The Billings Bulls Hockey Club of the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) has announced Joe Deptula as their new Head Coach for the upcoming 2014-15 season. Deptula, who has been with the Bulls for the last two seasons, becomes the seventh Head Coach in the program’s 21 years of operation.
Deptula, a native of Anchorage, Alaska, played three years of junior hockey on the East Coast in the former Atlantic Junior Hockey League. He is also an Alumni of Western New England University in Springfield, MA, where he played 4 years of NCAA hockey, two of which as a Co-Captain.
Deptula is actively involved with the BAHL youth programs and Learn-to-Play Hockey program at Centennial Ice Arena. “I’m very excited for the opportunity to grow in the organization that gave me my start,” said Deptula. “As a young coach I bring the eagerness to pass on the love, passion, and knowledge that has been passed onto me through the great coaches and people with whom I have associated myself.”
He follows in the footsteps of his older brother Jon Deptula, who coached Wentworth Institute of Technology (NCAA) through 2004-06, before stepping down to pursue other opportunities outside of hockey.
He joins the tradition of great coaches such as: Bliss Littler, one of the winningest coaches in junior hockey and the current Head Coach of the Wenatchee Wild of the NAHL; Mike Corbett, the current head coach of the University of Alabama Huntsville NCAA D1; and Mike Aikens who was formally the head coach of the Omaha Lancers of the USHL.
The Bulls, who were established in 1993, are one of the winningest organizations in junior hockey. The current ownership group of the Billings Bulls is Sports Entertainment, LLC, which is currently run by Joe Robillard and Christopher Dunbar.
“We are very excited to have Deptula as our new head coach. After watching him grow over the last two seasons, we knew that it would make an easier transition for players and ownership, to bring the championship quality team that Billings deserves,” said Christopher Dunbar managing partner of the Billings Bulls.
The 2014-15 season for the Bulls will begin in September, with games being played at Centennial Ice Arena.