Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Kyle Ireland

The Quality Foods Oceanside Generals have added a key piece to their coaching staff. Andrew Riddell has been named an assistant coach and will join the hockey club immediately. 

Andrew was born and raised in Nanaimo, where he grew up playing Minor Hockey. He graduated from the program and was fortunate to have spent five years playing in the BCHL, primarily for the Capitals and Bulldogs.

“I’m pretty excited, being able to move back to the Island and being a part of an organization that has been around as long as the Generals” says Riddell who grew up following the Clippers and Generals.

For the past three seasons Riddell has been an assistant coach with the Fort St. John Huskies of the NWJHL. This past season he helped the Huskies win the NWJHL league and playoff titles. 

“For the past three seasons I have been fortunate to be mentored by the Alexander family who have been coaching for generations.” 

A defenceman during his playing days Riddell will work with the Gens’ D-core this season and he hopes to bring a team friendly mentality to the club. 

“We’re not just coaching hockey players we’re trying to develop these young men for a career after hockey. I really try to get them to see the big picture of the game because that’s what it is about and some of us are fortunate to move on.”

The Generals would like to Welcome Andrew to the organization.