The Fresno Monsters, who will begin play in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) this season, have announced that Bryce Dale has been named one of the team’s assistant coaches.
A Fresno native, Dale, 26, played youth hockey for the Fresno Lightning in the 1996-97 season before heading to Canada to play junior hockey in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) for the Williams Lake Timberwolves and Penticton Panthers.
Following his junior hockey career, he was awarded a scholarship to Utica College of Syracuse University in Utica, N.Y., where he was team captain for two of his four years. Dale also played professional hockey in the International Hockey League (IHL) for the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons.
“I’m excited to be a part of the Fresno Monsters’ first-class organization and to have the opportunity to give back to my hometown,” Dale said. “It’s good to be home.”
“Bryce is a great young coach with a lot of passion for the game,” said Monsters head coach Eric Ballard. “We’re very excited to add Coach Dale to our staff.”
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)