POWELL RIVER KINGS – PRESS RELEASE
Thursday, December 2nd, 2021
HOPPER NAMED KINGS “DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS”
The Powell River Kings are pleased to announce the appointment of Rick Hopper as the DIRECTOR of OPERATIONS (DOP). In this newly created role, Hopper will oversee the daily running of the franchise both on and off the ice. “Rick was our first General Manager/Head Coach and instrumental in bringing junior hockey to Powell River. He brings a wealth of hockey & business experience
to the organization, and we’re excited to have him back in the fold!” said Joe Mastrodonato, KINGS President.
Hopper was the GM/Coach of the Delta Flyers in 1987/88 prior to bringing that franchise to Powell River as the PAPER KINGS in the spring of 1988. He spent two seasons in Powell River before taking the Director of Hockey Operations/Head Coach position with the Victoria Cougars of the WHL in 1990. During his three years in the BCHL, 21 Hopper coached players went on to NCAA scholarships
including local minor hockey product and Stanley Cup winner Brad Bombardir. In 1992, Hopper left hockey behind and started COUNTRY WOODWORKERS, a value-added wood manufacturer specializing in hand crafted furniture & cabinetry that was sold through out western Canada and the United States. Twice a winner of the “Manufacturer of the Year” at the Powell River Horizon Business Awards.
For the past 4 years, Hopper has been serving the Powell River Minor Hockey Association as it’s Director of Operations and he’s looking forward to the challenge of directing the junior KINGS. “What a fantastic opportunity the KINGS HOCKEY SOCIETY has given me to come back full circle in my hockey career. I can’t thank them enough for showing the confidence in me to help keep the Kings
alive & well in Powell River. I’m excited to get started!” says Hopper. Hopper’s job begins January 1st and the KINGS welcome Rick back for a new era of junior hockey in Powell River!
GO KINGS GO!