Front office changes continue for West Kelowna Warriors

The Warriors have hired West Kelowna native Chris Laurie as their new president

The West Kelowna Warriors have named Chris Laurie as its new president.

Laurie will take over immediately and oversee all elements of the hockey club and business operation.

The West Kelowna native was initially the marketing director for the Warriors during its first two seasons from 2006 to 2008 under founding ownership Vision Group Sports. Laurie graduated from his position with the Warriors and went on to work in the AHL, followed by a three-year stint as the general manager of the Armarillo Bulls of the North American Hockey League, which included a league championship in his final year.

READ MORE: Petition to ‘bring back Don Cherry’ goes viral after immigrant poppy rant

In 2013, Laurie moved back to the Central Okanagan to be closer to family and pursue other business interests.

“I’m very excited to re-join my hometown franchise,” said Laurie. “I have fond memories of my time with the Warriors and all the wonderful supporters I met along the way. I’ve always had an affinity for this organization and I look forward to helping turn it around. It is a privilege to work in hockey and I thank new team owners Mr. Murphy and Mr. Hume for entrusting me with this opportunity.”

Principal owner, John Murphy, said Laurie was a “true professional” and with lots of experience for the job.

“Rod Hume and I feel very fortunate to bring Chris as president,” said Murphy. “He is not only a proven executive with experience in all elements of the hockey business but a true professional in every sense of the word. It is our commitment to the players our employees, and all the fans, that we intend to raise the professionalism of this organization. Hiring Chris is an important step in that direction.”

On Monday, the Warriors also announced the hiring of new owners John Murphy and Rod Hume.

The first two home games under the new ownership group are Friday, Nov. 22 and Nov. 23. Laurie is promising upgrades to the game night presentation.

The Warriors will be holding a press conference to formally announce the hiring of Laurie at Royal Lepage Place on Wednesday at 11 a.m.

READ MORE: West Kelowna Warriors find new owner


@Niftymittens14
daniel.taylor@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Pilot project aims to boost entrepreneurial women in the Okanagan

W Venture, a collaborative project, is open for applications until the end of July

Cyclist struck by vehicle in West Kelowna

The cyclist was transported to hospital by ambulance

Police searching for missing Lake Country man

David Anthony Jenken, 65, was reported missing Friday and was last seen on June 28

‘Justice for Mona’ protests planned in Kelowna, Lower Mainland

Security camera footage shows Mona Wang being dragged, stepped on during RCMP wellness check

VIDEO: Musqueam Chief captures captivating footage of bald eagle catching meal

‘This is why we have chosen to live here since time immemorial,’ Chief Wayne Sparrow’s nephew says

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Shuswap resident spots waterspout near Salmon Arm

The rare weather event was spotted early in the morning on July 4.

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

Okanagan school drops ‘Rebels’ sports team name, citing links with U.S. Civil War

Name and formerly-used images “fly in the face” of the district’s human rights policy, says board chair

Seymour Arm landslide interrupts drinking water to 500 people

The July 3 slide damaged a water system and a logging road.

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

Buffeted by invisible forces and just plain worn out, the United States of America celebrates its 244th birthday

Stop enforcing sex work laws during COVID-19, advocates say

There are provisions in Canada’s prostitution laws that make workers immune from prosecution, but not from arrest

Most Read