Mark Ferner returns to Kamloops Blazers

WHL Kamloops Blazers hire former Vernon Viper bench boss Mark Ferner as associate coach.

Mark Ferner has been hired as an associate coach with the Western Hockey League’s Kamloops Blazers.

Ferner, who coached four seasons (2007-11) with the BCHL Vernon Vipers, played his entire junior career with the Jr. Oilers/Blazers franchise from 1982-85 before playing pro for 16 seasons all over North American, and in Europe.

He suited up for 91 NHL games split between the Buffalo Sabres, Washington Capitals, Anaheim Mighty Ducks and Detroit Red Wings.

Ferner, 47, was head coach of the Blazers from 2004-06, compiling a 35-41-6-2 record. He was fired mid-season.

After leaving Kamloops, Ferner piloted the Vipers to three straight BCHL titles (2008-10), including back-to-back RBC Cups in 2009 and ‘10. The Snakes were runners-up at the RBC Cup in 2011.

He spent the last two seasons as the head coach of the WHL Everett Silvertips, but was fired in January.