The Revelstoke Grizzlies began their main camp today, and there was a coach in the arena to lead things.
Darren Naylor, a former coach of the KIJHL Columbia Valley Rockies, has been hired as the team’s new coach and general manager. In a brief conversation, he said he was here for the season.
He is the Grizzlies fourth coach of the off-season.
Naylor, 44, is from White Rock, B.C. He played for the Victoria Cougars and Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League before moving on to a brief minor hockey career in the mid-90s.
He has coached at various levels of minor and junior hockey since then and was a scout for the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds.
Naylor coached the Columbia Valley Rockies for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, but was let go towards the end of his second season. The team finished below .500 in both his seasons there.
Revelstoke fans might remember him from a December 2008 brawl between the Grizzlies and Rockies that resulted in Naylor receiving a four-game suspension.
Since then, it appears he has been coaching minor hockey in Richmond and for the Selects hockey program.
The Grizzlies’ camp runs through Friday with a mix of practice sessions and scrimmages.