Hockey Operations

General Manager & Head Coach
Nick Deschenes
Nick comes to the organization with experience coaching in the BCHL and the KIJHL, bringing the discipline and commitment to improving players through structured living and fitness. Nick is a former player in the AJHL, NCAA Yale University, AHL, ECHL, DEL (Germany), Italy Serie A, and the Netherlands.

Nick considers his coaching style to be cerebral; he likes to analyze the game and enjoys all its intricacies. He is a firm and demanding coach that continues to motivate and encourage players to be their best both on and off the ice. His philosophy is junior hockey in small communities is a special thing that can provide purpose and identity. When Nick was in Grand Forks, he saw that firsthand and realized how important it was to have a team that exemplifies positive characteristics like work ethic and community spirit. Nick believes that communities give players and coaches the opportunity to play… creating a positive impact in the community as everyone has a “stake” in the team!


Assistant GM / Assistant Coach
Rob Sutherland

Rob became a local Sicamous resident in 1999 moving here from from Calgary, AB where he finished playing minor hockey in 1997 and started coaching hockey during the 1998-99 season in Midget. In 2003 Rob started coaching with Sicamous Minor Hockey and has since coached over 20 seasons of minor hockey from U7 to U18 in Calgary, Sicamous, Revelstoke, North Okanagan and Salmon Arm, including 3 seasons coaching a Women’s Development team. In 2015, Rob joined the Eagles Society Board of Directors and started running Eagles ID Camps. In 2020, Rob was named the club’s Assistant GM/Assistant Coach and has been instrumental in bringing the Eagles back to glory.

Rob brings Sicamous’ people, organizations and businesses together, putting relationships in place that benefit our people, our community and the big family that hockey really is.


Assistant Coach / Resident Advisor
Ben Marshall

Ben is originally from Innisfil, Ontario and has been working as an Analytics Consultant for Essential Sports Group out of Barrie, Ontario. He has provided Game Analytics for teams such as the Barrie Colts (OHL), Vienna Capitals (ICEHL) and the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL).

Ben has been an Assistant Instructor at Hockey Opportunity Camps in Oakville, Ontario and at Okanagan Hockey Academy Camps in Calgary, Alberta.







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