SALMON ARM, June 6, 2016 — The Salmon Arm Silverbacks have re-signed head coach Brandon West to a contract extention, the team announced on Monday.
The Silverbacks hired the 31-year-old in August of 2012 as an assistant coach and 2 years later became the head coach in 2014-2015 season. He will enter his third full season as head coach in 2016-17 season.
Team General Manager Troy Mick believes West has brought the team a long way both on and off the ice.
“He’s done a great job taking it from where we were a few years ago and getting it to the stage where it’s at right now,” he said. “It’s great progress.”
This past season, West led the Backs to a 29-20-5-4 regular-season record for 69 points, 3rd in the Interior Division. The team made the play-offs for the 1st time since the 2012-2013 season. Brandon’s overall Head coaching record in 2 seasons in Salmon Arm is 57-41-11-7.
“I am very grateful and appreciative of the ownership group giving me the extension and opportunity to be a part of the team/community”. I’ve enjoyed my 4 seasons here in Salmon Arm and look forward to this upcoming season and continuing on what we did last season. Stated Brandon West.
West would like to have a new assistant coach in place by the end of June as last years assistant coach Misko Antisin is the new Head coach with the Silverbacks Jr A team in Steamboat Springs, Colorado named the Wranglers of the RMJHL, but isn’t in a rush. At the very latest, he wants to have the position filled prior to training camp in August.