Prince Albert, Saskatchewan –Prince Albert Raiders General Manager Donn Clark is pleased to announce the hiring of Bruno Campese (pronounced Cam – pess - ee) as the 11th Head Coach of the Western Hockey League franchise. Campese has signed a multi year contract.
For the past three seasons Campese has been the Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations of the Penticton Vees of the BCHL, where he was named Coach of the Year for the Interior Conference this past season.
Campese, a goaltender during his playing days, is a graduate of the WHL, having won a Memorial Cup with the Portland Winter Hawks in 1983. He was selected by the Boston Bruins in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft and played professional hockey in Europe (Division One). During Campese’s playing days in Europe, he played 8 years with the Italian National Team, making six appearances in the World “A” Championships and competed in the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway. Campese won a number of championships including the ‘98 Austria League, ’97-‘98 European League and Italian League Championships in ’91, ’93 and ’94. Campese retired from playing in 2000.
Upon returning to North America, Campese was named the Head Coach, with the Trail Smoke Eaters (BCHL) from 2000-02. He has WHL experience, as an Assistant Coach with the Calgary Hitmen from 2002-04, before being hired as Coach and Director of Hockey Operations in Penticton starting in the 03-04 campaign. In his three seasons with the Vees, Campese had a record of 107-53-6-14 (.650 winning percentage). In the past 2 campaigns, Penticton has had a record of 82-27-4-7 (.738) winning the Interior Division Championship in ’06 and Interior Division Regular Season Title in ’06 and ’07 under Campese.
Besides his Coach of the Year Award this past season, Campese helped coach the Gold Medal winning team at the “World Junior A Challenge 2006” in Yorkton, was a Coach at the CJAHL Prospects game in 2006 and Coach at the BCHL All Star Game in ’06 and ’07.
“This has been a long search and we are very excited about Bruno joining our organization,” said Clark. “Bruno has had success as an Assistant and Head Coach in Junior Hockey after a successful playing career.”
“We were looking for a coach who brought an order of structure, discipline and teaching,” continued Clark. “Bruno’s teams in the past have shown improvement throughout the season which is very important for the development of teams and young players.”
“I am very excited and honoured to be the Prince Albert Raiders Head Coach,” said Campese. “This is an opportunity I have been striving for and pleased that Donn Clark and the Prince Albert Raiders have given me the opportunity to coach in the Western League.”
Campese, his wife Maria and 9 year-old son Matthew recently moved to Prince Albert.
DOB: August 13, 1963 – Nelson, BC
Position Played: Goaltender
Drafted: Boston Bruins (1982. 12th round, 249th overall)
1979-81 Penticton Knights (BCJHL)
1981-82 Northern Michigan University (NCAA)
1982-83* Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
1983-84 Kelowna Wings (WHL)
1984-85 Spokane (KIHL)
1985-86 Nelson (KIHL)
1986-94 Milan (Italy)
1994-96 Asiago (Italy)
1996-97 Augsburg (Germany)
1997-98 Feldkirch (Austria)
1998-00 Bracknell (Britain)
*- won Memorial Cup
2000-02 Trail (BCHL) Coach/General Manager
2002-04 Calgary (WHL) Assistant Coach
2004-07 Penticton (BCHL) Coach/Director of Hockey Operations