Warriors extend Hockey Opertions Staff

Moose Jaw Warriors General Manager Jason Ripplinger has announced extensions for Head Coach Mark O’Leary, Assistant Coaches Scott King and Gord Burnett, Goalie Coach Matt Weninger, Athletic Therapist Brooke Kosolofski, and Equipment Manager Tanner Arnold.

“Signing our hockey staff to extensions gives our program stability as we move forward,” commented General Manager Jason Ripplinger.  “Mark and his staff do a great job teaching and connecting with our players.  We are excited to watch them grow and lead us to future success.”

O’Leary is entering his tenth season with the organization and his second full season as Head Coach.  He joined the Warriors in 2012 – 2013 as an Assistant Coach, was promoted to Associate Coach in 2018 – 2019, and took over as Head Coach midway through 2019 – 2020.

King is entering his seventh season with the Warriors.  He joined the organization’s coaching staff as a Skills Coach in 2015 – 2016 and was promoted to Assistant Coach in 2016 – 2017.

Burnett is entering his second season with the Warriors.  Previously, he was the Head Coach of the Winnipeg Blues (MJHL) in 2019 – 2020, he was an Assistant Coach with the Kootenay ICE from 2015 – 2019 and the University of Notre Dame (NCAA – Division 1) from 2014 – 2015.

Weninger is entering his fifth season as the goalie coach.  Along with his duties with the Warriors, he is currently the South Regional Manager for Hockey Alberta and was part of Hockey Canada’s staff at the 2021 IIHF World Under-18 Championship that won a gold medal.

Kosolofski is entering his ninth season with the Warriors.  He joined the organization midway through the 2012 – 2013 season.  Previously, he has worked with the Grande Prairie Storm (AJHL), the University of Lethbridge Men’s hockey team, and at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame.

Arnold is going into his third season with the Warriors.  He was with the team in 2017 – 2018 and rejoined the team for the 2021 Subway WHL Hub.  Previously, he worked with the Calgary Stampeders in 2014, the Flin Flon Bombers (SJHL) from 2015 – 2017, and the Kindersley Klippers in 2019 – 2020.

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