Hockey Operations

Head Coach - Damon Hanson

Damon is entering his second season behind the Helena bench as the Bighorns Head Coach, but Damon is not in any way new to the Bighorns. Damon grew up in Seattle Washington playing his youth hockey for the Washington Evergreens. He was a WHL draft pick of the Canadian Hockey Leagues Medicine Hat Tigers. Damon decided to start his 5-year Junior hockey playing career with the Helena Bighorns where he spent three successful seasons. In those three seasons, Damon had a big impact in which the Bighorns won three league titles and made three national appearances. Damon finished his Junior career playing two seasons with the Missoula Maulers. As he moved on from playing to coaching, it was only fitting that he began his coaching career where he started playing Junior Hockey, Helena Montana. Damon spent his first two and a half years as an assistant coach and took over the reins as Head Coach in December 2020. Damon and his fiancé Casarah reside in Helena year-round with their two sons, Jaylen and James.


Phone: (206) 371-2583




Assistant Coach - Gavin Lubin

Gavin grew up in Anchorage Alaska playing for the Alaska Jr Aces. His youth programs lead him to playing for several AAA national programs. Gavin started his Junior Hockey career in Havre Montana playing for the Glacier Nationals. Gavin ended his Junior career in Helena playing two season for the Bighorns. Gavin went onto play four years at Utah State University where he earned two bachelor’s degrees in Business Management and Business Marketing.


Goalie Coach- Brandon Vonada

Brandon grew up in Helena and started playing hockey soon after the Helena Ice Arena opened in 1994. From the beginning Brandon always wanted to be a goalie and after trying all the positions he settled in as a goalie and has never regretted that decision. Brandon has been coaching for over 15 years at all levels including at the Junior A level. This will be Brandon's 6th season as the Goalie Coach for the Bighorns and he brings an unmatched passion for coaching goaltenders and is a big part of our team. Our goalies are fortunate to have a dedicated goalie coach and especially one that loves being at the rink every day and a coach that works extremely hard to make them better. Whether its video, one on one instruction or just that person to talk with, Brandon is always there for the players. Brandon, his wife Trista and their two children, Lowek and Liviana reside in Helena year-round.