Thursday, February 13, 2014

Spruce Kings announce contract extensions for coaching staff

Press Release sent to the World of Junior Hockey

PRINCE GEORGE, BC – The Prince George Spruce Kings of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) are very pleased to announce a two year contract extension of head coach, Dave Dupas through to the end of the 2015-16 season with a club option for the following season.

Dave Dupas was currently in his final year of his contract, the extension comes after the team has secured a playoff berth for its third consecutive season under Dupas. In his first year, the Spruce Kings finished 3rd in the Interior Division with 72 points in 60 games. Last season the Spruce Kings finished with 59 points in 56 games and this year the team is fighting for top spot in the Mainland Division with 63 points in 50 games and eight games remaining.

“Our organization has come a long way in the past few seasons and Dave has been a huge part of that progression,” said Spruce Kings General Manager, Mike Hawes. “The players have responded well to Dave as he has worked towards changing the culture and changed what it means to be a Spruce King.”

In conjunction with Dupas' contract extension, Hawes is also pleased to announce that assistant coaches Colton Buffie and Jason Garneau have also been signed to two year contract extensions.

“I’m very pleased to be able to continue moving forward with this group of coaches,” added Hawes. “I think that the job that has been done by Dave, Colton and Jason has been excellent and they deserve to continue to work towards bringing a championship to the city of Prince George.”

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