Friday, July 29, 2011


Press Release

The Westside Warriors are proud to announce Rylan Ferster as the new Head Coach/GM of the organization.

Ferster signed a three year deal with the Warriors earlier this week.

Rylan comes to the Warriors with experience coaching the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and Victoria Grizzlies of the BCHL.

He has also coached Team Canada West at the World Junior “A” Challenge over the past two years and will serve as GM this year.

Ferster recently was working with Pursuit of Excellence, but couldn’t turn down the chance to be in the BCHL again.

“I moved to Kelowna recently so taking this position was a great match for me,” says Ferster. “The Warriors franchise is one of the flagships of the BCHL and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of the organization. I’ve had the chance to coach in the Okanagan before and to get the chance again makes it even more special.”

“It’s never easy starting something new, but when Mark (Cheyne) offered me the chance to do what I love and be close to my twin girls (Alyssa & Brooke) it wasn’t a hard decision.”

Team President Mark Cheyne says Ferster was an easy choice to target.

“We hired Rylan because he has a high winning percentage in the BCHL,” says Team President Mark Cheyne. “He’s also averaged nine NCAA scholarships in each of his years with the BCHL which is of the utmost importance to our organization.”

Cheyne has also got to know Ferster personally over the past few years and says he enjoys how he coaches.

“I really like his style of hockey and think our fans will enjoy it too. When we’ve played his teams in the past it was never easy and I imagine opposing teams will feel the same way this year.”

Cheyne joked that it helps Ferster is from Saskatchewan like himself.

Ferster said in the coming days he will release the Pre-Season schedule and Training Camp schedule to the public.

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