The Langley Rivermen have hired Chris Shaw as their new Associate Head Coach.
As a former player with coaching experience, Shaw said he would rely heavily on his past experience for the role.
“I think I’ve grown quite a bit as a coach in the past years and seen a lot of different scenarios happen. So, I think the reason I got this job was because of what my past has looked like and where I have been, coaching some different places.”
Shaw has a long history with hockey, having been a defenseman with 168 career BCHL games from 1998-2001 and playing with the Central Hockey League, United Hockey League, Southern Professional Hockey League, and the East Coast Hockey League between 2003 and 2008. He has appeared in 214 professional regular season games.
He began coaching in 2009 with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs and moved from assistant coach to head coach. He took the general manager job with the Nelson Leafs for the next season. He also worked as the assistant coach for the Vernon Vipers in 2011, and he was the head coach and general manager for the Ontario Avalanche for two seasons.
Shaw said he was looking forward to working with coach Henderson.
“We have been long time friends, and we competed pretty hard against each other when we were players, and we have always kind of talked about possibly when the time is right maybe coaching with one another one day.”
He also said he was looking forward to working with high-calibre players.
“It is always nice to coach players who are committed and looking to move it to a higher level in their career. These are pretty dedicated athletes.”
As for his style, he said he saw his role as a motivator.
“I rely heavily on motivating my players with communication and having an open door policy with them.”
“I like to communicate with them as much as I can and earn their trust before I start pushing buttons,” he added.
Last year’s Associate Head Coach and Assistant General Manager of the Rivermen, Kurt Astle, has stepped down from the Associate Head Coach position, but he will stay on with the team as Assistant General Manager. Mitch Fyffe will continue as Assistant Coach for the 2016-17 season.