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Warriors get a new head coach
March 21st, 2016

HORIZON SCHOOL DIVISION APPOINTS NEW WARNER HOCKEY SCHOOL COACH

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Bruce Bell to the position of Head Coach / Director of Hockey Operations for the Warner Hockey School effective March 17, 2016. Marie Logan, Chair of the Horizon Board of Trustees, comments, “Following what literally turned out to be a world-wide recruitment endeavour, we are thrilled to have Bruce join our extended team of committed individuals at Warner Hockey School. We believe that Mr. Bell’s experience as a professional hockey player, coach and ‘teacher’ of the game will be integral to the continued success of our program.” Bruce was drafted in the 52nd overall by the Quebec Nordiques in 1984. Following his inaugural season, Bruce was named to the NHL All Rookie Team along with goaltender Steve Penney, fellow defenseman Chris Chelios, and forwards, Tomas Sandstrom, Warren Young and Mario Lemieux.
During his 17 years in professional hockey, he played in 850 games, scored 124 goals, and collected 457 assists for a total of 581 points. He played in 243 NHL games scoring 15 goals and collecting 69 assists. In 1991 Bruce was named the Cape Breton Oilers President Trophy winner. He was also recognized as an OHL, AHL, and CHL All-Star. Louis Blues, New York Rangers, and Edmonton Oilers, for the Quebec Nordiques, St. As significant as his on-ice success as a player is Bruce’s commitment to the development of young people as hockey players and citizens. He has operated the Bruce Bell Hockey School for 16 years and has served as
he Hockey Academy Director for Kate Andrews High School and R.I. Baker Middle School since 2007. He is also the Program Director for the AAA Foothills Elite Summer Hockey Program and serves as a coach / mentor with the Taber Golden Suns organization in Taber, Alberta.
Bruce has coached at many levels of hockey including the European League, numerous minor leagues, the Alberta Junior Hockey league, Canadian University, as well as AA, and AAA levels of Minor Hockey. Bruce has also played for 5 different Stanley Cup winning coaches. Bruce states, “I look forward to working hand in hand with the student athletes, their families, Warner School and the Division while representing each of them in a professional manner. I have the utmost respect for the Village of Warner and greater rural community that surrounds the school. I am well aware how much the town has done for this program to be a success and I want all to know I realise it takes a collaborative partnership to succeed.” Bruce and his wife Darby have three children.

Please join us in welcoming Bruce Bell to the Warner Hockey School, Warner School and the Horizon School Division.

Marie Logan, Board Chair