The Okanagan Rockets are pleased to announce Devon Sandvold will be joining them for the 2016/17 season as an Assistant Coach. Sandvold, a Saskatchewan native, has been involved with Kelowna Minor Hockey for over 10 years as both an Assistant and Head Coach at the highest levels at both the Bantam and Midget level. As recent as this past season Devon was the Head Coach of KMHA Midget Tier 2 program.
“Devon is first and foremost a teacher of the game, he has worked extensively with the midget age group and his experience in molding young men will be an added benefit to our program,” said Okanagan Rockets General Manager Braeden Pistawka. “Devon’s team last year was easily the most improved team I saw in KMHA and I look forward to seeing the progress our defensemen will make this season with Devon at the helm of the d-core.”
Sandvold began working at the Bantam level in 2006, leading the KMHA Bantam Tier 1 team to Provincials and a Western Canada Championship. Following this season, Devon and the KMHA Midget Tier 2 Jr. Rockets captured a Provincial Championship in 2008. He then moved on to the coach with the Midget Tier 1 and now defunct U16 program in KMHA.
Sandvold is also excited at the opportunity of working at the Major Midget level. "Being given the chance to work with this decorated organization and players at this elite level is definitely an opportunity that I couldn't turn down. I'm looking forward to the challenge and being part of a continued winning tradition.” said Sandvold.
Head Coach Eric Blais feels that Sandvold will be a perfect fit to build his philosophy and culture. “Devon deserves the recognition for focusing on development and detail, both on and off the ice. His philosophies align perfectly with mine," stated Blais, "He didn’t concern himself with winning, and focused on development, winning took care of itself. I feel he is a great addition to our staff and the development of our team."
Away from the rink Devon is married and the father of two young children. His professional career is that as a Regional Manager with TD Auto Finance and has called Kelowna his home since 2000 when he moved here from Saskatchewan.