The Neepawa Natives have rounded out their coaching staff for the 2017/2018 season. Jim Platt will join Byron Billett as assistant coaches for the team. Platt has served as assistant coach for the club in the past and will provide a wealth of experience on the bench. The organization will also be adding Matt Lowry and Ward Szucki as Skill Development coaches to assist during practices. Szucki will also be on the bench on occasion. Derek Pearson will be returning as team trainer and marketing director.
“We have been working through many options over the past month and have rounded out the staff. Jim and Byron will complement each other as well as coach Howden. Matt and Ward are alumni of the program, highly involved community members and have played at a high level. All of the coaches involved will help the overall growth of the player on and off the ice.” stated Neepawa Natives General Manager Myles Cathcart.
Coach Howden enters his fourth year with the Neepawa Natives (two as assistant coach and currently as head coach) and has developed a rapport with the players, community and staff during his tenure. “I am excited about the upcoming season and accepting the challenges that come with a sophomore season as head coach. Last season, the structure was put in place on the ice and the players know the expectations coming to camp.” stated Coach Howden.
Main Camp registration is from 9-10 for the older players and from 11-12 for the 2002 group. The annual intra-squad game will be Saturday, September 2 at 3pm. Come out to check out the team and the Yellowhead upgrades.