The search is underway for a new head coach and general manager of the Battlefords North Stars.
The North Stars announced on Monday, July 25 Kevin Hasselberg was leaving the team for the Pensacola Ice Flyers of the Southern Professional Hockey League. Hasselberg had been the North Stars head coach and general manager since the 2011-12 season.
President of the North Stars Troy Slywka said applications have arrived pretty steadily since the announcement was made, but it is still early in the process.
“Right now we’re just taking applications and the search committee will review and contact the appropriate applicants for further process like doing interviews and all that sort of stuff,” Slywka said.
The applications have mainly been coming in from Western Canada, but Slywka said he saw one from Quebec.
The North Stars players return to the Battlefords on Aug. 28 for fitness tests and the beginning of training camp on Aug. 29. Slwyka and the board hope to have the new coach and general manager hired within the next couple weeks.
“Our be-all and end-all date would the 22 of August but ideally if we can have somebody hired by the middle of Aug., that would be fantastic,” he said.
The outgoing Hasselberg commented on how well the North Stars are run as an organization and Slywka said he wants to continue the team’s success with the new coach and general manager.
“(Hasselberg) would know because he’s been around with various other organizations and the way we function here, he was really happy with. I hope to continue on with that with the new head coach moving forward,” Slywka said.
Matt Kelly is battlefordsNOW's town municipal affairs and community reporter. He can be reached at [email protected].
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