Bill Brett

“Bill (Brett) is a guy I can lean on, he has a ton of experience. When I’m feeling a little too good, he puts me in my place yet when things aren’t going so well he reminds me that it’s a long season. That calming influence is so important on the bench”

                                                                                               - Head Coach Lee Stone – October 2018

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 knew Bill Brett years before he joined the Storm; he was one of the Glacier Kings coaches. Head Coaches changed but it seemed that Bill Brett was always there. That was until two years ago when he took a year away from coaching to watch his son, Sheldon, 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 NCAA Div. 3 hockey with the Bryn Athyn Lions. Bryn Athyn is located 20 miles northeast of Philadelphia.

“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. I’m glad I said yes last season and I’m glad I said yes this year, I love coaching.”

When you look across the ice at the Storm bench Bill Brett is the sharp looking 50-something working with the defenders.

GM / Assistant Coach
Email: 
bill@campbellriverstorm.com