August 8, 2013, Kamloops, BC (ISN) – The Kamloops Blazers have added to their coaching staff with Mark Ferner joining the Blazers as the team’s new Associate Coach. Ferner comes to the Blazers after spending the past ten years coaching junior hockey as an Assistant and Head Coach in the BCHL and WHL.
The native of Sedley, Saskatchewan brings a strong coaching pedigree to the Kamloops Blazers. Ferner’s coaching career started with the Vancouver Giants following his retirement from professional hockey in 2001. He was a member of the Kamloops Blazers coaching staff from 2002 until 2006 as an Assistant and Head Coach. Following his stint with the Blazers, he went on to coach the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL for four seasons. Under his guidance, Ferner posted a 165-51-24 record winning three consecutive BCHL Championships and two consecutive Royal Bank Cups as the Canadian Junior A Champions in 2009 and 2010. He spent the last two seasons as the Head Coach of the Everett Silvertips of the WHL.
“Mark has continued to evolve and improve as a coach over the past ten years,” commented General Manager Craig Bonner. “His hockey resume is very impressive. He has had tremendous success as a Head Coach in Junior A and we believe he will complement our coaching staff well.”
Ferner also brings a prominent playing and coaching background back to Kamloops. He played his entire junior hockey career with the Kamloops Jr. Oilers / Blazers franchise from 1982-85 before playing professional hockey for 16 seasons all over North American and in Europe. During his professional career, Ferner suited up for 91 NHL games split between the Buffalo Sabres, Washington Capitals, Anaheim Mighty Ducks and Detroit Red Wings.
“We are excited to have Mark join our coaching staff,” commented Head Coach Dave Hunchak. “He is a great addition to what we already have in place.”
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