Sunday, July 24, 2022

Is Ex Vernon Viper Pierce The Next Head Coach Of The Oil Kings?

ill former Vernon Vipers forward Luke Pierce be the next Head Coach of the Western Hockey League Edmonton Oil Kings? The Winnipeg Jets have named Brad Lauer new Assistant Coach. Lauer was the Head Coach of the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Here is the report from Taking Note,

Truitt takes over Raiders’ bench . . . Oil Kings lose Lauer to Jets . . . Is Pierce up next in Edmonton? – TAKING NOTE (

Pierce has spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach with the Western Hockey League Edmonton Oil Kings.

Pierce spent five seasons playing at Royal Military College from 2004-2009 before returning to the BCHL in 2009 as an Assistant Coach & Head Coach with the Merritt Centennials. Pierce spent six seasons as Head Coach-GM of the Merritt Centennials from 2009-2015. Pierce was named BCHL Interior Conference Coach of the year in 2013. Pierce was an assistant coach with Canada’s national men’s under-17 team in 2016 & an assistant coach for Team Canada/Team Red at the 2017 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge. Pierce was an assistant coach for Canada’s National Sledge Team at the 2018 Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang. Pierce spent two seasons as Head Coach with the Western Hockey League's Kootenay Ice before being fired June 2 2017.

Pierce played his first two seasons in the BCHL with his hometown Merritt Centennials before being traded to Vernon in his final year of Junior hockey. Pierce played one season in Vernon with the 2003-04 Vernon Vipers. The Merritt Centennials traded Luke Pierce to Vernon June 10th 2003 for future considerations. In 53 games with the Vipers Pierce collected (7-goals-21-assists-28-points).

Luke Pierce's Player-Coaches Profile:

Luke Pierce - Elite Prospects

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