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Friday, May 15, 2009

Bryan Vines named Bulldogs Assistant Coach/Assistant GM, Courtnall steps down as Grizzlies Head Coach

The Bulldogs completed their coaching staff today by announcing Brian Vines as their new Assistant GM and Assistant Coach.

Bulldogs Add Bryan Vines as Assistant General Manager/Assistant Coach
May 7, 2009

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs announce the hiring of Bryan Vines as Assistant General Manager/Assistant Coach of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

Vines joins the Alberni Valley Bulldogs after serving last season as the Assistant Coach for Miami University – Ohio while also working towards his Masters Degree. Vines was an instrumental part of the RedHawks history making season. The RedHawks lost to the Boston University Terriers in NCAA Final last season, the first time in school history the Mens Hockey team played in the NCAA Div I Finals.

Prior to Miami University – Ohio, Vines spent three seasons as the Video Coach for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League. Vines was responsible for breaking down game film and conducting team video sessions.

A defenseman as a player, Vines spent four seasons at Denver University where he led the team as Captain his senior year to a 32-8-1 (21-6-1 WCHA) record. Following Denver Vines played two seasons in the minor pro hockey ranks, splitting time between the Long Beach Ice Dogs and the San Diego Gulls.

"Bryan brings a tremendous amount of hockey knowledge to our program, his experience at the NCAA and NHL levels will be extremely beneficial to the players" comments GM Nolan Graham. "Bryan has been a part of winning programs both as a player and as a coach, he understands the commitment and dedication that is needed to achieve success", adds Graham

Vines grew up in Ontario and will be moving to the Alberni Valley prior to the Bulldogs training camp in August.

Here's his playing stats from HockeyDB

With one addition to the coaching fraternity, there is also a deletion as Geoff Courtnall has ended his tenure with the Grizzlies in Victoria.

Read more HERE

Thanks Danno for the heads up.



1 comment:

Rod Pedersen said...


The Vancouver Giants aren't renewing the contract of broadcaster Dave Sheldon. Better fire your tape in there!