Moose Jaw, SK. ---The Moose Jaw Warriors Hockey Club announced today the hiring of Mike Vandenberghe as the hockey club’s new Assistant Coach. Mike comes to the Warriors after spending the first part of the 2010-11 WHL season with the Brandon Wheat Kings as Interim Assistant Coach.
Mike is a WHL alumnus playing 4 years as a defenseman with both the Wheat Kings and the Medicine Hat Tigers. Following his 4 year WHL career, Mike played 8 seasons of professional hockey in both the ECHL (’93-97) and the WPHL (’97-2000). Mike also played 1 year of CIS hockey with the Brandon Bobcats (’92-93).
Mike began his coaching career with the UHL’s Knoxville Speed as Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations in 2001. Other career coaching highlights include: Assistant Coach, Team West, World U-17 Challenge in 2007; Head Coach/General Manager, Notre Dame Jr. A Hounds, 2004-2009; Head Coach, Team West, World U-17 Challenge in 2010; Assistant Coach, University of Regina Cougars (CIS), 2009-10.
“We are very pleased to add Mike to the Warriors coaching staff,” commented Warriors Director of Hockey Operations Alan Millar. Mike brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our program based on his time as a player, and coach in the WHL, CIS, SJHL, minor pro and Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence. I believe Mike will be a very good fit with our current staff and will be a key addition in a number of hockey areas including player development, “concluded Millar.
The Warriors would like to extend Mike and his wife a warm welcome to the Warriors hockey club and the Friendly City.