West Valley City • Grizzlies coach Tim Branham becomes the Utah Grizzlies all-time wins leader after beating the Rapid City Rush 4-2 at Maverik Center on Friday night in their ECHL season opener.

“It’s a great honor, that’s for sure. The coaches and players that have come through our organization, it’s pretty neat. I owe a lot to our players and the staff and organization for sticking with me and giving me the opportunity. It’s nice, I’m glad we got it out of the way and move forward and getting as many wins as we can,” Branham said in a statement.

Branham came into the season tied with Butch Goring with wins in Utah at 178. Tim is entering his sixth season in Utah.

“I thought the boys played really well tonight, we have some things to clean up, but I’m good with getting the win tonight,” Branham said.

In each of his first four seasons with Utah, Branham has gotten at least 36 wins. He is the second-longest tenured head coach in the ECHL and the longest-tenured coach in team history.

The Grizzlies finish up the two-game series with Rapid City on Saturday at Maverik Center (7 p.m.)