The Neepawa Natives Hockey Club has announced the contract extension of head coach and general manager Bryant Perrier. Perrier in his second season with the Natives was renewed to coach and manage the Natives until the 2013 season.
“We are very happy to announce Bryant’s contract extension as our head coach and general manager” said board executive, Dave McIntosh. “When had no doubt that Bryant was our guy, it was unanimous by our board of directors”. “Bryant provides a ton of experience and brings a solid foundation to our whole organization with his experience”. “He has had success at multiple levels and someone that has the drive and blueprint to take this program to the next level.” Bryant embodies each and every one of these qualities.
Perrier came to Neepawa from the BCHL after serving as the head coach and general manager in that league for 10 seasons. He has had a tremendous amount of success as a head coach with over 400 wins at the junior level, with a cumulative coaching record of 403-292-36-30.
Last season, Perrier led the Natives to 34 wins and finished 10 games over the .500 mark despite having among the lowest totals of 20 year olds in the league, and one of the youngest teams in the MJHL. The Natives set a franchise record of regular season goals against with 188 in 62 games played.
Bryant is excited and passionate about the opportunity to be a committed, accountable, and responsible coach to a great hockey community like Neepawa. He is thrilled to be able to continue in the pursuit in building the Natives program.
“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to lead the Natives hockey team and build upon the foundation laid by so many Natives’ Alums,” said Perrier “I’d like to thank my whole board that were a part of this process, for the trust they’ve placed in me and for allowing me the opportunity and challenge of pursuing, with passion and integrity, championship level hockey in Neepawa.
A native of Penticton, BC, Perrier played four seasons of Professional hockey. He was signed as a free agent in his first year of Pro and played in the Los Angeles Kings organization with the Phoenix Roadrunners of the International Hockey League. Bryant also played in the East Coast Hockey League and European Premier Division Hockey. He attended the University of Alaska on a NCAA Division I hockey scholarship and finished his 4 year career with 100 points as a defenseman. Bryant was also a former All-Star Defenseman in the BCHL, playing with the Penticton Knights and Langley Eagles.
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)