The Okanagan Rockets have a new face at the helm, Braeden Pistawka has been officially been named the 2nd general manager in the history of the club.
Pistawka is entering his 1st season as general manager of the Okanagan Rockets, but previously was a member of the coaching staff during the 2013-14 season. It was a memorable season for the Rockets program that was capped by the club’s 2nd BCMML title, it’s 1st Pacific Regional crown, and a Bronze Medal at the Telus Cup, the national midget championships.
Prior to working with the Rockets in 2013, Pistawka coached in the Kelowna Minor Hockey Association for 3 years at the Midget Tier 1 and Tier 2 levels. This stint ended with a Midget Tier 1 Provincial Championship in the 2012/13 season. Pistawka has also worked as a Director of Hockey Operations with the BC Hockey High Performance program at the U15 level.
“I am extremely excited to rejoin the Okanagan Rockets organization. Having worked closely with David Michaud over the previous 2 years, I know we shared similar visions for the future of this organization” said Pistawka. “The 2015-16 season marks a milestone to our program with the partnership of Okanagan Mission Secondary School (OKM) and the Hockey Canada Skills academy. Having the opportunity to have done my practicum teaching at OKM, I can safely say our players will have the academic support to achieve at the highest level as both students and athletes in our community.”
“Having Braeden assume the role of general manager is something that provides great comfort for me” said Michaud. “This is something we began discussing two years ago, and there is no one else that I felt comfortable taking over the reigns of this program. There has been a lot of hard work over the years, and I’m thrilled that Braeden will have the chance to continue that work, while adding his own touches. The Rockets are in great hands!"