Georgetown coaching staff, GM Jack Moon not returning next season....Major facelift in store for Jr. A Raiders
- Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 12 Apr 2006, p. 19
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The new ownership of the Georgetown Jr. A Raiders' hockey club will be working with a clean slate with next season's coaching and management staff. When Campbellville resident and longtime successful hockey school operator Rick Heinz purchased the Raiders from Peter Friedmann earlier this month, the former NHL netminder said he would discuss with general manager Jack Moon and the coaching staff of Jay Anderson and associate Blaine McCauley about a possible return for 2006-07. Anderson, who has had six different stints behind the Georgetown bench as either a head coach or an assistant, initially agreed to return for another campaign after meeting with Heinz last Tuesday. But after being informed that Moon's role as the team's manager would be changed, Moon, Anderson and McCauley declined the invitation to return for next season. "One of the sole reasons I agreed to come back was the opportunity to work with Jack and when I was told otherwise I decided I wasn't interested in coming back," said Anderson, who has interviewed for the vacant Milton IceHawks' head coaching position. "Jack and I have a vision about what junior hockey in Georgetown can be and used to be and the whole setup was looking good for what we wanted to accomplish. It's disappointing because it's my hometown and there's a storied past with this team. To me this represents a lost opportunity. But Rick's the owner and he can obviously do what he wants. He's got a lot of good ideas about getting the community involved." Heinz, a former NHL netminder with St. Louis and Vancouver, was in meetings on Tuesday and couldn't be reached for comment. In an article in The Independent last week, Heinz said that he and friend Keith Pandoviski would oversee the recruiting of players for next season and that he would speak to members of last year's staff about the possibility of returning for the 2006-07 campaign.
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