February 3, 2019
The West Kelowna Warriors released Geoff Grimwood and named Brandon West the new head coach and general manager of the hockey club, January 28.
“Brandon is an experienced BCHL head coach who is fully capable of putting together a first class program,” said club owner and President Kim Dobranski.
“The interior division is a tough division and I cannot think of anyone better suited to the task. As we head into the playoffs I am confident Brandon can create a formula for success and take our team deep into the playoffs and beyond. Brandon will also be taking the lead in our U18/U16/U15 prospects program, designed to identify futures for the club.”
Grimwood was first hired as the team’s associate coach and general manager in July, and promoted to head coach in August, then fired in early September and then quickly re-hired after players protested the changes. Previously he’d been head coach of the SJHL Kindersely Clippers.
Dobranski had taken control as majority owner in the summer.
“I would like to thank Geoff Grimwood for his contribution to our club and wish him much success in his future endeavors,” said Dobranski.
West is a former Warriors assistant coach and has since held BCHL head coaching jobs in Salmon Arm and Surrey.
“I would like to thank Kim Dobranski for this opportunity to be the named Head Coach/General Manager of the West Kelowna Warriors,” said West. “It is an honour to be back in West Kelowna and work with this elite crop of players. I am excited to get started and look forward to being a part of this great community”.
At the time of the announcement January 28, the Warriors were 25-21-0-1, clinging fourth place, in the very tight Interior Division.
After downing last place Surrey 7-3 in their first game under West on Wednesday, the Warriors suffered two losses to Salmon Arm Silverbacks Friday and Saturday, and have slid to sixth place, at 26-23-0-1, 53 points. But they’re are just one point back of the fourth place Vernon Vipers.
The Silverbacks are at 53 points as well, but have a game in hand.
In Saturday’s game in West Kelowna, the ‘Backs spotted the Warriors a 3-0 lead before roaring back with six goals. On Friday, in Salmon Arm, the Warriors outshot the ‘Backs 42-37, but lost 5-1.
The Warriors have eight regular season games left.
The team is being lead offensively by Mike Hardman, of Hanover, MA, who is 32G-30A, 62 points, third overall in league points totals, and second overall in goals scored.
Chase Dubois, 18G-37A, 55 points is 10th overall.
West Kelowna Roster:
|9||Mike Hardman||’99||6’3||190||Hanover, MA|
|10||Max Bulawka||’01||5’11||170||Kelowna, BC|
|11||Garrett Worth||’99||5’11”||180||Duluth, MN|
|12||Mason Richey||’00||5’10||180||Terrace, BC|
|14||Chase Dubois||’98||5’9||160||Williams Lake, BC|
|15||Quinton Waitzner||’00||6’4||204||Victoria, BC|
|16||Bennett Norlin||’98||6’3||190||Farmington, MN|
|17||Cavin Tilsley||’98||5’9||165||Delta, BC|
|21||Brandon Dent||’01||5’7||140||Prince George, BC|
|22||Parm Dhaliwal||’99||6’0||180||Surrey, BC|
|23||Willie Reim||’99||6’3||205||North Oaks, MN|
|26||Sam Anderson||’00||5’9||175||Calgary, AB|
|27||Lucas Cullen||’99||5’7||150||Kelowna, BC|
|4||Declan Douthart||’00||6’0||165||Winnipeg, MB|
|5||Lucas Bahn||’99||5’10||170||Hendersonville, TN|
|6||Andrew Viggars||’00||6’3||195||Calgary, AB|
|7||Wyatt Head||’99||6’1||170||Kelowna , BC|
|20||Garrett Ewert||’99||6’3||200||Kamloops, BC|
|24||Austin Chorney||’00||6’0||221||Abbotsford, BC|
|25||Anthony Bishop||’98||6’0||185||Kelowna, BC|
|30||Brock Baier||’99||6’4||190||Wallace, ON|
|33||Connor Hopkins||’00||6’0||200||Malden, MA|