Bill enters his first season as General Manager and Head Coach with the Thunder Cats. After spending stints in junior A as an Associate Coach and Assistant General Manager both in the Alberta Junior Hockey League and the Maritime Hockey League, he returns to the Kootenay International Hockey League. His previous roles in the KIJHL include being General Manager and Head Coach of the Castlegar Rebels and Princeton Posse, as well previously here in Creston as an Associate Coach and in the VIJHL as a Head Coach.
In addition to his junior hockey resume, he is a former Head Coach at both Okanagan Hockey Academy and Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy as well as winning a bronze medal as Assistant Coach at the U17 World Championship where he coached a handful of current NHL stars.
Bill spends his off seasons in Penticton, BC and spends much time in Calgary, AB as well. In addition to his hockey resume he has spent time as a Bison Rancher and is a survivor of stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER
Mark begins his first season with the Thunder Cats as Assistant General Manager and Associate Coach. He took over as Head Coach of the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks in 2019/2020 in the North West Junior Hockey League after holding the Assistant General Manager and Assistant Coach role for two seasons prior to that. In addition to his coaching duties he also acted as the Head Scout and was an active member of the Board of Directors for the club.
Readman has also served on the Board of Directors for Dawson Creek Minor Hockey and was Head Coach of the Bantam AA Canucks, Assistant Coach for the North East Trackers and has worked as a coach for BC Hockey.
Prior to coaching, Readman played his junior hockey for the Dawson Creek Canucks, starting as an affiliate player in 2012, up until 2017 only breaking in 2013-14 for the Ontario Avalanche of the Western States Hockey League in California.
Derek joins the Thunder Cats part time after finishing his junior career in Creston during the 2019-20 season. Prior to joining the Thunder Cats, Green spent 4 seasons with the Fernie Ghostriders. The KIJHL veteran finished with 169 games played, compiling 10 goals, 30 assists and 213 penalty minutes. The Trail, BC native is currently attending Selkirk College and is has tremendous knowledge, presence and leadership for the ‘Cats.