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Val­ley Wild­cats ap­point Kirchew head coach of ban­tam hockey team

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The Val­ley Wild­cats have pro­moted an as­sis­tant coach from within its or­ga­ni­za­tion to fill the role of head coach for the ma­jor ban­tam hockey team.

The Wild­cats an­nounced re­cently that Jeff Kirchew has been ap­pointed the new head coach. Orig­i­nally from the Eastern Shore, Kirchew grew up sur­rounded by hockey.

Val­ley Wild­cats gen­eral man­ager Nick Gree­nough said Kirchew is an up-and-com­ing coach who has worked hard so it was a plea­sure to pro­mote him.

In his two years as an as­sis­tant coach with the ban­tam Wild­cats, Kirchew worked well with for­mer head coach Travis Young. Gree­nough said that Kirchew knows how the sys­tem works and he will be “a good fit for ev­ery­one.”

In terms of ex­pe­ri­ence, Kirchew played ma­jor midget with the Dart­mouth Sub­ways and played four years at the ju­nior A level. Kirchew also at­tended two QMJHL camps with the St. John Sea Dogs.

“He’s a young guy that’s been through the ranks and played at one of the high­est lev­els in Nova Sco­tia,” Gree­nough said.

Kirchew, who is study­ing to be a teacher, re­lates well to the play­ers, he added. Kirchew grad­u­ated from Aca­dia Univer­sity ear­lier this year with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion and is work­ing to­ward his Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion de­gree at Aca­dia.

Gree­nough said com­mu­ni­ca­tion has to be a two-way street between coaches and play­ers and Kirchew un­der­stands this well.

“He’s just re­cently out of the game and I think he knows what it takes to get the best out of the play­ers,” Gree­nough said.

He said Kirchew is look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge and the Wild­cats are ex­cited to have Kirchew step up into the role of head coach for the ban­tams.

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