Okanagan Hockey Academy coach Brian Pellerin has accepted the position of associate coach with the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League (WHL), the club announced Tuesday.
Pellerin, 44, spent the past three seasons as the head coach of the OHA Prep team, guiding the team to a Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) Championship this past season.
“Brian was a very positive member of the coaching staff and very good with both of the on and off-ice development of the young men that played for him,” said OHA President, Andy Oakes. “We wish Brian the best of luck with his future coaching endeavours.”
“I feel very fortunate for my time at the Okanagan Hockey Academy,” said Pellerin. “To be able to work at one the top hockey academies in the country has definitely helped my development and I look forward to watching the program continue to grow.
“Working with such a great group of student athletes and their families over the last three years has been a very rewarding experience.”
Pellerin is familiar with the WHL after having served four seasons as an associate coach with the Portland Winterhawks from 2004 to 2008.
Prior to joining OHA, Pellerin spent one season as an associate coach with the San Antonio Rampage in the American Hockey League after serving as the head coach of the Amarillo Gorillas for two seasons in the Central Hockey League.
Pellerin also enjoyed a 12-year professional playing career, which included 360 games in the International Hockey League.
My dream is to play hockey at the highest level. My three years at OHA were instrumental in helping me move forward on that path, teaching me what it takes to be a pro both on and off the ice."