Habscheid vacating role as coach and gm of Victoria Royals
BY CLEVE DHEENSAW, TIMESCOLONIST.COM JUNE 22, 2012 3:02 PM
The Victoria Royals will have a new head coach and general manager next season.
The Western Hockey League club announced suddenly Friday afternoon that current head coach and GM Marc Habscheid is taking on a new position with GSL Holdings Ltd., parent company of RG Properties, the latter being the Vancouver-based company which owns the Royals and manages Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre.
Marc Habscheid will be taking on a new executive role within GSL to assist GSL in developing other hockey related businesses, said the club, in a release.
At present, GSL owns Officepools.com [the worlds largest on-line hockey pool site], Planet Ice [the largest chain of private community rinks in B.C.] and Planet Youth Hockey [GSLs charity youth program helping inner city kids].Marc will be involved in advising these existing businesses as well as assisting in developing new hockey related business opportunities. In taking on this new role within GSL, Marc will be relinquishing his responsibilities with the hockey team.
The release quotes Habscheid: I am very excited about this new role, it is a great business opportunity. I have been fortunate to have coached at every level of hockey, and I welcome the opportunity to use my knowledge of the game to work with GSL in their hockey related businesses.
Graham Lee owns GSL, RG Properties and the Royals.
I thank Marc [Habscheid] for his contributions to the team, said Lee, in the release.
I have been speaking to Marc for a while about this and am looking forward to working directly with him to advance our other hockey related businesses.
GSL/RG said it will be announcing the new Royals head coach and GM within the coming week.
Former NHLer Habscheid, the veteran mentor who won a Memorial Cup coaching the Kelowna Rockets and who coached Canada to a silver medal at the world junior hockey championships, guided the Royals to a seventh-place finish last season in the WHL's Western Conference.
The Royal were swept 4-0 by the Kamloops Blazers in the first round of the playoffs.
Habscheid is set to address the media later this afternoon.