Nitros coach Vopat temporarily steps away from team

Team president and head coach mutually agree to temporarily part ways in order to sort out undisclosed issues.

Kimberley Dynamiters head coach Roman Vopat has stepped away from the bench temporarily while the organization addresses some issues, according to president Dave Smith.

Smith declined to go into detail about the situation, but stressed that Vopat hasn’t been fired or removed from the head coaching position.

“The executive asked Roman to step back from the team for a bit,” said Smith. “He is in no way fired or disassociated from the team—he’s still making all the decisions—he’s just not on the bench or in the dressing room for a couple of days till we get things figured out.”

Vopat, a former NHL player, joined the Niitros last year and led the team to the second round of the KIJHL playoffs, where they fell in Game 7 to the Fernie Ghostriders.

No reason was given for the move by the executive on their decision, but Smith hopes everything will be resolved in a few days.

“There are some issues that have to be cleared up and it’ll be easier if he was to step away and he agreed to do that,” Smith said. “We’re meeting with players, we’re meeting with coaches and, without getting into specifics, we’re working on some policy changes and then we’ll go from there.

“I don’t personally expect any changes in personnel, it’s just a temporary thing.”

Vopat stepped away from the team after Friday’s 4-1 home loss to the Nelson Leafs. Assistant coach Jordan Foreman, Todd White and Kris Knoblauch will be around to run practices in the interim, said Smith.

Next game action for the Dynamiters is a home tilt against the Castlegar Rebels on Saturday.

Just Posted

Cranbrook welcomes the Thrashpocalypse

Heavy metal monsters Anthrax and Testament play Western Financial Place May 18

SPCA seeks help to treat dog found with collar embedded in neck

Rusty, a shar-pei/Labrador cross, needs another two months to recover, with care costing $2,400

City warns of water hazards as temps rise

Residents should stay off ice, keep distance from water banks

Dawson Rutledge’s run at KMAs continues

Cranbrook singer-songwriter wins Artist of the Year at the Kootenay Music Awards

City planning new health tax impact

While still in preliminary stages, new tax will increase costs by $39,000 by 2020.

VIDEO: Mount Baker Jazz Band performs live

The Mount Baker Jazz Band performed at middle and elementary schools around… Continue reading

VIDEO: Mount Baker Jazz Band performs live

The Mount Baker Jazz Band performed at middle and elementary schools around… Continue reading

Cutter Ranch owners named Outstanding Young Farmers for BC & Yukon

Tyler McNaughton and Sacha Bentall awarded at gathering of OYF alumni and friends in Abbotsford, March 14.

Golden Knights win 4-1, remain undefeated against Canucks

Vegas gets points from 12 players in dominating effort versus Vancouver

Alberta budget plans for Trans Mountain expansion

Finance Minister Joe Ceci says expected revenues will be factored into budget forecasts

Proposed gun bill attacked by gun owners and shooting victims

The federal government tabled the bill today in order to tighten the sale and tracking of firearms

New anti-radicalization centre in the works for B.C.

Centre aims to help ‘vulnerable individuals on the path to radicalization’ before they turn to crime

B.C. bravery, public service honoured by Governor General Julie Payette

UVic basketball coach Kathryn Shields inducted into Order of Canada

Most Read