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Holmstrom expands role with Tigers, will guide 18U squad

 

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Kevin Holmstrom has been involved with Colorado Springs Amateur Hockey for many years as a parent, coach and administrator.

For the 2016-17 season, he’ll get back behind the bench as head coach of the Tigers’ 18U AAA team.

“I recently stepped out of a long business career and coaching was No. 1 on my list if an opportunity arose,” said Holmstrom. “The timing and opportunity really fell in place. I spoke with Cody Campbell (16U coach) and Nick Harper (20U coach) about the direction of the program and the vision we all shared was so natural. Within days of visiting with (executive director) Brian Copeland, we were able to put the pieces in place.”

“When we started our search for a new 18U coach and created a checklist of traits, experience and knowledge we wanted in a candidate, we found ourselves lucky to find a coach that checked all the boxes, and more,” said Copeland. “We have no doubt in Kevin’s ability to develop every player on our 18U team, but he brings along the experience, knowledge and passion to help move the entire club to a higher level.”

Holmstrom said his coaching style centers around speed and discipline.

“With player development and academics at the top of the list, I think our players will like the puck possession, tempo game we will bring,” Holmstrom said. “Our players will have the opportunity to develop and advance while working very hard in a highly competitive development path.”

Both of Holmstrom’s sons, Ben and Josh, played in the New York Islanders organization in 2015-16.

“Hockey has been a large part of our family for many years and we are very fortunate for all it has provided our family,” said Holmstrom. “Every level has its challenges and rewards and I hope to bring that knowledge to our players and families and yes, give back to the game.”

– Matt Mackinder