Kent, WA – The Seattle Ravens made a coaching change today with the hiring of new Head Coach Adam Kurtenbach, who will replace Danny Lorenz at the helm.
“Coach Kurtenbach has an outstanding track record of developing players with a keen eye for talent,” said Ravens’ GM Adam Speer. “He will bring with him a strong culture of high-level expectations and performance, and will be an outstanding contributor to the continued elevation of players produced by the NPHL. I anticipate that Adam will grow the program into one of the premier teams on the West Coast, and have a big impact on our league.”
After getting off to a reasonably strong start in the first ten games of the season, the Ravens have struggled of late, failing to keep pace. “This was a terribly difficult decision, and one that was given great consideration, but we owe our players the best development opportunities we can possibly provide and I felt that a change was necessary at this time,” said Ravens’ GM Adam Speer. “Danny Lorenz is a great man and has been a very close friend for many years, which makes this all the harder. I appreciate his contributions to the launch of the Ravens and wish him only the best.”
“Change is never easy,” noted Garry Swain, Commissioner of the NPHL. “We appreciate Danny’s contribution as he has done a great job helping to get the Ravens off the ground in the team’s first year in the league. I’m also sure that Adam will bring a new direction and energy that will only help the team and the development of the Raven players.”
Kurtenbach grew up in Burnaby, BC, where he played his minor hockey for North Shore Winter Club. As the son of former legendary Vancouver Canucks Captain Orland Kurtenbach, the game of hockey runs deep in his veins. Adam played junior hockey before attending Whittier College where he starred on the lacrosse team while earning his undergraduate degree.
“My teams always play high-tempo puck-moving hockey,” noted Kurtenbach. “I look for players, both forwards and defensemen, who can move the puck and attack on offense. Players move forward in hockey based on their ability to skate and move the puck and our program will always focus on these skills. We will always play responsibly in our own end, but the focus will be creativity, speed and puck movement.”
Coaching youth hockey, Kurtenbach led the only team from Washington in the last 25 years to win a USA Hockey Pacific District Tier I Championship, advancing to Nationals. The Seattle based youth hockey program produced five players presently playing in the WHL as well as players in the USHL and BCHL. USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program has called up only two players from outside the program to join them for international tournaments at the 1997 and 1998 birth year levels. Amazingly both of these players are from the state of Washington and both came from Coach Kurtenbach’s program. Coach Kurtenbach believes strongly in the abilities of Pacific Northwest hockey players and looks to put more of them in the right position to move forward.
Change is always difficult, but the future looks bright for the Seattle Ravens.
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