Mike Vandekamp leads a Nanaimo Clippers practice at Frank Crane Arena earlier this season. Team owner Wes Mussio tweeted out early Friday morning that Vandekamp has been replaced as coach and GM. (NEWS BULLETIN file)

New Nanaimo Clippers owner tweets that coach has been fired

Wes Mussio said Mike Vandekamp has been replaced due to differences with management

The Nanaimo Clippers will go into the new year with a new coach and general manager at the helm.

According to a social media post early Friday morning from Wes Mussio, Clippers owner, Mike Vandekamp has been fired.

“Breaking news: sadly Mike Vandekamp has been replaced as GM and head coach of the Clippers by Darren Naylor due to irreconcilable differences with the management team,” Mussio tweeted. “We wish Mike the best in his hockey coaching career – a real beauty and thanks!”

Vandekamp had guided the Clippers to an 18-13-2-3 record through 36 games of the 2016-17 B.C. Hockey League, good for second place in the Island Division and one point behind the first-place Powell River Kings.

Vandekamp was midway through his seventh season as the team’s coach. His best season in Nanaimo was 2014-15, when he guided the team to an appearance in the Fred Page Cup final. He was a finalist for BCHL Coach of the Year that season as well as the following season.

Naylor was named the Clippers’ head of hockey operations when Wes and Penny Mussio became the club’s majority owners six weeks ago. As coach and GM of the Delta Ice Hawks in 2017-18, he has guided that club to a 26-2-0-1 record.

In an interview with the News Bulletin last month, Naylor said he had intended to continue as coach and GM of the Ice Hawks through the end of the season before turning all his attention to the Clippers.

This article will be updated at www.nanaimobulletin.com/sports.


sports@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

World’s largest hockey stick getting new lights

New lighting system can change colours and patterns

VIDEO: Strong cast tells the story of how justice solves all problems in ‘Measure for Measure’

Plenty of passion with dollops of comedy to leaven the story as Shakespeare Festival continues

Sarah Simpson Column: Good deeds save the day

Is it fair to call it the dog days of summer? I… Continue reading

Driver airlifted after head-on crash on TCH in Duncan Friday

Two people were seriously injured in a head-on crash on the TCH in Duncan yesterday night.

Join the fun at Rotary’s Ogilvie memorial golf tournament Aug. 23

Besides golfing with friends, you are helping fund worthwhile programs

VIDEO: Langley Ribfest met with protesters

Groups that oppose the event for various reasons plan to be on site each of the three days.

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

‘I’m just absolutely disgusted’: Husband furious after B.C. Mountie’s killer gets day parole

Kenneth Fenton was sentenced to prison after he fatally struck Const. Sarah Beckett’s cruiser

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Ferries employees participating in Denman Island cleanup for plastic-shedding ferry

The cleanup comes a few weeks after one organized by residents of the Island

Discussion on grief and loss between Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper goes viral

The exchange includes emotional question from Cooper, and outlook on grief as a child

Most Read