FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 2018
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LIGHTNING HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY LEAGUE’S
WEST MANATEE ANNOUNCES COACHING STAFF HIRINGS
TAMPA BAY – West Manatee Hockey Club (Ellenton, Florida) has named Bill Karas as head coach, Jan Hlavac as associate head coach and Chris Crombie as assistant coach today, the Lightning High School Hockey League announced.
Karas, a Centerville, Minnesota native, is USA Hockey Level 4 certified and brings nearly 50 years of coaching experience to the West Manatee bench. In addition, he has served as a mentor and held many board positions including president and vice president of youth organizations for the previous 45 years. Since 2016, he has been the Minnesota lead scout for the Phoenix Knights (WSHL) and the Willmar Warhawks (NA3HL).
Hlavac, a native of Prague, Czech Republic, was drafted 28th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1995 NHL Draft and adds more than 20 years of professional playing experience along with his USA Hockey Level 4 coaching certification. During his time in the NHL, Hlavac appeared in 436 NHL games with the Rangers, Flyers, Canucks, Hurricanes, Predators, as well as the Tampa Bay Lightning where he appeared in 62 games during the 2007-08 season.
Crombie, a native of Hamilton, Ontario, brings decades of hockey experience to the program both as a coach and a player. Drafted by the Boston Bruins in the 1992 NHL Draft, Crombie played in the OHL, ECHL, UHL, BNL, EPL and SPHL. Chris also served as the head coach of the Pee Dee Cyclones (SPHL) for the 2006-07 season.
Karas, Hlavac and Crombie are stepping in for Mike Bridges and Ramiro Torrez, who recently stepped down after launching the West Manatee Hockey program in 2017.
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