VETERAN HOCKEY COACH BILL WARREN TAPPED TO LEAD PORT HURON YETI
Warren ready to translate ice into roller
PORT HURON, Mich., The Port Huron Yeti, a franchise of the National Roller Hockey League (NRHL) are excited to announce hometown hockey coach, Bill Warren, as the first ever head coach of the brand new professional roller hockey team.
Warren, who currently (and will continue to do so) serves as the head coach of the Honeybaked Hockey Club’s 16U AAA Midget travel hockey team, brings over two decades of playing and coaching experience to the new Yeti team.
“Ice hockey and roller hockey, while two different surfaces, along with going 4v4 rahter than 5v5, are both essentially about knowing the game and managing the people,” noted Warren. “The game will be fast-paced and exciting and I think we will see that the x’s and o’s will take care of themselves if we build the strongest, fastest, and most skilled team we possibly can.”
Warren is no stranger to building a hockey club from scratch – he took over Port Huron’s North American Hockey League (NAHL) team mid-season and had to rebuild the program from the ground up. That season, they had approximately 15 wins, the next season, his first full season behind the helm, the team amassed over 50 wins under his leadership, including winning the national championship and him being named NAHL Coach of the Year.
“Having a guy like Bill come on board to lead the team is immeasurable – he’s a hometown guy who has had much success in the hockey world,” said Jeff Blum, General Manager of the Yeti. “We’ve known each other for over 20 years, our plan and vision for building and growing the roller hockey game in Port Huron are very closely aligned, our plan to get more kids (and their parents) to realize that roller hockey is a legitimate option, and ensuring we build a good, solid base in Port Huron are all keys to the success of the organization for the both of us.”
“I’m beyond excited about this new challenge ahead of me – roller hockey is fast and exciting and it will be fun to see how the team comes together, both on the floor and off the floor,” said Warren from his home in Port Huron. He resides there with his wife Danielle and their three children.
Warren also serves as the Director of Player Evaluation for the Soo Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League, a position that he will not only continue but also rely heavily on his experiences there as he jumps into the roller hockey world with both feet.
Registration is open for the next NRHL Free Agent Combine, however space is becoming increasingly limited. The remaining Free Agent Combine will be held December 27-29 in Saint Louis, Missouri.
The Free Agent Combine will consist of one practice with their designated team, run by members of the NRHL team coaching staff, including with four games scouted by every general manager and head coach, along with various staff members from across the League. The NRHL will also have professional trainers on site to test and evaluate every player. Along with all of that, the NRHL will have representatives on site from Alkali Verbero Skates to fit and measure for the player’s preferred boot, representatives from glove, helmet and other various equipment manufacturers so that when a player is named to a roster, all of their equipment will be ready and waiting for them when they walk into their new roller hockey home.
Each player will receive, among other things, a limited-edition custom NRHL insulated tumbler from Treblig Designs to commemorate their participation in the first-ever NRHL Combines.
The National Roller Hockey League is the only professional inline hockey league in North America and has teams in Detroit, St. Louis, Port Huron, and Grand Rapids. For more information or to register for the 2019 NRHL Combine, visit our website at www.thenationalrollerhockeyleague.com and find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.