Monday , July 08, 2013 - 2:29 PM
WEST VALLEY CITY – Utah Grizzlies CEO Kevin Bruderannounced Monday that Tim Branham has been named the team’s head coach and general manager.
Branham, 32, joins the Grizzlies from the ECHL’s ReadingRoyals; who in June won their first Kelly Cup Championship by defeatingStockton four games to one.
Overall, Branham spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach in Reading where the Royals were 143-89-23 in the regularseason, won seven playoff series and captured two division championships withhim on staff. During the last four seasons, Reading led the Eastern Conferencewith 163 wins and was second overall in the entire league behind Alaska’s 172wins.
The Grizzlies will formally introduce Branham to fans andmedia at Maverik Center at an event during the month of August. Branham and hiswife Nicole are currently in the process of relocating to Utah.
“Tim helped implement a winning culture in Reading thatultimately led to a Kelly Cup Championship,” said Bruder. “He is very wellregarded around the ECHL as a bright young coach with high energy. It was morea matter of where then when for his first head coaching job and we are veryexcited to have him in Utah. He has a very bright future ahead of him.”
This past season on their way to the league’s championship,Reading led the Eastern Conference with a record of 46-19-3-4 and a 16-6 markduring the Kelly Cup Playoffs. Branham, a native of Eagle River, Wisconsin,played 284 professional games in the ECHL and AHL during his playing careerfrom 2002-2010. A defenseman, he was selected in the third round by theVancouver Canucks in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.
"I would like to thank Grizzlies Owner Dave Elmore andKevin Bruder for this opportunity,” said Branham. “This is a first classorganization with top notch facilities. My wife and I are thrilled tomove to Salt Lake City and join the Utah Grizzlies family. I look forward tobuilding an exciting team for the fans."
While in Reading, Branham’s responsibilities includedoverseeing the defensemen and penalty-kill. In 2012-2013, the Royals rankedsecond in the ECHL allowing just 28.89 shots-per game. Reading also was amongstthe league’s elite in goals allowed, placing third and allowing just 2.57goals-per-game. Their penalty-kill also ranked third in the league at an84.9-percent clip. During their just completed championship run, Reading ledthe ECHL by allowing just 2.05 goals-per-game in the playoffs.
In addition, since 2003, Branham has owned and operatedBranham Hockey Camps in Wisconsin. The school, for youth hockey players, hasmultiple locations in the Midwest. While Branham was in Reading, over 70 Royalsadvanced to the American Hockey League.
Branham becomes the seventh coach in team history. TheGrizzlies are the fifth ECHL team this offseason to announce a new Head Coach.Stockton is the only other team with a current opening.
The Grizzlies open the regular season Oct. 18against Idaho at Maverik Center at 7:05 p.m.
Ticket packages for the 2013-2014 season are on sale now andstart at just $29. For more information, visit http://www.utahgrizzlies.com or call 801-988-7825.
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