Rangers turn to former players as new bench boss

Published on Tuesday, 02 July 2024 09:37

The Parkland Rangers are turning to a former player to guide the team next season.

Swan River native Josh Tripp will take over behind the bench for the Rangers, replacing Tyler Carefoot, who departed at the end of last season.

Tripp played two seasons with the Rangers from 2013 to 2015, amassing 35 goals and 65 points in 87 games. He began his junior career with his hometown Swan Valley Stampeders, before spending the next season and part of another with the North American Hockey League’s Corpus Christi IceRays.

Tripp rejoined the Stampeders in 2017-18 and led the Manitoba Junior Hockey League in goals (36) and points (84) the following season, winning the league’s MVP award and helping the Stampeders reach the league final, which they lost in seven games to the Portage Terriers.

Tripp said someone from the Rangers had reached out to him about the vacant coaching position.

“Coaching is something I want to continue to do and I’m happy I got into it. So when I heard that the position was open, I was happy to apply. Fortunately, I got it and I’m excited,” he said.

This past season, Tripp was an assistant coach with the Stampeders under head coach and general manager Barry Wolfe, something that was a great learning experience as he begins his coaching career.

“It was a big learning opportunity for me. Barry Wolfe, the head coach, he was awesome in teaching me what it takes and all the stuff you do as a coach. I can’t thank him enough for the opportunity and everything that he taught me. It was a great learning experience,” he said.

Tripp hopes to put together a hard-working team, noting the Rangers don’t have the numbers other teams have.

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