Daily Herald Staff
Reports out of Saskatoon have the Western Hockey League’s Blades ready to announce Bob Woods as their new head coach and general manager.
The Blades were searching for someone with previous head coaching experience to fill the positions after David Struch was not offered a new contract with the team at the conclusion of the 2013-14 season and general manager Lorne Molleken was relieved of his duties with two years left on his contract.
Woods, a former defenceman with the Brandon Wheat Kings, has been an assistant coach to Bruce Boudreau of the Anaheim Ducks since Dec. 2, 2011, and he was also with Boudreau for more than two years in Washington working with the Capitals.
The 46-year-old product of Leroy, Sask., had previously coached the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League and in two years as head coach had posted an 83-47-15 record. Woods led the Bears to the 2009 Calder Cup championship.
Included in the report out of Saskatoon was that Tim Hunter, Perry Pearn and Glen Gulutzan were also candidates for the job, but the Blades have apparently picked Woods to be their man and it is expected to be formally announced at a press conference today.
The Blades are coming off a dismal season where they posted a 16-51-2-3 record and also lost the draft lottery when their first-round pick was sent to Brandon to complete a 2012 trade for Brendan Walker.