The Alberni Valley Bulldogs announce the hiring of Bryan Vines as Assistant General Manager/Assistant Coach of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.
Vines joins the Alberni Valley Bulldogs after serving last season (2008-2009) as the Assistant Coach for Miami University ? Ohio RedHawks, while working towards his Masters Degree. Vines was an instrumental part of the RedHawks history making championship season. The RedHawks lost to the Boston University Terriers in NCAA Final last season, the first time in school history the Mens Hockey team has played in the NCAA Div I Finals.
Prior to Miami University ? Ohio, Vines spent three seasons as the Video Coach for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL). Vines was responsible for breaking down game film and conducting team video sessions under Head Coach Joel Quenneville.
A defenseman as a player, Vines spent four seasons at Denver University where he led the Pioneers as Team Captain in his senior year to a 32-8-1 (21-6-1 WCHA) record. Following Denver University Vines played two seasons in the minor pro hockey ranks, splitting time between the Long Beach Ice Dogs and the San Diego Gulls of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).
?Bryan brings a tremendous amount of hockey knowledge to our program, his coaching experience at the NCAA and NHL levels will be extremely beneficial to our players? comments GM/Head Coach Nolan Graham. ?Bryan has been a part of winning programs both as a player and as a coach, he understands the commitment and dedication that is needed to achieve success?, adds Graham.
Vines grew up in Ontario and will be moving to the Alberni Valley prior to the Bulldogs training camp in August.