May 27, 2013 - 3:11 PM
The Okanagan Rockets are pleased to announce the appointment of Mack O’Rourke as their head coach for the 2013-2014 season. O’Rourke becomes the 6th head coach in Rockets history.
O’Rourke joins the Rockets from the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton where he guided the Midget Varsity Black team for the 2012-2013 season.
O’Rourke is a Kelowna native who was an assistant coach with the 2010 KMHA Midget AAA club that captured a provincial championship. O’Rourke has also been involved in BC Hockey’s High Performance program for the past 4 years, including a head coach position at the 2012 U16 BC Cup.
O’Rourke replaces James Eccles who guided the Rockets to a 26-8-6 record last season. The Rockets advanced to the league championship where they dropped a thrilling series, 2 games to 1 to the Vancouver NW Giants.
“This was not an easy decision to move forward with a new coach. I would personally like to thank James for his dedication to our program over the past 2 season. James is a quality coach and we wish him well in his next assignment.” Said Rockets general manager David Michaud. “At the same time, the Rockets and BC Hockey are thrilled to provide this opportunity to Mack O’Rourke. Mack is a younger coach that has had tremendous mentorship. His passion and energy about the game, and our program is infectious.”
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