MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“Walt Kyle the head hockey coach at NorthernMichiganUniversityhas announced that John Olver has joined the Wildcat staff as an assistantcoach.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the past five years(2000-05), Olver was the vice president of hockey operations and head coach ofthe Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ His teamwon the 2004 Kelly Cup championship.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Infive years with the Steelheads he was 228-100-32 in the regular season, whichincluded an 82-46-16 mark in IdahoÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™stwo ECHL seasons (2003-05). ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheSteelheads were 42-23-7 for the 2004-05 campaign.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œThis is a major move for our program.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With Dave Shyiak leaving I thought that wewould have a difficult time finding someone with that kind of experience and ability,but we found it in John,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kyle said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œHeis one of my closest friends and I have used him as a resource forrecruiting.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He already has someexperience with the program.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ John hasexperiences with many different areas of hockey which will help the program.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
His other professional coaching stops have been with theFresno Falcons (WCHL) from 1995-97 and the Tacoma Sabercats (1997-00).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ In six years, prior to 2002, as a WCHL headcoach (Fresno, Tacomaand Idaho); Olver led his team to the TaylorCup finals every season, winning the Cup with Tacoma in 1998-99.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He was the WCHL Coach of the Year four times,three with Tacoma and once with Idaho.
Olver coached 13 years at the amateur level as he registereda 240-76-10 slate. His career began in 1981 with the New Westminster Royals of theBritish Columbia Junior Hockey League and then continued in the major juniorWestern Hockey League with the New Westminster Bruins and Tri-City Americans.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI am thrilled and honored for Walt (Kyle) toselect me for the position,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Olver said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWhen Walt (Kyle) took the job it was his goal to bring NorthernMichiganUniversityback to prominence in college hockey. ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ John (Kyle) and Dave (Shyiak) have made greatstrides with the program.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ I hope to comein and continue to take the program in that direction.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
A native of British Columbia,Olver played for Kelownain the BCJHL.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He then went and played atthe University of Michigan from1978-80.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Olver was drafted in the eighthround (125th overall) by the Colorado Rockies in the 1978 NHL EntryDraft.
OlverÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s son, Darin, is currently a member of the NMU hockeyteam and will be a junior this coming season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats this past season with 43 points (9-34).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ His youngest son, Mark, has verballycommitted to attend NMU in 2006.