Bill Brett

“I think we’re on the right page now, we’re getting everyone back. The team’s come together, they’re working their systems really well. We have a really good young team that I think can go places.”

                                                                        - Bill Brett, Storm Assistant Coach

Bill Brett is not your typical hockey guy. He didn’t lace up the skates at 4 years old, play rep hockey and play years of elite Junior before launching his coaching career.

At 13 years old, Bill moved from Surrey to the Comox Valley and it was then that he decided to take up the game. He played a lot of house hockey, some Juvenile hockey and eventually a little Junior B with the short-lived Mr. Mike’s Junior B team out of Courtenay; the team folded before the end of its first season.

It really wasn’t until he became a father that his current hockey journey began. He started by coaching in the Comox Valley Minor Hockey Association and after a few years became involved with the highly successful Island Selects hockey program as a coach and manager.

From there, he spent 5 years as a scout for the WHL Moose Jaw Warriors. Bill says it was a lot of fun interspersed with a great deal of work but winning the Eastern Championship made it worthwhile.

Storm fans will remember Bill as one of the coaches of the rival Glacier Kings. Head Coaches changed but it seemed that Bill Brett was always there. That was until last season when he took a year away from coaching to watch his son, Sheldon Brett, play his final year of Junior with the Storm. Instead of being ‘Coach Dad’ he turned into Hockey Dad; “It was great! I had a lot more time and I was able to watch Sheldon, it was so much fun.” Of course Storm fans know that Sheldon was a key piece of the team that won a league championship and a silver medal at the provincials. Shelly is now playing college hockey with the UNLV Rebels in Las Vegas.

“Out of the blue, Lee Stone asked me to coach again; he was looking for some help with the backend. I never even thought about it until he asked.” Bill is thrilled that he said yes, “It’s worked out really well, it’s the first time I’ve jumped in to find we have 3 coaches all on the same page. We came together real quick, there’s real chemistry here and I’m having a lot of fun.” He has firm beliefs about coaching that are shared by everyone on the Storm coaching staff, “It’s a time to give back, I really like helping players develop and I like to see them move to the next level; I take a lot of pride in that.”

“We have a good mix of coaches in Campbell River, Russell’s the young one, I’m the old guy, and Lee’s in the middle.”

Bill Brett, much like Russell Sanderson, have left his imprint on this year’s edition of the Campbell River Storm.

Tonight during the game, give a wave to Bill Brett, he’s the old guy behind the Campbell River bench.

Assistant Coach