The Kootenay ICE have announced their new bench boss for the 2017-2018 season.
James Patrick will be packing his bags and heading to Cranbrook to take on the role of head coach of the ICE
Patrick spent 11 years on the bench with Lindy Ruff as the former assistant coach of the Dallas Stars and Buffalo Sabres.
The Winnipeg native says he is always pushing to get more out of all of his players when he’s behind the bench.
“As a coach I’ve always been someone who communicated well with my players, I want to have a personal one-on-one relationship with them.” explains Patrick. “I definitely want to bring some structure to the team.”
Patrick says it was the determination and energy in the front office that ultimately lead him to taking on the new position.
“It’s just been so convincing to me of how committed they are to building a great franchise, a winning team and a winning environment.” says the new coach. “The great experience for young players in Cranbrook and the passion they bring to the game – that’s what’s rubbed off on me.”
The ICE announced the hiring this morning following the release of former head coach Luke Pierce last week.
Patrick says hes most excited to work as a teacher for young junior players as they try to take their next step towards professional hockey.
– James Patrick, Kootenay ICE head coach
– Devin Howard