Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Cowichan Capitals Name Former Vipers Bench Boss Vandekamp New Head Coach/GM:

The Cowichan Capitals have named former Vernon Vipers Head Coach/GM Mike Vandekamp new Head Coach/GM.

Vandekamp had been with the Nanaimo Clippers since 2011 was replaced by former Vernon Lakers forward Darren Naylor December 22nd 2017.

Vandekamp was Head Coach/GM of the Vernon Vipers from 2001-2005 posted a record of 159-57-4-0 going to the league finals in three out of four years, winning the Fred Page Cup in 2003 before leaving for the Western Hockey League's Prince George Cougars. 

Mike Vandekamp's coaching profile:

This is posted on the Capitals website:

Capitals Hire New General Manager and Head Coach

April 10, 2018

by Scott

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Capitals Hire New General Manager and Head Coach

The Cowichan Capitals are pleased to announce the hiring of Mike Vandekamp as the team’s new General Manager and Head Coach. Mike brings a wealth of experience to the Capitals, with 23 season of Junior Hockey in the BCHL, WHL and AJHL, having coached over 1475 games. Mike has taken his teams to the finals 8 times, and most recently spent 7 seasons as the head Coach of the Nanaimo Clippers.

Mike has been married to his wife Lana for 17 years and they have two children, Carter who will soon be 15 and Katie who is turning 13. Lana volunteered many hours helping with Parents Weekend and social functions; she is looking forward to being part of the Capitals Family.

Mikes goal is to improve the Capitals both on and off the ice, says owner Ray Zhang.

Vandekamp says  “I’ve always loved this rink”  and “We are going to do everything we can to make it the toughest rink to play in as a visiting team and a place where the fans can come and be proud of their local team’s effort every night”. 

Mike will begin working immediately as the team’s General Manager of Hockey Operations and Head Coach.

Former General Manager and Head Coach, Brian Passmore will remain with the Capitals in the position of Hockey Development. This position will have Brian involved with the Capitals U16 Program and other youth hockey initiatives.

The Capitals would like to thank Brian for his hard work and dedication to the club. 

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