Scott Hoyer’s career as an athletic therapist has come full circle.
Seven years after leaving the Kelowna Rockets to pursue other opportunities, Hoyer is back to take on the job as the WHL club’s athletic therapist, and speed, strength, conditioning coach.
The 47-year-old Regina native returns to the post recently vacated by Jeff Thorburn, who has taken on employment with UBC Okanagan’s athletic department.
“We wanted to get the best person available and we had a lot of great applicants,” said Rockets president and GM, Bruce Hamilton. “To have a person of Scott’s calibre come back to our organization is huge for our players and for the relationship we have with our doctors.”
Hoyer was the Rockets’s athletic therapist for six seasons from 2000 to 2006, during which time he was key part of three consecutive Memorial Cups appearances from 2003 to 2005.
Since resigning from the Rockets in 2006, Hoyer has worked with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, at the Pursuit of Excellence hockey academy based in Winfield, and most recently at the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton, from 2010 until this spring.
“I feel fortunate to have another opportunity to work with an organization that has a strong tradition and is committed to winning,” said Hoyer. “I am looking forward to working with the Kelowna Rockets players, Bruce Hamilton, the coaches, medical staff and scouting personnel.”
Hoyer twice served his country internationally as an athletic therapist including at the 2003 World Junior Hockey Championship, as well as winning gold as with Canada’s team at the world U-18 championships in 2001.
Rockets head coach Ryan Huska, an assistant coach with the Rockets during Hoyer’s first tenure with the Rockets, is thrilled to have Hoyer back with the club.
“We are really excited to have Scott rejoin our organization,” said Huska. “His experiences, both as an athletic therapist and a strength and conditioning coach will be an asset to our staff and to our players.”
Hoyer begins his new position immediately.