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Posted: November 1, 2022

Bucks extend Ryan Donald for six years

The Cranbrook Bucks have extended Head Coach and General Manager Ryan Donald’s contract for six more years.

“We are very excited to get this extension done with Ryan,” said Cranbrook Bucks President Nathan Lieuwen. “From day one he has led our hockey operations with integrity and professionalism and his values and ideals have always been in line with our ownership.”

Donald was named as the Bucks first ever coach amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Since 2020 he has been behind the bench for 87 games, with a 39-41-7 record in the franchise’s young history.

“My family and I are extremely grateful for the opportunity that we have had here in Cranbrook, and we are excited to build upon the foundation that has been laid over the past two seasons,” said Donald. “In particular we recognize how fortunate we are to live in an amazing community and work alongside people that share our values and beliefs, both on the ice and off of it.”

“I would like to thank Nathan and Breanne Lieuwen for their unwavering trust and support in building our hockey team through extremely challenging circumstances,” Donald said with gratitude, “and look forward to taking our team to new heights in the future.”

Lieuwen added, “everyone who gets to work with or play for Ryan has great feedback, and on top of that, he has been able to get good results on the ice. We look forward to many more season with Ryan at the helm.”

The Bucks are off to a great start this 2022-2023 BC Hockey League season with a 7-5 record.

The Bucks are on the road on this weekend (Nov. 4-6) in Nanaimo, Alberni Valley and Coquitlam.

The club’s next home dates are Nov. 12, 18 and 19 versus Victoria, Merritt and Wenatchee.

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