Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Former Vernon Laker-Viper Troy Mick Steps Down As Silverbacks Head Coach:

Former Vernon Lakers-Vipers forward, Assistant Coach, Head Coach & GM Troy Mick has stepped down as Head Coach of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.  Mick will remain on as General Manager and minority owner with the Silverbacks.  Mick was named Head Coach-GM-Minority Owner on April, 11th 2012.  The Silverbacks have hired-named veteran BCHL coach Scott Robinson the Backs new Head Coach. 

Mick played two seasons with the Vernon Lakers (1984-1986) before playing with the Merritt Centennials was also an Assistant Coach with the Vernon Lakers for two seasons (1993-1995) & one season with the Vernon Vipers (1995-1996) before being named the Vipers Head Coach-GM the following season. Mick was Head Coach-GM of the Vipers for four years (1996-2000) before returning to the Vipers as GM for two years (2005-2007). Mick was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in round 7 #130 overall at the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.

This is posted on Scott Campbells Silverbacks Blog:

Troy Mick shuffles SilverBack's Hockey Operations

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Salmon Arm SilverBacks big summer acquisition; Troy Mick, has made a move that will allow him to take dedicate more time to focus on the business and hockey operations of the club.

Mick, while retaining his General Manager and Minority Owner status, has officially stepped down from his Head Coaching position as of this afternoon.

He will take this opportunity to put his recruiting and business skills to use in order to ensure the long term success and viability of the franchise in Salmon Arm, “This was a very tough decision but the right one for the players and the franchise. I needed to be a full time coach for the players and I could not fulfill those commitments as my other duties were always getting in the way” says Mick.

It's a no-worry situation for 'Backs fans though, as Mick has brought in former SilverBack Assistant Coach and two time BCHL Coach of the Year Scott Robinson to lead his bench.

Robinson, a native of Salmon Arm, B.C, was most recently the Head Coach of the Dawson Creek Rage of the NAHL from 2010 until this past season when the franchise folded.

Robinson was honored with the BCHL Coaching award on two occasions; in 03-04 and then again in 06-07.

Mick says the move; while taking him off the bench, will allow him to focus on other important aspects of the franchise, “When I took over I knew there was a lot of work to do on and off the ice but they both have exceeded my expectations as far as time commitment goes. I’m excited that I can now focus on the well-being of the club and start setting the foundation for success within the business operations and of course the hockey operations for many years to come.”

Robinson, a familiar name in Salmon Arm was Assistant Coach with the ‘Backs from 2001 to 2003, the former bench boss of the Sicamous Eagles, North Okanagan Knights and Revelstoke Grizzlies is no stranger to the Shuswap. His local ties and experience run deeper as members of his family still live in Salmon Arm and his son Brad was a SilverBack just last season. Scott spent several years as a player in the IHL and even cracked the line-up for one game with the Minnesota North Stars before beginning his coaching career.

Much like Troy Mick, Robinson's record precedes him as he sports a near .600 winning percentage as a Coach in both the KIJHL and BCHL.

Mick says long-time hockey fans in the Salmon Arm area and Southern Interior will know what they're getting, “Scott brings a ton of coaching experience and enthusiasm to the SilverBacks and with Brandon West as his Assistant Coach my coaching staff will be able to focus on development and winning hockey games. I have known Scott for over 15 years and know he will do a GREAT JOB!”

Silverbacks’ fans will get their first chance to see Robinson back on the bench this Friday in the home opener, as the 'Backs host the Vernon Vipers and Robinson begins his tenure with the SilverBacks!

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