The Kelowna Chiefs have added a pair of new faces to their coaching staff.
Ryan Jorde and Lennie Rampone will assist head coach Jason Tansem next season as the KIJHL club increases its focus on player development.
“We felt we needed to bolster our program even further in the areas of player skill development, power skating, and coaching experience,” said Chiefs’ GM Grant Sheridan. “These two additions will support Tansem in all those areas and allow players to receive even more coaching to enhance their development.”
Born and raised in Kelowna, Jorde spent the past four years with the Pursuit of Excellence Academy where he was both an assistant coach and head coach.
Jorde went on to play parts of five seasons in the WHL with the Tri-City Americans, Lethbridge Hurricanes and Moose Jaw Warriors. He was drafted and signed by the Buffalo Sabres in 2001, and spent 10 seasons in the AHL and IHL, plus two years in Europe.
Also a local product, Rampone played his minor hockey in Kelowna.
He led the Vernon Vipers to the 1999 Royal Bank Cup national championship as their captain. Rampone then went on to play college hockey at St. Norbert College where he captained the school’s hockey team and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration. Since finishing his playing career, Rampone has coached in both Kelowna and Calgary.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs have signed three new forwards for the upcoming 2015-16 season—Jeffrey Schlegel, Jaden McNulty and Kohlman Brinksy.
Schlegel, from Oyama, spent last season with the Okanagan Rockets of the B.C. Major Midget League.
McNulty, a Kelowna native, suited up for the Kelowna midget tier 1 Rockets during the 2014-15 hockey season.
Brinksy, from Dawson Creek, played with the NEBC and Yukon District Trackers.
“We are thrilled to be adding these three high end players this early in the team selection process,” said Chiefs coach Jason Tansem.