Matt Keillor has earned himself a new contract as head coach of the Grande Prairie Storm, after replacing Kevin Higo mid-season and leading the team to the playoffs for the first time since 2013.
Keillor’s contract is for two years with an option for a third.
The Storm also announced today that Alberta Junior Hockey League all-time leading scorer, Mark Bomersback, has been named General Manager. It’s a promotion for Bomersback, who already served as the team’s Director of Scouting.
“I’m not going to lie, it’s been a little bit stressful, but that’s the business side of it,” said Keillor. “I’m really excited.”
“Every year the goal is to win. We’d love to bring a championship back to GP within two years.”
Bombersback was unable to attend the conference but will be at spring camp, which goes the final weekend of March. His contract for the time being is on a month-to-month basis.
“We’ve set ourselves for a target to be in the three-four position at the bare minimum (next season). That means we’ve got to be in the 36-40 wins (range), which is a drastic improvement,” said Mel Vollman, who sits on the team’s Board of Directors.
“A lot of people say ‘well that’s too big of a bite’, but the reality is we believe we can do it with the staff we got. We want to make this team, the Storm, a very big success like it was back in 2008-2009 and the 03-04 seasons, and the seasons in between there where there was success without winning a league championship.”