Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tim Hunter new Head Coach in Moose Jaw

Moose Jaw Warriors General Manager Alan Millar has announced the hiring of Tim Hunter as the teams new Head Coach.

“On behalf of our Board of Directors, Management, staff, and players, I am very pleased to welcome Tim and his family to the Moose Jaw community and the Warriors,” said Warriors General Manager Alan Millar. 

“Tim brings tremendous experience to our team both as a very successful player and coach.  His character, work ethic, and passion for development and teaching made him the ideal candidate for this position.  I am excited to have Tim leading our players in what we anticipate to be a bright future for our hockey club,” Millar added.

Hunter’s coaching career began in the NHL as an Assistant Coach with the Washington Capitals from 1997 to 2002.  In December 2002 he joined the San Jose Sharks as their Assistant Coach and remained with the organization until 2008.  He then joined the Toronto Maple Leafs as their Assistant Coach from 2008 to 2011.  Hunter spent the 2011-2012 season as the Head Coach at the Okanagan Hockey Academy.  In 2012-2013 he returned to the National Hockey League with the Washington Capitals as an Assistant Coach. 

He has spent the last ten months living in Calgary doing work for the Calgary Flames and the Flames Alumni.  He was the Head Coach for Team Orr at the 2014 CHL/BMO Top Prospects Game, which featured current Moose Jaw Warrior Brayden Point.

As an Assistant Coach in the NHL, Hunter has been on the bench for 1089 games, 526 of them wins.  He has been on coaching staffs that have captured three Southeast Division Championships, two Pacific Division Championships, and he has one appearance as an Assistant Coach in the Stanley Cup Final.

Hunter is from Calgary, he played with the Kamloops Chiefs in the BCJHL and Seattle Breakers in the WCHL in 1977-1978.  He played for the Breakers in the WHL from 1978 to 1980, in 142 games he had 22 goals, 116 points, and 611 penalty minutes.

He was drafted by the Atlanta Flames in the third round, 54th overall, in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft.  He played professionally for 18 years, he suited up in 815 games in the NHL, scoring 62 goals and finishing with 138 points and 3146 penalty minutes.  He had five goals, 12 points, and 426 penalty minutes in 132 career Stanley Cup Playoff games.

He spent 14 years in the Calgary Flames organization winning two President Trophies, two Smyth Division Championships, two Campbell Conference Championships, and he appeared in two Stanley Cup Finals.  He was one of three Co-Captains of the Calgary Flames 1989 Stanley Cup Championship team.

After spending eleven years playing for the Flames, Hunter’s career continued with the Quebec Nordiques, Vancouver Canucks, and San Jose Sharks.  While with the Canucks, he helped the team to a Smyth Division Championship, Campbell Conference Championship, and a berth in the 1994 Stanley Cup Final.

Throughout his career Hunter has worked tirelessly in the communities he played in.  He was nominated twice for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is given to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community. He was nominated twice for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is the award given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.  He won the Calgary Flames Ralph T. Scurfield Award as the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, determination, and leadership on the ice combined with dedication to community service. 

He had the honour of serving as the Canadian Down Syndrome Society Celebrity Spokesperson, the Celebrity Chairman for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Celebrity Spokesperson for the 65 Roses Sports Club.

For more details or information regarding the hiring of Tim Hunter as the Moose Jaw Warriors Head Coach, please contact:

James Gallo

Manager, Communications/Hockey Administration

Moose Jaw Warriors


Scott S said...

im beginning to think that no 1 wants the job here in regina due to how poorly Cameron was treated after a successful season.

Hunter & Ward are 2 coaches that come with solid resumes but im almost thinking that our new owners don't want to fork over the money it takes to get a quality guy. There is little reason why it should be taking this long to get a Head Coach.

There is only a select few out there who have had solid junior success and that's Hiller and Mollenken now as a Pats fan im not too keen on bringing Mollenken in, sure he has 600+ wins in the WHL but his team styles are the old school big slow skating teams.

The thing im not too impressed about is how this new ownership group keeps preaching alumni that is not the way to find success you hire the best capable guy and it don't matter where his past history has been.

Anonymous said...

A very strong hire here. Hunter has been short listed a couple times but now has his team. He is a good human being and has had to be a persistent hard working guy his whole career. His awards for that are a testament to his character. I think he will be a very good coach. Ward to Vancouver has a lot of similar attributes.

The best coach the Pats will come in contact with was the one they fired. Short of an off the board spectacular hire, the pickins are looking slim to say the least.

Might as well resurrect Bob Lowes or Dean Clark. Regina has become known (admittedly because of the Parkers) as a coaching grave yard. You can be sure that cameron has friends in the biz and will gain employment soon. You can also be sure that the coaching fraternity knows of his year last year, and his subsequent payback!

I don't think that barring something unusual, we will attract a tier 1 coach. I'm betting that the candidate will be selected from the what's left pot... We the fans deserved better.

Scott S said...

read some tweets today from
Taylor Shire ‏@TShireGlobal

about the Pats offering 2 separate coaches the head coaching position and both declined the offers.

Im beginning to think that no one wants this position and that Cameron was most definitely given a raw deal after the success he did have with a team that wasn't even suppose to make the playoffs. This is turning into a HUGE black mark against the new ownership, they may be successful business men in Regina but they have no clue how to run a hockey team yet. The hockey world is small unlike the business world you burn someone and it goes against you for a long while and guess what its looking like has happened to this franchise already not even 3 months into the new ownership.