Bighorns Add to Staff for 2010-11

HELENA, MT. – Helena Bighorn President Mike Butters announced the addition of key personnel for their 10th Anniversary season, which begins this fall.

Joining the Bighorns staff for the 2010-11 campaign are Kevin Schwartz, Tysen Azevedo and Pat Sassano.

Schwartz will serve as Bighorns Assistant General Manager and both Azevedo and Sassano will serve as Assistant Coaches to Head Coach, Scott Cunningham's staff.

Kevin Schwartz joins the Bighorns after serving as General Manager and Co-owner of the Rogue Valley Wranglers since it's 2007 inception into NORPAC in the Pacific Division. Prior to his time in Medford, OR, Schwartz founded Western Illinois University Ice Hockey program, where he also received his Bachelor's Degree in Recreation and Sports Management.

Upon Graduation, the Chicago native entered the world of pro hockey with the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League, where he interned in the team's group ticket sales department.

"Kevin joins the Bighorn family with a wealth of experience in all aspects of hockey and that experience will provide our club the foundation and professionalism we are looking for as we celebrate our 10th Anniversary," beamed Bighorn President, Mike Butters. Butters added, "Kevin will lead our Sales and Marketing department and the entire organization will benefit from this hiring."

Tysen Azevedo joins the Bighorns as an Assistant Coach after having a successful first season as Head Coach of the Spokane Jr. Chiefs U16 team.

"Tysen brings a uniquely positive coaching aspect to the Bighorns," claims Helena Head Coach, Scott Cunningham. "He is a young, hard working coach who is looking to gain experience with us and will add a youthful exuberance to the staff. He has a good beat on today's players and will strengthen the development we seek to provide here."

Pat Sassano is no stranger to the Bighorns as he has served as both a Coaching Assistant and Equipment Manager for the past 4 years. His elevation to Assistant Coach is one that will be seamless according to Coach Cunningham. "Pat is well versed on how we operate things here and he has grown with us and gained the necessary coaching skills to assist us in the hockey department.

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