Friday, 7 May 2010

Sauter a Fit?

Let the speculation begin.

The Spokane Chiefs announced earlier this week that they would not pick up the contract option on head coach Hardy Sauter's contract, ending his tenure as Spokane's bench boss after two seasons.

That was led to talk, already, that Sauter could be a candidate to be the next head coach of the Brandon Wheat Kings.

It certainly is logical thinking. I, myself, thought the same thing upon hearing the news on Sauter earlier this week.

It is possible that this year, with the Wheat Kings hosting the Memorial Cup, could be Kelly McCrimmon's last in the dual role of General Manager and Head Coach and that would make Sauter, a former Wheat King (1989-91), a prime candidate to fill the vacancy, should it occur.

Sauter has experience. In addition to his two years as head coach in Spokane, he also has one season of being an assistant coach in the WHL, helping the Chiefs win the Memorial Cup in 2008.

The Maryfield, Saskatchewan product was also was GM/Coach of the SJHL's Nipawin Hawks for two seasons before joining Spokane and had a 10-year professional playing career.

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In other notes, the Regina Pats have a news conference scheduled for Friday afternoon, at which time it's expected GM Brent Parker will announce he's stepping away from the hockey operations side of the organization.

Former Moose Jaw Warriors' GM Chad Lang, who has spent this season as the Hockey Operations consultant for the Canadian Hockey League for the 2010 Memorial Cup, is a candidate to become the new GM of the Pats.

Lang was in Brandon yesterday and, yes, I was already bugging him about being the Pats' GM.

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The Wheat Kings, apparently, don't think much of Tri-City's chances of coming back in the Western Hockey League Final.

The club posted a poll on its website (www.wheatkings.com) about Which team will be the biggest challenge at the MasterCard Memorial Cup?

The four possible choices were Calgary, Moncton, Saint John and Windsor.

Tri-City was nowhere to be found!

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The host of the 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup could be announced in the next few days.

The Ontario Hockey League stated that the announcement following the completion of their Championship Series.

Of course, that ended on Tuesday night.

The final four candidates to host next year's event are the Windsor Spitfires, Barrie Colts, Mississauga St. Michaels Majors and Kingston Frontenacs.

The winning city will have it's host committee key people attend this year's Memorial Cup in Brandon.

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