Tali Campbell has been promoted to general manager of the Nanaimo Clippers junior A hockey club. (Photo submitted)

Tali Campbell has been promoted to general manager of the Nanaimo Clippers junior A hockey club. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo Clippers name 24-year-old as new GM of hockey team

Tali Campbell, the club’s director of business operations, taking on general manager duties

The Nanaimo Clippers’ director of business operations is taking on hockey operations, as well.

The Clippers junior A hockey club announced Wednesday that Tali Campbell has been promoted to general manager.

Darren Naylor, who had been coach, general manager and director of hockey operations, is no longer GM but is now vice-president.

“Late last year the business operations were struggling as we were not only seeing a lot of red ink but also we become further disengaged from the community. The organization was definitely heading in the wrong direction…” said Wes Mussio, Clippers owner, in a press release. “Tali has since turned the operations around financially not to mention greatly increasing our footprint in the community.”

Campbell, 24, is excited about his new role.

“It means the world to me…” he said. “From the minute I started watching the Nanaimo Clippers when I was eight, nine years old, my goal was always to work with the team. At the end of the day, obviously you want to be in the National Hockey League, I think anybody who works in hockey or plays hockey wants that, but there’s steps to get there.”

Asked about the mid-season shuffle within a first-place team, Campbell said the timing is “interesting” but said it’s also an acknowledgement of some of the things that were already happening.

“Some of it will be a transitional phase,” he said. “Nothing changes immensely from the operation as it is right now.”

Campbell said hockey decisions will be made as a group based on what Naylor feels like he needs on the ice.

“Darren’s the head coach and so he tries to make the lines and the pairings work properly and he works with Wes and I in terms of what trades can be made, who are we giving in exchange, what’s the future considerations, etc. It’s definitely a three-way team effort,” Campbell said.

He mentioned that he’s continuing to develop hockey contacts that he’ll need in his new role and said the GM title will help him do that.

“I’m super proud, super honoured to be the guy named GM of the team that I grew up watching and cheering for,” Campbell said.

GAME ON … The Clippers’ final home game of 2019 is Friday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena against the Victoria Grizzlies.

RELATED: Nanaimo Clippers sniper scores four in blowout win



editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Seventy-four international students are expected to come to Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district for the last half of the 2020021 school year, says the district. (School District 68 image)
Nanaimo school district educating 160 international students during pandemic school year

Fifty-seven students from abroad arrived Jan. 14-18, says SD68

Rendering of two residential buildings proposed for the corner of Haliburton and Milton streets. (Matthew T. Hansen Architect image)
Two five-storey residential buildings approved for Haliburton Street

City council issues development permit for 79-unit complex at Haliburton and Milton

Ty Wesley, Nicole Darlington and Cameron Macaulay (from left) performed in the Beholder Entertainment production <em>Gender Sucks!</em> in the 2020 Nanaimo Fringe Festival. (Video still courtesy Sam Wharram)
Nanaimo Fringe Festival artist lottery open to local and B.C. playwrights

Organizers hope to stage plays in-person at indoor and outdoor venues this summer

Nanaimo RCMP investigated after a threat was made at Woodgrove Centre on Tuesday, Jan. 19. (News Bulletin file photo)
Threat directed at Woodgrove Centre, Nanaimo RCMP investigating

Officers have searched areas of the mall accessible to shoppers and have deemed it safe

(News Bulletin file photo)
Car crashes along the Nanaimo Parkway, driver abandons vehicle

Mazda with ‘extensive damage’ found in the ditch in the early-morning hours Jan. 19

Syringe is prepared with one of B.C.’s first vials of Pfizer vaccine to prevent COVID-19, Victoria, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 caseload stays steady with 465 more Tuesday

No new outbreaks in health care facilities, 12 more deaths

Stand up paddleboarder Christie Jamieson is humbled to her knees as a pod of transient orcas put on a dramatic show on Jan. 19 in the Ucluelet Harbour. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Updated: Ucluelet paddle boarder surrounded by pod of orcas

“My whole body is still shaking. I don’t even know what to do with this energy.”

Inmates at Metchosin’s William Head Institution are being given COVID-19 vaccines as part of the first phase. Around 600 inmates will be vaccinated in the coming days. (Black Press Media file photo)
William Head prison inmates in receive first doses of COVID vaccine

Priority set for older inmates and those with underlying medical conditions

Vancouver Island University. (File photo)
Province announces funding for VIU to train mental health workers

Provincial government says pandemic has intensified need for mental health supports

A mattress on fire gutted the second floor hallway at Town Park Apartments C-block Jan. 17. (Port Hardy Fire Rescue images)
‘Suspicious’ Port Hardy apartment fire could keep tenants out of their homes for months

A burning mattress created smoke and heat, causing several tenants to jump from windows

A Courtenay resident labours to remove the snow build-up from around her car in February 2019. The area may see snow throughout the coming weekend. Black Press file photo
Snow, winter might not be done with Vancouver Island quite yet

Flurries, snow and cold temps predicted for the weekend for mid-Island

The City of Nanaimo’s Community Services Building at 285 Prideaux St., where the 7-10 Club is located, will host a warming centre seven days a week through March 31. (City of Nanaimo photo)
Warming centres for people experiencing homelessness open today in Nanaimo

City of Nanaimo and social agencies partnering on Wallace and Prideaux locations

Egg producers in B.C. aren’t obligated to reveal their production sites. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Officials say there’s not enough Vancouver Island eggs to meet demand

BC Egg Marketing Board doesn’t regulate labelling, supply needed from off-Island

New Westminster TV production designer, Rick Whitfield, has designed an office in a box for British Columbians in need of a private workspace. (BC Box Office photo)
PHOTOS: B.C. man designs ‘box office’ solution for those working from home

‘A professionally designed workspace on your property, away from the distractions of home’

Most Read