Brett Bestwick joins Clippers as assistant coach

The Nanaimo Clippers have brought back a familiar face to fill the team's assistant coach vacancy.

The team has hired former Clipper Brett Bestwick for the opening that was created when longtime assistant Nolan Graham was named Head Coach and General Manager of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

“Our focus from day one was to hire somebody with BCHL Junior A experience, knowledge of the league and the culture and passion for Clipper hockey,” head coach and general manager Bill Bestwick says. “We also wanted a person who could relate well with players regarding spiring to play NCAA hockey.”

Brett Bestwick is well known to Nanaimo hockey fans as he suited up in a Clippers uniform during the 2002/03 season before attending NCAA Division III Geneseo State University. There, he played alongside former Clippers Chris Tarr, Chris Kestell and Jeff Pasemko before graduating with a degree in Communications and a business minor in 2007.

“I am very excited and honoured to be a part of the Clippers hockey program in this capacity and I will work extremely hard to benefit the players with their ambitions to succeed here in Nanaimo and beyond,” Bestwick says.

For the past two seasons, Brett has worked closely with the team providing advance scouting, game assessments and statistical data.