The Bonnyville Pontiacs are pleased to announce the promotion of Rick Swan to Head Coach and General Manager.
Swan spent the 2012-13 season as the Pontiacs Associate Coach and Assistant General Manager after joining the club from the Knights of Columbus Midget AAA club in Edmonton where he had been the Head Coach since 2008-09. In 2009, Swan won the Glen Sather Trophy as the AMHL Coach of the Year.
“I learned a lot in the past year working with Chad Mercier, who I consider one of the best coaches in the country,” said Swan. “As Head Coach I hope to continue the tradition of producing one of the hardest working teams in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.”
“Rick has demonstrated to the organization an ability to connect with players, fans, staff and the community,” explained Pontiacs President Don Sydora. “We have high expectations as an organization and we believe Rick has the ability to deliver on those expectations.”
The Pontiacs and Swan have agreed to a three year contract extension. An announcement regarding an Assistant Coach is will be made within the next fortnight.