Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Brad Cook has stepped down as Head Coach-GM of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League Saanich Braves, has been named the Braves new Vice President of Hockey Operations.
Cook spent eleven seasons playing professional hockey from 1996-2007 with sixteen different teams (Dayton, San Angelo, Tulsa, Kalamazoo, New Mexico, Richmond, Adirondack, Elmira, Berliner SC, ESC, Columbia, Victoria, Augusta & Bakersfield) in eight different leagues (CoHL, WPHL, CHL, UHL, Germany 3, Germany 4 & ECHL) before retiring from hockey as a player. Cook has spent four seasons with the Braves (2008-2010 & 2011-12 & 2016-17).
Cook played one season in Vernon (1995-96) winning the 1996 Royal Bank Cup with the Vernon Vipers. In 50 games that season Cook picked up (12-goals-37-assists-49-points).
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Saanich Braves Announce New Head Coach
Published on May 8th, 2017 | by Admin-LYF
Brad Cook steps off the bench into his new role of Vice President of Hockey Operations.
The Braves are proud to announce that former Brave defenceman Sam Waterfield will be the new head coach. Sam returns to Saanich from Edmonton where he won 2 championships and earned his degree at NAIT. Sam is a Saanich Minor Hockey product and graduate of Spectrum High School.
Former Brave Mackenzie Valentine will be staying with the team as an assistant coach. We will be finalizing the rest of our staff in the coming weeks.
“I am thrilled to have Sam return to the Braves. He will certainly inject some youth and a new perspective into a thriving Braves program. I am looking forward to working with and mentoring Sam which will allow me the opportunity to pursue a new career in the hockey world. I am sure it will be a seamless transition as Sam was with me at Spectrum Hockey Academy and a former player that we moved on to the next level.” said former coach Brad Cook.