Thursday, June 15, 2017

Kootenay Ice Fire Ex Vernon Viper Pierce:

The Western Hockey League's Kootenay Ice have fired former Vernon Vipers forward Luke Pierce.

Pierce had spent the previous two seasons in Kootenay going 26-100-16-3. Prior to joining the Ice Pierce spent the previous six seasons as Head Coach-GM of the Merritt Centennials. Pierce was named BCHL Interior Conference Coach of the year in 2013 played his final year of Junior hockey in Vernon (2003-04) after being acquired from the Merritt Centennials for future considerations on June, 10th 2003. In 53 regular season games with the Vipers Pierce collected (7-goals-21-assists-28-points).

Luke Pierce's Player-Coaches Profile:

This was posted on the Ice website:

ICE Announce Pierce Will Not Return for the 2017-2018 Season

June 2, 2017

Cranbrook, BC – Matt Cockell, President and General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club announced today that Luke Pierce will not return as the head coach for the 2017-18 season.

“The ICE would like to thank Luke for his dedication to the hockey club and the community over the past two seasons” said Cockell.  “We are committed to a fresh start for the organization and this includes the business and hockey operations. We feel that this was a necessary decision to accomplish that objective.”  Cockell added that the search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

No further comment will be provided.

1 comment:

graham king said...

Too bad, thought he was a good coach. Maybe his thoughts and methods were going in a different direction then ownership. Good Luck, LUKE.