Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Grizzlies Look To Replace Mick

As per the team's website, the Revelstoke Grizzlies are looking for a new coach and general manager. The defending KIJHL, Cyclone Taylor and Keystone Cup champs were coached by Troy Mick last season. Interesting to see who ends up in Revy, especially considering their application window is only until June 10th. More info available here.

Kelowna (nee Chase) has named their head coach, it's new part-owner Ken Andrusiak. He's a former assistant with the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders. Gregg Drinnan from Kamloops has more here, including the name of the newly-relocated franchise, which was reported in a Kelowna online news site Friday. Of note, Andrusiak's son Landon skates with the Nelson Leafs.

Not to devote myself to the newly-relocated club, but a story broke out of Kelowna last night claiming the Rockets still hadn't given the team permission to play next season within city limits. Read more here. Rockets president Bruce Hamilton was given veto power about the placement of any sports franchise in the city when the WHL club moved to the Okanagan from Tacoma. The earlier post by Gregg Drinnan I linked to also states the Rockets were given the right to place two 16 year-olds on the KIJHL team's roster as a condition of the move.

I also spoke to one of the people involved in a potential expansion team in Chase for 2011-12 over the weekend. He tells me the plan is for a community-owned team, with 11 members on a society to oversee things. The KIJHL has granted them opportunity to make a presentation on June 19th when the league holds its AGM at Talking Rock. The team, if granted, would have an entirely new identity (ie, wouldn't be called the Chiefs), and to keep interest up in the community, the group plans to host WHL and BCHL exhibition games at the Art Holding Arena next season. Barry Dewar, the owner of the Kamloops Storm, has also offered to play 4 or 5 home games in Chase next season if the expansion franchise is granted.

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