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Copper City Chiefs Hire Head Coach

By Sports WKTV

ROME, N.Y. --  The Copper City Chiefs have hired their first head coach, signing Michael Beavis of Mexico, N.Y to a two-year contract with a third-year option.  Chiefs owner Wayne Premo says Beavis' big-name connections should help in recruiting and coaching players for the new team in the new Eastern Professional Hockey League.
Beavis' hockey career started as a nine-year-old in 1966 when he played in the Westfield Youth Hockey Association in Westfield, Massachusetts.  Beavis continued to play in Western Massachusetts from 1976-1979 for the JR B league hockey under Eddie Shore and James Anderson.  Beavis played one season of JR B in Ottawa before a serious off-ice leg injury ended his playing career.
In 1977, Beavis became a staff member of the Anderson Hockey School and held many coaching positions there over the next 30 years. In 2005, Beavis was the assistant coach of the Syracuse Stars EJHL and moved to assistant coach of the Oswego Admirals of the OPJHL for the 2006-2007 season.  Beavis has also spent many years as a director and an instructor of many hockey schools, including Howe hockey.  In 1996, he was given the athletes choice award by Gordie Howe for community work done for youth hockey programs.
Copper City will announce next week the dates and location of its open training camp, which will take place in September.  The Chiefs' season will start Saturday, November 1st at the Danbury MadHatters, and their home opener will be Friday, November 7th against the Jersey RockHoppers at the Kennedy Arena.

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