worked in various capacities with several National Hockey League (NHL) teams including the Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars, Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals.
Robinson is one of the few remaining members of the franchise from the team’s inaugural season in 2006. He is entering his seventh season as the team’s goaltending coach for the Royals/Bruins franchise. The Lower Mainland native has over 13 years of coaching experience, which includes time spent working alongside former Canucks’ goaltending coach Ian Clark developing NHL netminders. Robinson also enjoyed a playing career with the BCHL’s Trail Smoke Eaters and is a graduate of the University of Lethbridge with a Degree in Kinesiology.
Grimwood joins the Royals organization as an assistant coach after spending the last two seasons in the BCHL with the Powell River Kings. As an assistant coach with the Kings, Grimwood helped the team to back-to-back appearances in the Fred Page Cup final. Prior to his time with Powell River, Grimwood split time between the Victoria Cougars and Peninsula Panthers of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL). Grimwood is also currently the head coach of the Major Midget League’s South Island Royals.
Elliott is entering his first season as athletic therapist for the Royals. The 32-year-old is a certified athletic therapist with a Degree in Athletic and Exercise Therapy as well as a Diploma in Exercise and Wellness from Camosun College. The Victoria, BC native has professional experience in both a clinical setting along with high end sports teams. He has worked with the Canadian U20 Rugby team, the Victoria Salmon Kings, BCHL’s Cowichan Valley Capitals, the Victoria/Westshore Rebels football club and the BMO Skate Canada National Championships.
The Royals will kick off their 2012-13 home schedule on September 22nd when they will host the Vancouver Giants at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Season tickets and mini-packs are now on sale. Guarantee yourself the best seats by visiting www.victoriaroyals.com, calling 250-220-7889, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before it’s too late!