Sept 24, 2014 (ISN) – Kamloops, BC – Kamloops Blazers General Manager Craig Bonner announced today that
the hockey club has hired Mike Needham as the team’s new Assistant Coach.
“First of all, I would like to thank Andy Oakes and Dixon Ward at the Okanagan
Hockey Academy for their understanding through this process, ” commented Bonner.
“OHA has not only produced a number of quality players for the WHL, but also quality
Needham has spent the past three seasons as the Head Coach of the Okanagan Hockey
Academy Bantam Prep team.
“We are excited to have Mike on our staff full-time. He has a familiarity with our
program since he has been our skills coach during the past four seasons,” said
Bonner. “Mike understands today’s player. He has done a great job coaching the OHA
Bantam Prep team.”
“I’m really excited to have Mike on board with us”, said Head Coach Don Hay. “Mike
and I have had a good relationship since the start of training camp. We feel he will
be a tremendous asset to our program.”
Needham’s playing career included three seasons with the Kamloops Blazers from
1987-1990. He played six seasons of pro hockey which included 86 NHL games. Needham
also won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1992.
Mike will officially join the team starting Monday, September 29th as he has to
fulfill a commitment with OHA this weekend.