Bryant Perrier; Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations
Bryant returns for his third year as Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations for the Knights. “Bryant has an extensive and impressive coaching and playing resume says new Team Owner Dean Keller. Bryant will provide a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Knights organization. He has had a tremendous amount of success as a Head Coach at the Junior level.”
Bryant’s most recent coaching assignment was for three years in Europe coaching at the Professional level in France.
Bryant also had an impressive playing career. He played his pro in the Los Angeles Kings organization with the Phoenix Roadrunners of the International Hockey League. Bryant also played in the East Coast Hockey League and European Premier Division Hockey. Bryant attended the University of Alaska on a NCAA Division I hockey scholarship. He finished his 4 year career with 100 points as a Defenseman. Bryant was also a former All-Star Defenseman in the BCHL, playing with the Penticton Knights, Revelstoke Rangers and Langley Eagles.
Bryant’s strengths are in communication, video analysis and skill development by way of teaching fundamentals, technical and tactical components of the game. He also enjoys recruiting, scouting, media relations and community service.
Bryant is dedicated, enthusiastic and passionate about the game. His main motivators are to help improve the athletes and make a positive impact for the players and organization both on and on the ice.
Bryant is excited and passionate about the opportunity to be a committed, accountable and responsible Head Coach and General Manager to such a great supportive hockey community like Armstrong and Spallumcheen.
Graham Watkins; Assistant Coach
Graham is returning for his second full season as Knights Assistant Coach. In the 2015/2016 season, he played an intrical part to help start the rebuild process of the Knights Hockey Club. Graham was the team’s leading scorer, Assistant Captain and provided solid experience for his teammates and was also instrumental in mentoring a very young and inexperienced team.
Graham grew up in Calgary, AB where he played all his Minor Hockey in Midnapore, a community within the City of Calgary. He also served as an Assistant Captain with the Calgary “AA” Midget Buffaloes.
Graham broke into the KIJHL in the 2013/ 2014 season as a young rookie forward, signing with the Grand Forks Border Bruins and completing his playing career in the 2015/2016 season with the North Okanagan Knights.
“Graham is passionate, dedicated and loves being involved and the game of hockey. He truly cares about people and I know he will only want what is best for each and every player. Graham is going to bring experience to the dressing room from a player’s perspective and a great go between for myself and the players. I am excited as I know Graham is, to work side by side together. He will learn a lot about Coaching and how the Hockey Operations of the Organization functions on a daily basis. I wanted someone that I had familiarity with and a minimal transition period for the players. Graham will be a great addition to our Coaching staff,” said Head Coach Bryant Perrier.
Liam McOnie; Assistant Coach and Goaltending Coach
Liam is excited to return to the North Okanagan Knights for his second year as Assistant Coach and Goaltending Coach.
Over the past three years, Liam has coached and worked with many goaltenders of all ages and skill levels. He bring a strong understanding for the Goaltending position. He was mentored by Peter Fry and is now working directly with Eli Wilson (former Ottawa Senators and Anaheim Ducks goaltending coach). Liam has had the opportunity to run many goalie day camps during the summers.
Liam was hired to work as goaltending coach for the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League.
“Liam is going to bring experience to the dressing room from a player’s perspective and a great go between for myself and the players. I am excited as I know Liam is, to work side by side together. He will learn a lot about Coaching and how the Hockey Operations of the Organization functions on a daily basis. Liam has a passion and skill set for helping goaltenders of all ages and levels in today’s game. Liam will work vigilantly to improve the Knights goalies as he continues to better himself throughout the winter assisting Eli Wilson’s goaltending program. He is a very intelligent young man with a bright future in Hockey,” said Head Coach Bryant Perrier.