Lee Stone


Five seasons ago when Lee Stone took over the head coaching duties the glory days of the Campbell River Storm were a memory. Sure, the club still drew the best attendance numbers in the league but winning no longer seemed to be in the cards. In 2012-13, they could only muster a 12 win, 36 loss season.


Just a few years older than his players, at age 24, Lee took on his first Junior hockey coaching assignment and immediately turned the franchise around leading the Storm to 30 wins that first year and a Western Canadian Championship in his second season.


As we enter into November 2017, Lee continues that winning tradition and his regular season record of 153-40-6-10 (.770) points to the program’s success. That and three consecutive medals at the Cyclone Taylor Cup, a feat not accomplished in British Columbia since the 1980’s.


If you thought that an incredible record and all that hardware would be Lee’s high points, you’d only be partially right. “Tyler Welsh calling me and telling me he was going to Yale or Gavin Rauser committing to the Powell River Kings and seeing his excitement were right up there. The wins are special, but we’ve made a lot of dreams come true; it’s all about the connections you make.”


Lee grew up and played his minor hockey in Surrey where he has many great memories of those days including provincial championships. “In Midget we won Provincials at home in overtime and in Juvenile, we won the BC’s up in Prince George; those were fun times”


He bounced around in Junior, “You name a small town, I’ve been there, I think it’s almost a prerequisite to coaching.” Lee played with a number of Junior teams including Merritt, Port Moody, Sicamous and Comox (11 points in 13 games).


Some of his fondest memories are of his incredible experiences in US College hockey, including a hattrick with Arizona State, “My biggest highlight was the hattrick against rival Arizona; for some reason the AU fans didn’t like me, everytime we went down to Tuscon, they’d have signs making fun of me which was pretty neat, I’ll never forget it.” From Arizona State, he went to another strong hockey program, Minot State. “I went from blazing sun to snow and cold but I had fun with Minot.”


Unfortunately for many, their playing days are numbered and for Lee that was the case. “Craig Sherbaty was a big influence on me in the late stages of my playing career. I came back from Minot with some injuries and Craig, who ran Pacific Titans, hired me on for office work and some coaching.” From there, Lee went on to coach Bantam and Midget teams in Surrey before landing the coaching assignment with the Campbell River Storm.


Like his players, Head Coach Lee Stone has aspirations of making it to higher levels and, again like his players, he’ll never forget how the Campbell River fans have supported this team. “I hope I coach in a lot of different places all the way to the NHL one day but I don’t know if I’ll ever have what I’ve experienced here in Campbell River.”

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