July 22,2014(ISN) – The Kelowna Rockets are pleased to announce that goaltender coach and Rockets alumni
Kim Dillabaugh has taken on a full-time role with the LA Kings that will see him add
scouting to his goaltender development duties with the Kings.
After 11 seasons as the Rockets goaltender coach, Dillabaugh has tendered his
resignation to the Rockets in order to take on the extra duties.
“It’s a very exciting, but tough day,” said Dillabaugh. “I have been very fortunate
to work for one of the premier franchises in the Canadian Hockey League for 11
seasons. Throughout my time here I have had the privilege of working for and with
many tremendous people. My family and I would like to thank Bruce, the Hamilton
family and the entire Kelowna Rockets organization. We have forged lifelong
friendships and are proud to have been part of a first class organization and the
Dillabaugh played three WHL seasons as a goalie, including as a Rocket in both
Tacoma and Kelowna. After retiring from playing he moved into coaching, joining the
Rockets in 2003-04.
Rockets President/GM Bruce Hamilton said the development of the Rockets’ goaltenders
under Dillabaugh has been a big part of the Rockets’ success.
“You don’t win without great goaltending and Kim has done a remarkable job for a lot
of goalies that have played here,” said Hamilton. “I think this is an excellent
situation. Kim has been with us for a long time and now he’s moving up and he has
two Stanley Cups to his name. Certainly it’s going to be a loss, but we’re excited
for his opportunity.”
For the past eight seasons, Dillabaugh has been in charge of goaltender development
for the LA Kings, a role that will expand this coming NHL season to include scouting
& evaluating goaltenders in preparation for the NHL Entry Draft & Free Agency.
“I’m excited to be taking on an expanded role,” said Dillabaugh. “My experience with
Los Angeles over the past eight seasons has been tremendous and now having the
opportunity to work full time with one of the NHL’s top franchises is a great
opportunity and a challenge.”
Dillabaugh is the second member of the Rockets coaching staff to move to a higher
level after the earlier departure of head coach Ryan Huska. The search for a new
goaltender coach is underway immediately.
“Our intention is to fill the position,” said Hamilton, adding that Dillabaugh will
help the Rockets in the hiring process. “It’s going to be critical that the next
person that comes in continues to follow the same plan that Kim has established