Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Bob Beatty Hired As Cowichan Valley Capitals Head Coach & GM:

(Bob Beatty being presented with the 2010-11 SJHL Coach of the Year Award - courtesy SJHL.ca)

Following the resignation of Head Coach Jim Ingram late last month, the Cowichan Valley Capitals have tabbed long time LaRonge Ice Wolves Head Coach and GM Bob Beatty as their new bench boss starting with the 2013-14 season.

Beatty, who's run the Ice Wolves for nine seasons, led LaRonge to a 20-31-0-3 record this season. There's no word on what Beatty's appointment means for Aaron Plumb after he took over when Ingram resigned. The Caps have gone 3-5-0-3 with Plumb behind the bench.

Here's the release from the Capitals:

The Cowichan Capitals are very pleased to announce the appointment of Bob Beatty as Head Coach and General Manager for the 2013/2014 season. Beatty has been at the helm of the LaRonge Ice Wolves of the SJHL for the last 9 seasons, winning league championships in 2010 and 2011.

"I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with the rest of the staff, shareholders and stakeholders to build and maintain a team that the community can rally around. The Cowichan Valley has a reputation of being a great hockey community. I am very pleased to be afforded the chance to enjoy living and working in Duncan and can't wait to get started on a new challenge." said Coach Beatty.

Coach Beatty will assume his duties after the completion of the current season.

Here's the release from the Ice Wolves:

The La Ronge Ice Wolves regretfully announce they have accepted the resignation of Coach/General Manager Bob Beatty.

Beatty leaves the Ice Wolves after nine seasons at the helm, during which time he helped shape La Ronge into a model SJHL franchise and also helped turn the Mel Hegland Communiplex into the toughest arena for visiting teams to earn two points.  More importantly, Beatty guided the club to back to back SJHL championships in 2010 and 2011.

In a press release from the club, the Ice Wolves say they are extremely appreciative of the work Bob has done with, not only, the hockey club but also with the community, in general, and all of its surrounding areas.

Beatty says he’d like to thank the Ice Wolves for allowing him the opportunity to work and develop the franchise as well as thanking the area residents for embracing him and allowing to become a member of their community.  Beatty says La Ronge and the SJHL will always have a special place in his heart as he has been a member of the league for the last 17 years.

For more information, please contact La Ronge Ice Wolves officials Roger Schooley (306) 425-7814 or Terry Helary (306) 425-7501.

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If the BCHL playoffs opened today:

INTERIOR CONFERENCE
Penticton vs. Salmon Arm
Merritt vs. West Kelowna

COASTAL CONFERENCE
Victoria vs. Powell River
Nanaimo vs. Alberni Valley
Surrey vs. Langley
Chilliwack vs. Prince George

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