It's been a good week for Ice Wolves coaches. First Assistant Coach Gavin Holcomb was hired on as the Melfort Mustangs' Head Coach and GM, and now Ice Wolves Head Coach Bob Beatty is making news.
The SHA Announced Coach Beatty and Melville Millionaires Head Coach Jamie Fiesel are both part of Team Canada West's coaching staff at the 2012 U17 Championships in Winnipeg.
Coach Beatty was a member of the U17 coaching staff last year in Winnipeg when the team went 2-3 in the round robin and finished in sixth place. Team Ontario topped Team USA 5-3 to take the gold in that tournament. Being a part of that coaching staff made Beatty a pretty busy guy last season, and I noticed his phone wasn't nearly as active after the tournament finished shortly into the second leg of the season.
Coach Fiesel has some experience with the U17 team as well. He was a part of the staff in 2009 and 2010.
Both coaches are excellent choices for the team as they've shown in their every day SJHL jobs. Hopefully they can help get Team Canada West back into medal contention. Canada West hasn't taken a medal since 2008 when it won Bronze.
Thanks to Josh Lewis from the Estevan Mercury steering me towards this story.
Click here to read the SHA News Release.