The Salmon Arm SilverBacks are pleased to announce the hiring of Kevin Kraus as the team’s new assistant coach.
Kraus joins the SilverBacks after spending the past two seasons as head coach and general manager of the KIJHL’s Revelstoke Grizzlies, with whom he compiled an overall record of 64-32-3-7 and won a Doug Birks division championship in 2012.
As a player, the Huntington Beach, California product skated in the Western Hockey League with Kamloops and Tri-City before winning back-to-back BCHL championships, Doyle and RBC Cups as a defenseman with the Vernon Vipers, captaining the club during his final BCHL season. Kraus enjoyed a brief stint in professional hockey in the CHL and SPHL before transitioning into the coaching ranks.
“I’m very excited to be joining the SilverBacks,” Kraus stated. “I look forward to working with a very motivated and passionate staff in Salmon Arm this coming season.”
“We’re thrilled to add a proven winner like Kevin to our coaching staff,” said SilverBacks head coach/general manager Troy Mick. “Our players will benefit greatly from his experience as a player because he knows what it takes to win and the sacrifices involved in becoming a champion.”
“Kevin has done a great job in developing players for our league during his time in Revelstoke. I’ve known him for quite a few years now and he is without question ready for the next step in his coaching career and we welcome him to Salmon Arm,” Mick added.
Kraus will also take on the role of strength & conditioning coach with the SilverBacks this season.
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