The Prince George Spruce Kings have hired Andrew Shaw as their associate coach.
Shaw has been a BCHL coach for the past three years with the Chilliwack Chiefs - two seasons as the team’s video coach and last season as the associate coach.
The 32-year-old Chilliwack native played two seasons of junior hockey with the Nipawin Hawks (SJHL) and Castlegar Rebels (KIJHL) and played the following season (2010-11) in the BC. Intercollegiate Hockey League with the University of the Fraser Valley.
He studied political science at the University of Victoria.
“I’m thrilled to join the Spruce Kings organization,” said Shaw, in a team release. “ I’m thankful to (general manager) Mike Hawes, (head coach) Alex Evin and (assistant GM/director of player personnel) Craig Carter for the opportunity. This is an excellent organization and I’m privileged to join Alex’s staff.
“My wife (Kaitlyn) and I are looking forward to an adventure and immersing ourselves in the community.”
Shaw will replace Lucas Lomicky, who is now the Vernon Vipers’ associate coach, where he will be based closer to his family. Lomicky was with the Spruce Kings the past two seasons.
“Andrew comes highly recommended,” said Hawes, “and I feel he checks a lot of boxes that we look for in the people we hire in our hockey operations department.
“He has experience in the BCHL with a good program and we look forward to having him contribute to the success of the Spruce Kings.”