SUMMERSIDE — The Summerside Western Capitals have filled the head coaching position by promoting assistant Tim Schurman.
“Tim has great experience and knows the league and players very well,” said general manager Pat McIver.
Schurman has been with the organization since 2011.
“I’ve learned a lot in my time with the team as assistant,” said Schurman.
“I’ve coached alongside great guys with the team and have learned lots from them.”
The 33-year-old Summerside native, who works at the P.E.I. Youth Center, is excited about his new role.
“The organization will miss Billy, (McGuigan) but I’m excited for the chance to fill his shoes,” said Schurman. “I’m really looking forward to coaching and adapting my styles and methods to the team.”
Schurman has a wide range of hockey experience, including scouting for the NHL’s New York Islanders and work with the former Lewiston Maniacs in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League as an assistant general manager and assitant coach.
The new coach is already preparing for his new role by looking ahead to the team’s training camp, which opens Monday in Slemon Park.
“We have a good core of young players,” he said. “I need to get out there and see what’s available and I’ll be able to tell exactly what we have.”