Here's a very interesting article written by Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. I usually don't post paper articles, but I thought this one had some great insight on Hurricanes Head Coach/GM Peter Anholt and his thoughts about the club now and moving forward. Give it a read:
Lethbridge Hurricanes head coach and general manager Peter Anholt stated the
obvious Wednesday when talking about the moribund WHL club he took over.
“We’re a long way from the ’77 Montreal Canadiens,” he said, “let me put it
to you that way." A long way indeed.
Anholt assumed control of what has been the worst WHL team since the start of
the 2013-14 season when head coach Drake Berehowsky and general manager Brad
Robson were fired last week. The Hurricanes managed 18 wins in 101 games under that duo. Their 48 points
are six fewer than the Saskatoon Blades have tallied, entering action on
No, the Hurricanes are not akin to one of hockey’s greatest teams. But those wearing the sweater are going to be treated better.
“The first priority is our players,” said Anholt, who was first hired to be
the club’s assistant GM in June. “We have to be mindful of that, that our
current players are our biggest and best assets. They’re No. 1. I think that has
been lost a little bit here.
“It’s time for the staff of the Lethbridge Hurricanes to quit blaming the
players and look at ourselves a little bit closer. “It’s hard enough to win in this league when things are right. It’s
impossible to win when things aren’t. That’s generated from the top on
There has been a flurry of trade demands since last September under the old
regime — from current Blade Sam McKechnie to Duck Lake’s Ryan Pilon and finally
Reid Duke and Macoy Erkamps this season.
Whether their reasons for wanting out of Lethbridge were valid or not, Anholt
said his coaching and management staffs will show more accountability and put an
emphasis on player development. “The feeling wasn’t there before,” he said. “The players didn’t feel that
there was a chance to grow as a player and meet their potential. Sometimes
that’s true. Sometimes that’s not true. But perception is reality.
“But we’re not just going to trade guys now, if that ever happens again.
That’s not going to happen. You’ve got to play here and you’ve got to play hard.
The line in the sand is drawn for sure.” Anholt hasn’t coached in the WHL since running the Prince Albert Raiders in
He hasn’t been in the GM’s chair since the early 1990s with the Seattle
Thunderbirds when former Blades exec and play-by-play man Dennis Beyak was his
Anholt, who hasn’t discussed his future beyond this season with Hurricanes
board president Doug Paisley, knows there is plenty of work to do.
He wants the Canes players to be in better physical shape and play with more
structure. However, he believes there are pieces in place for future success citing
impressive 16-year-old goaltender Stuart Skinner, defencemen Kade Jensen and
Andrew Nielsen and forwards Giorgio Estephan and Jaeger White.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do, but when I look into the eyes of the players
I think they’re up to the challenge,” Anholt said. “It’s exciting, but it’s
going to be a lot of work to bring us back to respectability.”