And then there was one.
The Moose Jaw Warriors and Vancouver Giants introduced new head coaches on Thursday, leaving the Regina Pats as the lone WHL team without a bench boss.
The Warriors hired former NHL enforcer and Stanley Cup winner Tim Hunter as their new head coach. The Calgary native and former Flame has 1,089 games of experience as an assistant coach in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs, San Jose Sharks and Washington Capitals and spent this past season working with the Flames organization.
Hunter, who played 815 games in the NHL with Calgary, San Jose, the Quebec Nordiques and Vancouver Canucks, replaces former coach Mike Stothers, who moved on after three seasons with the Warriors to coach the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs.
Meanwhile, the Giants named former AHL coach Troy Ward as their new head man. The Minnesota native spent the past three seasons coaching the Abbotsford Heat and previously worked three years as an assistant with the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins after serving as a head coach in both the ECHL and NCAA. Ward replaces Don Hay, who left the Giants after 10 seasons to return home to Kamloops to coach his hometown Blazers.
In Regina, the Pats are still looking for a new head coach after the new ownership group — including Brandon-born former Wheat Kings goaltender Todd Lumbard — cleaned house by firing their coaching staff headed by Malcolm Cameron, despite finishing first in the East Division with a 39-26-4-3 record.
» Brandon Sun