PROVO PREDATORS - A New Era Begins
Meet the Provo Predators
The past two hockey seasons Provo, Utah has been home to the Provo Riverblades hockey team. Now under new management and with a new brand, the Provo area is now host to the Provo Predators! The Predators will continue to play in the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) and compete in the highly competitive Mountain Division as they prepare for the 2022-23 season.
The team's rebranding to become the Predators is intended to create a stronger connection between the USPHL Predators and its youth program which operates under the same name and skates in the same rink. The USPHL Predators' President, Phil Conlin, believes it's the perfect timing to align both programs and create unity within the organizations.
Conlin had this to say about the Predators rebrand "For us, it's a way to strengthen the brand here in Provo. We want to connect with our local youth hockey community and give these players a ladder of development as they work their way up from youth hockey to junior hockey. I am excited about what the future holds for hockey in Provo and the excitement that will surround the Predators brand."
The Predators have also hired their GM/Head Coach for the 2022-23 season. Nick Dreyer has been hired to take the reigns behind the bench and put a competitive team on the ice. Dreyer is no stranger to the USPHL as he spent the past two seasons serving as an Assistant Coach of the Ogden Mustangs. Conlin believes Dreyer is the right man to lead this team into this new era of Predators hockey. "Nick has a great understanding of junior hockey and has proven he can build a winning program. I am fully confident he is the right coach for the job and I look forward to working with him to build a team the city of Provo can be proud of.
Dreyer had this to say about being appointed the Predator's Head Coach. "I am very excited about my new role in Provo. I know our ownership and management group are committed to making this a special place to play junior hockey. I want the city of Provo to be proud of what our team represents and the value our team will bring to the community. We have a great rink and awesome training facilities, and we play in the most competitive division in the USPHL Premier. I look forward to developing a winning culture that has a strong emphasis on player development."