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Wranglers name new GM/Head Coach for 2017-2018 Season Junior Hockey News

Published: Wednesday, 19 Apr 2017  
By: Shannon Lukens


STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, 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 and life.

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 Yampa Valley.

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 community.




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