April 25, 2020
Summerland, BC – The Summerland Steam Junior Hockey Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Deschenes as the organization’s new Head Coach & Director of Player Personnel.
Deschenes, from West Kelowna, BC, will take over all player related items beginning immediately as the Steam prepare to play their 10th KIJHL season this September.
A Yale graduate in 2003, Deschenes spent time during his playing career in the American Hockey League, as well as making stops in professional leagues in Italy, Germany and the Netherlands. Once his playing career concluded in 2012 he turned his attention to coaching, joining the KIJHL’s Grand Forks Border Bruins as Head Coach and General Manager for the 2012/13 season.
After just over a year in Grand Forks, Deschenes accepted the Head Coach and General Manager position with the BCHL’s Trail Smoke Eaters, where he spent the following two seasons helping a rebuilding program get on the right track back to success.
For the past four years Nick has been working with minor hockey and sport school academies in the area near his home in West Kelowna, promoting not only physical fitness but also education. He currently owns a gym where he helps train young men and women, including several Summerland Steam, KIJHL and sport school academy players.
“I’m really excited for the opportunity to join the Steam organization,” Says Deschenes, “After spending the past four years coaching minor hockey, I’m looking forward to returning to junior hockey in the league where I started almost a decade ago”
Being close by, Deschenes was familiar with the Steam program and has watched as a few of his pupils have come through the KIJHL in the past four years.
“The Summerland Steam organization has a tradition of excellence and success dating back to nearly their inception, and I look forward to working with all members of the organization as well as the players to continue to build a successful program and experience.”
Summerland’s new bench boss will get to work immediately, starting with forming his staff that will guide the team through the 2020/21 season and the recruitment process that comes before it.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no spring or summer camp for the Summerland Steam. Plans will be to have an extended main camp sometime in August, with more information to come at a later date.