Dryden ice Dogs traded Chris Varrins last night to Thunder Bay Northstars. Cash transaction, Chris has enrolled at Lakehead U, so it was a trade we had to try to make for him. Chris was a valued performer for the Ice Dogs last year, a good person on top of that and a great team mate he will be an asset to Thunder Bay but as a league you need to think of the betterment of the players too.
Dryden is pleased to announce that Chris Baumen of Marathon Ontario is attending training camp and should be an asset to the Ice dogs, he played last year with the Kenora Thistle midgets. Chris' assets are speed and more speed.
Looking forward to seeing him here this fall.
Dryden Ice Dogs Drew Walske, Troy Williams, Trevor Kavanaugh and Michael Hodgkinson take part in the grand opening of our new sponsor Red River Co-Op gas station in Dryden.
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Head Coach, Assistant GM Kurt Walsten
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
DRYDEN – The Dryden IceDogs of the SIJHL have gone close to home to hire their new head coach/assistant general manager.
Club president Terry Menard confirmed Monday that the team has hired Kurt Walsten (head coach/assistant GM) and Brian Bates (GM).
Walsten, who is originally from Kenora, comes to Dryden with a strong hockey background and a knowledge of the game that is second to none.
He spent the last two seasons coaching the Drumheller Dragons (Alberta Junior A Hockey League), helping the team to a franchise record, South Division championship.
Speaking of his his experience, Walsten said "I have been involved in professional ice hockey for over 15 seasons as a player, player-assistant coach and head coach-assistant GM. At the Junior A level, I have been head coach-GM and assistant coach-assistant GM (BCJHL, AJHL, MJAHL, MJHL, SIJHL, CEHL). I have been assistant captain at both the junior A level and professional level so I know what it takes to be a good team leader.
Walsten was asked how he plans on bringing a championship back to Dryden, to which he replied “Through recruiting and hard work. We’re going to reload and provide the fans with an atmosphere and a team that is going to be competitive, that gives us an opportunity to win every night. We will build a hard working physical team, We want players who play with no fear, play the same way at home as they do on the road. This is the attitude we must have so that the Dryden community will once again be proud of the Ice Dogs."
Brian Bates is a Dryden native, he has a wealth of hockey experience, prior to joining the IceDogs Brian was a scout with the Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL).
Terry Menard is back as team President, while Mike Sveinson is the new Vice-President.
For more information, contact Terry Menard 807 220 1002
The Dryden Ice Dogs are excited for the 2014-15 season. Planning has already started to put the best product on ice in Dryden.
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Prospective players should contact coach Kurt Walsten at the link under "contacts"
Ice Dogs Action Shots courtesy of The Dryden Observer.