The Legionnaires haven't been a successful team since the Tim Tisdale/Terry Pavely regime came to an end four years ago.
Good friend Jim Mcgee tried to follow in the big footsteps left by Tisdale's departure but it was proven to be a tough act to follow. After awhile, both Mcgee and his assistant (Terry Pavely) decided to move on to other hockey endeavors locally.
Enter Gary Janke and Kent Woods.
At this point recruiting is getting tougher and tougher with their "local players first policy" put in place when they took over. The team struggled to compete. Most nights they were shelled quite handily. Sure the wins would come here and there but it was clear the Legionnaires would have a long way back if they were to become a SMAAAHL contender once again.
With rumoured problems with parents... and things I saw first hand including huge shouting matches outside the Legionnaires dressing room between parents and coaches... (come to think of it, the shouting was pretty one-sided as the coaches took it quite handily from parents) the end was near. Then it happened this week.
Gary Janke resigned after two seasons and 12 games. He leaves with a win/loss record of 15-69-4-4 and never really accomplished what he set out to do.
Kent Woods has been named the interim head coach. Good luck to Kent. There are times I've felt sorry for him when I've seen him at the rink. He's trying and this is what he wants to do. It just hasn't worked out.
A quick look around the city and there really isn't anyone willing or able to do the job. Willing may be the stronger term here.
May I offer this advice. Make a phonecall down to Frontier, SK and ask for Jaime Pegg.
Who is Jaime Pegg? I've never met the man, just talked to him on the phone a few times this past year and have been quite impressed with his thoughts and his communication skills. He's well spoken, seasoned and seems to have a great knowledge of what it takes to win.
The former V.P. of Sales for the Calgary Flames married a local girl from those parts and has moved out there to work and raise a family. In the meantime, he turned the Frontier midget Flyers into a smalltown hockey powerhouse. His team was the runner-up in the SSMHL league and were the Provincial midget "D" Finalists this past spring losing to Porcupine Plain.
Pegg's hockey experience is extensive. He's a former Assistant Coach with University of Calgary Dinos, has played for Canada's National program, pro hockey in both the U.S. and Europe. He also played three seasons with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL. In his first season with the Petes, he took on the Broncos in the 1989 Memorial Cup.
I suggest the Legionnaires call him before someone else does. The personable, friendly individual sounds like he would be a great addition to any coaching staff.
Would he be interested? He didn't rule it out when I talked to him this week... and that's a good start.