After many years of success in minor hockey, Geoff Goodman says he’s ready and willing to take the big jump to Junior “A” hockey as the new assistant coach of the Osoyoos Coyotes.
Head coach and general manager Ken Law made Goodman an offer recently and he accepted.
“I’ve been looking to make the jump to junior the past couple of years and getting this opportunity to work with Ken, who has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success at this level, is something I really want and something I’m really looking forward to,” said Goodman, who is originally from Kitchener, ON, but has called British Columbia home since 2004 when he moved to the South Okanagan.
After moving from Ontario to Summerland, Goodman began coaching in the Summerland Minor Hockey Association.
In 2006-07, he mentored the Summerland Jets to a fourth-place finish at the Bantam “AA” provincial championships.
In 2008, Goodman moved to the Westside Minor Hockey Association, where he guided the Midget Tier II Warriors to the local playoff championship and a third-place finish at provincials.
Following two more successful seasons with the Westside Midget Tier II Warriors, Goodman relocated to Penticton and landed a head coaching position with the Midget Tier II Vees for the 2012-13 season.
The club finished with an incredible record of 38-8-2, winning two tournaments, the OMAHA league and playoff championship as well as the BC provincial championship.
Goodman was named “Coach of the Year” in the Penticton Minor Hockey Association for his outstanding accomplishments last season.
Goodman, who played senior hockey in southern Ontario, has won several provincial and national championships in both hockey and lacrosse and said winning championships is what he’s most interested in.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity of helping the Coyotes reach their individual and team goals this coming season,” he said. “It will be exciting to work with a first-class organization in Osoyoos.”
With his teenage girls enrolled in high school in Penticton, Goodman said he is “here to stay” in the South Okanagan and he has seen a lot of hockey in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League the past couple of seasons.
“It’s a very good development league and I’m really looking forward to working with kids who have made the jump to the junior level,” he said.
Goodman said his “specialty” is working with defencemen and goaltenders and that is where he will concentrate his efforts with the Coyotes this coming season.
“I played defence during my entire hockey career and I have also worked a lot with goaltenders over the past few years because a lot of teams don’t really focus on helping their goaltenders at the minor hockey level because there’s a lot of kids and only one hour of practice time. I enjoy all aspects of the game, but I certainly think I will be concentrating more on working with the D-men and goaltenders and I’m looking forward to it.”
Law is one of the most respected coaches in the KIJHL and being able to work with him and learn from him is certainly going to make him a better coach, said Goodman.
“I can’t wait for training camp,” he said. “I wish it was starting tomorrow. At the end of a long season, you want a little break, but I haven’t been on the ice for several weeks now and I’ve got the itch back and can’t wait to get out there. “Being a part of this coaching staff and organization is very exciting and I can’t wait to get started.”
Law said Goodman’s record of success speaks for itself and he didn’t have to think too hard before offering him the assistant coaching position.
“He’s been a winner everywhere he goes and I think he’s going to be a real nice addition to our staff.”
The Coyotes are once again running a summer camp in the middle of August to allow local players to get ready for various tryout camps across the region.
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