Prince George Spruce Kings head coach Adam Maglio is moving to the WHL.
He has accepted a job with the Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs as an Associate Coach.
Maglio has been with the Spruce Kings for four seasons, including the last two as Head Coach where he lead the Spruce Kings to back to back BCHL Finals, winning the 2019 Fred Page and Doyle Cups, guiding the Spruce Kings to the National Championship game.
“I’m very happy for Adam,” said Mike Hawes, Spruce Kings general manager. ” I’m glad that we were able to play a role in moving him along and getting him closer to his goal as a hockey coach. We are in the business of developing players and moving them on in the hockey world. We are also in the business of doing the same for our coaches. We have done some very special things as a team in the four seasons that Adam was with us, especially the last two seasons with him as our head coach. He is one of the best young progressive coaches in the game and I’m not surprised that he was sought after by many teams. We will miss him and he will be hard to replace but at the same time we are extremely excited for him and wish him nothing but the best in Spokane.”
The Spruce Kings have elevated associate coach Alex Evin to head coach effective immediately. Entering his third season with the Spruce Kings, and his fifth in the BCHL (Alberni Valley AC for two years), this will be his second Head Coaching role, after a season with Selkirk College of the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League.
Alex is a five-year BCHL playing veteran, who won the Top Goaltender Award in 2007/2008, where he won the Fred Page Cup playing for the Penticton Vees. He would go on to play four years at Colgate University.
“With Adam moving on I am excited that we have someone within the organization like Alex that can transition into the role as our new head coach,” said Hawes. “Alex is also a tremendous young progressive coach who has shown me over the past two seasons that he is ready to be our Head Coach. Having that person available to us within the organization is important to me as it will allow us to continue down the same path that we are on as a team and provides us with the continuity that I feel is vitally important. Adam and Alex worked very closely and very well together and I know that Alex will take a lot of what he learned from Adam into his new role. Alex’s relationship with the players is outstanding and he has a lot of passion for our team and for the community. I am really looking forward to working closely with him as we continue to move the Spruce Kings down the path to success.”