The Northeast B.C. and Yukon Midget Trackers will have a new boss behind the bench in 2016-2017, as former head coach Shawn Brinsky has stepped away from the team to pursue other opportunities.
Brinsky has been the head coach of the midget program that covers a large area from Dawson Creek to Fort St. John and as far north as the Yukon for the last two seasons. Brinsky also led the team to one of its best seasons, wins wise, in team history (18-9-5). He also led the team to back-to-back provincial appearances in each of his seasons as head coach.
Brinsky said via the team’s Facebook page that “the time was right to make the shift as the team is now operating truly as a District program and now genuinely functions and competes at the upper level of Tier 1.”
At the end of April, the team announced, as they do in most years, that they would open the coaching applications and see who was willing to step up. At that time Brinksy, told the Alaska Highway News, “It’s a program I believe in and would like to be involved with in one shape or form.”
According to the post, he “expressed a desire and interest to continue supporting the team in some form or other while pursuing other hockey interests.”
The team expects to make a decision on the head coach sometime this week.