Prince George Spruce Kings management has come through on its promise to bring in another coach before the start of the 2020-21 season.
The team announced the hiring of Lukas Lomicky this morning (April 20) who will serve as an associate to head coach Alex Evin.
Lomicky is originally from the Czech Republic, was his country’s video coach at last year’s World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and won bronze over Team Canada White.
“It is an honour to join a premier Junior A Franchise, the Prince George Spruce Kings,” says Lomicky in a team release.
“They have always run one of the best franchises in the BCHL and when I heard the opportunity, I knew I wanted the chance to join the organization.”
Lomicky has been with Revelstoke of the Kootenay International Junior ‘B’ League (KIJHL) for the last three years, has a 2019 league championship under his belt, and was promoted to head coach prior to the beginning of this past season.
He led the Grizzlies to its conference title with a record of 39-6-1-3 and were in the middle of the second round of playoffs before COVID-19 abruptly cancelled everything.
“They have been able to move players and coaches to the next level time and time again, while also keeping a winning tradition,” adds Lomicky.
“I want to thank Mike and Alex for the opportunity, and I am excited to get the season going and to be able to call Prince George my home.”
Lomicky is set to become the new full-time associate coach under Evin’s wing, while Garneau will act as an assistant and remain in Prince George for practices and home games, while also attending some road trips.
“Lukas will undoubtedly be a strong contributor to our team. His work ethic and core values align well with our organization,” said Evin.
“I am looking forward to working with all of our staff members next season.”
General Manager Mike Hawes also confirms Nick Drazenovic will return this coming season for the Spruce Kings’ as skills and development coach.