“We are ecstatic for Sam and the opportunity for him to pursue his lifelong dream of working in the National Hockey League,” said head coach Jay Woodcroft. “Sam is a true professional who demonstrated a love of the game, a passion to be the best employee and colleague that he could be, and a burning desire to achieve his personal potential. It is with great pride that we were able to aid in his development. Much like we want to develop young hockey players and prepare them for the next level, we also take the responsibility of developing all of our people very seriously.”
The Flushing, New York native came to Bakersfield from the South Korean Men’s National Hockey Team where he served as a video coach from 2016-2018. His experience with South Korea included the recent 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Prior to his time with South Korea, Kim served one season (2015-16) as the Video and Statistical Coordinator with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons. His experience includes time as an assistant coach with the Springfield Pics Junior Hockey Program (2014-15) and with American International College (AIC) where he was Director of Hockey Operations and a Video Coordinator for the NCAA Division I Yellow Jackets from 2012-14.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Boston College and a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from UMass-Amherst.