Former NHLer Phil Sykes has signed to coach Beaverlodge for the 2017/2018 season.
Sykes played his minor hockey in Dawson Creek and played three seasons with the Junior B Kodiaks. Sykes attended tryouts at the University of North Dakota and went on to play four seasons for the UND Fighting Sioux. In his four-year university career, Sykes won two NCAA championships, was named to the 1982 WCHA all-star team and was tournament MVP at both the 1980 and 1982 NCAA Tournament. In 1987, he was inducted into the UND Sports Hall of Fame and was also named by the NCAA in the top 50 College hockey players of all time. In 1982, after his final year of college, Phil was signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Kings and went on to a 10 year NHL career between LA and the Winnipeg Jets. Sykes was honored to play for Team Canada in the 1986 world championship held in Russia. After his career as a player, Sykes went on to coach in both Minnesota and Wisconsin for 15 plus years in the competitive high school hockey. Phil is looking forward to working with the Beaverlodge Blades and building the team with growth and competitive success.
Also new to the coaching staff is; Matt Smith (assistant coach), who has been a part of Beaverlodge Minor Hockey for the past 10 years, and Tim Horcoff (assistant coach), former player and coach from the KIJHL. The Beaverlodge Blades has even gone one step further in their coaching staff and brought in Skills Development Coach, Kevin Yellowaga from the Brooks Bandits (AJHL) and Goalie coach Mitch Paradis, who recently was signed on with the Grande Prairie Junior A Storm (AJHL).
The next step for the Blades, is holdinga Spring ID Camp June 16th to 18th at the Coke Center in Grande Prairie; it is open to all 1996 to 2001 born players.