Thrashers looking for new Coach

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The Three Hills Thrashers Board of Directors have decided they will have some new personnel behind the bench for next season and are beginning the search for a new Head Coach. After 11 seasons with the Thrashers, two as an Assistant Coach and nine years as Head Coach, Ian Hall will not be returning as the team’s bench boss next season. According to Board Chair Landis Stankievich, “Ian has been tireless in his efforts and kept the team competitive for many years. Volunteers like that are hard to come by. This decision was not made lightly but we feel it is necessary for the team to move ahead in the years to come.” Applications for the Head Coaching position with the Three Hills Thrashers Jr B Hockey club can be sent via email to

On the ice last Friday night, the visiting Ponoka Stampeders were the Thrashers opposition. Despite out-shooting the home team 13-3 in the opening period, Ponoka only managed to beat Klay Munro once in the Thrashers net. The Stampeders continued their offensive attack in the second period, out-shooting the Thrashers 21-5, yet only Kieran Bulloch was able to beat Munro twice to give the Stampeders a 3-0 lead after forty minutes. However, Bulloch’s hat trick goal early in the third and another Stampeder goal a couple minutes later salted away the victory. Nathan Waibohr broke Stampeder goalie Keenan Starkell’s bid for a shutout with his third goal of the season on a powerplay. Ponoka scored one more goal late to capture a 6-1 victory. Munro made 39 saves in the loss.

On Saturday night, the Coaldale Copperheads, the #2 team in the South division, were the visitors to Three Hills. However, before most of the fans were seated, Coaldale had already struck three times. The struck twice more in the first frame, but Chad Armstrong’s first goal of the season for the Thrashers made the score 5-1 after twenty minutes. Coaldale continued to carry the play and the scoring chances yet only managed to fire one puck past Alex Jones in the Thrashers goal in the second period. After Coaldale made it 7-1, Marshall Wilson scored his first goal of the year for the Thrashers before Coaldale added a late tally to skate away with an 8-2 victory.

Sunday afternoon, the team travelled to Okotoks to face-off against the top team in the South division, the Foothills Bisons. Simply put, the team was exhausted and it showed. The end result was a 14-2 drubbing.

Coach Hall will be behind the bench, along with his assistants, for the remaining games this season, including tonight’s (Wednesday, January 24) game as the Thrashers host the Blackfalds Wranglers at 8:00 pm. Three Hills then travels to Ponoka on Saturday night and then play in Blackfalds on Sunday afternoon.