Watch above: Saskatoon Blades name Bob Woods new general manager, head coach
SASKATOON – The search for a new general manager and head coach officially began in late March when the Saskatoon Blades announced Lorne Molleken and Dave Struch would not be returning.
It officially came to an end on Monday when the Blades introduced Bob Woods as its new head coach and general manager.
He becomes the sixth GM and 20th head coach in the club’s franchise history.
Woods, 46, was a former Brandon Wheat King, he’s a part of the ECHL Hall of Fame and has an impressive coaching resume that’s highlighted by a Calder Cup championship in 2009.
Woods takes over a young team entering its second year of a complete rebuild.
“If you can come into a young environment, you have a chance to really mold these kids into what you’re looking for,” said Woods.
Woods has tasted success at every stop of his hockey career; in the AHL, ECHL, WHL and the last five years as an assistant coach with the Anaheim Ducks and Washington Capitals.
“This is a hire that’s incredible for the Blades, for the league, for us, and the ones who do all the work, the players,” said Blades owner Mike Priestner.
“You’re going to love it, absolutely love it.”
Watch below: Bob Woods one-on-one with Kim Thue
The pride of Leroy, Saskatchewan is also coming home. Woods signed a five-year contract to return to the province and the Western Hockey League.
“You want new challenges, and to me, this is going to be a big challenge and I like that,” explains Woods.
Now the work really begins for Woods and his new team.
“I’d be naive to come in here and know everything. I haven’t been in the league since 1988. I’ve got to see what it’s all about again,” said Woods.