Three year veteran behind the bench of the Oilers as an assistant coach, Derek Stuart, was introduced today as the new head coach of the Calgary Mustangs. The Okotoks Oilers would like to congratulate Derek on this position and thank him for his tremendous contributions to the Oilers organization.
Oilers Captain Robbie Fisher via twitter (@fishman_3)
“I speak on the entire @OkotoksOilers behalf when I say good luck to stuey as the new HC of the mustangs. We will miss ya around the rink”
Good luck Derek, see you at Pason Centennial Arena!
Press Release via the Calgary Mustangs
Calgary, Alberta – The Calgary Mustangs hockey club is pleased to announce the hiring of Derek Stuart as the new Head Coach and Assistant General Manager. The Calgary native had served as an assistant coach under James Poole with the Okotoks Oilers for the past three seasons. The Oilers made the playoffs all three seasons and advanced to game 7 of the South Final on two occasions.
“I am very excited about the chance to be a head coach at this level. I am grateful for the opportunity and look forward to the challenge ahead.”
Prior to his coaching position with the Oilers, Stuart was the assistant coach with the Midget AAA Calgary Buffaloes from 2006-2010. In four years behind the bench the Buffaloes earned births in back to back Telus Cup National Championships winning a silver medal along with a fourth place finish. The Buffs also won 2 League
Championships, 2 Pacific Regional Titles, and captured the Mac's Midget Tournament in 2008-2009.
Prior to coaching, Derek’s playing background included three years of Jr. A hockey in B.C., NCAA Hockey with Bemidji State University and a National Championship with the Mount Royal Cougars.
Stuart will also be bringing on new assistant coaches behind the bench next season.