The West Kelowna Warriors Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club announce that Brandon West has been relieved of his duties as Head Coach and General Manager. The organization is pleased to announce that Simon Ferguson will take over as Interim Head Coach. Ferguson takes over after being at the helm of the Okanagan Rockets Major Midget team for the last two years.
Owners John Murphy and Rod Hume issue the following statement: “We want to thank Brandon West for his efforts as our Coach and GM. He is a true professional and we wish him the very best in the future. This decision is about becoming a better hockey club now and in the future. We are charting a new course and building a new culture. Simon Ferguson has impressed us with his ability to lead, his hockey acumen, and his energy. We expect our players to respond well to his leadership and we look forward to supporting him in every way.”
Ferguson brings a wealth of experience to the Warriors. During his playing career, Ferguson was able to hoist a Memorial Cup with the Kelowna Rockets(WHL) and Calder Cup with the Portland Pirates(AHL). Ferguson then spent the next ten years playing for a variety of pro teams throughout North America and Europe.
President Chris Laurie adds: “With more than a third of the season left, we owe it to our players and fans to make a push to turn this season around. Our players understand the challenge ahead and embrace the opportunity to compete for a playoff spot. We are excited to give Simon Ferguson the opportunity to lead this hockey team and see if he can spark the group.”
The Warriors next game is Friday January 3rd versus the Coquitlam Express. Puck drop 7:00pm from Royal LePage Place in West Kelowna. This game will be streamed on Hockey TV and will be broadcast on the Warriors radio network on Mixlr.