The torch has been passed as Saturday afternoon the Cariboo Cougars announced a major shake-up to their coaching staff ahead of the 2017-2018 Major Midget League Season.
General Manager and Head Coach Trevor Sprague has stepped down as coach, announcing that Tyler Brough will take over the reigns next season.
Assistant General Manager and co-coach Bryan MacLean will also leave the bench and continue his role as AGM. The coaching staff is as follows:
Brough’s staff will now include Justin Fillion and RJ Berra.
Sprague says the decision wasn’t easy, but it allows him to spend more time with his family, something he says he hasn’t had the chance to do.
As for Brough, he is no stranger to the team as he is a former Cougar himself scoring 57 points for Prince George over 3 seasons in the WHL.
“I’m excited and enthusiastic to be named the Head coach of the Cariboo Cougars, I believe in this program and the positive role we all play in helping these young men achieve their goals in the game of hockey.” said Brough.
Bryan MacLean will not be on the bench this year with the team but will continue to work with Cats as an Assistant General Manager, sharing the duties with Sprague.
New assistant coach Justin Fillion, was part of the 2008 Cariboo Cougar championship team in 2008.
Meanwhile, RJay Berra, spent two seasons with the Cariboo Cougars, beginning in 2006-2007. He spent some time in the NCAA ranks after playing with the Prince George Spruce Kings in the BCHL.
This comes on the heels of the team hosting the Telus Cup, just last week, in which the team finished with a record of 1-2-2.