Brennan Sonne Accepts Head Coaching Offer in France
EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett Silvertips (@WHLSilvertips), five-time U.S. Division champions of the Western Hockey League, announced today that Brennan Sonne, who has served the Silvertips as assistant coach for three seasons, has accepted an offer to serve as head coach for the Les Ducs d’Angers of Ligue Mangus, the top professional league in France.
“We’re delighted to see a hard working individual like Brennan receive a well-deserved opportunity to further decorate and build on his coaching resume,” said Silvertips general manager Garry Davidson. “It’s one of the reasons why coaches work at this level – to advance their careers. He has proven to demonstrate the necessary qualities to succeed as a head coach, including his communication skills, preparation, passion, and attention to detail. We wish him all the best, and he’ll forever be a part of the Silvertips family.”
“First, I am extremely thankful for Garry Davidson to give me a chance to serve for three seasons behind the bench in Everett, a place that will always be special for me and my fiancée, Kaleigh,” said Sonne. “It’s bittersweet to leave. But the opportunity to advance into a head coaching position at a professional level and a city that has established relationships was too good to refuse. I’ll forever hold great memories and love for the Silvertips organization, players in our dressing room, staff, Kevin Constantine, Mitch Love, Patrick Pajak, and our community. The time spent here as a player and coach made a big impact in preparing for the next step in my coaching career, and I’m forever grateful.”
Sonne, 30, spent the last three seasons behind the bench with the Silvertips as assistant coach, two which ended in capturing the U.S. Division title (2014-15, 2016-17). His coaching career started in 2013-14 in Hong Kong as head coach for the Meco Hockey Academy, managing the program while helping develop players in the 5-14 age range. He completed his playing career at the Univ. of British Columbia, simultaneously coaching minor hockey in the Vancouver region.
He spent three seasons as a forward in the WHL with the Silvertips, Red Deer Rebels, and Edmonton Oil Kings from 2005-08 while posting 29 points and 325 penalty minutes in 149 career games. He suited up in 20 WHL Playoff games and scored a pair of goals. Following his WHL career, Sonne skated in 65 games while adding 23 points for UBC, adding a goal in five playoff games.