FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 3rd, 2018
WEST KELOWNA, B.C. – The West Kelowna Warriors Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club is pleased to announce the hiring of Geoff Grimwood as the associate Head Coach and assistant General Manager.
Grimwood, 37, comes to the Warriors after three seasons in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) with the Kindersley Klippers as the Head Coach and General Manager. Grimwood helped the Klippers to a 79-82-8-5 record over the last three campaigns including playoff berths in each of his three seasons in Kindersley and playing into the quarterfinal round twice.
Although spending the last three seasons in the prairies, Grimwood is very familiar with British Columbia and, in particular, the BC Hockey League. Grimwood spent two seasons at the helm of the South Island Royals of the BC Major Midget League while also working with the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in those two seasons. Before that, Grimwood was the assistant coach with the Powell River Kings from 2010-2012, helping guide the team to back-to-back Coastal Conference championships.
In his playing days, the Victoria, BC native suited up for the Victoria Salsa from 1998-2000 before attending Red Deer College for three seasons and transitioning into the coaching side of the game.
“I am honoured to be joining the West Kelowna Warriors,” commented Grimwood, “I have known Rylan for quite a few years now and am very excited to work with him and the entire Warriors staff; I would like to thank Rylan and Kim Dobranski for the opportunity and looking forward to moving to the West Kelowna area.”
Warriors Head Coach and General Manager Rylan Ferster knows adding the experience that Grimwood possesses will only benefit the club, “I have known Geoff for over 10 years and have always had a ton of respect in the way he carried himself and the professionalism in which represented the programs he was with,” stated the Warriors bench boss, “We would talk philosophy and exchange ideas from time to time.”
In addition, the Warriors are pleased to announce the return of Matt Miller to the coaching staff for the 2018/19 season. Miller will enter his third season working with the club handling the video coach aspects as well as helping out behind the bench.
“To be able to add a person in Geoff who has been a head coach the last three years is outstanding,” continued Ferster, “I’m really looking forward to being able to work together now and, with having Matt back on our staff this season, makes for a great fit.”
The Warriors would like to welcome Geoff and his family to the Warriors organization and the City of West Kelowna.