Kodiaks captain who championed the PJHL is back, this time as head coach

Aldergrove’s Chris Price, 30, returns to his hometown to lead the team once again

Chris Price, Kodiaks new head coach, grew up in Aldergrove and took the team to its first PJHL championship title as a team captain at age 20. Price, now 30, has roughly a decade of coaching experience under his belt.

Aldergrove Kodiaks stayed within a point of both the third place Abbotsford Outlaws and second place Langley Trappers thanks to a big 3-1 win Friday night against the Ridge Meadows Flames.

It was with the leadership of new head coach and former Kodiaks centre-iceman Chris Price, from Aldergrove, that the team has won their last two games – the first tallied 5-3 against the Port Moody Panthers on Wednesday (Nov. 20).

The Kodiaks current roster, Price said, is comprised of more veteran players than most other Junior B teams in the Harold Brittain Conference.

“We have 11 20-year-old players in our crew,” Price said, which gives the team a great advantage on ice.

When the 30-year-old coach first met the team “[he] told the guys that I’ve been in their shoes. It feels like it was just yesterday even though it was 10 years ago,” he reminisced.

His Kodiaks crew – with Price as team captain in his last year and the Kodiaks’ second season operating – fought hard to secure Aldergrove’s first-ever Pacific Junior Hockey League championship standing in 2009-10 for the Junior B team.

Price knows first-hand that many of the older players likely “all have dreams of playing a higher level,” he still thinks that this season will be worthwhile as they also dream of “wanting to win together.”

READ MORE: Kodiaks make a comeback beating top-division team

Price’s strategy – improve the Kodiak’s weakest-proven areas on ice, which remain their powerplay and penalty performance when short-handed.

“For both systems we rank near the bottom of the league,” Price said, “so if we can get to a higher standing like average among other teams, we will be killer on ice.”

Price also plans to consider the input of the bear’s current team captain, 20-year-old Ty Pickering, as well as the three assistant captains.

A lot of the Kodiaks’ current success, with a five-game win streak as of Nov. 20, Price attributes to their “five-on-five” skills and chemistry.

“So far I’ve had four practices and two games with the team,” Price said on Tuesday. “What sticks out to me most is their effort-level.

“It sets them apart and as a coach, to see that is just unreal.”

READ MORE: Vancouver Giants nominations open for local difference makers

Price – though much younger than previous head coach Darin Vetterl – has coached elite athletes of the sport for nearly a decade in areas of the Lower Mainland.

Price has been with Impact Hockey Development in Langley City as an on-ice and strength conditioning coach for six years now, with Yale Hockey Academy in Abbotsford for four, and scouting staff on the Junior A Chilliwack Chiefs team this year.

Price plans to work with the Kodiaks for the rest of the season as the new head coach, admitting that he and the team “will only go as far as they will take me” on the ice.

The Kodiaks will take on the Grandview Steelers on Wednesday in Aldergrove, and the next night face-off against the Richmond Sockeyes on Thursday.

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

 

Aldergrove Kodiaks forward Mathieu Melanson slings a shot on net against the Port Moody Panthers in Aldergrove, where the team won by a landslide victory of 5-3 on Nov. 20. (Kurt Langmann/Special to the Aldergrove Star)

Just Posted

VIDEO: SPCA and RCMP remove several animals, including pig, at private animal rescue in Langley

Home at 5500 block of 216th Street has undergone multiple seizures over the past five years

Aldergrove’s Ethan Foster wins heptathlon in Edmonton

Foster and fellow TWU Spartan Weiss finish 1-2 at Golden Bear Open

Volunteers; the rock behind every curling tournament

Al MacKinnon leads volunteer ice cleaners at Langley’s Canadian juniors curling championships

B.C. VIEWS: Few clouds on Horgan’s horizon

Horgan’s biggest challenge in the remainder of his term will be to keep the economy humming along

Victoria family focuses on ‘letting go, enjoying time together’ after dad gets dementia

Walter Strauss has developed an interest in music and now takes line dancing classes

B.C. forest industry grasps for hope amid seven-month strike, shutdowns, changes

Some experts say this could be worse for forestry than the 2008 financial crisis

Northern B.C. RCMP investigating alleged sexual assault in lingerie store

One person was transported by ambulance to hospital following RCMP investigation at Sedaz

Vancouver police probe second homicide in less than 24 hours

Woman was found dead in her Gastown home

UBC, Iranian-Canadian community create memorial scholarship in honour of victims

The Jan. 8 crash killed 176 people, including 57 Canadians

Disrespectful that Horgan won’t meet during northern B.C. tour: hereditary chief

Na’moks said he was frustrated Horgan didn’t meet with the chiefs

Vancouver police investigate after man found dead in vehicle

Man has not been identified and no one has been arrested

Most Read