Kyle Hood, who has been head coach John-Scott Dickson’s right-hand man the past three seasons, is leaving the Kansas City Mavericks.
The assistant coach has resigned to take the under-16 boys head coach position at Bishop’s College School in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.
“It’s going to be different without Hoodie by my side, on and off the ice, but we support him and want to thank him for all he has done for this organization the past three years,” Dickson said Monday evening.
“We’re going to announce a new assistant coach later this week, possibly as early as tomorrow, because we’ve been talking to some candidates for a while now. We knew that Kyle was leaving, and we began the interview process.”
Like Dickson, president and general manager Brent Thiessen wishes Hood the best in his new role as a college coach.
“We thank Kyle for his three seasons with the Mavericks,” Thiessen said, “We wish him and his family nothing but the best.”
Hood was the recipient of the 2019 Maverick of the Year Award at the 2019 MAC Awards, the Mavericks’ annual awards banquet, for his contributions to youth hockey in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
“Kyle did so many little things, the little behind-the-scenes things that no one really knew about,” Dickson said. “I was an assistant coach (to former head coach Richard Matvichuk) and there are a lot of long hours. Kyle was the best, and we’re really going to miss him, but he’s excited about his new coaching position and we’re excited for him.”