June 3, 2014 Salmon Arm, BC – The Salmon Arm Silverbacks
Hockey Club Board of Directors are announcing today that effective immediately Troy
Mick will be stepping into the role of President, Governor & General Manager and
stepping back as Head coach.
“Having just completed our first year as the new
ownership group of the Silverbacks, we have realized that Troy was wearing too many
hats and we wanted to make some changes as we quickly approach the 2014/2015 season.
The rule in the BCHL states that no one in the position of Head Coach can be a team
Governor. We believe that Troy is an integral part of our Silverbacks organization
and will be even more effective in his newly defined role and will prove beneficial
in this role for the long-term viability of the franchise,” said Dale Unruh the
outgoing Governor. This move allowed for the perfect opportunity to promote a very
deserving candidate to be our next Head Coach of the Silverbacks.
We are extremely happy to announce that current Associate Head Coach, Brandon West, will take over as
the new Head Coach of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, effective immediately. Troy Mick,
President, Governor & General Manager stated, “Brandon is ready to take this
next step in his career. I have personally worked with him for the last 2 years and
I know he is going to do a stellar job as Head Coach. His work ethic and technical
abilities are second to none and his passion is shown every day at the rink. With
his 3 years of being Associate/Assistant coach in the BCHL, he is ready for this.”
Brandon West has been building on his coaching abilities for over a decade, working
with several teams from Major Midget to BCHL teams. West has also coached
internationally with Hockey Canada at the World Under 17 Challenge in 2013. “First
off I would like to thank Troy Mick and our ownership group for this humbling
opportunity. I am honored to be the Head Coach of this program and look forward to
leading this group of great young men.
Troy and I have been here for a couple years
now and we continue to strive for success on and off the ice. The expectations of the players, and of myself will not change. I look forward to being the leader of
this group and we will strive for a national championship and more scholarship
opportunities for our players, while being a positive influence in our community.