The veil has been lifted on who will lead the Cold Lake Wings hockey club. The Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League club announced last Thursday that former WHL coach and player Troy Mick will serve as Head Coach, General Manager and also have a stake in the club as part owner.
Mick is coming off a stint as the bench boss of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in the BCHL. He credits some time away from the junior leagues helping Pee Wee-level players for fueling a desire to return.
“Seeing the kids eyes smile and they listen to you. They actually were the ones that gave me that spirit to come back again. I take a lot of pride in my players, not only on the ice but off the ice, to grow these kids and young guys into young men and adults.”
Mick won a pair of RBC Junior A Championships with the Vernon Vipers in 1995 and 1998. He was himself a draft pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins back in 1988.
He says he looks forward to making the move to the Lakeland and getting to work.
“Like anything, I’m sure there will be bumps in the road. I tell you what, the community of Cold Lake has a beautiful facility and I’m looking at making the people there very proud. I’ll bring my expertise and all my connections to make this a great team and a great league.”
The Cold Lake Wings kick off their season on October 4th against the Rosetown Red Wings.