The Vancouver Giants made it official Thursday morning naming Troy Ward the new head coach. The 52-year old was the coach of the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL the past three seasons before being let go.
Ward is happy to be joining the Giants organization: “You talk about the WHL and the history of the league and everything that goes with it and the exposure, and obviously Vancouver is right there at the top.”
He is just the 4th coach in franchise history, replacing the long tenured Don Hay who returns this season to coach the Kamloops Blazers.
Ward has extensive coaching experience including a stint as an assistant with the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1997-2000. He got his start in coaching at his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in the NCAA, becoming the head coach at the tender
age of 25.