Broncos legend and former WHL coach Tim Tisdale is back with the Midget AAA Home Hardware Legionnaires. Tisdale once coached the Legionnaires, but is now coming on board as the interim general manager. That isn’t to say it won’t be more long term. He is only officially doing the job until the end of this season from what I can gather. After that we’ll see where it goes.
How did this come about? Minor Hockey has taken over control of Legionnaires from the board of directors and Tisdale was appointed manager. The Co-Coaches (Sheldon Reinhart and Todd Hornung) will remain with the club at least until the end of the season. They’ll have a chance to re-apply at that point if they so chose. Both guys have consistently told me they only want to be involved as assistants. When I talk to Tisdale tomorrow I’ll try to find out whether or not they’ll be looking to add some help for Sheldon and Todd behind the bench or maybe if Tim himself is going to help with the coaching at all. I’m scheduled to chat with him tomorrow morning.
I’m told that Minor Hockey thanks the board for all their work, but felt this move was necessary moving forward.
What do you think? It’s hard to argue with Tisdale’s track record. He has had tremendous success and both a player and a coach in his life. This is a man who won a Memorial Cup for the Broncos as a player and made it as high as the coach of the Regina Pats during his career behind the bench. Whether this is just a temporary solution or something he jumps into more permanently, he certainly has the credentials and professional background to guide the Legionnaires through the rest of the season.
They’ve had some more success on the ice over the last couple of weeks. Hopefully this is another step forward in ensuring the kids on the team get the best possible development out of their time in Midget AAA. I’m sure all local fans want to thank the board of directors for the time they’ve given generously to the kids. We can argue all we want about what has been done, but you can’t take away the fact that those people were volunteers who I’m sure wanted to see the team succeed. We’ll see down the line if this ends up being in the best interest of the program. I certainly don’t know the history near well enough to judge that myself.
Again I’ll be chatting with Tisdale tomorrow morning to get more information on how this happened and what his plans are.