Former Rockets coach finds new gig

Jeff Truitt an assistant in Dallas minor league

  • Jul. 22, 2011 10:00 a.m.

Former Kelowna Rockets coach Jeff Truitt has snared another job in hockey.

The Texas Stars of the American Hockey League have named Truitt as an assistant coach. Truitt, who had been with San Antonio of the AHL, joins Jeff Pyle, who was named head coach of Texas last week.

Stars general manager Scott White announced Truitt’s hiring early this week.

“We are pleased to add Jeff Truitt to our coaching staff here in Texas,” said White. “He has experience at the AHL level and has proven that he can work with young players. We expect him to play a key role in developing future Dallas Stars.”

Truitt moves to the Stars after spending the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach with San Antonio, helping the Rampage post its best record in four seasons (40-33-4-5, 87 points).

In 2009-10, he served as the Director of Hockey Operations for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League (WHL). The Warriors finished with a 33-27-0-12 mark and made an appearance in the 2010 WHL playoffs. Prior to his time in Moose Jaw, Truitt spent two season coaching in the AHL with the Springfield Falcons. Truitt was the Falcons’ assistant coach in 2007-08 and then took over as the head coach in 2008-09. Truitt’s team posted a 16-27-0-7 mark in 50 games.

Truitt began his time in Kelowna as an assistant coach from 2000 to 2004 before the native of Rosetown, Sask. earned a promotion to head coach in Kelowna in 2004-05.

He guided the Rockets to a WHL Championship and an appearance in the Memorial Cup in the spring of 2005. In three seasons with Truitt as the head coach, the Rockets posted a 113-76-18-9 mark with two postseason appearances.

In his seven seasons with Kelowna, the Rockets won two WHL championships (2003, 2005), two WHL regular season titles (2003, 2004), made three consecutive trips to the Memorial Cup tournament (2003, 2004, 2005) and one Memorial Cup championship (2004).

Truitt was also instrumental in helping Team Canada’s National Junior Team win a silver medal in 2004, as well as taking gold by winning the under-18 world juniors in 2004.

Truitt and his wife Shauna have two children; son Cale and daughter Kerrington.

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