Holick named associate coach of Kamloops Blazers, replacing Cory Clouston

Mark Holick was on Thursday named the Kamloops Blazers' associate coach, replacing Cory Clouston, who cited personal reasons on Wednesday when he stepped away from the club.

Holick, 52, most recently coached Yale Hockey Academy's under-18 prep team, from 2018 to 2021, but comes to Kamloops with ample junior hockey playing and coaching experience.

The Saskatoon product played in the WHL for parts of four seasons in the 1980s, with Saskatoon and New Westminster.

Holick has coached at the junior A level, in the BCHL and AJHL, and in the WHL, with the Kootenay Ice from 2007 to 2010 and Prince George Cougars from 2012 to 2016.

Cory Clouston told KTW in June he would have interest in becoming head coach of the Blazers if his brother, Shaun, vacated the head coaching role to become general manager, a position that opened when Matt Bardsley left the team this summer.

Shaun Clouston, who was hired as head coach of the Blazers in June of 2019, was promoted to GM and head coach of the Blazers in July.

Cory Clouston, who has head coaching experience in the NHL and WHL, on Wednesday told KTW the decision to leave the Blazers is based on his desire to spend more time with his daughter.

"It's not an easy decision, but it was an easy decision," said Cory Clouston, who joined the Blazers in October of 2019 and helped the club to back-to-back B.C. Division championships.

"To leave an organization that's done a lot of good work in the last few years and has a great future wasn't easy. But, in saying that, for me to focus on my daughter is a very easy decision."

Cory Clouston, whose family is based in Cranbrook, is not closing the door on coaching in the future.

"I don't ever want to say never," said Clouston, a former head coach in the NHL, AHL and WHL.

"I'm not going to close the door on any of that. As of right now, it's the right time for me to not coach."

Holick was named WHL coach of the year in 2010.

“Mark is a career hockey coach," Shaun Clouston said in a press release.

"He is personable and passionate and bring with him a wealth of coaching experience from minor hockey, junior and pro.”

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