Lee Stone - Campbell River Storm
It’s been seven years since Lee Stone stepped into his first head coaching position in Junior hockey. What Lee Stone has meant to the Storm program is immeasurable.
During the Stone era, the Campbell River Storm have captured 3 league championships, appeared at the Cyclone Taylor Cup four times winning Gold, Silver and Bronze and have won the Western Canadians. Quite an achievement.
Lee grew up and played his minor hockey in Surrey. His junior career included stops in Merritt, Port Moody, Sicamous and Comox (11 points in 13 games).
Lee’s memories of Arizona State University and Minot State still put a smile on his face but not as much as when he talks about his Storm, “Coaching in Campbell River means everything to me. I came here as a kid and have grown into an (old) man! The lessons I have learned, the memories I’ve made, the people I have met. It’s incredible to be a part of this Campbell River Storm family and I’ll be sure to cherish this year more than any other. We have all been so lucky to have been around the incredible young men we’ve had here over the years and I’m honoured to Coach them representing Campbell River.”
Brad Tippett - Peninsula Panthers - Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations
Brad hopes to build on the continual improvement and growth as he enters his sixth season behind the bench with the Panthers. Brad enjoyed success as a player with the Prince Albert Raiders – Centennial Cup Finalist in 1978 and Champions in 1979. Four years with the University of Michigan Wolverines were followed by two seasons with the Winnipeg Jets AHL affiliates; Sherbrooke Jets and Fort Wayne Komets. Following his playing career he moved into coaching and management serving as Head Coach of the Prince Albert AAA Midget Raiders, Asst Coach with the WHL Prince Albert Raiders, GM of the Prince Albert Raiders and Head Coach/Director Of Hockey Operations for the WHL Regina Pats. However, he will tell you coaching his two sons (Chase and Barrett) through minor hockey was definitely his most gratifying experience.
Brad took full advantage of the renowned University of Michigan Business School graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a double major in accounting and finance. In 1993 he decided to leave the hockey world and spent 20 years as a VP and Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities. He recently “unretired’ and has joined Raymond James.