Alpena Flyers Announce New Head Coach/GM for 2016-17 Season
by Alpena Flyers
ANDERSON TO TAKE ON HEAD COACH, GM DUTIES IN ALPENA
The Alpena Flyers are pleased to announce that Russ Anderson will officially step into the head coaching position of the team effective April 1. Anderson will also be transitioning into the general manager position of the team. Current GM David Guzman will be focusing on his position at Northern Lights Arena as ice events manager and will continue to assist Anderson during the transition. Guzman was recognized by the MWJHL in the 2014-15 season as GM of the Year for his efforts in bringing a team to Alpena.
Anderson has been an assistant coach with the team since the Flyers joined the MWJHL in the 2014-15 season and a fixture in Alpena hockey for the last decade. After winning a national championship with the St Louis Bandits of the NAHL, Anderson played a season with the Alpena Icediggers (NAHL), then signed at Utica College (NCAA D-3) and spent two seasons there. Russ has coached at many levels since his playing career ended due to a back injury, including AAA Midget Travel in Riverside, California.
"It will be an exciting new adventure for me. To be able to go to the rink everyday and do what I love is something that is irreplaceable" said Anderson. "The city of Alpena when I played here was really behind the junior team (Alpena Icediggers) and made playing here fun each night. I think the team is heading in the right direction and bringing a junior team back to what it was in previous years isn't so far away. Ultimately our goal is to be a stepping stone for young athletes to move on to either higher junior leagues or the collegiate level. To be able to do that and make the experience here in Alpena great for them is what we truly strive for. We get a decent crowd right now, but with plans of being more active with the youth teams and throughout the community we are hoping to grow our fan base and pack the rink each night."
Erik Peterson will be moving from the head coaching position to an assistant with the team. Peterson played four seasons with the Alpena Icediggers (NAHL) and is holds the scoring record for the Icediggers while they were in Alpena.
The Flyers host their first invitational camp April 29-30 at Northern Lights Arena.