Prince Albert, Saskatchewan – The Board of Directors of the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League has finalized its’ Hockey Operations staff for the 2012-13 season.
General Manager Bruno Campese, Head Coach Steve Young and Athletic Therapist Duane Bartley have all had the option year of their contracts with the club picked up and are retained on staff for the 2012-13 season.
Assistant Coach Dave Manson has been promoted to Associate Coach. Manson joined the Raiders as an Assistant Coach this past season.
Assistant Coach Craig Bedard, who has been with the Raiders since the 2007-08 season did not have the option year of his contract renewed.
The Raiders are pleased to announce the addition of Tim Leonard as an Assistant Coach. Leonard has been with the Prince Albert Mintos of the Saskatchewan Major Midget Hockey League the past 10 years. The past 7 seasons he was the Head Coach after being Assistant Coach the previous 3.
Leonard led the Mintos to back to back Telus Cup Championships in 2006 and 2007, the first time that had ever been accomplished, with the Mintos going 14-0 in the two national championship tournaments. The Mintos were 3 time Saskatchewan League Champions and twice Western Canadian champs under Leonard.
“After 3 years of continued improvement, this year was an unexpected disappointment” said Dale McFee, President of the Board of the Raiders. “The Board has reviewed all the documentation and is confident with some tweaking we have the right people to bounce back next year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Craig Bedard for his 5 years of dedication and service to the Raider Hockey club.”
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