The Fort St. John Huskies will have a new face joining Gary and Todd Alexander behind the bench this season. Andrew Riddell has been lending his time throughout the team’s opening camp and practices so far, and will be counted on for his coaching and leadership overseeing the club’s defensive core.
His credentials include playing at the junior level and assistant coach Todd Alexander said his teachings will be of great benefit to the club.
“He comes to us with junior hockey experience. He’s a defenceman by trade. He’s going to add a lot of experience and knowledge on our back end to help us out for sure. He’s an energetic guy and we’re really looking forward to having him join the team this year,” he said.
An added benefit of having Riddell on the staff is his ability to help the team’s defencemen in ways that Alexander’s potentially could not given they spent their playing days as forwards.
“It helps out a lot. My dad and myself were forwards. Good teachers are good coaches but it always helps when someone has played the position. He’s gone through other teams and played different systems. He can add things that he’s seen and been through as a defenceman that maybe we can’t add to,” he said.
The Huskies will open the regular season October 4 in Beaverlodge. In the mean time the club is continuing on with practices in preparation of their pre-season schedule which will begin on September 16 with a game in Chetwynd against the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks.