The West Van Warriors have announced that Mike Busto, Mike Grant, and Ned Lukacevic have all joined their coaching staff, while Steve Marr and Eric Williams will return for the 2021/22 season.
A second-round pick by the Moose Jaw Warriors in the 2001 WHL Bantam Draft, Mike Busto joins the program as head coach of their U15 team. After a WHL career that saw him play 331 games Busto would play four seasons in the ECHL with a stop in Italy during the 2010/11 season. He would then spend five years in France playing for the Angers of Ligue Magnus, capturing a French Cup Championship in 2013/14. After retiring from playing, Busto spent two seasons as an assistant coach with Kevin Constantine and the Daemyung Killer Whales of the Asian Professional League.
A B.C. scout for the Western Hockey League’s Edmonton Oil Kings, Grant joins West Van as head coach of their U16 Prep team. He has previously spent three seasons coaching in the CSSHL with Delta Hockey Academy and has 15 years’ experience coaching high performance hockey in the Lower Mainland.
Ned Lukacevic joins the Warriors program as an assistant coach after a 14-year professional career. A second-round pick by the Spokane Chiefs in the 2001 WHL Bantam Draft, Lukacevic would play 238 WHL games while being selected in the fourth round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings. He would spend parts of six seasons in the AHL and ECHL before heading to Europe where he would play for eight seasons before his retirement.
Steve Marr returns to West Van for his fourth season as head coach of the U18 Prep team, and fifth season with the program. Marr spent four seasons in the WHL playing 242 games before having a professional career that spanned four years with stops in the AHL, ECHL, and finally in Germany.
Williams returns to West Van Academy for his fourth season as the program’s goalie coach. A fourth-round pick by the Prince Albert Raiders in the 2008 WHL Draft, Williams would play five seasons in the league split between the Raiders and Spokane Chiefs. He would then play for the University of British Columbia for two years and spent time with the Ridge Meadows Flames of the PIJHL as the team’s goalie coach.