Kootenay ICE extend bench personnel
The Kootenay ICE announced August 20 that Gord Burnett (Assistant Coach), Darcy Ewanchuk (Trainer/ Equipment Manager) and Nathan Lieuwen (Goaltending Consultant/ Video Coach) have signed extensions with the organization.
Ewanchuk has been extended for three seasons. This will be his 14th season with the ICE and 19th in the Western Hockey League. The Sherwood Park, Alberta native was with the organization when it that captured a WHL championship in 2000 and 2002, and the Memorial Cup in 2002.
Burnett has inked a two-year extension with the team. This will be Burnett’s fourth season with the ICE after joining the organization in the summer of 2015. The Regina, Saskatchewan native will remain as the team’s assistant coach. Before joining the ICE, Burnett served an as assistant coach with the NCAA’s University of Notre Dame. He played seven seasons of professional hockey (2006-2013) in the ECHL and Central Hockey League.
Lieuwen has signed a two-year extension. He joined the ICE as its Video Coach in the summer of 2017. Now, the Abbotsford native has added Goaltending Consultant to his title. Lieuwen played for the ICE from 2007-2012, appearing in 178 regular season games. He captured a WHL championship and was named playoff MVP with the ICE in 2011. Lieuwen played five seasons of professional hockey including a stint with the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres.
In mid-June, the ICE announced that Jake Heisinger (Director, Scouting and Hockey Operations) signed a five-year contract extension and Taras McEwen (Manager, Scouting and Hockey Operations) signed a three-year extension.
In addition, the ICE are pleased to announce that the following individuals will be returning to the organization for the 2018-19 season:
James Patrick (Head Coach);
Jon Klemm (Associate Coach);
Roman Vopat (Assistant Coach);
Cory Cameron (Athletic Therapist);
Neil Ross (Strength and Conditioning Coach);
Adam Douglas (Sports Performance Consultant);
Laurie Dickson (Health and Wellness Coach);
The Hockey Operations staff will also be supported by resources in the areas of mental skills training, skating coach, yoga, and chapel services.