Nitros hire local minor hockey coach

Glenn Burgess familiar with a lot of Nitro players, as he coached some in the Cranbrook minor hockey system.

The Kimberley Dynamiters have hired Glenn Burgess to lead the team following the resignation of former bench boss Roman Vopat.

Burgess, who has spent many years coaching with Cranbrook minor hockey association teams, decided to step up to Jr. B and throw his name into the ring when the position opened up in Kimberley.

“The neat thing about it is from their 20-year-old Brett Luker to 19-year-old Connor Kutzner and a few of those guys right down to Jason Richter, a 16- year-old—I’ve coached all of those boys in the past,” Burgess said.

“There’s probably over a third of the team that I know very well, so I feel it’s a good thing.”

Assistant coach Jordan Foreman took over interim head coach duties with fellow assistant Todd White at his side during the gap.

“When I heard they were looking for one [coach], I put my name out there and got the phone call and it was quick,” Burgess said. “Within two days I was the coach of the Dynamiters. It was fast and it was pretty exciting.”

Burgess has four sons, one of which is currently on the Fernie Ghostrider’s roster, while another spent four years with the same club before graduating out of the KIJHL.

“I’ve always had a love for coaching. Even before coaching my own kids, I actually coached before they ever started hockey,” Burgess said. “I coached baseball, basketball and hockey, also.”

His latest accomplishment was leading the Cranbrook Midget Tier 2 Ice to a provincial championship last season.

Burgess will take over a pretty successful Dynamiters team so far, which has an above .500 record at 17-13-0-0. The Nitros are one point behind the Ghostriders for first place in the Eddie Mountain division and sit in a two-way tie for eight place overall in the KIJHL.

He’s kept his eye on the team before turning his thoughts to coaching it and likes what he sees.

“It’s a type of thing where it looks good right now,” Burgess said. “To be on the bench will be even better because I hope to exploit their talents a bit more. I’m happy with what I’m seeing so far, very happy.”

Just Posted

Kimberley Community Band in concert

The recent concert by Kimberley Community Band featured a number of soloists.… Continue reading

Upcoming Chamber events in Kimberley

The Kimberley Chamber of Commerce is celebrating Chamber Week (Feb. 20-24) with… Continue reading

Council discusses renewing MOU with BC Timber Sales

Kimberley City Council has voted to table a discussion about a Memorandum… Continue reading

Kimberley Youth Action Network asks for City’s help in becoming legal entity

The Kimberley Youth Action Network (KYAN) is requesting that the City of… Continue reading

Friends of the Kimberley Public Library celebrate another successful year

2018 saw over 10,000 books sold to about 3000 customers.

Regional news recap

A quick recap of the top news stories this week in Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie and Kimberley.

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

B.C. couple attacked with acid, slashed with knife in Vietnam

Warning, graphic images: Man has burns on 80 per cent of his body, slashed with knife

Flying squirrels found to glow pink in the dark, including two from B.C.

Squirrels from Hope and Abbotsford were included in the biologists’ database

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Names keep adding to vaccine petition started by B.C. mom

Maple Ridge mom started campaign to make vaccination a condition of attending school

Northern B.C. First Nation clan says ancient tools found at pipeline work site

Archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute estimate one of the stones found dates back up to 3500 years

Wilson-Raybould resignation stokes anger, frustration within veterans community

Liberals have had three veterans-affairs ministers — Kent Hehr, Seamus O’Regan and Wilson-Raybould

Most Read