Olson won’t return to coaching staff

NANAIMO – The Clippers announced today that Michael Olson will not be returning as an assistant coach in 2013-14.

He’ll always be one of the Nanaimo Clippers’ most recognizable alumni, but he’s no longer part of the junior A hockey club.

The Clippers announced today that Michael Olson will not be returning as an assistant coach in 2013-14.

Olson said he made his decision for personal reasons, and hadn’t been approached with any other hockey job opportunities.

“I don’t know where I’m going to go from here. I plan to find another job…” he said. “Obviously if I can stay in the game, great.”

Olson captained the 2003-04 Clippers to a B.C. Hockey League championship, then returned in 2010-11 to be assistant general manager and assistant coach under Bill Bestwick. He remained on as assistant coach to Mike Vandekamp for two seasons.

“It was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed working with all the young men that suited up for the Clippers this year and for the past three years,” Olson said. “It’s been a really great experience being able to come back to the organization that did so much for me, the city that did so much for me.”

In a press release, the Clippers thanked Olson for his dedication, commitment and hard work.