September 26, 2014 - 10:01 AM
KAMLOOPS - The Kamloops Blazers have a new assistant coach.
General Manager Craig Bonner announced today the hockey club has hired Mike Needham to take on the role.
“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 coaches.”
Needham spent the past three seasons as 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.”
Needham played for three seasons on the Kamloops Blazers from 1987-90 and six seasons of pro hockey including 86 NHL games. The Pitsburgh Penguins took home the Stanley Cup while Needham was on the team in 1992.
Needham officially becomes assistant coach for the Blazers Monday, Sept. 29.
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