Monday, October 20, 2014

Cougars Give Former Vipers Coach Holick Contract Extension:

The Western Hockey League (WHL) Prince
George Cougars have given former Vernon Vipers Head Coach Mark Holick a two-year extension.

Holick was the Head Coach of the Vipers for one season (2006-07) before leaving for the WHL Kootenay Ice.  Holick posted a record of (37 wins-19 losses-1 tie-3 overtime losses) guided the Vipers to the BCHL League finals where Vernon fell in six games to the Nanaimo Clippers. 

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This was in the Prince George Citizen newspaper:

Cats extend Holick's contract

Andrea Johnson / Prince George Citizen

July 16, 2014

Not only did the Prince George Cougars introduce Todd Harkins as their new general manager on Tuesday, they gave current bench boss Mark Holick a further vote of confidence.

Holick, the Cats' head coach who still had two years remaining on his current contract, received a two-year extension that will take him through to the 2017-2018 season.

"We think Mark is our guy and is the right guy," said Cougars president Greg Pocock during a media event outside the Cougars dressing room Tuesday morning. "It made sense for him to relocate his family and we're showing our support with another two years on top of his contract."

Holick had indicated to management he was interested in the general manager's role when former GM Dallas Thompson was relieved of his duties on May 1, but the team decided it wanted to separate the two roles.

In the end, the Cougars hired Harkins, their director of player personnel, to take over the GM reins and left Holick to focus solely on coaching.

"We were transparent with Mark and Todd throughout this whole process and thank them for their professionalism," said Pocock.

Holick also feels more at ease.

"I'm excited to get it over with and move forward," he said. "Greg was always upfront about it [the GM hiring process] and I feel more secure."

Holick, who spends the off-season in Penticton, will now move his family - wife Janet and his teenaged son and daughter - permanently to Prince George.

Harkins and Holick got to know each other over the past season and both say there is a lot of respect between them.

"We both understand our roles on the team," said Harkins. "We both want to win and have the same type of players on the team. He [Holick] just wants to coach and teach them."

The Cats also formally introduced Holick's new assistant coach Mike Hengen on Tuesday, even though the announcement of his hiring was made July 3.

Hengen will serve double duty as the team's full-time strength and conditioning coach. He joins Holick's coaching staff after a successful four-year stint as an assistant coach with the Penticton Vees of the B.C. Hockey League.

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