Brendan Enns

“Keep it simple, move the puck forward, lay the body, stand up for teammates; that was my style through minor and junior hockey.” It was a style that endeared Brendan Enns to his teammates wherever he played.

Enzo grew up in Campbell River and played his minor hockey here, first lacing up his skates when he was just 5 years old. He says that he played on some struggling teams along the way until his first year of Midget when the Tyees won the Islands. Dane Feeney, Wyatt Trumbley, James Bryant and Joel Wheeldon also played on that team.

Brendan acknowledges all the coaches that have supported him through his minor hockey years, particularly Mason Harris and Peter Trumbley. “They dedicated their time, volunteered, and taught me a lot.”

In his second year of Midget, he was called up by the Storm and during the 2010-2011 season played 45 regular season and playoff games.

He would play two seasons in Campbell River before setting off to the KI where he landed in Grand Forks.

After a disappointing season with the Border Bruins, Enzo would get a shot at Junior A. “I headed out to the SI in Dryden when I was 19.” He added, “It was tons of fun, I went out there with Dane Feeney; we enjoyed our experience in Ontario and the different calibre of hockey.”

The two Campbell River boys would return home for their 20th year and what a year it turned out to be! “That whole season there were a few ups and downs but for the most part after Christmas, it was flawless.”

Jordan Rauser, Michael Olson, Trent Johnson, Josiah Friesen, Dane Feeney and Brendan did something not many Junior players do. As 20 year olds, they played their last Junior hockey game in a Championship final and won. He said of the experience, “I really couldn’t have had it any better.”

Players like Brendan Enns are important to championship teams. They aren’t the guys that are going to light up the scoreboard and grab all the headlines. They understand their role, make the necessary sacrifices and are there for their teammates.

Now in his first year of coaching as an Assistant, Brendan is having fun. He’s optimistic about this year’s Storm squad, “Like last year, we’ve had some ups and downs but we’re working on the right things at the right time and it’s starting to come together.”

Assistant Coach