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New Hurricanes coach for Swift Current looking forward to the challenge

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A former player and assistant coach of the Swift Current K-Motel Midget AA Hurricanes is returning to the bench as the team’s new head coach.

Scott Cassidy was recently appointed to the position and he is looking forward to the challenge.
“I see a lot of opportunity with this team going forward for the 2014/15 season,” he said. “When I was assistant coach two years ago we had taken about eight 15-year-old kids and about six of them would now be coming back as 17-year-olds. So I have some familiarity built up with a lot of the kids that are now going to be core players.”
He is confident the Hurricanes will also benefit from the younger group of eligible players from Swift Current and surrounding rural areas who will be joining the team after the training camp in September.
“I think we’re going to have an extremely strong team this year and that was a big reason why I wanted to apply for the job,” he said.
Cassidy, who was a centreman for the Hurricanes and also played for the Swift Current Legionnaires, has been active in a number of coaching roles since returning to Swift Current in 2010. Initially he was the head coach of a bantam team with Tony Francoeur, a former defenceman with the Legionnaires, as the assistant coach.
Cassidy and Francoeur then became assistant coaches with the Hurricanes and for the 2013/14 season they joined the Legionnaires as assistant coaches to Head Coach Dale Vossen.
Francoeur will also return to the Hurricanes for the upcoming season to be Cassidy’s assistant coach.
“Tony was a big defenceman,” Cassidy said. “So I handle the forwards, the offensive aspects of the game, and he handles a lot of the defensive.”
Cassidy felt ready to move on from an assistant coach role and he applied when Greg Hurrell’s head coach position at the Hurricanes became available.
“The opportunity came up with the AA team with Greg getting a new job on the Swift Current Minor Hockey board,” he said. “So the opportunity was there for me to try for the head coach role and I was given it.”
Cassidy wants to develop a team that will be tough to play against and he will expect complete dedication to the game from the players.
“I expect an extremely hardworking team that’s hard to play against,” he said. “A bit of a blue collar mentality as far as nobody takes a shift off, all 19 people involved in the team are hard-working guys and going forward it’s a team first mentality and everybody is wanting to be there to win.”
He added other teams can look forward to a tough night when they play against the Hurricanes.
“They’ll know they’re in for a tough, physical battle,” he said. “We’re going to look at taking players that are just ready to compete. That’s something the last few years that sort of stands out. Everybody’s got skill and everybody’s got certain things that they bring to the table, but it’s the kids that compete for 60 minutes a night that we want to be part of our squad.”
The team’s goal will be to win the league during the 2014/15 season and their success will already start at training camp. He wants eligible players from Swift Current as well as the surrounding rural communities to try out for the team. The training camp will take place at the Fairview Arena from Sept. 12-14
“I will be sending letters out to eligible players,” he said. “I’m hoping for a four-team try-out camp, so hopefully about 60 to 80 players. We’re hoping for as many bodies as we can get there to fill the spots. There’s a lot of openings. There’s a few players returning from last season, but there’s still a lot of openings there that people should be trying out for.”
For more information about the upcoming training camp, phone Cassidy at 306-741-6219.

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