The Salmon Arm SilverBacks are expected to name Vernon’s Troy Mick their new head coach, general manager and business partner at a press conference this afternoon at the Shaw Centre.
SilverBacks owner Randy Williams has been looking for a veteran leader behind the Gorillas’ bench and in the front office, and a Tuesday release from the B.C. Hockey League team, states the new man brings experience as a head coach in the Western Hockey League, BCHL and pro hockey.
Silverbacks’ faithful are eagerly anticipating the biggest hockey operations move since the departure of former owner and GM Garry Davidson.
Mick, 43, coached the Bantam program at Pursuit of Excellence in Kelowna last season. He was head coach of the national champion Vernon Vipers in 1999 and later coached the Tri-City Americans and Kamloops Blazers of the WHL after starting as an assistant with the Portland Winter Hawks. He was drafted by Pittsburgh in 1988.
Vernon’s Colin O’Hara resigned as SilverBacks’ head coach earlier this month.