Sylvan Lake Wranglers name head coach

Sylvan Lake’s Pat Garritty was appointed head coach of the Wranglers for the inaugural season

File Photo.

File Photo.

Sylvan Lake’s new junior hockey team has announced it’s coaching staff for the upcoming 2019-2020 season.

Pat Garritty has been appointed head coach of the Sylvan Lake Wranglers for the team’s inaugural season in the Heritage Junior Hockey League (HJHL).

“We’ve never had a team of this caliber in Sylvan Lake before and being a Sylvan Laker and [having] coached inside the minor hockey for a long time I just think it’s a great opportunity for the community and me personally,” said Garritty of his new team.

LEARN MORE: Sylvan Lake new home for Junior B hockey team

Garritty was the coach of the West Central Midget AA Tigers and says even though some of the best memories of his life have come from his time coaching minor hockey, he decided to step away to give someone else that opportunity.

On the bench he will be joined by assistant coaches Bryce Campbell and Karson French, who have both played in and won Western Canada championships in the HJHL.

“I’m really excited about the coaching staff that we’ve put together,” said Garritty. “To have that kind of pedigree behind the bench is going to do nothing but benefit the players and the program.”

“To have their commitments and their enthusiasm it’s humbling and we’re certainly looking forward to the opportunity,” he added.

Garritty says coaching the Wranglers will have the same challenges as any other team — making sure they have the best players, assuring the players are all on the same page and that they are working towards a common goal.

He says the HJHL is a competitive league and every team is trying to win.

“They’re trying to do their job as best as they can to make sure they’re ahead of you, so you have to make sure that you just keep focused on the job at hand,” explained Garritty.

The goal this year is to make playoffs and continue to go from there.

Garritty says they need to build the program in it’s new community, start relationships and be a part of Sylvan Lake, an aspect he considers to be important for any junior team.

“I just think it’s going to be fun building our identity in the community… creating an atmosphere that’s affordable to everyone to come watch and the product on the ice is going to be competitive and it’s just building the program,” said Garritty.

He added they want to approach every game knowing the Wranglers have an opportunity to win, and that they have the right kids on the team with the right attitude moving forward.

The HJHL has a long history and showcases good players who want to do their best.

“I’ve seen some incredible games played a this level,” said Garritty. “It’s going to be real good hockey.”


Follow Kaylyn Whibbs on Twitter

@kaylynwhibbs
kaylyn.whibbs@sylvanlakenews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A judge has found an Edmonton woman guilty of manslaughter in the death of her five-year-old daughter. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Edmonton mother found guilty of manslaughter in death of 5-year-old girl

The woman was charged and pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and assault with weapons, including a belt and a spatula

Alberta has 1,910 active cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday. Red Deer is reporting five active cases, with 108 recovered. (File photo)
Alberta identifies 2,042 new COVID-19 cases Saturday

Central zone has 2,917 active cases

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Jason Kenney urges federal government to push U.S. for surplus COVID-19 vaccines

‘It makes no sense for our neighbours and regional states to be sitting on doses that we cannot use,’ the premier said

Alberta reported an additional 1,980 cases of COVID-19 Friday. (NIAID-RML via AP)
Red Deer adds 37th death from COVID-19, active cases drop

Alberta Health identified an additional 1,980 cases of the virus province-wide

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Kenney to announce plan for truckers to get COVID-19 vaccinations in nearby states

Alberta is approaching 25,000 active cases of COVID-19, and there are more than 600 people in hospital with the illness

The body of Brenda Ware, 35, was found along Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park on Thursday, May 6, 2021. (RCMP handout)
RCMP ask for tips after woman travelling from Alberta found dead in B.C. park

Brenda Ware was found along Highway 93 in the park, 54 kilometres north of the town of Radium

A caribou grazes on Baffin Island in a 2008 file photo. A last-ditch attempt to save some of Canada’s vanishing caribou herds is a step closer after a scientific review panel’s approval of a plan to permanently pen some animals and breed them to repopulate other herds. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Kike Calvo via AP Images
Parks Canada captive caribou breeding proposal gets OK from scientific review panel

Wolf density in Jasper is low enough that the animals would not be expected to be a major threat

People pass the red hearts on the COVID-19 Memorial Wall mourning those who have died, opposite the Houses of Parliament on the Embankment in London, Wednesday, April 7, 2021. On May 3, the British government announced that only one person had died of COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Kirsty Wigglesworth
For a view of a COVID-19 future, Canadians should look across the pond

Britain, like Canada, is one of the only countries in the world to delay second doses for several months

Nuns of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, carry some of her relics during a vigil of prayer in preparation for the canonization of Mother Teresa in the St. John in Latheran Basilica at the Vatican, Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. In which city did she do much of her charitable work? (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
QUIZ: How much do you know about these motherhood issues?

In honour of Mother’s Day, take this 10-question quiz

Canada’s chief public health officer is reminding Canadians even those who are fully vaccinated are not immune from transmitting the COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s top doctor warns full vaccination does not equal full protection from COVID-19

Post-inoculation, Theresa Tam says the risk of asymptomatic infection and transmission is far lower but not obsolete

Jennifer Coffman, owner of Truffle Pigs in Field, B.C., poses beside her business sign on Thursday, May 6, 2021, in this handout photo. Her restaurant and lodge have been hit hard by a closure of a section of the Trans-Canada Highway and by the British Columbia government discouraging Alberta residents from visiting during the pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Jennifer Coffman, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
‘Why we survive’: B.C. boundary towns struggle without Albertans during pandemic

Jennifer Coffman’s restaurant is located in the tiny community of Field, which relies on tourism

A rodeo south of Bowden drew a huge crowd on May 1 and 2, 2021. (Photo courtesy Mom’s Diner’s Facebook page)
Amazon is pausing its Prime Day marketing event in Canada this year amid ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks at its facilities in Ontario. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Amazon Prime Day halted in Canada due to COVID-19 outbreaks in warehouses

The event was postponed to protect the health and safety of employees and customers, the company says

Most Read