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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Thursday News

St. Cloud assistant Fred Harbinson named head coach of Penticton Vees...

MJHL's dormant Southeast Blades franchise moving to Beausejour...

OPJHL Pickering Panthers' Pat Curcio named assistant coach of London Knights...

Cory Clouston resigns from Kootenay Ice to become head coach of the AHL’s Binghamton Senators...

Portland Winter Hawks are not renewing the contract of head coach Mike Williamson...

And finally, Reason #384 why is good to not be a Colorado Avalanche fan...

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:18 PM, July 19, 2007) : 

About time Williamson was let go! He did not surround himself with good assistants or scouts. Maybe the WinterHawks will hire Adam Deadmarsh (another former player). Hell, it worked for awhile for Williamson.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:52 PM, July 19, 2007) : 

And from how many miles away from Portland do you make that uninformed analysis?

Williamson coached 7 years, made the playoffs six times. The one miss? This past season, when he wasn't given crap for players to work with. The best coach in history couldn't have gotten that team to the playoffs.

Williamson may have input on his assistant, but he sure as heck didn't hire the scouts.

But, your most amazing statement, is to hire Deadmarsh. How can it work(being a former player) for Williamson, then not, then all of a sudden be "the way to go" with someone who, to my knowledge, has no coaching experience at all?

Jeezus, what a pile o' poo-poo!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:10 AM, July 20, 2007) : 

I have met Willy a few times and had great chats with him about hockey. And I agree with the last blog that Mike was given crap to work with as far as players. I went to numerous Hawk games last year and so that the level of their play wasn't there. I wasn't impressed with the holier than thou attitudes of some of their players. I hope and know that if Mike wants to stay in hockey he will find a good team to coach. I wish the Hawks good luck. Just my observation but the last time I saw a team going downhill like this it wasn't too long before they leave the area. And the rumor has been going around for several years that the Hawks may move. To where I don't know. Marc, before this rumor does get out of hand what do your contacts say? And if I am wrong in this matter about the move, Marc can set it straight


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:59 PM, July 20, 2007) : 

You are way wrong about any move. The team has had slumps, last place finishes, early playoff exits more than once and has always recovered. Remember, The WinterHawks have been in Portland for 30+ years now, way longer than any hockey team the city has ever had, in the city that hosted the first professional hockey game ever played in the U.S. of A.

The Hawks aren't going anywhere.


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