Former coach of the year takes his place on Wrangler’s bench |

Former coach of the year takes his place on Wrangler’s bench

Former Steamboat Springs High School hockey coach Chris Campanelli was named assistant coach of the Steamboat Wranglers junior hockey team.

— The Steamboat Wranglers have hired former high school coach Chris Campanelli as an assistant for the 2016-17 season.

"It's an honor to have such a reputable hockey mind on our staff," said Misko Antisin, who acts as the Wranglers head coach and general manager. "He will not only help the goalies with his knowledge and expertise, but Corey (Allen) and myself with another set of eyes to aid us in our development of our players.”

Campanelli was a coach with the Steamboat Springs High School program for four years and acted as the team's head coach in the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He was named Coach of the Year in 2016.

Campanelli left the position in the summer because he wanted to spend more time with his family. He said his new position as an assistant allows him to do that, but he insists that he will give 100 percent to the position.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity," Campanelli said. “It's a great fit. It's a great organization, and the people are fantastic to work with."

Though his role will be to guide the young men of the Steamboat Wranglers hockey program and pass along his knowledge of the game, Campanelli is also looking forward to being a part of the staff and learning from the other coaches he will be working with.

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"This is an opportunity for me to continue learning from some outstanding coaches, as well as bringing my hockey knowledge to support this great team and forge the endeavor for the continuing growth of Steamboat hockey,” Campanelli said. “I would like to thank Troy Mick, Misko Antisin and Corey Allen for bringing me into the organization. I am humbled and honored for the opportunity."

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