The Spokane Chiefs have announced that
former captain and assistant coach Kevin Sawyer will return to the
organization as a part-time assistant coach for the 2013-14 season.
Sawyer will assist with player development and player evaluation, and
help in all coaching areas while working with the team on a monthly
basis. He filled a similar role last season while Head Coach Don
Nachbaur was an assistant coach for Canada’s World Junior Hockey
extremely excited to have Kevin back on our staff. He is a quality
person who brings tremendous knowledge and experience,” Nachbaur said.
“He is truly a Chief at heart and will do whatever it takes to help make
our club better."
playing as a Chief for three years, ultimately as captain of the 1994-95
team as a 20-year-old, Sawyer played professionally for eight years. He
holds the club record for career penalty minutes with 989 in 176 games
played. Sawyer assisted with the Chiefs from 2004 to 2006, and again
very excited to be involved and be a part of it all,” Sawyer said. “I
can’t wait to get going and help out any way I can.”
addition to coaching, Sawyer has spent recent years as a color
commentator for Spokane Chiefs broadcasts on SWX and WHL broadcasts on
He joins a
coaching staff including Nachbaur, Goaltending Coach Ryan Cyr, Athletic
Trainer/Conditioning Coach Todd Daniels, and newly hired Assistant Coach
Scott Burt. As announced in July, Burt joins the staff after a 13-year
professional playing career, during which he won the Kelly Cup, the ECHL
championship, three times.
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