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For Immediate Release

April 20, 2023

Saanichton, B.C. - The British Columbia Elite Hockey League (BCEHL) is excited to announce the general managers for the 2023-24 season. The BCEHL Integrated General Managers oversee the operation for the teams in the U18 AAA, U17 AAA and U15 AAA leagues, while the Female U18 AAA General Managers oversee their respective Female U18 AAA team. 

Cariboo Cougars & Northern Capitals
Trevor Sprague (8th season)

Trevor Sprague will oversee both the Integrated and Female U18 AAA teams in Northern B.C. Sprague has been involved in hockey in the north for over 30 years and has spent the last 16 years with teams in the BCEHL. He is entering his eighth season as the general manager of the Cariboo Cougars and fourth as the general manager of the Northern Capitals. Sprague coached in Prince George for over 20 years before moving to the management side of the game.  

During his coaching and management career, Sprague has won two provincial titles with the Cariboo Cougars’ U18 AAA team. Sprague is also a key driver behind the annual BC Hockey Winter Classic event that is held in Northern B.C. each winter. 

Fraser Valley Rush & Greater Vancouver Canadians 
Alain Wozney (11th season) 

Alain Wozney will oversee both Integrated and Female U18 AAA teams. Wozney is entering his 11th season in the BCEHL and his 10th with the Fraser Valley Rush program, serving as the program’s general manager since the 2014-15 season. He will also take on the role of general manager with the Greater Vancouver Canadians program for his third season. Wozney has over 40 years of experience working and playing in the minor hockey system in B.C.  

Wozney played his minor hockey with Burnaby Winter Club before progressing to Junior A and playing with the Burnaby Bluehawks of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League (BCJHL). He then attended the Memorial University of Newfoundland, studying Psychology and Humanities. He is now self-employed and works in hockey management.

Fraser Valley Thunderbirds
Troy Stordy (2nd season)

Troy Stordy is entering his second season in the BCEHL and will take the general manager reins for the Thunderbirds' program after he split the duties last season. Stordy has served as the vice president of Mission Minor Hockey Association since 2010, while also serving as the development director and a coach in the association since joining MMHA in 2010.

Stordy, who currently lives in Mission, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Simon Fraser University. Away from the rink Stordy currently works as a correctional program officer.

Greater Vancouver Comets
Shannon Morris-Reade (2nd season)

Shannon Morris-Reade begins her second season as general manager of the Greater Vancouver Comets. Prior to assuming the title, she spent three seasons behind the bench as an assistant coach for Greater Vancouver.  

Morris-Reade, who calls Port Coquitlam home, earned her Bachelor of Sciences degree at Lindenwood University where she also played for the school’s Division 1 women’s hockey program. She works full-time as a cardiology technologist.

Okanagan Rockets
Steve Smith (2nd season)

Steve Smith is embarking on his second season as a general manager in the BCEHL. Smith also serves as the executive director of Kelowna Minor Hockey Association, a role he has held since 2017. Prior to this he was the division director for Kelowna Minor Hockey Association from 2010-17, and a coach in the association from 2008-17 as well.  

The Kelowna native has compiled over 18 years of experience working in minor hockey in Kelowna.

Thompson Blazers
Geoff Fuoco (1st season)

After serving as a key volunteer with the Thompson Blazers program during the 2022-23 season, Geoff Fuoco assumes the position of general manager for the program for the 2023-24 season. With over 14 years of experience in hockey, Fuoco has held coaching positions at the minor hockey level with Sicamous Minor Hockey Association and Salmon Arm Minor Hockey Association. He also coached at the junior level with the Sicamous Eagles of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL).

Originally from Revelstoke, Fuoco currently resides in Kamloops, and serves as the arena manager for the Sicamous & District Recreation Centre. Fuoco has ran skills programs in Sicamous, Vernon and Kamloops over the past 12 years, and is a huge believer in skill development.

Thompson-Okanagan Lakers
Kevin Bathurst (1st season)

Kevin Bathurst enters his first year as general manager of the Thompson-Okanagan Lakers, bringing an extensive background in hockey with him. Through nearly 20 years of coaching, Bathurst has held positions with the University of Western Ontario Men’s Hockey Team, the Calgary Canucks and Calgary Mustangs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), RINK Hockey Academy and most recently a pair of seasons behind the bench with the Okanagan Lakers of the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL).

Bathurst obtained a Bachelor’s of Kinesiology with a specialization in coaching from the University of New Brunswick in 2004. He then attended the University of Western Ontario, where Bathurst graduated with a Master of Arts in Kinesiology in 2006. Bathurst’s full-time occupation is with Greater Vernon Minor Hockey Association, where he serves as the executive director of hockey operations.

Valley West Giants
Jamie Fiset (6th season)

Jamie Fiset is entering his sixth year as the general manager of the Valley West Giants and brings an additional nine years of working experience in minor hockey with him. He has previously been involved with BC Hockey's Program of Excellence, including a stint as the head coach of Team BC at the 2016 WHL Cup.  

Fiset was a board member with Langley Minor Hockey Association from 2010-14. Away from the rink, Fiset is a teacher. He completed his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education at the University of British Columbia before earning his Master of Arts at Royal Roads University. 

Vancouver Island Royals
Lance Vaillancourt (2nd season)

Lance Vaillancourt is entering his second season as a general manager of the in the BCEHL. Previously, Vaillancourt was the associate coach & hockey operations Manager for the South Zone Knights U18 Tier 1 team. He has also performed various coaching roles with Penticton Minor Hockey at all levels within the association. Vaillancourt brings over 35 years of experience within minor hockey to the Royals.  

In addition to his work within minor hockey in B.C., Vaillancourt was also a linesman within BC Hockey and worked as a linesman in the BCHL. Away from the rink he works as a civil servant with the Federal Government.  

Vancouver Island Royals
Steve Bratt (2nd season)

Steve Bratt embarks on his second season in a management role in the BCEHL and his first as assistant general manager with the Vancouver Island Royals. Bratt served as the general manager of the Vancouver NE Chiefs during the 2016-17 season, and was also the assistant coach of the North Island Silvertips in the 2012-13 season. Bratt has coached with Langley Minor Hockey Association and North Shore Winter Club.

Originally from Port Alberni, Bratt is a graduate of Vancouver Island University, and possesses a Bachelor of Tourism with a Major in Recreation and Sports. Away from hockey, Bratt serves as a deckhand.

Vancouver Island Seals
Jesse Hammill (1st season)

Jesse Hammill is entering his first season as general manager of the Vancouver Island Seals program after spending the previous three as the program's head coach. He started coaching when he was only 17-years-old and has coached in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) and the English Premier Ice Hockey League (EPIHL). He has coached, mentored, and managed at every level of the game from youth to Junior A.

Before he started coaching, Hammill spent 13 years playing, with stops across Europe.

Vancouver North East Chiefs
Greg Harding (5th season)

Greg Harding is entering his seventh season with the Vancouver NE Chiefs program and his fifth as the general manager of the program. The Surrey, B.C. native has been involved in minor hockey for 20 years, previously assuming roles with the Richmond Sockeyes of the Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL) and Langley Minor Hockey Association.  

Harding played his minor hockey at Burnaby Winter Club and Langley Minor Hockey Association before going on to play for the Delta Ice Hawks, Queens Park Pirates and Richmond Sockeyes of the PJHL. Harding also works full-time with BC Hydro.

Vancouver North West Hawks
Matt Samson (2nd season)

Matt Samson enters his second season with the Vancouver NW Hawks with over 10 years of coaching and management experience in minor and junior hockey. He most recently worked as the Head Coach and General Manager of the North Vancouver Wolf Pack of the PJHL from 2018-22. During that time span he also worked as the head coach of the Squamish A1 U13 team.  

The Squamish, B.C. native works in hockey coaching and development full-time. He played for the Buffalo State College men’s hockey team where he also obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Communications.