Guy's the guy
Guy Charron isn’t going anywhere.
The Kamloops Blazers announced on Wednesday that they had signed the veteran head coach to a two-year contract extension.
“It’s obviously a very exciting day for the organization,” said general manager Craig Bonner.
“We couldn’t be more happy with the job he’s done to date.”
Charron, a 61-year-old native of Verdun, Que., who played 12 seasons in the National Hockey League, came to Kamloops in November, a month after Barry Smith was ousted from the head-coach position.
Since then, the Blazers have amassed a 21-19-0-3 record and earned a spot in the Western Hockey League playoffs.
“It’s been a very enjoyable experience working with the people we have here,” Charron said.
“I’m excited for the future.”
Charron had been living in Calgary, but he and his wife, Michele, will now make the Tournament Capital their year-round home.
“One of the interests I had in pursuing something at the Western Hockey League level was being close to my family and my kids and my grandkids,” he said, noting the proximity of Kamloops to Calgary, where his two children and three grandchildren will continue to live.
“I think you need your family close to you.”
Bonner said he’s pleased Charron will be calling Kamloops home.
“I think it’s tremendous,” he said.
“We’re excited that he wants to be a part of Kamloops.”
Charron will lead the Blazers into action this weekend for the team’s final two games of the regular season.
They’ll welcome the Prince George Cougars to Interior Savings Centre on Friday before travelling to Vancouver to take on the Giants at Pacific Coliseum on Saturday.
Game time both nights is 7 p.m.