New Face at the Helm of Bellingham
Bellingham Blazers and Whatcom Sports & Recreation are proud to announce Geoff Walker as the new Head Coach of the Bellingham Blazers.
Walker comes to Bellingham from Hinton Alberta where he served as the GM and Head Coach of the Hinton Wildcats. In his first year as a Head Coach/GM Walker led the team to a 23-19-1-2 (73pts) record and took the team to the Provincial Division and WPHA League Championship.
“We’re excited to have Geoff on board with the Blazers for the upcoming season” said WSR Executive Director Marc Ronney. “We feel that Geoff brings an excellent playing resume, management style and winning attitude to the organization” added Ronney.
Walker, a Prince Edward Island native, played his junior hockey career in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2004-2008 where he played in 245 games scoring 234 pts (104g/130a). Following his junior hockey career Walker played one season in the ECHL before signing with the Manchester Monarchs in the AHL. He continued his AHL / ECHL career until 2016 highlighted as a member of the 2010-11 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ record season in which they won the AHL’s Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy for the best regular season record (58-21-0-1) 117pts. Walker last played for the Indy Fuel (ECHL) and Guilford Flames (EIHL) in 2017-2018 before heading to Hinton to assume the Head Coaching role last season.
“I’m excited to build on the winning culture of the Bellingham Blazers organization” said Walker. “I look forward to hitting the ground running, building on the teams Northwest Division Championship and making it back to the Thorne Cup next season.”
Walker will also serve as Whatcom Sports & Recreation’s Hockey Director and Blazers’ Academy Director. “I also am excited about this opportunity” Geoff added. “I’m looking forward to working with and growing the adult & youth hockey programs, camps and clinics. I’m also excited to work closely with WWU Hockey and Whatcom Amateur Hockey programs to support a strong hockey community in not just Bellingham but the entire county”.