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Daily Dish: Has Texas Had Enough of Curtale? - Junior Hockey News
Published: Wednesday, 27 Jun 2012
I am trying to contain my enthusiasm here so here it goes. Sources within the North American Hockey League are confirming rumors out of the Dallas that Texas Tornado's Tony Curtale is likely to be replaced within the next few weeks.
Aside from his numerous on and off ice transgressions over the years, Curtale now finds himself in the cross hairs of his employer.
The Tornado have elected to move their branded youth program to the Dallas Junior Hockey Association. In response, Curtale has been rumored to personally be assisting players to move to programs outside of the Dallas area. This includes Tier III junior and midget major programs. Former youth players are being told to go to Las Vegas, New Jersey, and Florida instead of continuing with the Tornado youth team. Now it looks like Curtale himself will find himself on a outbound plane.
But where will he land? My guess is Laredo. Curtale is one of very few coaches that can put a competitive team on the ice within a 75 day window without the benefit of the draft or tenders. That other coach is Jeff Brown and I expect to see his name pop up for the Rio Grande Valley job. Curtale has the connections and talent to make Laredo sing, but does he have the ability to control himself and is it a good idea for him to live in a town with so many temptations across the river in Mexico?
I also believe that the Tornado are looking at John Cooper's American Hockey League assistant, Mike Flanagan, to replace Curtale. A Facebook message to Flags on Monday was not responded to. Flanagan is well suited for the job in Frisco after a very successful run with the Norfolk Admirals winning the Calder Cup.
When Gerry Gelinas and the Tornado pull the trigger, I'll be celebrating down at Wrecked at the Reef to buy a few rounds, you all are welcome to join me.
Stephen Heisler resides in Puerto Penasco with his wife, Maria, and their two children, Sonia and Tomas. Friend him on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/stephen.heisler for more information and pictures from Mexico.
As usual, count on Stevie Wonder to get the inside story. If this story does break, it'll be just another scoop for Heisler the Hustler.
by the way, you know the president of the tornado is gary gelinas, who's gerry?
June 27, 2012 Contact: Alex Kyrias
Director of Communications & Marketing
New ownership group approved for the Coulee Region Chill
Coulee Region Hockey, LLC, led by Michelle Bryant takes over in Coulee Region
FRISCO, TEXAS – The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has an announced a change in ownership for the Coulee Region Chill.
Coulee Region Hockey, LLC has entered into an agreement to purchase the Coulee Region Chill membership in the NAHL and continue to operate the club in the Onalaska, Wisconsin market. Coulee Region Hockey, LLC, will be owned and operated by managing partner Michelle Bryant.
“The Onalaska/Lacrosse, Wisconsin area is one that has shown support for the Coulee Region Chill the past two seasons, and under the direction of Michelle Bryant and Coulee Region Hockey, LLC, we are confident that the product can keep growing, developing and reach a new level of success while continuing to provide a quality experience and opportunity for development of our student-athletes,” said NAHL Commissioner Mark Frankenfeld.
Michelle, along with her husband Kevin, have roots in La Crosse, Wisconsin and returned to the area eleven years ago to raise their family. They have four boys ages 6, 9, 11, and 13 and they all enjoy playing hockey. Michelle graduated from Stetson University with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing. Since her graduation she has held senior marketing, promotions and sales management positions with firms such as Coca Cola, Pillsbury and MGM. She also owned and operated a local retail business that was subsequently sold. Michelle has been active in La Crosse youth hockey and recently served as the President of the River City Youth Hockey Association for over two and half years. Additionally, she was the Chill’s housing director and supported the club in many operational roles throughout its existence in Onalaska.
"We are very excited about being a part of the NAHL and the Coulee Region Chill. We are passionate about providing junior hockey players with a first class team, coaching staff and program committed to furthering their hockey careers,” remarked Bryant. “Our family loves the game of hockey and having worked closely with the Chill we saw first-hand the positive community impacts of Junior Hockey and the excitement that this team brings to the area.”
Further announcements regarding the Coulee Region Chill’s new coaching staff will be forthcoming.
News out of Texas contradicts your post....May want to reconsider your sources... Just saying.
posted Jun. 27th, 2012 - 6:12pm
JR Ruiz says:
Nice work by Ms. Michelle Bryant, from the team Director of Business Operations to team owner...
Now THAT is funny.
I should be getting a fat check from Mr. Bill now... hook, line, sinker.
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