The North Okanagan Knights are pleased to announce that they now have four players affiliated by BCHL teams. According to GM Bryant Perrier, the club is looking forward in the future to have more player’s affiliated with BCHL teams. It is part of our organizational philosophy and player development.
We knew coming in as new Ownership, Management and the coaching staff that it was going to take time, patience and a ton of hard work before we were going to establish a new culture here in Armstrong and start to see improvement as a whole. You need a plan when you are building a hockey team and you need to stick to the plan through the highs and the lows. This is just life and life skills are what we want to teach to all our players.
The Knights would also like to announce that they are currently working on developing stronger relationships with BCHL teams in order to encourage and aid in the further development of our hockey program.
“We have really appreciated our initial discussions with GM’s and Head Coaches in the BCHL, said Perrier. They are welcome to attend our games and practices so we can receive as much feedback on our players as possible. Our goal is work alongside these teams so our players all have the same opportunities to move up to the high level of hockey.”
Perrier believes that the North Okanagan Knights have the facilities and infrastructure in place to develop elite players in the future.
“This town (Armstrong) is full of good hockey people and the resources here are unlimited. We want to be able to use committed and talented local and surrounding players as they grow and develop. We are prepared to work hard in helping develop them.”
Perrier says that he is starting to identify young players in the community and surrounding areas who appear to be on track. He has also been in contact with some local families to show interest and support. He has also had members and prospects contact him.
“We are available for anyone in the community who needs help with their teams or even mentorship for their sons or daughters. We have a staff that wants to give back. Our door is open and our phone line is too.”
Perrier is also proud of his coaching staff.
“Cam Dobransky who came through the KIJHL system. I had other people who were looking to coach this season that I have worked with in the past. But I truly felt we needed to consider a character person that has good qualities and a presence who can give back to hockey in the way that only former alumni’s can. Cam has been nothing short of excellent in many ways.”
Perrier is very excited about the future and potential of our organization, and developing riches that can become a part of the Knights roster.
“Here is hoping that people take advantage of what our club wants to do in the area of local development. You can win hockey games, but a great program really gives back to the grass roots. We want to do that by developing players who are ready to play on our team.”