Royals Name Dan Price Head Coach & Hockey Ops Appointments
ROYALS NAME DAN PRICE AS HEAD COACH
For Immediate Release
Monday, June 12, 2017
Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals are proud to announce that Dan Price has been named the team’s head coach. Price is the club’s third head coach since relocation to Vancouver Island.
This is the first head coaching job in the WHL for Price, a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Law. The St. Albert, AB native joined the Royals last season and served as the team’s assistant coach.
“In a way, the path to being a head coach with our club began when we hired Dan last season. He has an exceptional set of skills, and it was clear to us that he was destined to be a head coach in the WHL and just needed an opportunity,” President and General Manger Cameron Hope said.
“We did look at other candidates, and we took careful steps in doing our due diligence. In the end, Dan emerged as our top choice. His knowledge, professionalism, and the manner in which he approaches the game and our players, makes him the perfect fit for the Victoria Royals.”
— Victoria News (@VictoriaNews) June 12, 2017
The 42-year-old Price has nearly a decade of experience working in the WHL. He worked as a scout for the Regina Pats from 2003 to 2006, before he started his coaching career with the Chilliwack Bruins as an assistant coach for two seasons (2006-08). The Bruins promoted Price to associate coach in 2008-09.
Also during that season, Price served as an assistant coach for Hockey Canada’s Team Pacific at the 2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and helped guide the team to a silver medal. Price served as an assistant coach with the Tri-City Americans for two seasons (2012-14).
Prior to joining Tri-City, Price was the General Manager and Head Coach of the Drumheller Dragons in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (2009-12). Before coming to the Royals, he was the Assistant Coach and Manager of Athletic Recruitment with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues Men’s Hockey Team in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). Price helped guide the Blues, for the first time since 2006-07, to the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) West Semi-Final in 2014-15, and again in 2015-16.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to take the next step in my coaching career with this organization,” Price said. “I am looking forward to working with Cameron, our players and the rest of the staff to continue the winning culture that has been established the past five seasons.”
Price is the successor to former head coach Dave Lowry, who was recently hired by the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL) as an assistant coach.
A former junior hockey goaltender, Price played three seasons (1992-95) with the Trail Smoke Eaters and Fort St. John Huskies of the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League. He concluded his playing career in the CIS at the University of Regina (1995-98).
ROYALS ANNOUNCE HOCKEY OPERATIONS APPOINTMENTS
Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals are proud to announce that Doug Bodger has accepted a role as a full time assistant coach with the organization, and that Ryan Guenter has been named the club’s new Head Scout.
The product of Chemanius, BC joined the Royals for the 2016-17 campaign as a part time assistant coach, and helped the club to a 37-29-5-1 mark as a member of the coaching staff along with Dave Lowry and Dan Price.
“We are extremely pleased that Doug is increasing his role within our coaching staff,” President and General Manager Cameron Hope said. “The experience and knowledge that he brings to our preparation, and to our bench, is a great benefit to our players.”
Prior to his time in Victoria, Bodger was an assistant coach for the Shawnigan Lake Bantam Prep Team of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League during the 2015-16 campaign. Bodger also served as an assistant coach with the British Columbia Hockey League’s Cowichan Capitals for two seasons (2003-04 & 2005-06) and helped the club earn a 63-41-9-4 record that included an Island Division Championship in 2003-04.
Bodger enjoyed a 16-year professional career that saw him play in 1,071 games and earn 528 points (106g-422a) split between six National Hockey League clubs (Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabers, San Jose Sharks, New Jersey Devils, Los Angeles Kings, and Vancouver Canucks). Through 47 NHL playoff games, Bodger recorded 24 points (6g-18a).
Previous to his time in the NHL, Bodger played two seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Kamloops Junior Oilers. In 142 contests, Bodger tallied 190 points (47g-143a) and was named to the WHL Second All-Star Team in 1983 and WHL West First All-Star Team in 1984. During the 1983-84 campaign, Bodger helped guide his team to a league best 100 points (50-22-0) as the Junior Oilers captured the WHL Championship and finished third in the Memorial Cup. In his junior career, Bodger played in 24 WHL playoff games and amassed 22 points (2g-20a).
Guenter has been a member of the Royals/Chilliwack Bruins franchise since 2009, and most recently served as the team’s Senior Regional Scout for Alberta.
“Ryan has been with this franchise for eight years, and he is uniquely committed to the complex job of scouting and talent identification,” Hope said. “His passion for the game, dedication, and thoughtful approach to our scouting process make him a great fit for this role.”
Currently, the native of Lethbridge, AB is working towards his Master’s Degree in Sport Psychology with a focus on Talent Identification at the University of Alberta. Guenter has also earned a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Degree and Business Management, Human Resources Degree from the University of Lethbridge.
During his time at the University of Lethbridge (1998-2003), Guenter played in 117 games for the men’s hockey team where he collected 26 points (12g-14a) to go along with 179 penalty minutes. Guenter was also a member of Team Alberta’s baseball team at the 1997 Canada Summer Games and captured the bronze medal.
Guenter will be supported by Senior Regional Scouts Garry Pochipinski (East) and Ed Fowler (West), who have been extended in their roles, to help oversee and direct the Royals’ scouting staff.
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