The Victoria Royals have retained Enio Sacilotto as an assistant coach after he served in the same capacity last season when the team was in Chilliwack.
Sacilotto was one of three coaches (along with Chuck Tapp and Roddy Rodgers) behind the Merritt bench during the dismal 1983-84 season. The year was the Centennials worst in franchise history, with a record of 8-51-1. The team’s goals-against was 543 or an average of 9 (!) per game, which still stands as a BCHL record.
Here’s the release from the Royals website:
ROYALS COMPLETE COACHING STAFF
Victoria adds Sacilotto, Cooper and Didmon.
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals are pleased to announce that they have added Enio (EN-yo) Sacilotto (Sach-i-LAH-toe), Ben Cooper and Craig Didmon to their coaching staff for the 2011-12 season.
Sacilotto has 21 years of coaching experience with his most recent as an assistant coach with the Chilliwack Bruins last season. The 53-year-old will now join the former Bruins franchise in Victoria for his second season with the team.
“We are very happy to welcome back Enio into the fold for this season,” General Manager and Head Coach Marc Habscheid said. “He has a plethora of experience that he will bring to the arena every day. From a continuity standpoint this is large for both the players and myself to have someone we have worked with previously.”
The Vancouver, BC native’s coaching exploits have taken him around world. He has been a head coach for 20 seasons including stops in professional leagues in Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Denmark and England.
Sacilotto has previously spent time in the junior ranks as a head coach and general manager in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) with the Penticton Vees for three seasons, and one year in Croatia coaching their U-20 and U-18 teams.