Rockets name Jason Stephens as next head coach, GM

Red Deer native Jason Stephens will take over from Ty Davidson as the Rockets' next bench boss.

Jason Stephens of Red Deer has agreed to become the Golden Rockets next Head Coach and GM. The highly regarded coach has coaching experience at the WHL, Junior A, Junior B Senior AAA, Senior AA and AA and AAA minor hockey levels. Stephens also won a World Championship in 2012 as Head Coach with Team Canada at the IIHF Mens World Championships for inline hockey where as the Head Coach of Team Canada for the past 4 years Jason has medaled at all 4 IIHF events collecting 2 Bronze, 1 Silver and 1 Gold medal. He will lead Team Canada again this year in Finland in early July. On top of his varied coaching experience comes a great scouting resume as well with experience at the NHL, WHL and Junior A levels throughout the years.

“This is a terrific day for the Golden rockets,” said Curt Thorne, Rockets President. “In Jason Stephens we have hired a very successful and widely respected coach. Jason has won championships at multiple levels and has always produced great teams. He has a deep understanding of the vision we as an organization are striving for and he has a plan that we feel fits the Rockets program perfectly as we move forward. We have aspirations of winning championships, and I am confident we have found the right coach to turn our vision into reality.”

Coach Stephens won League titles at the Senior AA, Junior B and Midget AA levels as well as Provincial Titles at the Senior AA and Junior B levels while claiming a Bronze Medal at the Keystone Cup in 2004. Jason also coached at the AB Cup 4 times winning it one time and coming in second twice. Jason has worked with Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta extensively as a Specialty Clinic Facilitator and Coach Mentor.

The Rockets new Head Coach and GM, Jason Stephens had this to say;

I am very excited to take on the roll of Head Coach and GM, I look forward to the challenge of building a strong program and team with the Rockets. I can see already the Board of Directors has the right attitude towards building a program the players, organization, sponsors and supporters will be proud of. I am looking forward to getting to work for the Rockets and start to build a strong foundation for our athletes to succeed both on the ice and off the ice. I want this to be a program that players want to come to and we set them up to be successful and have a great experience while playing and staying in a beautiful community like Golden.”

 

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