Chiefs hire Nick Deschenes as new Head Coach & GM

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Kelowna Chiefs are pleased to announce the hiring of Nick Deschenes as their Head Coach and General Manager.
Deschenes joins the Chiefs after previous KIJHL stops with the Grand Forks Border Bruins, Summerland Steam and Sicamous Eagles, as well as the BCHL’s Trail Smoke Eaters. Last season he led the Eagles to a 31-12-1-0 record, good for fifth in the overall regular season standings.
“The Chiefs are excited to have Nick join the organization as our new Head Coach and General Manager,” says Chiefs owner Darren Tymchyshyn. “Nick’s proven success developing players and preparing them for a higher level was a major factor in my decision. Importantly, Nick’s ties to the local minor hockey community will expedite my goal of recruiting more players to stay close to home and play for the Chiefs.” 
Deschenes takes over a Chiefs squad coming off a 16-24-3-1 record that saw them finish fourth in the Bill Ohlhausen division standings.
“I’m honoured to be selected to help guide the Kelowna Chiefs under the leadership of new owner Darren Tymchyshyn,” says Deschenes. “I look forward to building a successful program that leverages the talented hockey players here in Kelowna while continuing to grow alongside the KIJHL as the league moves towards Junior A, Tier 1 status. I’m looking forward to the challenge and happy to be coaching where I call home.” 
The Chiefs will make further announcements regarding preparations for the upcoming season, including main camp dates and registration info, in the coming weeks.