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Posted: March 24, 2020

Bucks name first ever head coach and GM

The Cranbrook Bucks (BCHL) are excited to announce that Ryan Donald has been named as the Head Coach and General Manager of the Cranbrook Bucks.

Donald and the Bucks have come to agreement on a four-Year contract which will begin with the 2020-2021 season.

Donald is currently the Assistant Coach of Yale University’s Men’s Hockey Team, where he has served since the 2015-2016 season.

The Edmonton, Alberta native played four years at Yale including captaining his final season before embarking on a three-year professional career.

“Ryan is an incredible hire for our club and is absolutely the right person to build this franchise,” said owner and President Nathan Lieuwen. “Not only does he have quality experience coaching at high levels, but he also has great connections throughout the NCAA.”

“I am thrilled to be able to lay the foundation for success here in Cranbrook. It is a rare opportunity to build a program from the ground up, and to do so in a place with a passion for hockey like Cranbrook is outstanding.” said Donald. “It was clear to me from the beginning that our ownership is passionate about this community and the success of our athletes both on and off the ice. As the Head Coach and General Manager, I will bring that same energy and passion as we build a culture of daily excellence.”

Ryan and his family will be relocating to Cranbrook at the conclusion of his duties at Yale. Accompanying him will be his wife Carly and their two daughters Georgia and Patricia.

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