Sale Is Now Official…

You can read the details at:

http://www.whl.ca/news/?id=10394

Right now, I will be in the press box calling the action from Kennewick on Friday night when the Hawks take on the Americans.

I want to publicly say thank you to Brian Pellerin and Innes Mackie.  Both of these guys are first class individuals who gave their all to the organization. 

I will have more thoughts later on…

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15 Comments

  1. Andy .. I agree with you. Pelly and Inch …. Thanks for all your hard work. Inch 33 years …. wow you WILL be missed, your one of the best trainers out there. BEST OF LUCK TO YOU, BOTH OF YOU!

  2. If either Brian or Innes wanted to stay on then I’m saddened by the news. While this may be a bright day as far as the future of the franchise is concerned, these are two good reasons why the celebration should be muted.

  3. Please see my earlier post at Drinnans Taking Note, I will attempt to post it here also.

    In following up on my post there, the one person I certainly would not have retained in the locker room is some wet-behind-the-ears “assistant coach” who got, & now apparently, has retained his job, on the basis of who he (his dad) knows, and clearly, not on the basis of proven results, at least in so far as the team’s record the past several seasons would seem to indicate.

    Yes, I clearly understand that there needs to be some level of basic continuity for these kids, who are now the ones paying the ultimate price for the Winterahwks (and Ken’s in particular) penny-pinching ways the last decade, and that their education is equally as important as the hockey – at least in my book at this age.

    But please, when you’re looking for a calming steadying influence with eperience (30-plus years worth). Who are you going to confide in when you feel you might very well have have made the worst decision of your life in coming to play hockey (which u used to love) in Portland, and finding yourself now in the middle of a nightmare created by a bunch of adults (im using the word adult very loosely here) who are ultimatley supposed to have your best interest at heart.

    Note, to Ron Robinson, and “The King of the Oil Sands” this is not professional hockey, these are 16,17,18,19 year olds old kids, who you owe a sacred duty of care to.

    That at least some of us believe, should be foremost in your minds regardless of how much you just overpaid for this broken down “franchise”.

  4. “Dirt”….

    I would imagine Kyle Gustafson was retained in part because he deals with all the billets and might also be involved with the schooling of the team. Just because he’s been kept thus far does not mean he might still be there next season…

    Thank you, Pelli! And Innes, the Hawks bench will never be the same without you on it! Best of luck to both of you!

  5. As far as Gustafson goes – Who is his dad and why would that be the reason he was retained?

  6. I cannot imagine this team falling and further than it has. As a long time fan watching from the outside, I am sickened and saddened by what has happened to a once proud franchise over the past few years.

    I can only hope this is the first rung of the ladder back to respectability…regardless of who stays and who goes. Something is terribly wrong with the team and a thorough house cleaning is definitely in order.

    Let’s just hope the weight on the unknown has been lifted from the kids shoulders and they can just go out and play hockey…and have fun winning again.

  7. I SEE THIS MOVE AS ONE WITH THE POSITIVES GROSSLY OUTWEIGHING THE NEGATIVES.

    I, TOO, DON’T UNDERSTAND THE GUSTAFSON RETENTION. IT MIGHT BE A CASE OF NOT WHAT YOU KNOW, BUT WHO YOU KNOW. THE SAME MIGHT APPLY TO INNES. MOST OF US KNEW THAT KROMM HAD TO GO. AND THE FACT THAT THEY FINALLY GOT A COACH “APPARENTLY” WITH GOOD CREDENTIALS AND NOT AN UNEMPLOYED FORMER WINTERHAWK SHOWS ME A COMMITMENT TO TURNING THIS THING AROUND. I AM VERY PLEASED THAT KEN HODGE WAS KEPT ON WITH THE ORGANIZATION!!!!

    LET’S REPLACE THE GUY WHO’S BEEN PLAYING THE SAME MUSIC AT THE GAMES FOR THE PAST 5 YEARS TOO. SORRY BIG GUY!!!! CENTERFOLD?

    I WILL BE CURIOUS TO SEE WHAT DIRECTION THE SCOUTING GOES TOO.

  8. Hey Rick,

    Just FYI, the music guy is new this year. (And there were two different people over the past 5 years.)

  9. I do not understand the bashing of Gustafson by Dirt. Kyle has stepped in this year to run the billet stuff as well as the education of the players. How can you fault a coach who has taken on these extra responsibilities to help the organization? The players respect him, he is a local guy, and works tirelessly on the video side of things. Johnson and Green are the main coaches and Kyle will do what is asked of him. Keeping Kyle cannot be a negative in any way.
    I am looking forward to an owner who is willing to INVEST in the organization. There is nowhere to go but up with this sale even if the wins do not materialize right away.

  10. HEY MARA,

    THANKS FOR CORRECTING ME ON THE # OF PEOPLE. THE MUSIC IS STILL THE SAME THOUGH. IT’S JUST A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE “CENTERFOLD” WILL POP UP, FOLLOWED BY “TRICKY TRICKY” OR WHATEVER THE H*** IT’S CALLED. IN FAIRNESS TO ME, THE MUSIC ISN’T THE REASON WHY I GO TO THE GAMES. OH, I FORGOT ABOUT “COTTON-EYE JOE”. ENOUGH ABOUT THE BORING MUSIC. LET’S GET BACK TO HAWKEY!!!! I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE NEW COACHING STAFF AND SEE WHAT THEY’LL DO DIFFERENTLY WITH THIS YOUNG TEAM. I HOPE THE PLAYERS AREN’T SHAKING IN THEIR SKATES BECAUSE THE GUY ON THE BENCH IS ALSO THE GENERAL MANAGER, NOT JUST THE COACH.

  11. Andy, just re-read your “who-own-da-chiefs post” again (the similarites for anyone who knows what im talking about are pretty priceless) but saw no mention of tommorrow’s press conference?

    If it seems I’m being hyper critical of the Hawks please forgive (doesnt somone need to hold the organization to the fire) but wouldnt it be a good thing to at least announce the Hawks press conference on the Hawks on web site as a way of generating at least some interest on the part of the Hawks long-suffering fans.

    You know that way, perhaps a fan or two might tune into a local sportcast that otherwise wouldnt – not that the Hawks will actually get any coverage, but since the rumor has Vulcan a part of the “proceedings” perhaps a few of the local stations/rags will pay some attent in which case again, shouldnt u guys be pushing it on your web page?

  12. Andy, do you know who is being kept and who is released in the office?

  13. Rick in Vanc…

    You can’t really fault the music guys for Cotton-Eye Joe being played. It was kind of Tom-A-Hawk’s anthem for a few years. But honestly, I don’t think it’s been played this season but maybe once, if that. I haven’t heard it. The new guy has been playing a lot of different things and I’ve heard compliments on it. No more “Thank God I’m A Country Boy”!!

  14. As a former Hawk, 1983-84, and someone who has considered “Inch” a friend for 25 years, I was saddened to read that he will no longer be with the Hawks. He was always a steadying force in the locker room and on the road. Andy, please send Innes my regards.

  15. KATIE G,

    YOU’RE RIGHT ABOUT FEWER COTTON-EYE JOES. AND I ALSO AGREE ABOUT THE “NEW” STUFF THE MUSIC GUY IS PLAYING THESE DAYS, AND MY COMPLIMENTS TO HIM FOR THAT. THERE IS ENOUGH GOOD 60’S, 70’S, AND 80’S MUSIC OUT THERE TO ENTERTAIN THE DIFFERENT AGE GROUPS THAT ATTEND THE GAMES. GIVE ME VARIETY AND NO MORE “FREEZE FRAME”.

    AND AAAAMEN FOR NO MORE “THANK GOD I’M A COUNTRY BOY”


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