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Vees hunting for new assistant coach

Penticton Vees' assistant coach Michael Hengren has accepted a new role with the Prince George Cougars.
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July 04, 2014 - 12:14 PM

PENTICTON - Some are moving on while others are moving up as the Pencticton Vees restructure the coaching and scouting staff.

The Jr. "A" club announced today Assistant Michael Hengren accepted a new role with the Prince George Cougars. Assistant Coach Steve Crawley has been promoted to Assistant General Manager.

Travis Deaust will oversee the Vees scouting department as Director of Scouting, Tom Hengren, steps back from his role with the hockey club.

President, General Manager and Head Coach, Fred Harbinson said both Mike and Tom Hengren had family in mind when making their decisions.

"I believe family is extremely important," Harbinson said in a media release. "Tom stepping down to enjoy more time with his wife Linda and Mike’s move to Prince George allows him to continue his bright coaching career with the Cougars at a very positive time in their organization's history. Mike’s wife, Melody, can also take advantage of a promotion within her own field of work as well."

Harbinson said the Hengrens have been instrumental to the success of the the Vees program. Each brought their own brand of talent to the team.

When Mike played hockey with the Vees in 2008, he won a Fred Page Cup before moving into the coaching ranks in 2010. During his time behind the bench the Vees earned their second national championship in 2012 and established a new national consecutive wins record of 42.

Harbinson expects Steve Cawley to move seamlessly into position as he countless hours of experience with the organization to his new role.

"(He) really stepped forward when I took on the role of team president," Harbinson said. "Steve is one of the most detail conscious people I know and very deserving of this promotion."

Of Deaust who has worked for scouting staff for the past two years, Harbinson says the department is in very capable hands.

"He has a strong eye for talent, a tireless work ethic and understands what it takes to be a successful player at this level and more importantly, a Vee."

The search for a new assistant coach begins immediately.

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