Parent inks with Bobcats

AJHL Lloydminster Bobcats name former Vernon minor hockey coach Ryan Parent head coach and director of hockey operations.

The Lloydminster Bobcats of the Alberta Junior Hockey League have named former Vernon minor hockey coach Ryan Parent their head coach and director of hockey operations.

A native of Saskatchewan, Parent comes to the organization from the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy in Kelowna. His most recent Junior A gig was as an assistant coach with the BCHL Salmon Arm SilverBacks in 2010-11.

“This is an awesome opportunity to invest into the lives of the players within the Bobcats organization and to immediately build towards a standard of excellence in the AJHL,” said Parent.

Ryan will be in Lloydminster near the end of April, but has already started on the recruiting trail.

The BCHL champion Penticton Vees continue their quest towards the Royal Bank Cup as they take on the AJHL champion Brooks Bandits in the Doyle Cup regional series, starting with Games 1 and 2 tonight and Saturday night in Brooks.

The winner of the best-of-seven set advances to the RBC national championships, starting May 5 in Humboldt, Sask.

Penticton, who set a North American record 42 straight wins, brushed back the Powell River Kings in the BCHL Fred Page Cup final. The Bandits stopped the Fort MacMurray Oil Barons in the AJHL championship series.

– The Vernon Vipers will hold their annual spring training camp starting tonight at Wesbild Centre.

Scrimmages go at 5 and 7 p.m. tonight; 9 and 11:15 a.m., and 4 and 6:15 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Sunday.