John DePourcq, coach of the Summerland Steam Junior B hockey team, will return for his fifth year behind the bench.
When he took over as head coach, the team was at the bottom of its division and did not qualify for the playoffs.
Since that time, the team has improved each year.
In the 2012 to 2013 season, the Steam finished fourth in the division, losing to the Kelowna Chiefs in division semifinals.
In the 2013 to 2014 season, the Steam finished in first place in regular season action, losing to the North Okanagan Knights in the division semifinals.
In the 2014 to 2015 season, the Steam advanced to the division finals and in the 2015 to 2016 season, they competed in the conference finals, losing to the 100 Mile House Wranglers.
Gregg Wilson, owner and general manager of the team, is pleased DePourcq will be back in the head coaching role for the upcoming season.
“He’s a player coach everybody loves,” he said. “We’re very glad he’s back.”
For the coming season, Wilson expects to have 13 of last year’s players back on the ice,
“It should be a very good team again,” he said.
The Steam’s training camp will be held Aug. 3 to 5.
The first game of the season will be on Sept. 9 against the 100 Mile House Wranglers.