Guelph, ON – The Guelph Storm Hockey Club announced today that effective immediately, Co-Owner, Team President, and Head Coach Scott Walker will be stepping away from his coaching duties to address health concerns that began and impacted his duties during the 2021-2022 season while a member of the Vancouver Canucks coaching staff. Walker will remain as Team President and will continue to be involved in the club’s day-to-day operations as his health allows.
“It is with great disappointment that I step away from my coaching duties at this time,” said Walker. “For the past six weeks, I have thoroughly enjoyed my return to the Storm bench, working with the staff and particularly the day-to-day interaction with the players. I hope I am able to continue to assist them with their development moving forward.”
Associate Coach Chad Wiseman is being promoted to Head Coach of the Storm. Wiseman, who is beginning his fifth year with the club, has been with the Storm since 2018-2019 season where he helped guide the club to the J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL champions. “Although the circumstances are unfortunate, I am excited for the opportunity to lead our group and continue to help develop and prepare our athletes for the next level. I would like to thank GM George Burnett and the entire ownership group for putting their trust in me to lead this young group.”
The team returns to practice today as they prepare to host the Flint Firebirds on Friday night at the Sleeman Centre.