After five seasons at the helm of the Okanagan Rockets, general manager David Michaud has stepped down to join the Penticton Vees of the BCHL.
Michaud will officially join the Vees as the club’s director of player development and corporate sales.
Michaud joined the Rockets during the 2010 season, and over five seasons helped to guide the Rockets to a 116-56-28 record. The highlight of Michaud’s tenure with the club came during the 2013-2014 season when the Rockets claimed a BCMML championship, a Pacific Regional championship, and ultimately national bronze at the Telus Cup Canadian championship in Moose Jaw.
“After five seasons with the Rockets, I’m excited to take the next step in my hockey career and join an organization like the Penticton Vees,” said Michaud. “I’ve had the privilege of working closely with Fred Harbinson over the years and I know we share many similar values when it comes to the way we treat our players and develop them for the next levels of hockey. I’m tremendously thankful to BC Hockey for giving me the chance to guide the Rockets for as long as I have. It’s been a true honour to work with the staff and players I’ve had the chance to be involved with over the years.”
Michaud will reunite with former Okanagan Rockets Tyson Jost, and goaltender Brendan Barry who were key parts of the Rockets during their Telus Cup season.
During his tenure, Michaud brought stability to the Okanagan Rockets and put an emphasis on running the club as a junior hockey team would operate. Among his initiatives was an Ok. Rockets commemorative wall at the Capital News Centre that honours the alumni that have played with the team.
Michaud will stay on with the Rockets in an advisory role for the 2015-2016 season and work with the staff to ensure a smooth transition.