The Grande Prairie Storm are pleased to announce the hiring of Sam Waterfield as the team’s new Assistant Coach.
The Victoria, B.C. native joins the Storm after spending the 2019-2020 season as the Assistant Coach of the Coquitlam Express of the British Columbia Hockey League. He helped the Express to a league’s best record of 47-9-2 in the BCHL’s regular season as well as a first round sweep of the Langley Rivermen before the playoffs were cut short.
Prior to becoming the Assistant Coach of the Express, Sam spent two seasons as the Head Coach of the Saanich Braves of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.
“I am excited to come back to Northern Alberta and work in such a strong community,” said Waterfield, 28, who played collegiate hockey for the NAIT Ooks in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference. “The Storm have been a top team in the AJHL before and I look forward to being a part of bringing them back to a top contender.?
Waterfield graduated from NAIT with a Personal Fitness Training degree. His junior playing career included stops in Coquitlam, Nanaimo, Prince George and Winkler. He was also video coach for the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League.
“The Storm are excited to have Sam join our team and look forward to seeing him at training camp this fall,” said Storm Head Coach/General Manager Mike Vandekamp, who returns to Grande Prairie after being the team’s Head Coach/GM from 2007-2011. The team won the Alberta Junior Hockey League championship with Vandekamp behind the bench in 2009.
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