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Kosolofski ready to take over for Amiot with Warriors

Curtis Amiot can relate to Brooke Kosolofski’s mid-season move.

Moose Jaw Warriors athletic therapists Brooke Kosolofski, left, and Curtis Amiot talk on the bench during Monday's practice.

When Amiot joined the Moose Jaw Warriors as their athletic therapist he did so in the middle of the Western Hockey League season. For the past week Amiot has been on hand to help Kosolofski, his replacement, a primer on his new job.

“Brooke is obviously capable — he’s done more time in Junior A than I did before I came — but it’s just information overload. He’ll be fine. Skills-wise he’ll be fine, it’s just a matter of learning how things work here,” said Amiot who has been hired by the Moose Jaw Police Service and will begin courses at police college in January.

Tonight will be Amiot’s final game behind the bench.

Amiot joined the team on Dec. 16, 2005 and spent seven full seasons and parts of two more with the team. In his time the way the league and the teams have dealt with injuries have evolved.

“I didn’t have nearly as much to learn when I came in as he does as far as league protocols on how things have to be done,” said Amiot. “Basically all I had was the weekly update. He has drug testing, concussion protocols, different orders. It’s been stuff like that has maybe been an overload for him.”

Kosolofski, 33, comes to the team from the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Grande Prairie Storm.

He spent four years at Notre Dame in Wilcox as the director of strength and conditioning for all of their programs before deciding to return to school to get his athletic therapist certificate at Mount Royal in Calgary.

“I though that strength/conditioning there was a limit to where I could get to and I thought there was a little more opportunity doing the athletic therapy side as well,” said Kosolofski.

Kosolofski spent a season with the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns before spending a season and a half in Grand Prairie. The Lethbridge native as did strength and conditioning work in the AJHL and hopes he can contribute to that aspect of the team as well.

“I know (assistant coach Mark O’Leary) does a lot of strength and conditioning and I hope I can add some key things to the team,” said Kosolofski. “I want to help in any way I can.”

As much as he has had to take in, he’s ready to take the reins in the new year.

“It’s been busy. Obviously there’s a lot of stuff to do, but the players and the staff have been good so far and have welcomed me in,” he said.

At Monday’s practice it was business as usual for Amiot who is the longest serving member of the Warriors hockey operations staff.

“I’m excited for a new start and something new and I’m happy with how things have gone. I’m at peace with the whole thing,” Amiot said. “Maybe (Tuesday) will be different, but today is just another day.”

Organizations: Western Hockey League, Alberta Junior Hockey League, Moose Jaw Police Service Mount Royal University of Lethbridge Pronghorns

Geographic location: Junior A, Notre Dame, Calgary Grand Prairie Lethbridge

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