Canmore Eagles Announce Off-Ice Staff Restructuring Ahead Of 2023-2024 AJHL Season


August 1, 2023

Canmore, Alberta – The Canmore Eagles are proud to unveil the restructuring of their off-ice staff in preparation for the upcoming 2023-2024 Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) season. These changes are aimed at further strengthening the organization and enhancing its commitment to excellence.

Promotion of Bryan Arneson to Assistant Coach/Assistant General Manager:

The Eagles are pleased to announce the promotion of Bryan Arneson to the position of Assistant Coach/Assistant General Manager. Having been a part of the Eagles coaching staff for the past three seasons, Bryan’s dedication to the organization is evident not only through his past contributions as a player but also as a volunteer coach. In his most recent role as Assistant Coach, Bryan showcased his passion for the program and the local community. With this promotion, he will now take on additional business responsibilities, which he has more than earned through his outstanding performance and commitment to the team.

Head Coach and General Manager of the Canmore Eagles, Andrew Milne, expressed his confidence in Bryan Arneson’s capabilities, stating, “Bryan has proven his commitment to the organization over the years, not only as a player but also as a volunteer coach and most recently as our assistant coach. He is passionate about the program and our community. Bryan has done a great job over the years and deserves an opportunity to take on more of the business responsibilities.”

Welcome Addition of Assistant Coach Ben Assad:

The Canmore Eagles are thrilled to welcome Ben Assad as the newest addition to their coaching staff. Ben brings with him a wealth of experience in the AJHL, having been a former player in the league. After his successful stint in the AJHL, Ben pursued a professional hockey career and has recently completed his playing journey. During his time in the AJHL, he played for four years, and subsequently, he played five years for the University of Windsor, where he was appointed team captain. Notably, Ben graduated with a Bachelor of Human Kinetics – Sports Management from the University of Windsor, showcasing his dedication to furthering his education in the field.

Coach Andrew Milne spoke highly of the decision to bring in Ben Assad, stating, “Ben fits exactly what we were looking for to add to the organization. He is familiar with the league and what it takes to get to the next level. Off the ice, he is excited to put the education he has gained into practice.”

Dave Rowe to oversee Athletic Therapist Responsibilities:

The Canmore Eagles would also like to announce they have filled the vacant position of Head Athletic Therapist left by Rebecca Kuresh who departs for the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL. Dave Rowe joins the Eagles staff from the Merritt Centennials hockey club of the BCHL where he was the team’s Head athletic therapist for the previous two seasons. Assistant GM Bryan Arneson expressed his gratitude of adding another quality professional to the staff, saying, “ Dave has plenty of experience at the Junior A level from various organizations which we believe gives him the ability to tailor his response to any situation and give our athletes the best opportunity to perform and recover”.

The Canmore Eagles organization believes that these changes will greatly benefit the team’s performance both on and off the ice. By promoting Bryan Arneson and welcoming Ben Assad and Dave Rowe, the Eagles continue to reinforce their commitment to success, community engagement, and player development.

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The Canmore Eagles are excited to kick off the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) season on September 15, 2023 when they host the Okotoks Oilers. 

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