FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2014
LAS VEGAS, NV - The Las Vegas Storm is proud to announce the addition of former NHLer Gabe Gauthier to its already impressive coaching line up. Gauthier will take the helm of the club’s new Western States Hockey League team for the 2014-2015 season, while also taking on coaching and leadership roles within the Storm youth organization and Las Vegas Ice Center. “We are extremely fortunate to have a coach of Gabe’s caliber coming to Las Vegas,” stated John Brooks, Storm board member and part of the LVIC ownership group. “He is the perfect man to lead our new junior team, and we look forward to him also helping us grow and shape our competitive youth hockey program.” Fresh-off a successful year as the head coach at Metro State University (ACHA Club), which is located in the same area where he played collegiately at Denver University (NCAA Division I), Gauthier is excited to come to Las Vegas and build a winning organization. “The Las Vegas Ice Center is a great facility with enormous potential. Looking at the renewed energy being put into the Storm travel program has me anxious to not only build a very competitive junior team, but to help the Nevada Storm be competitive regionally at every level.”
LVIC owner Kirk Brooks added, “We are extremely lucky to have Gabe coming to Las Vegas. Learning his trade from hockey coaching giant George Gwozdecky at Denver Univesity, Gabe will bring a new perspective to our facility. He will be such a great compliment to the existing coaches we have at the Ice Center. This is a huge win for hockey in Las Vegas.”
About Las Vegas Storm
LV Storm is a youth hockey program based in Las Vegas, NV that fields Midget and junior teams competing in various Tier I and western regional leagues. The Storm has recently added a team into the Western States Hockey League commencing with the 2014-15 season. The Storm plays out of the Las Vegas Ice Center, the valley’s only 2-sheet full-service ice rink. The Storm is affiliated with the Nevada Storm junior travel hockey program also playing out of LVIC, as well as the Tri City Storm of the USHL.
About Gabe Gauthier
Gabe Gauthier’s impressive playing career includes: (i) three seasons with the Chilliwack Chiefs of the British Columbia Hockey League, starting at the age of 15, where he accumulated 235 points; (ii) four seasons at the University of Denver (67 goals and 88 assists, while leading the Pioneers to two consecutive national championships) where he was awarded a plethora of team, community and NCAA awards; and (iii) four seasons within the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings organization where he contributed 179 points for their American Hockey League affiliate Manchester Monarchs (and was named the team “Man of the Year” in 2007) as well as earning a handful of call-ups to play with the hometown Kings. Growing up in Southern California, Gabe also played a number of seasons under current WSHL Comissioner Ron White.