Former Vernon Vipers Associate Coach Kris Mallette has been named a guest coach for the Under-18 Hockey Canada program.
Mallette a Kelowna Rocket Alumni & current Rockets Assistant Coach was an Associate Coach with the Vipers for one season (2013-14) before leaving the Vipers for the Rockets on July 4th 2014. Mallette was selected 62nd overall in Round 3 at the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers played ten years in the Minor Pros with Louisiana, Baton Rouge, Asheville, Elmira, Colorado, Youngstown, Laredo and Flint before starting his coaching career.
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Rockets Assistant Coaches Tapped by Hockey Canada
June 14, 2016
Kelowna Rockets assistant coaches Kris Mallette and Travis Crickard have both been tapped by Hockey Canada to take part in Under-17 and Under-18 Hockey Canada programs this summer.
Mallette has been named a guest coach for the Under-18 program while Crickard has been named video coach for one of Team Canada’s World Under-17 teams.
Both Rockets coaches attended a Hockey Canada event on the weekend and were named to their respective positions this week.
“To be able to represent your country in any facet is a huge honour,” said Mallette. “That was a goal for me once I took the position with the Rockets; I wanted to be involved with Hockey Canada. It’s an elite group of coaches and the knowledge you can pick up from everyone is outstanding. It was pretty special to be thought of in that process.”
Mallette will work with the Under-18 program as a guest coach before the team takes part in the annual Ivan Hlinka U-18 World Championships this summer.
For his part, Crickard has been named video coach for Team Black that will compete this fall in the World Under-17 championship. Crickard will attend an evaluation camp in late July and will also go to the tournament this fall.
“To me this is really special,” said Crickard. “This is for my country now and it’s like I have a renewed passion for the a game. You have a responsibility to team, family, Hockey Canada and country. I’m really excited for this opportunity to learn from a number of great coaches.”