Chuck wight (left) has been promoted from assistant coach to head coach and general manager of the team. (File photo)

Chuck Wright to take over Golden Rockets bench

The Rockets “terminated” Jeremy Blumes as head coach of the Golden Rockets Jr. B. on Jan. 27

The Golden Rockets have taped assistant coach Chuck Wright to stand behind the bench and become the team’s next general manager after the team fired its head coach on Monday.

According to an emailed statement from Dan Ringheim, president of the Golden Junior Hockey Society, Wight’s new position takes effect immediately.

On Monday (Jan. 27), the Rockets “terminated” Jeremy Blumes as head coach of the Golden Rockets Jr. B.

The team didn’t say why they fired him, but wished him well.

“We thank Jeremy for his time with our club and wish him well in the future,” said Ringheim in the statement.

According to Blumes, he was fired from his position “without cause” because the team is “moving in a different direction.”

He will be paid until the end of his contract on March 31, 2020.

“I would like to thank the Rockets for the opportunity,” said Blumes. “I believe my body of work in the short time as coach and GM speaks for itself.”

Blumes has been the coach and GM of the team since 2018, where he led the team to the playoffs for the first time in four years.

He said this season presented a number of challenges for the team, which dealt with significant injuries and the closure of its arena for eight weeks. In December, the team only won one of its eight games, before collecting 12 out of a possible 18 points in the month leading up to Blumes’ dismissal.

The team lost its last two games prior to Monday’s decision.

“While the on ice product has been promising, another source of pride for myself was our players involvement within the community of Golden,” said Blumes. “I’m going to miss it terribly.”

Blumes was also responsible for managing the social media channels for the Rockets and running camps that helped grow the Rockets at all levels.

“I loved coming to work everyday looking to improve this club and will miss the challenge terribly,” said Blumes. “That being said, it’s gratifying knowing that the club is in a better spot today than when I arrived. Through this experience I have become a better coach and am eager for my next opportunity.”

The Rockets next games will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 28 in Revelstoke, before coming home for a game on Friday, Jan. 31 against the Columbia Valley Rockies.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sexual assault stories from treeplanting camps ‘shocking but not surprising’

Contractors’ association is working with trainers to create respectful culture

Angel Flights looking to spread its wings and service in East Kootenays

Angel Flights is a free service that takes patients from the East Kootenays to Kelowna

Kicking Horse conditions update, Thursday February 27

Kicking Horse reports 1 cm of new snow in the last 24… Continue reading

Golden highway update, Thursday February 27

DriveBC reports slippery sections between Beaverfoot Rd and Field, just east of… Continue reading

Interior Health leading the way with innovative therapy for stroke patients

Percentage of ischemic stroke patients who received treatment has risen dramatically

Two law enforcement trucks ‘deliberately’ set on fire in northern B.C., RCMP say

Police say they have video evidence of a person in the area of the truck fires

B.C. mother, daughter return home after coronavirus quarantine in Asia

Jensine Morabito and her daughter were on Holland America’s Westerdam but did not catch the virus

Trans Canada east of Revelstoke to be closed overnight

The highway will reopen at 10 a.m. Feb. 29

Leap Year means we get an extra day in February, so how are you spending it?

People online have a number of suggestions and plans on how they will be spending Saturday

Greta sticker that drew outrage in Alberta not child pornography: RCMP

X-Site Energy Services has denied having anything to do with the stickers

Bald eagle hit by train in northern B.C. has a chance of survival

The raptor has been taken to OWL in the Lower Mainland for recovery

Cheslatta Carrier Nation and Rio Tinto sign a historic agreement

Co-operation crucial to stem dropping Nechako Reservoir level

Hundreds of B.C. firefighters ‘climb the wall’ for BC Lung Association

The charity fundraiser saw participants climbing up 48 storeys

Most Read