Prince George Spruce Kings hire new head coach

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(ISN) – The Prince George Spruce Kings are very excited to announce the hiring of Chad van Diemen as the team’s new head coach. (name pronunciation: Van DEE-men)

The 33-year-old van Diemen joins the Spruce Kings after having spent the last six seasons with the Powell River Kings, most in an associate head coach/general manager role.

Van Diemen replaces Dave Dupas, who opted to leave Prince George last month to spend more time with his family in Kelowna.

During Van Diemen’s time in Powell River the team compiled an impressive 205 – 122 – 35 record for a .632 win percentage. Other achievements in Powell River include 2010-11 BCHL regular season championship with 46-11-3 record, 46-36 Playoff record for .561 win percentage, 2010-11 BCHL single season record for least GA (115 GA in 60 GP), three-time Coastal Conference champions.

Chad played four seasons as a defenceman in the BCHL from 1998 to 2002 including stops in Nanaimo, Powell River and Quesnel. In 2001-02 he tallied 53 points in 56 games played for The Quesnel Millionaires. He then went on and played four seasons of NCAA hockey with Iona College and Manhattanville College, graduating from Manhattanville with a degree in business management.

“I’m very excited that we are able to bring in a young, energetic coach like Chad,” said Spruce Kings General Manager Mike Hawes. “I have known Chad for a number of years and have always respected the way in which he helped build very good teams in Powell River and the way that he got the most out of his players.

“There are many parallels between our organization and Powell River’s organization. I think this will help with the transition and will allow us to hit the ground running and work towards building next year’s team.”

Chad is married to wife Laura and they have two young boys, Dallas (2) and Kyle (1). They are excited about the move to Prince George and look forward to becoming part of the Prince George community and culture.

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