HURRICANES HIRE BRENT KISIO

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General Manager Peter Anholt has announced that Brent Kisio is the new Head Coach of the Lethbridge Hurricanes. There you have it Canes fans. More big news in a week filled with announcements. Anholt is putting his stamp on the organization this off-season and time will tell how effective he is at pulling this franchise from the gutter. Anholt made it clear that he did not want to return to the bench this season and was working to find a replacement. Brent, in his mind, was the best option.

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General Manager Peter Anholt has announced that Brent Kisio is the new Head Coach of the Lethbridge Hurricanes. There you have it Canes fans. More big news in a week filled with announcements. Anholt is putting his stamp on the organization this off-season and time will tell how effective he is at pulling this franchise from the gutter. Anholt made it clear that he did not want to return to the bench this season and was working to find a replacement. Brent, in his mind, was the best option.

Anholt was in an interesting position when it came to finding a coach. The organization needed to adjust the budget to allocate more funding for a coach and I am sure the “big fish” coaches (Eakins for example) were probably out of the Hurricanes price range or wanted contracts longer than Anholt felt comfortable offering. By my estimation, that left the GM with two options – either find an experienced coach with some warts who might be willing to sign for less (Corey Clouston for example), or gamble on a first time bench-boss. It appears Anholt chose the latter and Brent Kisio will have a chance to prove himself in the WHL as a head coach.

Some may suggest that the Hurricanes were not an appealing destination to prospective coaches and the options were extremely limited. I don’t agree with that. Regardless of the circumstances with the organization, being a WHL coach is still a tantalizing proposition for up-start coaches. Coaches, by nature, are competitive people, and tend to be extremely confident in their abilities. I believe that there were at least a handful of coaches calling Anholt about the position – all of whom felt capable of turning this team around. Of all the applicants, Anholt chose Kisio

Brent Kisio is young by coaching standards. Born on December 15, 1982, Brent is 32 years old. Son of former Hitmen coach and NHLer, Kelly Kisio, Brent Kisio played one season as a forward for the Vernon Vipers of the BCJHL and four more for University of Nebraska – Omaha. While in college, Kisio graduated with a degree in criminology. After finishing his degree, Kisio was hired by his father (a move that will always beg question justified or not) as a video coach for the Calgary Hitmen. To date, Kisio has three years experience as an assistant coach and two more as an associate – including being a part of Calgary’s 09/10 WHL Championship season.

WHAT REALLY MATTERS?

Kisio no doubt has the hockey pedigree, and based on age, should be able to relate to the players in a way an old-school guy like Maxwell cannot. However, bringing the Hurricanes back to respectability is a huge task and we will find out very quickly if he is able to handle the situation. I have heard echoes that Kisio may not be the most popular guy within Hitmen circles (at least amongst fans), but can’t lend any credence to the rumors. My position on the issue is indifference. It isn’t a coach’s job to be liked; it is to win hockey games. Winning is how any coach is ultimately judged and I am sure Brent Kisio could care less about what fans think of him. Toronto just paid an extremely blunt and often abrasive/demanding coach $6 million a year for eight years to coach their team. My point is that Kisio ought to be judged on his performance this coming season and not on where he came from or how he got there.

I am personally intrigued by the hire of Kisio. I really don’t know who the other options were, but I wish Brent all the luck in the world as the new head coach. It will be exciting to see what shape the team takes out of camp and how Anholt and Kisio work together to shape the squad. Kisio will likely have some say in the moves Anholt makes and we will know early on those who are ‘buying in’ and those who are not.

What do you think of the hire? Do you like it? Hate it? Feel nothing inside (nihlist?)? Please comment below or tweet @CanesDomain on Twitter.

 THIS AND THAT

  • Regarding the shareholders vote. This is likely the last time I will talk about it. I don’t want to dwell on the issue. My personal feelings aside, it doesn’t matter any more. The players and staff know the issue is settled (for now) and can focus on hockey. People will continue to debate the issue online and at the water cooler but at least for one more year, Lethbridge has a WHL team. With that in mind, I hope the community can get behind the team this season. It is promising to see that season tickets are up considerably for this time of year and I think that more people may jump on board as the season grows closer. It will be essential that the team comes out of the gate strong and silences some of the critics. If they can keep their head above water and eke out a .500 record it would be fantastic to see attendance float around 3,500 again… should be interesting.
  • As I suggested he would a few weeks ago on Twitter, Anholt has signed all of his key draft picks, including Bellerive. This is fantastic news for everyone involved. I am very excited to see Jordy in town this fall and I am glad Anholt was able to close the deal with Addison so soon. Those I have talked to suggest that Bellerive is genuinely excited to be a Hurricane and make a positive contribution. Like the GM’s contract extension or not, fans have to concede that Anholt (and the new look board for that matter) have done great work bringing some stability to the team in the midst of all the ownership turmoil. With that said, very little of it will matter if the team struggles – and I am sure many fans will have a “show me first” mentality when it comes to dispersing their entertainment dollars.
  • Finally, I apologize for the lack of content on the blog through May. I was able to get away on vacation to Spokane and also have been transitioning from one job to another. I am excited for what my new position means for the blog and I am eager to start producing more hockey-centric content. The video above is an example of something I would like to do more of and I would love to get feedback on it. Phase 1 of the blog plan (launch, establishing a site, building a small community) is almost complete and I cannot wait to launch Phase 2 (video, game day blogs, more infographics, additional contributors, game photos, and more…) in the Fall. Your support means so much. If you have a chance, remember to share the site with friends and continue to retweet articles. It really does help grow our readership, in turn developing a stronger online community of local hockey fans. Thanks again.

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Train 1 (1 of 1)Honorary wanna-be. Twitter master for @canesdomain. Reader and blog follower. I work in digital design and write when I have something to say. Was a bench warmer for two time U of L hockey intramural champions, the Cal Cluttermucks. Have a degree I will (probably) never use.


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