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Kraus back in Vipers' den

Kevin Kraus is the Vipers new assistant coach. - Vernon Morning Star file
Kevin Kraus is the Vipers new assistant coach.
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Morning Star Staff

Kevin Kraus is the new assistant coach of the B.C. Hockey League Vernon Vipers.

“This is where Kevin has always wanted to be,” said Viper head coach/GM Jason Williamson. “His heart has always been with the Vernon Vipers organization and I know he will bring that passion to coaching this team.  Kraus has run his own program at the Junior B level and has experience coaching in the BCHL. He will add a lot to our program and the development of our players.”

Kraus, a 24-year-old native of Huntington Beach, California, spent last season as an assistant coach with the Salmon Arm SilverBacks.

Prior to that he was the head coach and GM of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Revelstoke Grizzlies for two seasons. Kraus replaces Kris Mallette, who joined the WHL Kelowna Rockets as an assistant.

He has an extensive playing career which began in the WHL with Kamloops and Tri-City. After two seasons there, he spent the rest of his junior career with the Vernon Vipers, winning two national championships one of which he was the captain. He played 154 games, including playoffs.

Said Kraus: “I am very excited about this opportunity.  This is always where I have wanted to be and I am very excited to become a Viper again. I am looking forward to working with Jason and the rest of the Vipers staff on building another championship team.”

Kraus is currently in California and will be back here in early August.

 

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