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Mark Bomersback Returning to AJHL as Grande Prairie GM

By Sam Laskaris on April 21, 2017

Former AJHL star Mark Bomersback has been named as the general manager of the Grande Praire Storm. (Grande Prairie Storm)

Former Scoring Star Returns As GM
A former AJHL star is now in charge of building up one of the league entrants.

Mark Bomersback, who had been selected as the AJHL’s most valuable player back in 2002-03, was recently named as the general manager of the Grande Prairie Storm.

But the 34-year-old is not a complete stranger to the Grande Prairie organization. That’s because this past December, he was named as the Storm’s head scout and associate general manager.

Before embarking on his collegiate and pro careers, Bomersback had spent four seasons with the Canmore Eagles organization.

In his final AJHL year, Bomersback, who was the Eagles captain, was picked as league MVP after earning 114 points (46 goals, 68 assists) in 64 regular season games.

Following a four-year career at Michigan’s Ferris State University, Bomersback turned pro. He played for five different teams in the American Hockey League and East Coast Hockey League before taking his talents overseas where he also played for five different squads.

While he was abroad, Bomersback suited up for teams in the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Switzerland.

Bomersback faces a formidable rebuilding job with the Storm. The club posted a disappointing 15-38-7 mark this season.

Twins Stick Together For College
Drayton Valley Thunder twins Matt and Tyler Benko will be continuing their hockey careers together.

The 20-year-olds, who have used up their junior eligibility, have both agreed to attend Concordia University of Edmonton.

The Concordia Thunder compete in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference.

Both of the brothers played three seasons in the AJHL.

Matt, a defenceman who was the Drayton Valley captain this season, spent his entire junior career with the Thunder.

Though he had suited up for a half dozen matches as an affiliate player with the Thunder during his Midget years, Tyler, a forward, became a regular in the league with the Calgary Canucks. He joined the Drayton Valley club via a trade midway through the 2015-16 season.

Hasselberg Joins Drumheller
The Drumheller Dragons will have a new man calling the shots for the upcoming season.

Kevin Hasselberg was recently named as the Dragons’ head coach and general manager.

Hasselberg had spent a portion of this past season in the pro ranks. He was the bench boss of the Florida-based Pensacola Ice Flyers of the Southern Professional Hockey League before being fired in February.

For Hasselberg, this will be his second time around in the AJHL. He had previously spent 11 seasons with the Olds Grizzlys, including six years as head coach.

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By Sam Laskaris| April 21, 2017
Categories:  Junior

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