Canada’s national men’s under-17 team has named former Vernon Vipers forward Luke Pierce assistant coach.
Pierce had spent the previous two seasons with the Western Hockey League's Kootenay Ice before being fired June 2 2017.
In two seasons with the Ice Pierce went 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).
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ICE’s Pierce to help coach national U17 team
Cranbrook, BC, Canada / The Drive FM
May 19, 2017
The Kootenay ICE bench boss is one of six coaches that will help with Canada’s national men’s under-17 teams this year.
Luke Pierce has been named an assistant coach for Team Canada – Red.
Pierce is expected to work with the club during this summer’s development camp and help lead the team at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Canada will send three squads, Red, White and Black, to the tournament that goes November 5-11 in both Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.
– Josh Hoffman