COLORADO April 19, 2017 —
The Steamboat Wranglers are proud to announce today that Joakim Falt is the new
GM/Head Coach for the 2017-2018 season.
President Troy Mick
stated, “It was an honor to coach the Wranglers in the second half of the
season and have a great playoff run. However, it’s time for me to pass the
torch to Joakim who will be able to devote 100 percent to the Steamboat players
as being President for both clubs requires too much of my time to coach. I have
known Joakim for many years and he is the right guy to develop these young men
on and off the ice. Our players are going to love him as their coach.”
Swedish Professional Joakim Falt is honored to
join the Steamboat Wranglers as General Manager and Head Coach in partnership
with the Salmon Arm Sports Family.
Joakim Falt’s career has spanned over 30 years in
all areas of hockey. After playing in his native Sweden for nine years, Joakim
coached in the Norwegian Elite League with Viking Hockey. After successfully
coaching with the Viking organization, he was offered another coaching position
in the Norwegian D1 League with Stavanger Hockey.
Joakim brought his invaluable experience as a
player and a coach to the United States in the early 1990s. Building on that
experience, he has successfully coached Junior Hockey bringing distinction and
championships to teams in leagues including NORPAC, AWHL, and the WSHL.
USA Hockey has honored Coach Falt by extending
invitations to evaluate players at district camps utilizing his unique
qualities as a professional skating and skills coach for over 15 years. Joakim
is invited to hockey camps across the United States to serve on the bench as a
guest coach because of his experience and his ability to deliver effective
development and establish immediate rapport with players.
Coach Falt believes continual development is
crucial to developing skills that players need at any level of hockey.
Joakim's focus with Junior Hockey is to define and develop the core skills
needed to compete at the highest level while modeling and instilling values of
the highest character in the young men who play for him. His goal is to watch
every player walk away from each practice having acquired a new skill and
having the patience to continue developing skills precept upon precept in games
Coach Falt looks forward to bringing his
experience to Steamboat Springs and the RMJHL. He believes in excellence on and
off the ice. When he is off the ice, he enjoys spending time with family. He
has two children, Brittany and Joakim Jr. His second passion is fly fishing. He
will be living the dream by wading the waters of Steamboat Springs and the
Joakim has high expectations for the upcoming
season for developing a team of outstanding young men who value development and
excellence in hockey to bring continued pride to the Steamboat Springs
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