Thursday, 5 November 2015

Lorne Molleken oversees tumultuous start to the season as Head Coach of the Vancouver Giants

The year the Saskatoon Blades went to the Memorial Cup with Darren Dietz and Dalton Thrower on the blue line, and Lorne Molleken behind the bench, was a tumultuous one. There were rumours that there was a clash between Dalton and the head coach, causing the prospect to be benched, injured in a rumoured dressing room fight, and traded in the off-season to the Vancouver Giants.

From watching the Sportsnet documentaries “Road to the Memorial Cup” in 2013, I got a sense that the coach was old-school, more profane than communicative, and that you wouldn’t want to be on his bad side. I posted many times that he seemed to hammer home the point that players had to play hard, 100%, but I never saw him at the chalkboard or discussing systems or strategy.

In the past couple of months, two players have resigned from the Giants and gone home to play at a lower level. One player demanded and received a trade. Now, word is that today two more players have quit the team.

Meanwhile, the Giants are sinking like a stone.  Based on what the journos are writing though, Lorne Molleken isn't the problem.

So as ready as I was to cast stones, blame the firebrand coach for the troubles at the Pacific Coliseum,  there is more to the story, actually more backstory than anything.

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