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Former Chiefs assistant coach Jimmy Ghuman rejoins the Chiefs staff this season as general manager. With a championship already under his belt as a coach, Ghuman has his sights set on continuing the build the Chiefs program from the top down. Ghuman has also served as a video coach with the Team BC U16 program, earning a silver medal at the 2016 Western Canada Challenge Cup in Calgary.
Director of Media
Lazare enters his third full season with the Chiefs. His Media Relations position puts him in charge of social media, team coverage, the website, and the online broadcasts.
Korchmar joined the Chiefs 3 seasons ago and has been developing the team's goalies ever since. He has worked closely with NHL and WHL goalie coaches, giving him a wide range of new technical knowledge and a professional mind-set. Along with the Chiefs, Korchmar currently coaches goalies at the WHL and BCHL levels.
Strength and Conditioning
Heinonen joins the Chiefs for his first season as strength and conditioning coach. He currently runs his own gym and training centre and has worked with hockey players from every level, including a group of professional players from the NHL and beyond.
Chiefs vs Canadians - Playoff Preview
March 16, 2017
After 4 exciting regular season matchups, the Chiefs and Canadians are set to meet in round 2 of the BCMML playoffs. The path to a provincial championship for the Chiefs is taking an identical path to 2015, when after a sweep of Valley West in the opening round, the Chiefs hosted the Canadians in round 2.
The teams split the season series, with each team stealing a W in the other's barn. The Chiefs 7-6 regulation loss at home to Greater Vancouver came on January 29, and marked their first loss since early December. It was also the first, and eventually only, regulation loss by the Chiefs at home this season. The Canadians finished the season with a modest 17% powerplay, but in their 7-6 win over the Chiefs, the powerplay was responsible for 5 of their goals, and the other 2 came while down a man. More recently, in their first round series with the Thunderbirds, the Canadians managed to go 3/14, good for 21%, despite having taken themselves off of a powerplay early with a penalty of their own four times. Discipline by both teams will be essential in the outcome of the series.
Both Liam Evenson and Kolby Matthews (pictured above) lead the way for the Chiefs in round 1 and will look to continue their success against the Canadians. Evenson had 2 goals and an assist, but it was the rest of his game that shone through against Valley West. He lead the Chiefs with 16 hits over the two games, and took nearly half of the Chiefs faceoffs, winning 67% of them. Matthews survived a game 1 scare only to bounce back with a shutout in game 2. The heart and soul of this Chiefs squad, Matthews has proven he is a big game performer. He shutout the top team in Alberta, the Calgary Buffaloes, in a must win game at Mac's this season. Last year, he nearly stole the Chiefs a playoff series against the heavily favoured Giants, losing 3-2 in a double overtime in a deciding game 3 despite Matthews making over 70 saves.
Scott Atkinson lead the way for Greater Vancouver in round 1. The GVC captain had 3 goals and 2 assists in the opening round. The Edmonton Oil Kings prospect finished 3rd in the BCMML in scoring in the regular season, but much like Chief Ethan Leyh, he did not play in all 40 games. When it comes to points per game throughout the year, Leyh and Atkinson ranked 1st and 2nd respectively. Shutting down Atkinson, as well as his linemate Sasha Mutala, who was a 40 assist man in his first BCMML season will be imperative for the Chiefs to book their tickets to the BCMML Finals
Game 1 goes tomorrow (Friday) night at Poirier at 7pm. Game 2 on Saturday will also see a 7pm puckdrop, with a potential third game taking place Sunday morning at 11am. Be sure to come out and support your Vancouver NE Chiefs as they continue their road to the Telus Cup!