The Western Hockey League Lethbridge Hurricanes have hired-named former Vernon Lakers-Vipers defenceman Josh MacNevin new Assistant Coach.
MaNevin joins former Vernon Vipers forward Brent Kisio who is the Hurricanes Head Coach. Kisio played one season in Vernon (2002-2003) in 59 regular season games with the Vipers Kisio collected (20-goals-46-assists-66-points).
After playing four years at Providence College, MacNevin spent parts of the next three seasons (2000-2002) playing in the ECHL & WCHL before spending the next twelve years playing overseas. From 2001-2013 MacNevin played with nine different teams (Fassa, EK Zell am See, Eisbaren Regensburg, ERC Ingolstadt, Vaxjo Lakers HC, HPK, AIK, SaiPa & TPS) in seven different leagues (Italy, Austria 2, Germany 2, DEL, Allsvenskan, Liiga & SHL). MacNevin retired from hockey after the 2012-13 season spent the 2013-14 season as an Assistant Coach with the University of Lethbridge before joining the Hurricanes this season.
MacNevin played two years in Vernon, one with the 1994-95 Vernon Lakers before finishing his final year of junior hockey winning a Royal Bank Cup with the 1995-96 Vernon Vipers. MacNevin was drafted 101 overall in Round 4 at the 1996 NHL Draft by the New Jersey Devils.
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Hurricanes Round Out Coaching Staff
Aug 13, 2015
Lethbridge, AB - The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club have announced the hiring of Josh MacNevin as an assistant coach.
MacNevin, 38, joins new Hurricanes head coach Brent Kisio and incumbent assistant coach Mike Craig to complete the coaching staff for the 2015-2016 season. The Calgary, native most recently served as an assistant coach with the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns Men’s Hockey team in 2013-2014 as an assistant coach.
“It’s a really good opportunity to come into a great league on a team that’s on its way up. Brent seems like a really good guy and I’m really excited to join the team and try to help out wherever I can,” said MacNevin. “I’m really excited to start learning and understand the process from the other side of the bench a little bit more.”
MacNevin has a wealth of experience in the game of hockey after playing in the BCHL and NCAA before embarking on a professional career that spanned 14 seasons, spending two seasons in the East Coast Hockey League as well as 12 seasons in Europe before retiring in 2013. The former defenseman was a 1996 fourth round draft pick of the New Jersey Devils.
“We’re very excited to have him. He’ll round out our staff very well. He’s played a lot of professional hockey. His knowledge of the game seems very high,” said Hurricanes Head Coach, Brent Kisio. “We’ll see how his role goes and how much he can be around. He’ll be on the ice as much as he can helping out our guys, especially skill development. He wants to be around and is excited about the opportunity and he’s excited to help us win hockey games.”