The Lethbridge Hurricanes announced Friday the hiring of goaltending coach Jeff Battah to join the team for the 2013-14 season.
Battah spent last season working as a goalie coach with the Nanaimo Clippers of the BCHL and has served as Assistant Coach with the University of British Columbia Men’s Team since 2010. His coaching helped UBC set some records, including establishing the best regular season record in UBC Men’s hockey history (14-11-3).
Over his past 12 seasons as a coach, Battah has also won an Ontario Provincial Junior “A” Championship with the Brampton Capitals of the OPJHL, as well as a Gold and Silver medal serving as Goaltending and Video Coach with Team Canada West in the World Jr. A Challenge in 2011 and 2012. He has also won Gold with the U18 Team Canada at the World Cup in 2005 serving as Video Coach.
In his previous stint as a goalie coach with the ‘Canes from 2004-2008, Battah helped the team claim the WHL Eastern Conference Championship in 2008. After his time working with ‘Canes, Battah served as an Assistant Coach with the Prince George Cougars for two seasons.
He also is co-owner of the Pro Goal Development consulting company, helping provide high performance goaltending advice to players since 2005. Some players they have assisted over the years include Darcy Kuemper, Aaron Sorochan, Drew Owsley, and Jonny Hogue.
“Battah has a wealth of experience in the WHL with both the Hurricanes and Prince George Cougars,” said Hurricanes GM Brad Robson. “His experience will especially be an asset in developing our young goalies, such as Eric Szudor, Stuart Skinner and Jonny Hogue.”
(From Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)