Surrey Eagles head coach Cam Keith has signed a three-year contract extension with the team. (Garrett James photo)

Surrey Eagles head coach Cam Keith has signed a three-year contract extension with the team. (Garrett James photo)

Surrey Eagles head coach Cam Keith inks 3-year extension with BCHL club

Keith led team to a 17-2-1 record in BCHL’s 20-game ‘pod’ season

Surrey Eagles head coach Cam Keith is staying in the nest.

On the heels of a first-place finish in their three-team BC Hockey League pod – in which they only lost two games in regulation out of 20 – the junior ‘A’ organization announced Friday that head coach and associate general manager Cam Keith has signed a three-year extension to stick with the club.

In his two seasons at the helm, Keith – who has also had coaching stints with the Chilliwack Chiefs and Trail Smoke Eaters – has guided the Eagles to an overall record of 44-25-9 (win-loss-overtime loss). The team also has one playoff series victory under its belt with Keith on the bench – a come-from-behind win over the Chiefs in 2020. Surrey was set for a second-round battle that year against the Coquitlam Express before the season was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a news release announcing Keith’s signing, general manager Blaine Neufeld was effusive in his praise, calling Keith “the best thing that’s happened to the Surrey Eagles since the glory days of the ’90s.”

“I feel he can bring those same moments back to us here in the present,” Neufeld said, referencing the time period that saw the Eagles advance to back-to-back Royal Bank Cup national championships, winning once.

“(Cam) is a coach who fully understands today’s game and how it continues to morph with the increased speed and skill. His first thought is development and that’s why year after year his team is one that competes for a championship,” Neufeld continued.

“I would also say Cam is one of the best skill developers the Lower Mainland has to offer. He’s already made an impact on local players aspiring to play junior ‘A’ hockey… We’re so fortunate to have Cam as our coach for the next three years. We have an amazing future ahead of us.”

Kieran O’Hearn, who served as team captain this season, also had positive things to say about his coach, noting that he was instrumental in helping the defenceman improve enough that he’s secured a scholarship to Yale University for next season.

“Cam gave me my start in the BCHL and once he traded for me he instilled his confidence in me to become the player I am today,” he said. “I wouldn’t be in the place I am right now without Cam’s help.”

Keith said in the release that he had no desire to seek work elsewhere, noting that he sees eye to eye with team owner Chuck Westgard as well as Neufeld.

“It’s been fun working here. (It’s a) great group of people who support what we’re doing… and I don’t want to walk away from it.”



sports@peacearchnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

BCHLSurrey Eagles

Just Posted

A student arrives at school as teachers dressed in red participate in a solidarity march to raise awareness about cases of COVID-19 at Ecole Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. A number of schools in the Fraser Health region, including Woodward Hill, have reported cases of the B.1.7.7 COVID-19 variant first detected in the U.K. (File photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
COVID-19 cases at Surrey school district drop ‘dramatically’

There were 19 notifications sent out in the first 9 days of June, compared to in all of 245 in May

Surrey council chambers. (File photo)
Surrey council endorses ‘public engagement’ strategy

Council approves ‘Public Engagement Strategy and Toolkit,’ and a ‘Big Vision, Bold Moves’ transportation public engagement plan

Surrey City Hall. (File photo)
Surrey council approves $7.3 million contract for street paving projects

City council awarded Lafarge Canada Inc. $7,326,667.95 for 15 road projects in North Surrey and one in South Surrey

Surrey city Councillor Brenda Locke. (File photo)
Locke seeks breakdown on what Surreyites get for taxes paid to Metro Vancouver

Surrey councillor presented motion to council Monday asking city staff to do a cost/benefit analysis

TEASER PHOTO ONLY
SURREY NOW & THEN: Little Theatre’s 59-year history ends with big plans for move to Langley

A former church, the theatre building/property has sold for close to $900,000

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

Two hundred and fifteen lights are placed on the lawn outside the Residential School in Kamloops, B.C., Saturday, June, 13, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Days after Kamloops remains discovery, Tk’emlups families gather to unite, move ahead

‘We have to work together because this is going to be setting a precedent for the rest of the country’

In this Saturday, May 29, 2021, file photo, people crowd the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, Calif. California, the first state in America to put in place a coronavirus lockdown, is now turning a page on the pandemic. Most of California’s coronavirus restrictions will disappear Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
With COVID tamed, it’s a ‘grand reopening’ in California

No more state rules on social distancing, no more limits on capacity, no more mandatory masks

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) is scored on by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez, not pictured, during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Monday, June 14, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Habs fall 4-1 to Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of NHL semifinal series

Match was Montreal’s first game outside of Canada in 2021

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

Robert Nelson, 35, died after being stabbed at a homeless camp in Abbotsford on April 7 of this year.
Mom pleads for information about son’s killing at Abbotsford homeless camp

Robert Nelson, 35, described as ‘man who stood for justice, honour, respect’

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Website back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

Police arrest the suspect in an attempted armed bank robbery on June 2 at the Scotiabank at Gladwin Road and South Fraser Way in Abbotsford. (Photo by Garry Amyot)
Abbotsford bank robbery suspect who was stopped by customers faces more charges

Neil Simpson now faces total of eight charges, up from the initial two

Most Read