Just a couple weeks before the start of the 2016/17 regular season, the Yorkton Terriers have made a coaching change for the upcoming campaign.
Head Coach/GM Trent Cassan is making the move from the SJHL to the Western Hockey League joining the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) as an Assistant Coach & handing the reign of Head Coach/GM duties over to Casey O’Brien for 2016/17.
The 33 year old Medora, MB native has been Head Coach of the Terriers for parts of the last 7 seasons, first becoming the bench boss during the 2009/10 season in a interim basis.
Cassan has compiled an overall regular season record of 177-123-40 while helping the Terriers to 4 league finals appearances, 2 SJHL Canalta Cup titles, 1 Western Canada Cup title and ultimately the franchise’s first RBC Cup National title in 2014. He was also named Co-winner of the SJHL Coach of the Year in 2012/13.
O’Brien, a product of Gloucester, Ontario has been a part of 3 of those league finals, and also the SJHL, WCC & RBC Cup titles as well.
Cassan was also on the coaching staff for the World Jr. A Challenge serving as an Asst Coach & Head Coach with Canada West.
For O’Brien, he is entering his 6th year with the Terrier organization serving in the capacity of Asst. Coach for all those seasons while also serving the last 2 years as Assistant General Manager.
Before coming to Yorkton, O’Brien played five seasons for the University of Guelph Gryphons in the CIS, played two seasons professionally in Norway as a player coach and also was the Player Development Coach at the Banff Hockey Academy for two years.
Terriers President Dave Baron
Newly named Terrier Head Coach/GM Casey O’Brien