If you are successful, opportunities will come your way.

In just five years, Adam Maglio has gone from an assistant coach (now given the more glamourous title of an associate coach) with the Prince George Spruce Kings to a head coach with the Spokane Chiefs.

At age 34, Maglio became the youngest head coach in the WHL when he was promoted by Spokane from assistant, sorry associate, on Tuesday.

Maglio’s resume is impressive and that is why he has quickly climbed the ladder in junior hockey.

He was an associate for two years with the Spruce Kings (2015-17), head coach with PG for two more (2017-19), highlighted by guiding the team to the BCHL Fred Page Cup title (2019) and a berth in the national junior A final.

The Chiefs brought him in to assist Manny Viveiros in the 2019-20 season.

When Viveiros accepted the job as the first head coach of the Henderson Silver Knights, an AHL expansion team owned by the Vegas Golden Knights, another door opened for Maglio.

In an interview with Brendan Pawliw of MyPGNow.com, Maglio said he believed there was a chance to move up quickly within the Chiefs organization.

“Manny is an elite, elite coach and I think the organization and myself thought that Manny would get an opportunity to move up. I don’t think there was a timeline for that opportunity but for both of us, it did happen quickly. Coming to Spokane as an associate coach, I knew there would be some opportunity if Manny was to leave and with contracts and negotiations they can take a little bit of time so I think this has been ongoing for a while.”

Maglio is the Chiefs’ fourth head coach in as many years.

Don Nachbaur of Prince George spent seven years behind the Spokane bench before he was let go after the 2016-17 season.

Dan Lambert followed for two seasons before joining the Nashville Predators as an assistant coach.

Viveiros arrived in Spokane last year and quickly hired Maglio as his right-hand man.

The Chiefs finished on a 10-game winning streak this year and compiled a 41-18-4-1 record before the season was scrapped.

Maglio, from Nelson, B.C. played college hockey as well as at UBC for the Thunderbirds.

He has had a smooth transition to coaching in the junior ranks but now welcomes the next challenge, which will be on the much bigger stage.

Many hockey coaches aspire for a chance that Maglio has been given.

By winning, those opportunities can come early in life.


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Hartley Miller is the news and sports supervisor and morning news anchor for 94.3 the GOAT and Country 97.
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