Grande Prairie, AB – The Grande Prairie Storm are pleased to announce that Mike Vandekamp will be returning to the organization as General Manager and Head Coach. The three-year term takes effect immediately.
Storm President Murray Toews says, “Mike Vandekamp knows how to create winners! He has a proven track record of bringing the most out of his players. Mike has won championships and has moved hundreds of players onto NCAA scholarships. Our fans, stakeholders and players need this change and we are happy to welcome Mike back home to the Grande Prairie Storm.”
A veteran junior hockey bench boss, Vandekamp enters his 26th season of coaching (WHL, AJHL, BCHL). He returns to the AJHL after spending the last 9 seasons in the BCHL with the Nanaimo Clippers and most recently the Cowichan Valley Capitals.
In his 4 seasons with the Storm (2007-2011) Vandekamp amassed a regular season record of 154-72-19. In the playoffs, Vandekamp’s Grande Prairie Storm teams posted a 27-18 record and won the AJHL Championship in 2009.
“Helping bring an AJHL Championship to the Storm fans and organization is one of the highlights of my coaching career”, says Vandekamp. “We had a talented group that was committed and proud to represent the Storm and the community of Grande Prairie. We found success in that formula. I look forward to being a part of revitalizing that culture of confidence. I’m excited to get back up north and getting to work!”
Vandekamp is available for media requests at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris Millsap is available for media requests at email@example.com and/or 780.933.8786.
The Grande Prairie Storm Hockey Club exists to develop a quality junior hockey team made up of dedicated and talented hockey players who want to work together with the community, volunteers and administration. We constantly look for ways to improve our organization and are proud to be an integral part of the Grande Prairie region. We encourage educational advancement and strive to achieve the highest possible results in pursuit of a National Championship.